Mr Philani Knowledge Mavimbela
      Philani Knowledge Mavimbela



Lecturer in Geology
(Metamorphic Geology)



Msc (UP)

PhD candidate (UKZN)

Office Block:


H building, Room 129

Geological Sciences

Westville Campus





+27 (0)31 260 7081

+27 (0) 31 260 2280                    

Biographical sketch

  • Born October, 1985
  • Education: University of Pretoria BSc Honours and MSc
  • Born and raised in Newcastle in a small Township known as Madadeni where I did my Primary (Vumelani Primary School), Secondary (Mbalentle Secondary School) and High school education (Siyamukela High School).
  • Upon completing matric, I enrolled for BSc Geology at the University of Pretoria in 2004.
  • In 2009, I began my academic career at UP as a Junior Lecturer in Economic Geology and Metamorphic Geology.
  • In 2016, I joined UKZN as a Lecturer in Metamorphic Geology and Electron Microprobe analytical instrument operator.

Academic Profile

  • Junior Lecturer (University of Pretoria, 2009 to 07-2015)
  • Lecturer (University of KwaZulu Natal, 2016 to present)

Professional Activities

  • Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa
  • Member of the European Union of Geochemistry

Current Teaching (2016)

  • Igneous and Metamorphic processes (GEOL301) (co-teach with Dr Saumitra Misra)
  • Mineral microscopy (GEOL202)
  • Metamorphic Petrology (GEOL206)
  • Advanced Metamorphic Petrology (GEOL710)

Research Interests

  • Contact metamorphism
  • Magmatic and metamorphic rocks records of tectonic plate processes
  • Understanding metamorphic processes and rate of metamorphism (Mineral
  • Thermodynamic modelling ( Chemical equilibrium vs disequilibrium)
  • Kinetics of Nucleation and  Growth, Diffusion and Equilibration
  • Unconsolidated deposits, particularly Heavy Mineral Sands sampling ( Sonic drilling)

Research Projects

  • P-T-X-t constraints of the Bushveld aureole
  • Updating the P-T database of the Natal belt (insights on the P-T-t-D evolution of the Natal mobile belts) using a pseudo section approach

Academic Service

  • Department of Geology University of Pretoria (2009-2015)
  • School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences UKZN (2016-present)