Appointment of T.P.Z. Mpofu as new Director of the Musokotwane Environment Resource Centre for Southern Africa
31 January 2000
The Chairman of the Board, management and staff of the Southern African
Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC) are pleased to announce the
appointment of Thomas P. Z. Mpofu as the new Director of the
Musokotwane Environment Resource Centre for Southern Africa (Imercsa).
He takes over from Munyaradzi Chenje, who has joined the United
Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, working on the Global
Environment Outlook, for which SARDC is the regional collaborating centre
for southern Africa.
Mr Mpofu brings considerable experience in project management ,
natural resources management, and environmental and water issues, as well
as great enthusiasm for his subject area and the potential for the southern
Mr Mpofu was Director and Chief Executive of the Natural
Resources Board in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Zimbabwe
from 1986-95, before joining the United Nations Development Programme
(UNDP) in Harare as Sustainable Development Advisor and then
Environment Progamme Coordinator, a post he held until 1999. Most
recently, he has been a full-time lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe in
the Department of Geography and Environmental Science.
He holds a B.A. in Geography from the University of Botswana and
Swaziland, and M.Sc. (Econ) in Regional Development Planning/Environmental
Economics from the University of Wales; and has additional qualifications in
education (U. Botswana and Swaziland), project management (Dalhousie
University), and organizational and management development (George
Mr Mpofu has broad regional experience in working with the
Southern African Development Community (SADC) as a member of the
technical working group on the joint Zambezi Action Plan, a member of the
expert team that prepared the first Five-Year Environment Management
Strategy, and a member of the advisory committee for the first regional
State of the Environment report .
He has been a member of the UN Advisory Committee on Natural
Resources, the Regional Advisory Council of IUCN- The World Conservation
Union, and the American Association of Administrators, and is a SARDC
board member. He is fluent in six languages.
SARDC Board: Professor Peter H. Katjavivi (Chairperson), Arlindo Lopes
(Vice Chairperson), Phyllis Johnson (Executive Director ), Thomas P Z
Mpofu (Director Imercsa), Professor Reg Austin, DavId Martin, Mabo
Mosupye, Mary Rusimbi, Dr Anderson Shankanga, Dr Gloria Somolekae.
Secretary to the Board: Gibson Ndhlela.