Bashan Govender

Bashan Govender

Company: National Department of Water and Sanitation South Africa

Job title: Assistant Director

Bio:

Bashan Govender is from the National Department of Water and Sanitation, Pretoria, South Africa. Bashan is responsible for mine water management throughout South Africa, with emphases on acid mine drainage, mitigation of mining-influenced water and addressing the broader mining-water resources interfacing issues. Bashan has been involved in managing the Witwatersrand AMD project since its inception in 2010. This Project addressed the legacy impacts of 120+ years of gold mining in and around Johannesburg, South Africa and focused and environmental protection and water security. Bashan has a broad specialisation in integrated water resources management (policy and legislation); mining and the environmental sectors; waste management; and environmental protection and remediation. He is an avid negotiator and readily engages with NGOs, communities, mining advocacy groups and related business sectors, as well as the research environment. Bashan serves as the Treasurer for the Water Institute of Southern Africa: Mine Water Division and Public Co-Chair for the Mine Water Co-Ordinating Body. Bashan has a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry with more than 13 years’ experience in the water sector; and 8 years’ experience in a University academic and research environment. Bashan is married with two sons, aged 7 and 9. He is a self-taught chef, and enjoys all thing outdoors.