MUT bids farewell to Professor Karabo Shale

Prof Shale saying goodbye to staff
Prof Shale saying goodbye to staff

On 27 November 2018 MUT bade goodbye to Prof Karabo Shale. Prof Shale was a Research Professor in the Faculty of Natural Sciences from January 2017. Staff that were touched by Prof Shale’s professionalism and depth of research knowledge pointed out that his departure was a huge loss for the University.

Almost in tears, the usually quiet Dr Malizo Buyeye, the Head of the Department of Agriculture, did not mince his words. “We need to ensure such a loss does not happen again.” Some staff members spoke about how much they have advanced with their studies as a result of Prof Shale’s leadership. Prof Shale has mentored more than 10 staff member towards obtaining their masters and doctoral degrees, as well as growing their research interest and knowledge.

Prof Alfred Msomi, the Acting Dean of the faculty, appealed to Prof Shale to make himself available online to staff. In his usual humble way, Prof Shale said his major contribution to MUT was securing funding for staff from both local and international funders, which include the National Research Foundation, Welcome Fund, and Fulbright Scholarship.

Professor Shale is a C3-rated scientist. He was a career development awardee from the Medical Research Council for the 2013 to 2016 cycle.   He published more than 25 papers in accredited journals such as PLoS ONE, Journal of Occupational Health, Journal of Food Safety, International Journal of Environmental Health Research and the Journal of Food Microbiology from his multidisciplinary research focus areas covering Bio-aerosols, Food Safety, Waste Management and Environmental Health aspects.  Prof Shale also presented more than 25 papers at both local and international conferences, and supervised masters and doctoral students.