Professor Roland Schulze, UKZN Hydrology Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Associate in the Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR), received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the African Utility Week Industry Awards which recognizes energy and water influences in Africa.
Over 600 guests from 30 countries attended the glamorous black-tie event, many of them Africa’s most renowned power and water industry professionals. Schulze was selected winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award by a panel of 22 international judges.
‘This is a proud and emotional moment and a humbling experience,’ said Schulze, who also reflected on the individuals and institutions who influenced his outlook and success, including his parents whose dreams were cut short by the Great Depression, leading them having to curtail their schooling at the age of 14 to start work.
Schulze, who completed his undergraduate, Honours, Masters and PhD studies at the then-University of Natal, began his career as a high school teacher of Science and Mathematics, joining his alma mater in 1969 where he worked until formal retirement in 2007. He piloted South Africa’s first hydrology degree course in the early 1980s; the discipline grew under his leadership to form the CWRR, now training more than 150 undergraduate students and 30 postgraduate students from around the world annually.