Top award for Free State lecturer who can predict drought

Senior lecturer, Dr Mthoni Masinde has walked away with top honours at the annual Women in Science Awards hosted by the Department of Science and Technology for her innovative drought forecast solution.

I grew up in a village myself and realised I have knowledge that has not been documented and I combined this with computer science.

Dr Masinde

She explains how from observing plants and insects one can predict drought.

Farmers from observing dragon flies know that if they fly one meter above the ground, rain will come in a weeks time or if a particular tree flowers in the month of May, rain will come in three weeks.

Dr Masinde

She told John Robbie that this is not specific to SA and can be used in Mozambique, Lesotho and Kenya.

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