I work at the School of Biological Sciences (Botany) at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. I curate the South African National Diatom Collection (SANDC) which is held at the NWU. The collection mostly consists of the slides and samples of Cholnoky, Schoeman and Archibald, as well as my collection dating back to 2003. I am interested in the documentation and validation of diatom taxa from South Africa as well as applications for biomonitoring. I am also working on the diatoms from the Congo and Zambezi river basins. I will be organizing the upcoming IDS meeting in South Africa in 2025.