Mike Agenbag is an Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP) with vast experience through the implementation, delivery and running of environmental health services (EHS) at local government level in South Africa. Subsequently, he got involved in a number of national and local studies to emphasise the challenges regarding the appropriate implementation of EHS to prevent ill health at sources. He published several articles in peer reviewed scientific and other journals and he presented at various national and international conferences to emphasise these issues. He advised numerous colleagues, institutions and consultants regarding the effective management of environmental health services and consequently he got involved in policy input, amongst others, at the National Departments of Health and Local Government.
Since the inception of the ‘Alfred Nzo Environmental Health Achievement Award’ during 2002, he was twice under the top three (2002, third place and 2010 second) in the country. The Alfred Nzo Achievement award is bestowed upon an EHP who is making an extraordinary contribution to the field of environmental health and improving the lives of general citizens.
Since July 2013 he joined Cape Peninsula University of Technology as Lecturer: Environmental Health, couching Management Practice to environmental health students to prepare them for market. Amongst others, he holds a master by dissertation (Magister Technologiae [M-Tech]: Environmental Health) from the Central University of Technology, Free State (2008), with the topic ‘An assessment of the management and control of the informal milk producers by Environmental Health Services in South Africa.’ Three peer reviewed articles were published in international peer reviewed scientific journals such as the British Food Journal, International Journal for Environmental Health Research and the Journal of Public Health Policy, respectively.
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