Dr. V. Midzi is a chief scientist in the Engineering and Geohazards Unit at the Council for Geoscience. He obtained an MSc and Dr. Scient. degree from the University of Bergen, Norway, in seismology and has over 24 years of experience in the same field. He is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist by the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions. Dr Midzi has experience in various aspects of seismology though he has mainly worked on seismic hazard and risk assessment studies as research projects as well as for commercial clients. Dr. Midzi has also worked on major continental seismic hazard studies such as GSHAP, GEM Africa, the Seismotectonic Map of Africa project and is currently involved in the seismic hazard and risk assessment of Africa under the Organisation of African Geological Surveys, sponsored by UNESCO. He also has experience in seismic monitoring and has been involved in studies to determine seismic velocity structure in East and Southern Africa. Dr. Midzi has published and reviewed many articles in both local and international peer reviewed journals, has prepared reports related to the many commercial and research projects that he has been involved in. He has also participated in many conferences, meetings and workshops. His working experience includes training, having lectured and supervised students at undergraduate and postgraduate level over a period of six years at the National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe and still continues to supervise postgraduate students at universities in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. He has conducted several training workshops in seismology and seismic data analysis in various countries on the continent.