Prof Magwaza is a Y-rated researcher with more than 15 years of research experience. He has published more than 90 articles in peer-reviewed journals, five book chapters and presented more than 20 papers in international conferences. Magwaza has supervised and graduated Ten PhDs, Sixteen MSc and six Honours students. In 2018, 2019 and 2020 Magwaza was presented with the awards for being in the Top 10 Young Published Researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
In 2019, he was presented with the Top 30 Most Published Researcher Award by the University of KwaZulu-Natal. As a member of South African Young Academy of Science, Prof Magwaza has made an ongoing commitment to improving South Africa through academically motivated engagement in community development, capacity building and mentoring activities.