Gracious holds a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Malawi. He has extensive professional experience working on malaria, community nutrition and reproductive health programs at Clinton Health Access Initiative in Malawi. Upon completion of his studies, Gracious plans to go back home and devote his time to conducting research, development and management of programs aimed at promoting healthy behaviors and lifestyles among people, reducing exposure to risk, and strengthening health systems.
Having started her working career as a computer programmer, Sara later moved into the field of education and became a teacher. Her key research interest is understanding the work of teachers who face challenges in South Africa’s poorest schools. Having worked as a mathematics teacher in a township, Sara has a deep understanding of the burden of expectation faced by teachers and the creativity they must summon to continue their work in a constrained environment.
Talkmore Chidede holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Laws (LLM) Cum Laude by research in international investment law. He is pursuing an LLD in international investment law and human rights. His research seeks to investigate how international investment law can be used to advance socio-economic rights in host countries. This study is intended to make a significant contribution to contemporary discourse on the links between foreign direct investment and human rights.
Pritchard holds a First-class degree in Human Resource Management from the Great Zimbabwe University, and was a recipient of the University Book Prize and the Vice Chancellor's Award. He is pursuing the LLM to increase his knowledge of corporate law. He is keen to see better regulation of African corporations in order for them to have a greater impact in the societies in which they operate, and envisages that this course will be a precursor to entering the field of Corporate Management.
Wayne is a committed advocate of human rights law and norms. He has a keen interest in the correlation between business, human rights and the use of international criminal law in order to develop and protect the African economy. Within his career, he aims to establish a litigation centre for human rights and to provide consultancy services in international trade law to the government.
Chiedza holds a Master’s degree in Applied Drama from the University of Cape Town and a BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts from the University of Zimbabwe. She has been facilitating interventions with marginalized communities using the Arts since 2011. In the past two years, she has worked in South African prisons, using theatre as a tool of rehabilitation for offenders. She is now pursuing a PhD in Drama, using theatre in realizing and fostering prisoner-citizenship in Zimbabwe.
As a social worker and change agent, Rejoice is interested in addressing economic exclusion and food insecurity amongst elderly female farmers. Rejoice primarily works with women who are vulnerable to economic and climatic shocks due to limited external support systems.
Tereza holds an Honours Degree in Social Development from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Social Science from Chancellor College, University of Malawi. She has worked as a United Nations volunteer at UNDP, where she established and supervised adult literacy classes. She has also been facilitating interventions and mobilizing funds to provide support for vulnerable and disadvantaged girls.
Peggie is a researcher whose publications relate to ensuring social, economic and environmental justice for poor communities. She graduated amongst others, with first class qualifications in Social Work (University of Namibia); HIV & AIDS Management (Stellenbosch) and Masters in Social work at the University of Pretoria, where she is currently pursuing her PhD in Social Work.
Brighton recieved a BSc in Irrigation Engineering with distinction at University of Malawi as well as an MSc from the University of Stuttgart before enrolling in his PhD. He has over six years of experience working as an engineer at the Malawian Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation and believes that it is imperative to manage catchment areas holistically, so as to create a sustainable water supply chain. Through his studies, Brighton hopes to further develop analytical and technical skills that are scarce in Malawi.
Ref was educated across three continents, and his experiences transformed his conception of what development constitutes. Two years of working in the public health sector in Lesotho further spurred his interest to learn about development. He is interested in exploring what role private capital and expertise can play to helping underdeveloped countries deliver equitable healthcare. He hopes to use the knowledge acquired from his Master's to proffer solutions to Lesotho's poverty-related and public health needs more comprehensively.
Noel aims to become a disability and migration professional upon completion of his Master’s. The title of his thesis is “Searching for greener pastures: A study of the livelihoods of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa.” Noel is interested in exploring the intersection between migration, disabilities and livelihoods of African migrants in migrant receiving countries. He currently volunteers at the Disability Centre for Africa in Harare.
Mogamad is studying the LLB degree because he is passionate about South Africa’s Bill of Rights and he wants to contribute to the South African Criminal Justice System. Mogamad sees himself working as a corporate law attorney or becoming a prosecutor. He is part of the UWC Moot Society and Students for Law and Social Justice. Additionally, he is part of the Street Law Society which goes to different centres, educating people about their basic human rights.
Ryan is working toward a DPhil in the Human Evolutionary Genetics research group. His project will examine the admixture dynamics which resulted in the 'coloured' populations of Southern Africa as well as the Neolithic and recent movement of Bantu-speakers within Africa. Through this, he hopes to uncover some of the early history of African populations and map the genetic variation across populations.
Gladys was born and raised in a small township in Welkom, and she believes that growing up in such an environment has helped foster a strong desire to create change within her community and wider society. Gladys is passionate about informing and educating people living in remote areas about the law, their rights and responsibilities. One day, Gladys hopes to be a justice of the constitutional court and help to shape the future of South Africa.
Hlengiwe is a Human Rights expert with experience working on the African Human Rights System, specifically related to development. She is interested in social justice in the development discourse and natural resources governance. Her PhD research focuses on rights-based approaches to strengthening corporate accountability in the extractive sector in Africa, particularly focusing on how states undertake to eliminate exploitation by international monopolies.
Elissa describes herself as lively, determined and disciplined with particular aptitudes for writing and analysis which is why she sees the study of Law as a good fit for her academic strengths. She has been involved with the Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC) with responsibilities for fundraising. At the University of Fort Hare she is a member of the Law Clinic which assists with drafting claims and attending court sessions to improve students’ knowledge of legal processes.
Prior to undertaking her PhD in the Department of Social Work and Social Development, Adenike completed her Master of Social Work from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and her BSc in Child Development and Family Studies from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeoktua, Nigeria. Her research interests include female empowerment and HIV.
Asiphe is studying law because she wants to promote social justice and accountability in Africa. Having recently completed her LLB degree, she enrolled in the LLM in Law, State and Multilevel Government. She believes good governance, respect for the rule of law and economic prosperity are all needed in order for African States to thrive. She was selected to take part in the prestigious South African Washington International Programme in 2016 and is former Chairperson of UWC's Students for Law and Social Justice.
Zaheerah's LLM will be focused on labour law, legislation and employment rights, specifically the extension of social protection in South Africa as well as dispute resolution in the workplace. She would like to develop her skills as an academic and use her research and knowledge to help make employment law and rights more accessible to all South Africans.
Carmen is a researcher dedicated to the mental health of adolescents experiencing poverty, and is invested in community mental health initiatives. Her aim is to derive knowledge of the various factors affecting the mental health of adolescents experiencing poverty in the Western Cape of South Africa. She will use the findings from her study to develop strategies that protect and enhance the mental health of adolescents, and aims to implement these interventions in South African communities.
Dumisani is a lecturer in Economics at the University of Fort Hare. Having previously been a school teacher in the Eastern Cape, Dumisani became passionate about education, and is focusing his thesis on inequality and quality of education. His research will look at private educational expenditure for learners in South Africa's low socioeconomic areas. His reason for choosing this particular area of study was due to the stark differences he noticed between urban and rural schools whilst teaching.
Tsogolo is a Social Worker who has worked closely with vulnerable groups by linking them to quality psychosocial services that help promote their needs. She believes that vulnerable people have hidden capabilities which need to be nourished through empowerment in order to help eradicate poverty. She completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work at the University of Namibia and she currently workers as a Social Worker in a HIV pediatric management facility, providing counselling and support for families affected by the disease.
Sinovuyo wants to equip herself with the skills and knowledge to help South Africa’s marginalized communities and has a fascination for legal study due to its impact on all aspects of life. She is in charge of the Training Portfolio on the Moot Society at UWC, which involves training all those participating in mooting competitions and booking prospective judges. Sinovuyo runs her own YouTube channel to advise those aspiring to study law on University applications and how to establish a good work-life balance.
Venita is passionate about social justice and initially studied her PGCE to train as a teacher before pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Stellenbosch University. Recognizing the limited number of black and socio-economically disadvantaged students entering Higher Education in South Africa, this motivated Venita to pursue her studies in the sociology of education and work towards tackling these injustices. She hopes to develop her own access programs to increase representation of rural and black students in Higher Education.
Lehlohonolo was inspired to pursue a legal career by his parents who worked at the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. He aspires to either continue practicing law to eventually become a Judge or establishing his own NGO conducting legal research. Lehlohonolo was the winner of the 1st Year Moot Court Competition at UWC in 2016 and serves as an Executive Researcher on the society. He believes political negligence impedes the effectiveness of the South African legal system.
Newton holds a Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery degree (MBBS) from University of Malawi College of Medicine. He aims to become a research scientist investigating the interactions between infectious diseases of poverty and non-communicable diseases, a growing double disease burden in developing countries. Before he started studying for his MSc in Epidemiology he had experience working in multicentre clinical trials at Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme.
Having worked in the media for six years, Innocent attests to the importance of information and communication technologies in socioeconomic development and human rights. Innocent sees Malawi’s main challenge as its lack of ICT legal specialists. His goal is to fill this gap by acquiring a deep understanding of the legal and regulatory aspects of information sharing and communication in Malawi and help to develop a sound legal framework for use of ICT in the region.
Tinashe is a very environmentally conscious individual and this has driven him to study for his master’s degree within the field of geography, specialising in conservation. He feels that his native Zimbabwe is experiencing a number of challenges with regards to sustainable natural resource management. It is his hope to establish a development agency within the next 10 years that will facilitate community involvement in environmental conservation and management projects.
Nabulambo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Namibia and a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Leeds. Her PhD is in the area of macroeconomics and finance and her research seeks to explore the impact of financial integration on economic development and the role of the domestic financial markets. Upon completion, she intends to pursue a career in international development research
Kelly has recently established her own NGO, Mental Health Law Project, which aims to utilise the Law to advance Mental Health provisions in South Africa. She has experience working as an attorney at the Legal Resources Centre and is passionate about Human Rights. Before working in the legal profession she was a qualified teacher and worked for a range of charitable organisations including the Lalela Foundation, which strives to engage disadvantaged South African children in art and design projects.
Tumelo is a practicing attorney holding an LLB degree from the University of Botswana. Tumelo is also the founder of Botswana’s first women’s rights advocacy group, an NGO that offers legal assistance to women and advocates women’s rights. Upon learning of the grave injustices suffered by women as a result of medical malpractice, Tumelo decided to study medical law with the aim of defending women’s medical rights, as well as contributing to the development of more progressive health laws in Botswana.
Growing up in the Eastern Cape, Yonga has always known a strong sense of community and became motivated to pursue Law due to its impact on community integration and participation. He served as a Legal Trainee at B-Batchelor & Associates in East London with responsibilities including drafting of legal documents and attending to walk-in clients. Yonga is also part of the Black Management Forum, a youth organization which aims to improve management skills among black students and advocate for socio-economic justice.
As a teacher trainer, Mahao’s research seeks to understand how English teachers can use digital media to teach African literature and assess the challenges of accessing such media. He hopes to continue working in education, exploring emerging classroom technologies. Mahao is also Chairperson of the Vlalealea Development Trust in Lesotho where he works with the local community on projects relating to education and literacy, environmental protection, HIV/Aids, assisting orphans and income-generation.
Chulumanco is passionate about Human Rights and strives to pursue legal studies in order to better the life chances of ordinary South Africans. He is a member of the Students for Law and Social Justice organisation at Fort Hare which aims to increase knowledge of Human Rights and support other organizations working against discrimination. He sees the illegal occupation of land in South Africa as a particular legal challenge and believes the law should do more to ensure rights for those whose land is being illegally occupied.
Ts'eliso holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the National University of Lesotho and a Master's degree in Social Protection Financing from the University of Mauritius. He is passionate about Social Policy and Public Health issues and hopes to become an expert in Health Economics. His PhD research will seek to devise an alternative and affordable healthcare financing mechanism for low-income earners.
Mduduzi holds an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand. Upon completion of his Bachelors, Mduduzi became a candidate Attorney at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, a law firm in South Africa. He currently works within the environmental and mining departments and would thus like to expand his knowledge vis-a-vis international environmental best practice.
Joanah is a Human Rights and Gender activist who has served at the highest level in the Zimbabwe Students movement, ZINASU as Gender officer. Joanah is passionate about achieving sustainable impact in the fields of research and development in Cancer and other neurodegenerative diseases. She has a particular focus and commitment to advancing the impact of cancer on women and girls. As an activist, Joanah has led several campaigns in Zimbabwe’s Universities advancing human rights and academic freedoms.
Alongside studying for her PhD, Shamiso works as a Lecturer in Community Development Theory and Practice at UWC. Her passion for female empowerment motivated her to examine female participation in governance at the local level. In the future, Shamiso wishes to establish an orphanage in the Chigwida village in Mazowe District, Zimbabwe, in order to improve the life chances of the community’s most underprivileged children. Shamiso is a member of the International Golden Key Honour Society.
Lunga is a reader of historical, political, economic, philosophical and motivational material. He has a strong belief in the importance of critical dialogue and debates for the resolution of theoretical contradictions. It is Lunga's hope to contribute to making the space of learning and training more flexible and accessible, as he believes that education is central to promoting societal development.
Tatenda is interested in the management of forests and water sources and aims to understand the impact of climate change on southern Africa’s environmental landscape. Her focus on the landscape-water nexus in the Anthropocene is looking at their connections to humanity and their means of production in order to highlight pathways to resilience and sustainability. Tatenda hopes to pursue a career in environmental education to ensure southern Africa’s future generations understand environmental risks.
Michael is very passionate about applying quantitative economic methods to study and develop tax policy. He is concerned with how poverty and inequality have rocked the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Through his studies, he seeks to promote economic justice through advocating for progressive tax policies. In five years’ time, he wants to work for an international organization that deals with tax issues so as to influence policy at a regional level.
Chawapiwa is initially studying for the Postgraduate Certificate in Law and hopes to work her way up to the LLM as a University of London Distance Learning Scholar. She believes that pursuing this course is not only about her own self-development but is also a first step in serving humanity. She is passionate about improving the rights of women and refugees and hopes her studies will give her more in-depth knowledge of these areas.
Sheryleen is a journalist based in Zimbabwe. She has worked with local independent media organisations in Zimbabwe such as Alpha Media Holdings, as well as media civil society organisations. She holds a BA in Applied Communication Management from the University of Fort Hare and a Post Graduate Diploma in Media Management from Rhodes University. Her main interests are in community development, gender, media and conflict resolution in Zimbabwe.
Khutso holds a BA in French and Linguistics from the University of the Witwatersrand and works part-time as a self-employed Sepedi teacher at Wits University, teaching predominantly to Western and foreign students. He aims to become an academic and wants to increase representation of queer South Africans in academia and film. He took part in our podcast series which you can listen to here.
Setseetso Matobako is passionate about effective teaching and the education of mathematics to disadvantaged members of society. This motivated him to pursue his doctoral studies. His current research interest is on improving access to mathematics for visually impaired learners. He is currently taking part in an ongoing development of inclusive education policy.
Chrispin holds a First Class degree in Renewable Energy Technologies from Mzuzu University which accorded him a Presidential Prize. He studied an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology at Loughborough University. His Doctoral Research focuses on performance assessment of batteries for renewable energy storage. He has over five years’ experience working as a lecturer in renewable energy technologies and believes his research will improve the performance of Malawi’s off grid renewable energy initiatives.
Martina is a health economist who is interested in maternal and child health research. She believes that mothers and children are the backbone of a country’s economic development. Through her PhD, she hopes to provide empirical evidence on how antenatal care policies proposed by large bodies such as the WHO affect the quality of antenatal care services, utilization of the services and delivery outcomes in developing countries.
Lenny’s research is concerned with discovering a way of promoting the cultural and creative industries in a way that provides more economic benefits, creates employment and preserves cultural heritage. He holds a BA degree in Performing Arts from the University of Zululand and an Honor’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Art and Culture Management, graduating with distinction and holding the title of top performer in the department.
Mathakanyana believes her strengths in writing, problem solving and working under pressure will help her pursue a career in communications. She credits her growing confidence over the years to taking part in pageants, which have also provided her with a platform to give back to her community. She hopes to run her own business in the future and to undermine the stereotype that entrepreneurship in South Africa is the preserve of men.
Lelethu hopes her teaching skills will impact students’ lives and encourage them to achieve their aspirations. Her intended career path is to work for the department of education so that she can be involved in the major decision-making that shapes the South African education system. She intends to do this by extending her teaching to different school contexts e.g. township schools, rural areas and private schools.
Khanyile is a journalist and part time lecturer of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo. His research focuses on the intersection between journalism, urbanism and migration/ border studies in the construction of black citizenship in post-apartheid South Africa. Khanyile is also interested in questions of social justice around religion, education, gender and the environment.
Tlhalefang recently completed his Master’s in Economics at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a Researcher at the African Microeconomic Research Unit and has also worked as an Economic Analyst at the IMF. His main achievements include winning the Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition and receiving the Economic Research Southern Africa Scholarship. He wants to continue to influence the economic landscape of Africa in the future through involvement in entrepreneurship and industrial policy making.
The focus of Nthabiseng's PhD research is on the archaeology of Iron Age farming communities of southern Africa, so far as it contributes to understanding the identities of present-day Bantu-speaking communities. She is currently serving on councils of the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists and the Southern African Archaeology Students' council.
During her LLM, Ramani hopes to specialise in International Public Law and Human Rights Law, focusing on the legal rights of women who are mentally and physically impaired for her final dissertation project. Ramani currently works as a Research Associate for the South African Human Rights Commission where she mainly focuses on issues relating to migration, xenophobia and the rights to food and equality.
Misinzo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical and Behavioural Health from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA. She is currently pursuing her MSc as a joint program at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and LSE. Upon completion of her studies, Misinzo plans to return to work in the public health field in Zambia to translate key public health research into policy and quality and service improvement particularly in the field of Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health.
Sister Macdelyn is social justice lobbyist, an expert in special needs education, and a volunteer for vulnerable and socially excluded individuals. A recognition of the need for fair educational opportunities for children with disabilities compelled her to work in inclusive education. She envisages working as a curriculum developer in Botswana in order to hasten social change.
Cletus is passionate about using Art to address issues that affect society and is an advocate for using art as a voice for the voiceless. He taught Drama at Lupane State University from 2011 until January 2017, and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Zimbabwe and an MA from the University of the Witwatersrand. Upon completion of his PhD, Cletus wants to contribute to the Higher Education sector in Zimbabwe as a Lecturer. He is also passionate about Social Drama and wants to create more Social Drama community projects to help improve social integration.
Precious is an admitted attorney and conveyancer, specialising in Labour and Commercial Law. Through her membership of the Harvest Christian Church Missions Ministry, and their outreach work, Precious has had the opportunity to reach out to the less privileged in society. Precious believes that there is nothing more satisfying than touching people’s lives and helping them without obtaining any form of material gain from it.
Pretty is pursuing her PhD in Public law, specifically looking at Human Rights, Modernity and Culture. Her research interests are rooted in advocating for gender equality, ending gender based discrimination and violence against women. She is passionate about African women's development and the improvement of their position as full citizens, and believes the law can and should be used as a mechanism to achieve gender empowerment in our lifetime. Pretty aims to become part of the next generation of socio-legal experts in Africa.
Allen is doing his PhD in Journalism at the University of Johannesburg, focusing on political violence and discourses of peace journalism. In the future, Allen hopes to establish an institute that deals with peace journalism. He is already a member of the UNISA discussion group on Electoral Democracy.
Mercy is a development and gender scholar, researcher and trainer with a focus on gender equality in the media and women’s empowerment as a global development agenda. Her research is informed by the realization that most responses offered to alleviate women’s inequality are in fact rooted in existing patriarchal structures. She holds a BA in Communication Science and a BA Honours in Gender Studies both from UNISA and an MA in Development Studies from Wits University.
Brian is an upcoming academic and applied researcher with an interest in precarious labour, minority politics, migration and resistance. With a background in labour politics, he was awarded a masters scholarship in Labour Policy and Globalisation at Wits. Upon completion of his PhD, Brian has plans to establish a labour research institute in Manicaland province, Zimbabwe and contribute towards the promotion of fair and decent work.
Hilary is a social entrepreneur and action researcher. He is a believer in disrupting systems in order to create opportunities and access for youths. Hillary is currently researching on using social entrepreneurship as a peacebuilding tool to address social injustice and poverty amongst the youth in Zimbabwe. This stems from his support of the use of non-violent action to bring about social change.
Anthony has eight years' experience working as a child welfare practitioner and social worker. He holds an MSc in Development Studies from the National University of Science and Technology and is currently the Child Protection and Case Management Specialist for OVC and Livelihoods at Family AIDS Caring Trust, which provides a range of health and welfare support for Zimbabwean women and girls. He hopes studying the LLM will enable him to become a better social worker by gaining specialist knowledge of Medical and Human Rights law.
Shepard is a legal professional with expert knowledge and work experience in the fields of education, law and journalism. He has chosen to study an LLM with a focus on human rights law and is particularly interested in applying the human rights framework to the experience of refugees, women and children.
Martin chose to study Economics due to his interest in development and related issues. He believes that development should be enacted by the people, for the people and that in order for this to happen, there is a need for resource allocation justice. Martin would like to join the policy makers of his country after completing his studies. Beyond this, he has an interest in writing research papers for academic journals.
Loveness holds a BSc in International Obstetrics and Leadership from the University of Warwick and previously studied Clinical Medicine in Malawi. She has over ten year's worth of experience working as a clinician in Malawi providing care to pregnant mothers, and studied for a month at the Jiangsu Institute of Parasitic Diseases in China. Loveness aims to progress as a Senior Scientist specialising in reproductive health.
It has been Nancy's life-long dream to become a journalist and she hopes that the knowledge and experience obtained through her degree in Media and Communications will help her achieve this. Her eventual goal is to open an independent media house in her native Zimbabwe.
Sindile currently works as an intern with the Department of Trade and Industry. Her participation in community projects aimed at improving the lives of the poor inspired her to further her studies in Public Policy. Through her studies she hopes to enhance her knowledge of policy processes and learn how these can be improved to better address the socio-economic challenges faced by South African citizens. Sindile would like to work as a Monitoring & Evaluation officer, assessing the impact of specific government programmes and policies.
Ravona holds a LLB from the University of KwaZulu Natal and has worked in the legal industry for six years. She is now studying for a postgraduate diploma specialising in Financial Services Law, which she sees as an area of development in South Africa. With this qualification she hopes to work in the public financial regulatory field to ensure financial services are properly regulated for the benefit of South African society.
Sithembile is in her third year of studying law at the University of Fort Hare. She is also the deputy secretary for an organisation called Sunrise, the core slogan of which is ‘Your future can be better than mine’. This organisation is aimed at raising awareness with students from disadvantaged schools of the possibility to further their studies. Sithembile chose to study law because she believes it helps her to engage with, and tackle, some of the key challenges facing her community.
Fairchance holds a BPolSci (International Studies) and a BA (Hons) Political Science. A Masters in Military Science will develop his speciality in strategic intelligence, military strategy and diplomacy. His current research focuses on quantitative analysis of conflict in Africa's Sahel, and strategies used in complex irregular warfare (especially cyberwarfare and the use of children as suicide bombers). Through academic research, activism, leadership and diplomacy he hopes to play his part in ushering in a just peace and silencing the guns in Africa.
Outracy has worked with school children in rural Zimbabwe and illiterate adults in the mining sector in South Africa. She has a Diploma in Education with the University of Zimbabwe and Communication Science and Development Studies, both with UNISA. Her topics of interest are Migration, Human Security, Education, Policy and how they affect women, children and the poor.
Growing up in a poor community where people were forced to accept the reality of stark socio-economic imbalances, Pretty chose to study law with the hope of challenging social injustices and bringing about reform. She refuses to accept a status quo where women and children are subjected to lives of inequality and constant violation. As the recipient of the 2018 Matrix Chambers scholarship, Pretty will have the opportunity to undertake a month-long work placement at a barristers’ chambers in London upon completion of her degree.
Hlengiwe is an experienced scholar, researcher and activist who has participated in the International Human Rights Exchange (IHRE) and the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS). She is a recipient of many awards for meritorious academic achievement – including the prestigious Ruth First Prize for best third-year research projects in Sociology and best Master’s research project in 2015. Hlengiwe’s research interests include local governance and citizenship, labour studies, public administration, community protests, and gender justice.
Tinashe holds a BA (hons) in Politics and International Relations from the University of Johannesburg. He has a strong interest in education and African development and hopes to contribute to advancement of the continent in the future by working as a development consultant. Tinashe has served in various Youth Organisations and NGOs, his most recent post being an Education and Training Officer at Cosmo City Progressive Youth Development Forum. He is also a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) programme.
Brighton is motivated to pursue legal studies in order to promote Human Rights and protect people against corruption and abuse of power by those in positions of authority. He is a Committee member for the Students for Law and Social Justice and has a long-term ambition to become a Judge of the Constitutional Court where protection of fundamental rights against state abuse of power is fundamental.
Caroline is a qualified doctor who was consistently ranked among the best in her cohort at the University of Malawi. Prior to starting her Master's she was Deputy Head of the Paediatrics Department at Kamuzu Central Hospital and was also Executive Secretary for the Malawi Medical Council. She has a particular interest in childhood cancer and her research aims to understand gaps in knowledge among parents of children living with cancer in Malawi to assess how this influences care seeking.
Chikosa has worked for over 10 years with International NGOs and Malawi’s Ministry of Health, supporting programmes in maternal and newborn health, family planning and child health. Currently, he is studying towards his PhD in Public Health & Policy at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where his focus is on the integration of health services at the community level. In the future, Chikosa hopes to contribute to the development of public health policies, research and programmes supporting Ministry of Health.
Nompumelelo chose to study law because she is passionate about advancing human rights, promoting social justice and addressing inequalities. She wants to be part of a progressive and dynamic organisation whose core values focus on transforming South African society and providing the marginalised and disenfranchised with opportunities to develop themselves and their communities. Nompumelelo was on the 2016 Dean's Merit List and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.
Misheck studied at the University of Amsterdam for his MA in Medical Anthropology, achieving a first class degree, and has over seven years of experience in social research. Misheck’s specialises in an anthropological approach to health research that has not yet been applied in low income countries. He hopes that his PhD thesis, focusing on the experiences and management of diabetes in a resource limited setting, will promote the importance of context specific research.
Kagiso is focusing his Master’s research on the narratives of embodiment and representations of mental health by young black South Africans. His hope is that with this research there will be renewed focus on how mental health is perceived and performed by young black South Africans. Upon completion, Kagiso wants to pursue a PhD in Medical Anthropology in order to analyse how issues of mental health and structural violence and communicable diseases such as HIV are affecting South African societies.
Alongside his academic work, Yolisa is the Founder and Chairman of The Chamber of Legal Students, a student-led organization which provides representation for high school learners facing disciplinary hearings. His work for this organization has received media attention including from Cape Talk and City Vision. Yolisa is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society at UWC.
Sibili's PhD research is focused on Inclusive Education policies. She is passionate about issues pertaining to children, especially those who are stigmatised, marginalised and excluded by society. Currently, she is teaching student teachers at Nazarene University on issues of inclusion. Sibili hopes to eventually form an organisation that will provide physical and emotional support to children who are orphaned or vulnerable.
Barbara is a climate change expert with a well documented history of working with Non-governmental organisations in project formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. She holds an MSc in Climate Change and Development from Reading University. Her PhD research is focused on on climate-induced resettlement and its impact on livelihoods. Barbara is confident that her research will contribute to the planning of Climate Change induced resettlement across the globe.
Siphokazi's love for children and social development inspired her to study Education at NMMU. She hopes to go on to teach at a school in her home province, the Eastern Cape, so that she can motivate others to achieve their goals. In the future, she hopes to complete further studies in Accounting and to specialise in teaching this subject.
Linos holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Walter Sisulu University and is now pursuing his LLB in order to empower southern Africa’s most marginalized citizens. Hailing from the province of Manicaland, Zimbabwe, Linos became motivated to improve the social injustices facing members of his local community, and intends to study the LLM upon completion of his Bachelor’s degree. He previously served as a Peer Leader at Walter Sisulu and currently juggles academic commitments with being a shift leader at KFC Baobab Khulisani.
Tawachi holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Malawi. Before beginning her postgraduate studies, she worked as a Telecommunications Officer at UNICEF, and she has also worked for the World Food Programme. Tawachi hopes to use the expertise she gains during her PhD to assist in addressing the challenge of inadequate ICT infrastructure, especially in rural areas. She believes that with improved ICT services, Malawi will progress towards achieving its development targets.
Chisomo is an advocate who conducts litigation and gives advice in a wide range of legal areas. Her goal in pursuing an LLM is to gain specialised knowledge in international commerce and trade in order to help people in Malawi effectively participate in international commerce and trade. She also aims to use her knowledge of these areas to influence financial policy in government.
Joachim has a Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology and a Diploma in Education from the University of Zambia. He has worked in the education sector for the past 20 years and devoted the last 11 years to working with children with additional needs and their families, while publishing research on this topic. His future goals are to establish a Disabilities and Behaviour Management centre in Zambia, and to advocate for disability rights nationally.
Jonas holds a B. Com (Cum Laude) in Management from the University of South Africa and an MA in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape. His PhD research seeks to explore the connections between international migration and social welfare policies. Jonas is committed to issues of social justice and hopes to use his research to advocate for the rights of migrants and refugees.
Shehani is a qualified Social Worker and is interested in issues related to public mental health. She volunteers at Cape Mental Health and previously studied in New Zealand before pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Cape Town. Shehani has ambition to work for the United Nations, either for the UNDP, UNICEF or WHO, specifically within Africa. She wishes to advance public mental health systems and believes she has the skills and potential to become a leader in her field.
Marian is pursuing independent research on comparative education with a specific focus on gender mainstreaming policies in rural Namibian schools. She hopes to gain extensive practical and theoretical experience of different gender-focused projects being implemented in schools. Upon completing her studies, Marian would like to work for the Namibian Ministry of Education, shaping policy at a national level.
Chimwemwe graduated from the Catholic University of Malawi with a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Anthropology. She is now studying for an MSc in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology. The course will offer grounding in past and contemporary practices in visual anthropology and museum studies. Her research interests are in the intersections of visual and medical anthropology. She aims to explore the role of visual representations in addressing pertinent social and public health issues in Malawi and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Emmanuel was previously a Canon Collins Scholar whilst studying for his Master’s at the University of Leeds. He is interested in the relationship between institutions and practice and is concerned with advancing minority rights in Zambia, particularly focused on the LGBT community. His PhD is an examination of Zambian legal frameworks which currently discriminate against homosexuals, and he aims to use the philosophical writings of John Rawls and the principle of justice-as-fairness that such a legal framework is reprehensible.
Limbani works with Malawi's Human Rights Resource Centre as a Capacity Development Officer. By studying gender at postgraduate level, he hopes to respond a current gap in expertise in Malawi. He believes that this degree will equip him with the necessary knowledge and skills to critically engage with gender issues and understand their impact on development work and socio-economic challenges, adding value to his input at MHRRC, and at other organisations that he is involved with- such as Men for Gender Equality Now.
Malonje became deaf aged four and struggled during his primary and secondary education to engage in lessons due to inadequate resources. During his MSc in Inclusive and Special Education he discovered that inclusivity in education is possible and became passionate about advancing the rights of disabled learners. He works as the Inclusive Education Project Coordinator for Rural Areas at the Federation of Disability Organization in Malawi and in the future wants to contribute to national education, social and legal provisions for deaf citizens in Malawi.
Cerene was chosen by Canon Collin alumni as the 2015 Scholars' Scholar and is completing a three-year Mathematics PhD programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Cerene has a passion for mathematics (specialising in algebra and topology), and has proven herself to be most dedicated to the field. She currently runs a free maths education programme in secondary schools to share her knowledge, as she firmly believes that "everyone deserves the right to learn." Cerene hopes to become an academic professor of mathematics.
Clarissa is an established leader in health policy and legal advocacy in Zimbabwe. She has worked for several years as a Project Officer at Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, leading on advocacy work towards improving access to medicines and health services for less privileged and vulnerable groups, including people living with HIV. Clarissa is also a Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Ambassador, championing young women's rights across a variety of platforms.
Megan completed her Master's in Sociology at Stellenbosch University in 2014 which explored student experiences of residential life at a formerly white, Afrikaans university. Megan's PhD is focused on exploring the lived experiences of queer clergy in a mainline church in South Africa. She also works as a researcher for the South African Faith and Family Institute. The heart of her work aims to understand how institutional cultures interact with lived experiences and how they can be shaped in ways which are life affirming.
Nicola graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc in Biological Sciences, whilst being significantly involved in student environmental organisations. After graduating, she worked in environmental mangagement at the Cape Town City Council, where she focused on projects including waste management and protected area governance. Her main aim is to find synergies between looking after the environment and developing communities.
Alda is currently studying for an MSc in Engineering and she considers it a great personal accomplishment to be thriving in an environment that has previously been dominated by men. Her dream is to become a Senior Reservoir Engineer and to inspire other Mozambican women to study and work in the field of engineering. She hopes to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to support the upgrade of the technical ability of Mozmbican engineering operations.
Kudzai has worked for two decades on programmes aimed at promoting the rights and empowerment of disabled people of all ages. He has worked with disabled children, adolescents and young adults in Zimbabwe, and is currently based at the Reformed Church University where he teaches Disability and Special Needs Education. His involvement in various research projects has strengthened his advocacy focus to include all policy issues relating to the rights of disabled people in particular and other marginalised groups in general.
Chosen by Canon Collins Alumni as the 2018 Scholars' Scholar, Princess Alice is an activist, artist and academic. Through a marriage of intellect, activism and art, she fights for social justice with a specific focus on issues of gender and sexuality. Over the past 6 years, she has served as an ambassador for sexual and reproductive health rights in Zimbabwe through the SAfAIDS organisation. Her PhD research focuses on "Reclaiming Sex Workers Humanity and Dignity through Popular Participatory Theatre".
Lisa is a Monash South Africa graduate of Philosophy and International Studies. Her key interests lie in governance and public service. She regards an intersection of these as competent service to humanity that grants one an opportunity to display both distinctive brilliance and patriotic duty. Lisa's interest in Public Law is driven by an innate desire to acquire a quality education that is comprehensive and transformative enough for her to contribute substantively towards the quest for societal justice.
Simate Simate is a school teacher in Zambia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education, an MA in International Child Studies and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Leeds. He was previously the recipient of a Chevening Scholarship and a Disability Rights Scholarship. Simate’s research and professional interests are in the area of disability rights, and he has assumed positions of leadership in disabled people’s organizations including serving as Secretary General of the Deafblind Association of Zambia.
Precious began her professional career with the Spar brand and is currently Head of Sales and Marketing for the Hammer & Tongues Africa Holdings Group. She holds an MA in Gender and Development Studies for the University of Sussex. She was selected to be part of Michelle Obama’s Young African Women’s Leadership Summit in Johannesburg and is a founder of the Girls Development Initiative – for her work with this organization she was selected as the Goldman Sachs Global Woman of the Year 2012.
Nelson holds a BSc (hons) in Laboratory Sciences (first class) from the University of Malawi College of Medicine and a MSc degree in Molecular Biology of Pathogens (distinction) from the University of Glasgow. His specific research interest lies within the molecular mechanics of disease cause, pathogenicity and the consequent interventional outputs; specifically, drug action and resistance. For his PhD Nelson is looking at antimalarial drugs mode of action using a combination of “omics” technologies and genetic manipulation of malaria parasites.
Nigel holds an LLB from the University of South Africa. He is a co-founding Director of Acuworx Consultants, a legal research firm that specialises in land rights, reform and restitution in Southern Africa. Nigel is also the Communications Director for Access-Africa Initiative South Africa, a UNICEF affiliate NGO involved in child and youth empowerment.
Nyiko Sithole is the Equal Education Scholar, a scholarship designed to forge a greater partnership between Canon Collins Trust and our partner organisation, Equal Education. Nyiko is currently in her second year of a three year BA Law degree at North-West University. Alongside her legal interest, she has taken modules in Political Science and is interested in the intersections between Law, Politics and Economics. Outside academia, Nyiko is also interested in the empowerment of African youth.
Mandira is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. She obtained her LLB degree from the Univeristy of KwaZulu-Natal and practiced as an attorney at the Legal Resources Centre (LRC). The focus of her work at the LRC was access to basic education in the Eastern Cape. She is a former clerk of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and is currently an attorney at Lawyers Against Abuse. Mandira wishes to utilise her studies in human rights law to further assist vulnerable and marginalised groups in South Africa.
Wilson is interested in disability and migration issues. In particular, he has an interest in refugee mothers of children with disabilities. This is an area that is not well researched in southern Africa, and child disability has never been acknowledged as one of the factors compelling people to migrate accross the region. Having grown up in a society where people living with disabilities are isolated by their families and communities, Wilson decided to pursue studies that put emphasis on disability rights and inclusion.
Nkosinathi chose to pursue legal studies as a means of challenging the status quo. He strongly believes in the power of doing his best to help those in need. He is happiest when he is around people who choose not to be defined by their problems, but who strive to their best in all that they do. Nkosinathi has already secured his Articles for 2018 and he hopes one day to work in the International Criminal Court.
Before embarking on her PhD studies, Kate worked as a researcher in two public interest law organisations. Her research topic is around public interest litigation and the local state, specifically exploring municipal practice, policy and institutional change in response to evictions litigation in Johannesburg.
Queen chose to study Law in order to help realise social justice and create a society which is reflective of the constitution. She is a member of the Moot Society at UWC and the Street Law society, which disseminates legal knowledge and advice to local communities where people are unsure of their rights. Queen believes that the most significant challenges facing the legal sector is ensuring that people's attitudes evolve and change alongside the changing legal framework.
As a social justice activist, Dauglous is concerned with upholding and protecting the right to freedom of expression and his PhD seeks to explore the right to freedom of expression in the online domain. In future, he hopes to work as a Cyber Law expert. Dauglous has an LLM in Labour Law from the University of Fort Hare where he currently works tutoring LLB students in Family Law.
Ashley is a co-founder of Bottomup, an organization which provides support to schools on the Cape Flats. He is motivated to improve the inequalities in South African schooling, particularly in low-SES schools located in urban townships. His research explores how dominant narratives about student performance represent or hide advantage and disadvantage. Ashley’s hope is to advocate for policy change that will assist marginalized students by contesting the misrecognition evident in dominant narratives about ‘failing schools.’
Before starting his BEd (hons), Njanjala worked as a tutor at Walter Sisulu University conducting peer assisted learning sessions, giving him experience in his chosen field of Policy and Management in Education. He chose to study this course as he hopes to contribute to improving South Africa's education system.
Sinethemba’s ambition to work in the media derives from her naturally inquisitive and passionate enthusiasm for life. When reading an article or watching a news story, she strives to know every detail behind them, and hopes to channel this passion into her career. In 2016, she volunteered as a reporter for the campus radio at Walter Sisulu University, where she covered the #FeesMustFall strike. She is currently job-shadowing at a community radio station called Link FM in East London.
Collins is a research scientist with a background in Sociology, Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology. His research interest is in maternal and child health, and he has worked and published in this area since 2009. In his PhD research, Collins is investigating the link between the use of medicinal plants in pregnancy and birth outcomes. He hopes his research will contribute towards attainment of Sustainable Development Goal 3, to "Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages" in Malawi.
Talent aims to advocate for better social work therapeutic interventions in working with institutionalized children experiencing psycho-social disfunctioning. She is currently a volunteer at Morester Children’s Home and Victory Haven Place of Safety. Talent eventually aims to pursue Doctorate study in Social Work and is also passionate about tackling educational injustice, aiming to establish a library and information centre in Kasirisiri Sanyati Zimbabwe, so girls can study safely in the evening.