Kelly has an honours degree in Political Science from Stellenbosch University and extensive social research experience. For three years she worked on an international HIV prevention randomised control trial and this opened her eyes to the impacts of health on society. She hopes to work to addressing global health issues that affect the poor and marginalised.
Before beginning her MPhil at the University of Cambridge, Taskeen worked as an Electrical Engineer at Mintek, the Research and Development Council for South African mineral processing. Taskeen believes that engineers and the engineering sector have an important part to play in achieving sustainable development in her country and Africa as a whole. She ultimately wants to open up a social entrepreneurial business that will help communities through innovation.
The Faculty of Humanities has been Ndapwa’s “home" for the past five years. She began a two-year Master's at Rhodes University this year, having completed both her undergraduate and honours degrees at the same university. Her research focuses on the intersection of race, class and gender for black women in South Africa, with a particular interest in their relationships to society. In the future, she would love to pursue a PhD exploring people’s experiences of mental health in the university environment.
Before beginning her Master's at the LSE, Alexandra was a content editor for urbanafrica.net, an online project of the African Centre for Cities. She was formerly a Director of the Township Debating League. Alexandra hopes to focus on Planning Economics and Urban Policy during her studies in order to increase her knowledge of subjects that will ultimately benefit South Africa.
Marché holds a BA in Creative Writing from UCT. Her ambition is to be one of Africa’s great female writers as she believes that literature can have a positive impact on community life. While at university, Marché volunteered with our partner Equal Education to establish books in school libraries in South Africa. She hopes to continue to support activities that promote access to literature, perhaps through organising a festival for individuals from less privileged backgrounds to give them the opportunity to appreciate Africa’s immense array of talented writers.
Basani holds a Bcom in Politics and Economics from University of Cape Town and an MA from the University of Witwatersrand. She is now studying for a PhD at SOAS, focusing on the financialisation of Mozambique’s transport infrastructure and its impact on Mozambique’s spatial dislocation problem. Having years of experience in both research and policy implementation, she is confident that working for an agency such as the Development Bank of Southern Africa would allow her to best impact on the development of the region.
With a background in anatomy, Natalie is particularly interested in the human brain. Her PhD examines how we can combine different magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods to better understand the biological properties underlying glioblastoma, which is the most common and aggressive of the primary brain tumours. In the future, she hopes for her research to make an impact on how clinicians manage these tumours and apply chemotherapy to fight cancer.
Maio believes that his postgraduate studies will help him to better understand how, despite being endowed with many natural resources, Africa continues to experience high levels of under-development. He envisions a career as a researcher focusing on policies relating to the economics of health and education, because both are sustainable ways of securing Africa’s future. He also hope to continue contributing to the development of Changa-Changa Community School in his home town of Mazabuka, Zambia.
Paballo graduated with distinction in his BSocSc from UCT, achieving ten class medals for the highest achiever. After completing his MSc in Oxford, he would like to return to South Africa and work in research and academia. Paballo is particularly interested in sharing his knowledge with students from disadvantaged backgrounds and would like to contribute to solving the conflict between land restitution, human development and conservation seen throughout Africa
Vimbayi is a crop scientist from Zimbabwe. Her research topic is entitled: “Quantifying water use of sorghum-cowpea-bottle gourd intercrop systems”. She works for the Zimbabwe Youth Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZYCCI) as an Agricultural Consultant and is passionate about rural development through sustainable farming practices. After her studies, Vimbayi intends to broaden the scope of ZYCCI, increasing its promotion of sustainable farming practices to improve issues of food security and livelihoods.
Before beginning his Master's at SOAS, Austin was working as a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the Anti-Corruption Bureau in Malawi. He has over five years of experience in managing development projects in a number of organisations. Austin hopes that by extending his studies to the Master's level, he will acquire vital knowledge for the advancement of his career in International Development.
Adelino is an educational researcher with a particular interest in the interplay between education, culture and society. He obtained an MPhil from the University of Queensland where he received a prize for the best thesis in comparative education. Additionally, he has over a decade of professional experience as a researcher and lecturer of human and social sciences at Universidade Politécnica in Mozambique. He hopes that his research, proposing more equitable education policies, will contribute to the promotion of societal welfare.
Takunda believes that a more holistic approach to development is required; one that considers different dimensions of sustainability. Her work is currently centred on sustainable development challenges faced by the mining industry, as well as on how to assess the sustainability performance of the industry. Takunda is also investigating how to incorporate sustainability into decision making, in order to reap maximum potential benefits.
Rowland worked as a social worker for many years before choosing to study a Master's. He decided to enroll on an MSc in Sustainable Ariculture and Rural Development in order to help improve the lives of populations living in rural areas that are most affected by the inadequacies of Zimbabwean economic systems and wealth redistribution mechanisms.
Joshua's passion for human rights has seen him undertake internships with both CIVICUS and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. At CIVICUS, he assisted in bringing research and policy recommendations to UN Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups. Joshua is passionate about transformation and improved human rights in Zimbabwe, where gross human rights violations continue to occur on a regular basis.
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.
Following her undergraduate degree in Genetics and Biochemistry, Aretha moved to the Health Sciences, gaining an Honours Degree in Cell Biology with a focus on cardiovascular research. For her MSc, she moved into the field of cancer biology. While an intense interest in biology initially guided her in this choice of study, this has been strengthened by her desire to contribute to the growing body of research on cancer, both worldwide and in South Africa. Aretha upgraded to a PhD in 2012.
Toni, a final year LLB student, has been on the Dean's Merit List for three consecutive years and is part of the Top Law Achievers Programme. Whilst chairing the UWC Moot Court Society, Toni represented South Africa at the International Law Moot Competition. She has taken up articles for 2016 with Bowman Gilfillan Inc. in Cape Town to pursue her interests in corporate, commercial and labour law. Her future plans include the completion of her articles, becoming an attorney of the High Court and studying an MA in International Law.
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, helping to uncover some of the early history of African populations and map the genetic variation across populations.
Vanessa holds a Bachelors in Economics and Demography from the University of Swaziland. She has worked in health research with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, focusing on health economics costing of HIV, and maternal health services in Swaziland and Kenya. Vanessa is passionate about poverty alleviation, women empowerment, health and the environment. Currently, Vanessa is studying "The Societal Costs of Methamphetamine Use in Western Cape" as part of the fulfilment of her Master’s degree.
Sabrina is a third year LLB student at the University of the Western Cape. She is a member of the Golden Key Honour Society, Law Top Achievers Programme and is top of the Dean’s Merit List. Sabrina also volunteers for the Street Law Society, where she educates communities about their human rights. Passionate about the rights of prisoners, she regularly visits a local prison to educate juveniles on their right to a fair trial. Sabrina aims to become an attorney and to contribute to the growth of the legal profession in South Africa.
Whilst studying, Stephanie is currently based at the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) in Cape Town. Her research focuses on early detection and prevention of metabolic diseases, particularly type two diabetes. In the future, she intends to pursue a PhD in molecular genetics and branch into the field of pharmacogenomics.
Melezwa is specialising in human rights, public and international law. With her scholarship she plans on gaining international exposure in legal development, and implementing this in Africa.
After graduating, Jessica hopes to complete her articles of clerkship at a law firm and become admitted as an attorney. Her academic interests include succession law, contract law, family law and human rights law.
Ntombenkosi graduated with a BA (Journalism & Media Studies and Sociology) and a BA (Hon) in African Languages from Rhodes University. Her research focuses on the role of translation in empowering marginalised South African languages. After her studies, she would like to work on translation projects through ZaNto Translations, a translation business that she co-owns. When she is not thinking of ideas about how African languages and indigenous knowledge can be preserved, Ntombi works as a communications practitioner.
Geraldine’s research and professional interests include museum and heritage studies, public history, visual studies, the politics and poetics of collecting, the biography and history of the archive and histories of liberation. Following her graduation she hopes to curate an exhibition on the basis of her PhD research: the history and the solidarity work of the International Defence and Aid Fund in Cape Town (1956-1991). She would like to continue working on the IDAF collection, while cultivating a more self-reflective approach to the archives.
Taahirah is an Industrial Engineering business consultant. She holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering and while at the University of Pretoria she participated in the establishment of the Engineering, Environment and Information Technology faculty house. Taahira believes that studying an MPhil will help her develop the necessary skill set required to improve service delivery systems in South Africa. She plans to apply these skills to the service delivery issues experienced in the nation's health sector, to optimize provision of critical medication.
Esnatt is a project officer working on a community based child protection program run by a faith based organization, Emmanuel International. She believes a postgraduate qualification in law will enhance her ability to effectively advocate for the protection of the rights of children. Esnatt has a Bachelor degree from the University of Malawi. While at university, she founded a student run organization, which worked to provide social education to orphaned and vulnerable children at rural centers.
Mtendere holds a BA Law (Hons) degree from the University of Malawi. She is a Legal Practitioner with 4 years’ experience at the Bar and in the private sector. She currently works for the Malawi Human Rights Commission as a Principal Civil and Political Rights Officer, focusing on children and women’s rights. Her ambition is to become a judge, specialising in International Law. She intends to champion the reform of several discriminatory laws and practices that hinder women from enjoying their inherent human rights in her country.
With a background in Biochemistry, Caron decided to extend her research to a PhD, focusing on HIV research. Using cutting-edge technologies such as live-cell imaging, Caron will be investigating how the virus enters cells, something that to this day remains unclear. Caron has previously held posts at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and Avimune Veterinary Consultants in South Africa.
Prior to enrolling on a Master's programme, Gertrude worked as a social worker for many years, particularly supporting children found on the streets and HIV/TB patients in primary health care clinics. Gertrude hopes that her MSocSci in Social Policy will enable her to engage with policy makers in order to effect policy changes in the field of social work.
Leila holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of the Witwatersrand. She chose to study a Master's in Public Health after witnessing deplorable conditions at Baragwanath hospital in her home country. Leila felt that as a Doctor she was having limited impact, an MSc in Public Health thus enabling her to play her part in overhauling policy and institutional delivery frameworks to ensure better quality of healthcare.
Dumisani is a lecturer in Economics and the Deputy Head of department 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.
Josh is a community organiser and educator with a passion for human rights, social justice and empowerment. He has managed large teams in diverse community organisations and has served in educational capacities as both a director of education and hands-on teacher. Before embarking on his LLM Josh worked with the Helen Suzman Foundation, an NGO dedicated to promoting liberal constitutional democracy in South Africa through public interest litigation, advocacy and education.
Kavish is currently teaching high school science. He has completed a BSc (Honours) degree in Chemical Technology, PGCE (with distinction) and a Masters of Education degree, cum laude. His research interests include the multiliteracies involved in science teaching and learning, as well as curriculum alignment. Kavish is passionate about pursuing an academic career in higher education, whilst contributing to the development of teachers and research in South African science education.
Innocent has seven years working experience in the field of governance and democracy in Zimbabwe, and was a Communications and Advocacy Officer for the Election Resource Centre prior to enrolling on his MSc. Innocent hopes that the skills he will acquire during his studies at Oxford will enable him to design and assess interventions aimed at tackling issues of governance and electoral reform in Zimbabwe.
Prior to beginning her PhD studies at KZN, Alaika was a trainee engineer. She was motivated to enter the field of engineering due to South Africa having great skills shortages with a limited number of females interested in engineering. Having previously studied Agricultural Engineering, Alaika will specialise in food processing and technology, particularly postharvest quality of natural commodities.
Shingirai completed her BPharm degree at Rhodes University in 2014. Her area of focus is the promotion of breastfeeding in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, using a culturally sensitive and participatory approach. She will be developing manuals for community care workers so that they might implement breastfeeding activities with women in rural areas. Hoping that her work becomes influential, Shingirai wants to work with organisations that promote child health and wellbeing in Africa.
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
Epifania has a BA from Eduardo Mondlane University with distinction and has worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Social and Economic Studies in Maputo. Her view that economic growth in Mozambique over the past two decades has failed to reduce poverty in any meaningful way is what motivated Epifania to pursue advanced studies in the Political Economy of Development. Epifania hopes to become an expert on industrialisation and development and to influence public policy in Mozambique.
Michail is a LLB Law student. Previously, he completed a BCom Law degree, where he majored in economics. He enjoys private law disciplines over the criminal, and is interested in maritime law, tax law and litigation. Michail is also Chair of the UWC branch of Students for Law and Social Justice, which uses the law as a tool for change. After he completes his LLB he intends to do his articles at a firm where he can gain exposure to litigation and one day become a successful advocate.
Rhulani is an Extraction Metallurgist by profession, but her passion is in community development, where she has established her career as a community development specialist in the non-profit sector of South Africa. Her quest to expand her scope in public health to address women’s health in Africa is what motivated her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Health, as she firmly believes that the key to improving the health of the nation is to improve the health of women.
Aciano's geographic research focuses on the investigation of cause-effect coastal hazards, and assessing the vulnerability of coastal cities in Mozambique. Under the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO's global objectives promoting youth involvement in marine sciences in Africa, he joined the Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa Programme. Since then, he has participated in many projects in relation to the Western Indian Ocean region.
Bongiwe is in her final year of an LLB at the University of the Western Cape. Studying law was always Bongiwe’s ambition, as she hopes to help those less fortunate than herself. Passionate about human rights, she decided to pursue an academic career in the legal field in order to one day educate people about their rights, and support them in litigating for their rights. As part of the Street Law Community, she and her peers educate juvenile male prisoners at Pollsmoor prison about the law. In the future, she would like to be a Constitutional Court Judge.
Pedzisai is an academic, performance maker and the 2014 Canon Collins Scholars’ Scholar. He holds an MA in Drama on a Staff Development Fellowship from Great Zimbabwe University and a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Zimbabwe. Both degrees were awarded with distinction. His PhD research explores how embodied memory, conveyed in gestures, spoken words, movement, dance and other performance, offers alternative perspectives on memory and commemoration of violent atrocities in Africa.
Itumeleng holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is interested in gender politics, climate change and food security, particularly how these intersect with policy. Through her work she hopes to bring the voices of rural women in agriculture to the centre of activism and policy making. Itumeleng is the former Deputy President of the SRC at Wits. She currently serves in the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security society committee, and is an international student ambassador at NUIG.
Thandiswa graduated with a BSc in Engineering and Mechatronics from UCT. After graduating, she began working as a junior control engineer where she noticed significant skills gaps in management and a shortage of women in managerial positions. Thandiswa enrolled on an MSc in Engineering Management in order to develop her managerial and practical engineering capabilities and apply these skills to her working environment. When not studying, she assists with mentoring programmes and supports local youths in career development.
Priestly is a Lecturer at the University of Zambia. His professional interests are in the training of graduate teachers of mathematics as well as in the development of university mathematics education curricula. Priestly’s research focuses on the exploration of university student teachers’ knowledge of secondary school functions and trigonometry. He seeks to understand how the student teachers’ study of mathematics helps them to acquire a deeper understanding of the topics they are expected to teach upon graduation.
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.
Tawanda holds a BSc Biochemistry and Chemistry from the University of KwaZulu Natal and an Honours Degree in Chemistry from Rhodes University. He is currently a Master’s student in Bio-Engineering at K|RITH (KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV). KwaZulu-Natal province having one of the highest prevalences of HIV and TB cases worldwide influenced Tawanda’s decision to enrol there. As part of his studies, he fabricates microfluidic chips that will process Tuberculosis microbes from saliva to identify drug-resistance genes.
Prior to starting her masters, Graça worked as a Researcher and Socioeconomic Analyst at the Institute for Agricultural Research in Mozambique. She hopes to improve her skills in order to carry research leading to improved adoption of appropriate agricultural technologies and techniques, and consequently to agricultural development and food security improvement in Mozambique.
Nyasha is a social worker and human rights activist. She completed a Master's in Child & Family Studies (MACFS) focusing on family & identity preservation of undocumented Zimbabwean immigrants in SA. Her PhD research asks citizens critical questions regarding what needs to happen for national healing and restoration to be realised after the Zimbabwean crisis. She hopes this research will propel therapists, human rights activists and professionals towards inclusive models of national healing that address the real and felt needs of citizens.
Lunga is an Education policy specialist who has been involved in student governance at undergraduate level as well as organising youth debating tournaments for secondary school students. After completing his MA, Lunga wants to open an Academy whose particular vision would be to create critical thinkers and researchers on education policy who can re-conceptualise the current education system. In this way, Lunga hopes to contribute to the mitigation of educational inequality in South Africa.
Motena’s first degree was in Statistics and Economics, obtained from the National University of Lesotho. She then completed a Masters degree in Statistics at the University of Botswana. She has a great interest in food security related issues and has recently developed an interest in the application of statistical concepts to engineering problems. Her PhD is focused on applying artificial neural network in assessing Granger non-causality problems.
Thuso completed his first degree, a BSc in Biological Sciences, at the University of Botswana. He proceeded with an Honours in Medical Structural Biology in a joint programme between universities of Cape Town and the Western Cape, which he completed in 2011. In the following 2 years, he did his MSc in Biotechnology at UWC. Upon completion of his PhD, Thuso wants to venture into pharmaceutical research, especially in tuberculosis to contribute to the drug discovery field.
Zenariah is currently pursuing an LLB degree at UWC. She feels that one of the most pressing problems in South African law is widespread corruption, which has resulted in many legal professionals compromising their morals and losing sight of ethical practice. She sees very few law graduates choosing to pursue careers in public sector disciplines rather than the corporate sector. Zenariah wants to give back to her country by promoting legal awareness amongst women and children who find themselves in vulnerable positions.
Abram is a Human Rights Lawyer with over 20 years of experience as a legal advisor, prosecutor, and magistrate. He specialises in the field of International and Comparative justice. After completing his LLM, Abram’s career ambition is to work towards becoming a judge in South Africa’s Constitutional Court. He believes that his postgraduate qualifications will ensure that he is well equipped to rule on important human rights cases that are heard daily in a nation emerging from a past full of inequalities.
Poppy is a lecturer in Social Work at the University of Pretoria and a board member at Future Families, an NGO that provides care and support to families affected by HIV/AIDS. Her PhD focuses on the societal influences leading to violence at schools. In September 2015, Poppy spoke at a WHO conference in Geneva on the topic of school based violence prevention. She hopes that the findings of her research will encourage the development of more sophisticated violence prevention programmes for South African youths.
Nqobile graduated with a BSc Biochemistry from the University of Limpopo before joining the University of KwaZulu-Natal to undertake her Honours, Masters and PhD degree on a Canon Collins scholarship. Nqobile became interested in Botany after discovering that conservation approaches and documentation of the rich biodiversity in South Africa was inadequate. Her PhD studies aim to fill this gap as she evaluates the effect of abiotic stress on growth and offer suggestions for alternative ‘safe’ agricultural practices.
Kgadi completed an MSc in 2012 at The University of Pretoria with financial assistance from a Canon Collins Graça Machel Scholarship. Kgadi is currently employed as a lecturer by the University of Pretoria. Her duties include training pre- and in-service science teachers and supervising postgraduate research. Upon completion of her studies Kgadi hopes to make a contribution towards the improvement of science teaching in South Africa.
Leah is a PhD student at UCT, her research focusing on organometallic synthetic chemistry. Her research is part of a larger project that puts to use the Platinum Group of Metals that are abundant in South Africa. Her method, catalysis, is one of the principles of Green chemistry as it saves energy. Leah's ambition is to become a renowned researcher that makes vital contributions to her field of chemistry.
Following her Master’s Degree in Environment, Society and Development at Cambridge University, Elke worked as an advisor on land reform and management for the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement in Namibia. The lack of comprehensive literature on land issues and her interest in tenure security resulted in her pursuing a PhD in this field. Focusing on the formalisation of land rights in Namibia, she hopes that her research will inform policy-makers in the future. She has been selected twice to present papers on this topic at the World Bank.
Chrispin holds a BSc in Renewable Energy Technologies from Mzuzu University. Prior to enrolling on a Master's programme, Chrispin also taught and supervised undergraduate research projects (relating to Renewable Energy Technologies, mainly
Biogas Technology and Home Solar Photo voltaic Systems) at Mzuzu University. Chrispin hopes for his research to improve livelihoods of rural communities by offering them "green" alternatives.
Cleone holds a PGDip in Disability Studies and will complete her MPhil this year. Before her studies, she worked in the disability sector at grassroots level. She therefore understands the gravity of many injustices, such as exclusion from adequate housing, employment, community life and information. Her research explores how disabled youths accessing information could lead to livelihood opportunities. Cleone wants to create a social entrepreneurship movement that will effect real change in the lives of diasabled people.
Asiphe is in her final year of an LLB Law degree at the UWC, and part of the Law Top Achiever’s programme. Upon completion, she hopes to specialise in Labour, Contract and Environmental Law. Her interest in Environmental Law stems back to 2010, when she represented South Africa at a Climate Change Conference in Demark. Having volunteered at “Young in Prison South Africa,” which helps former inmates rehabilitate into society, Asiphe is passionate about fairness in South African law, and extending her skills to benefit others.
Vuyiswa is based at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria where she is doing most of her research work. She focuses on polymer nanomaterials for biomedical applications. She has two publications and her work has been presented in international conferences. Vuyiswa did her MSc in Chemistry at the same university, and her BSc in Chemistry & Mathematics at the University of Swaziland.
Busi is interested in analysing and rewriting previously held assumptions concerning race and sexism in South Africa. Her research interests are concentrated around critical race theory and feminist philosophy, with the intention of trying to understand why white guilt in South Africa is seen as "good" and the role that sexual freedom plays in women's liberation. Busi also holds a BA with majors in English and Philosophy from the University of Cape Town.
Emmanuel graduated with a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Botswana. His undergraduate research examined the ecological impacts of wildlife based tourism in Chobe National Park. Later, he joined the Okavango Research Institute as a Staff Development Fellow, conducting research on natural resource governance in the Okavango Delta. His current research focuses on the involvement of communities in designing and implementing Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) in southern Africa.
Mmannyana holds a Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Botswana. Mmannyana has worked for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development for nearly twenty years. During this time, she has worked on child protection programmes, as well as local and national responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She hopes that she will be able to directly apply the skills gained at Oxford to her career in Local Government in Botswana.
Thuso earned a BSc.Agr(Hons) degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Free State. He is interested in sustainable agriculture with a passion to improve the long-term livelihoods of rural communities. His volunteer work includes tutorship and visits to schools across Northern Cape province delivering general career guidance. As an aspiring change agent, he is hoping to work towards supporting rural projects that equally promote environmental, social and economic values.
Maletsabisa holds a BSc in Computer Systems and Networks from the National University of Lesotho (NUL), and a MSc in Computer Science from UCT. At the end of her MSc, she worked at NUL as a Computer Science lecturer for two semesters before returning to UCT to read for her PhD. Her interests include the use of ICTs in promoting health and education, in the creation/distribution of local digital content in rural areas, and in improving low literacy people’s access to educational content, the web and other ICT services.
Gaby’s research is entitled “Molecular Basis for the Rift Valley Fever Virus Virulence”. She holds a degree in Veterinary Medicine from Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique and a MSc in Animal Pathology from Universidade Estadual Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil. Currently she lectures in Animal Pathology, Histology and Embriology at the Veterinary Faculty at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane. After finishing her PhD, she would like to work on building capacity to improve the diagnosis and surveillance of infectious diseases in Mozambique.
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.
Riaz is the the founder of Hyperion Development, an organisation delivering free online courses in South Africa on computer science skills. He believes that technology, harnessed correctly, can play a key role in mitigating the bimodality of South African pupil performance based on social background. Riaz believes that pursuing an MPhil in Technology Policy will equip him with the skills he needs to build partnerships and shape policy to prioritise educational needs. In this way he hopes to promote the democratizing mission of his company.
Shemona holds a BSc in Audiology from the University of Cape Town. She currently runs a private audiology practice "S M Moonilal Audiology," which delivers aural rehabilitation services to adults and pediatrics. Prior to this, Shemona worked extensively within the community to provide audiological services around western Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. She hopes her Master's will enable her to contribute to an improved service for aural healthcare in South Africa.
Jade is in the third year of her LLB studies at UWC where she is part of the Law Faculty’s Top Achievers programme. As well as studying, she attends leadership courses and is involved in several community service initiatives. Jade is an ambassador for both Point Africa and the Ashley Kriel Youth Development and Leadership Programme. She has a particular interest in human rights and would like to be a researcher, and litigator for the advancement of human rights at the Community Law Centre (CLC).
“The true purpose of education is to make minds, not careers”. Petri’s studies specialise in International Dispute Resolution. His qualification is preceded by both a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Information Technology attained from the University of Pretoria. His goal is to enter the academic sphere upon completion of his degree so that he may contribute to the development of aspiring young minds, to inspire them to go and make a difference in their communities.
For her BA, Tumy majored in Performance, Applied Drama & Musical Theatre. She has performed in plays including Songs for a New World, Mbeki and Other Nitemares at various festivals (such as the National Arts and Wits SA Season Festival). Tumy has also worked on numerous projects in schools and communities through ShakeXperience™. In 2012, she took part in the International Youth Ensemble at the Worlds Together Conference (London) and also featured in Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising, a short film about gender violence.
Kudzai holds a BA in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand. He wants to pursue a career in academia or as a policy researcher, and believes that through investing in research and local knowledge production, Africa will find its own path to sustainable development. At Wits, Kudzai led the International Human Rights Society (IHRS) at Wits University, working on a “Right to Write” project that assisted an underprivileged school serving mainly Zimbabwean refugees.
Joseph is pursuing higher studies in order to acquire specialist knowledge and skills in development planning and implementation. Through this programme, he hopes to contribute positively towards enhancement of sustainable livelihoods in Malawi and Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole. Joseph's main goal is to contribute towards identifying, reviewing and critically appraising research questions related to development. He also expects to contribute towards policy planning and practice, both nationally and internationally.
Alan completed an MA in the theory and practice of Human Rights at Essex University before enrolling in his PhD program focusing on the issue of sexual minority rights. He has been a prominent human rights activist in Malawi, working at the AIDS and Rights alliance for Southern Africa, where he played a significant role in opposing state- sponsored homophobic laws, policies and practices in the context of HIV. He hopes that his advanced studies will allow him to effectively contribute to further advancing the goal of securing LGBT rights in Malawi and the region.
Yeukai is an education programme officer with International Budget Partnership (IBP). The IBP collaborates with citizens around the world to analyse and influence public budgets in order to reduce poverty and improve the quality of governance. Yeukai is now pursuing a PhD on citizen participation in the budget process in Kenya and hopes her research can contribute towards improving state and citizen engagement on the use of public resources in Africa.
Khodani holds a BSc in Environmental Management from the University of South Africa. Alongside her studies, she works as an Environmental Hygienist that ensures compliance to environmental legislation, implements environmental management systems and oversees industrial waste management. Khodani hopes that her degree will give her a clearer understanding of how environmental laws and policies are developed and applied in order to be able to more successfully contribute to her profession.
Stembridge is a talented economist, with a first class degree from Cavendish University in Zambia. His key area of interest is Environmental Economics and he believes that pursuing his MSc will be instrumental in improving his analytical and decision making skills. Upon completing his studies, Stembridge hopes to work for the Ministry of Finance in Zambia.
Pancho previously studied at Princeton University, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology. Pancho is interested in neglected, yet completely preventable, cancers caused by viruses, such as anal cancer. His plans are to allow the research process to avail a suitable career path for himself, which invariably will involve Namibia.
Prior to enrolling on the MSc programme at QMUL, Vernon was a Medical Officer working on HIV prevention clinical trials. With 15% of the 15-49 population being HIV positive, graduates in Public Health Policy are crucial for Zimbabwe's recovery from the HIV crisis. Through his Master's, Vernon hopes to better understand decision-making and administrative processes in Public Health and directly apply these to his career in Zimbabwe.
Steffanie's research will investigate developing world perspectives on climate change with a focus on gendered mainstreaming of environmental management. Steffanie has witnessed the vulnerability of women in relation to the impacts of climate change, and has noted that they are often largely excluded from environmental decision-making processes. Steffanie hopes for her research to have an impact on women's participation in developing environmental policy.
Currently in her third year of law, Tholeka previously completed a National Diploma in Optical Dispensing at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. For Tholeka, one of the biggest challenges facing South Africa is that people are not aware of their rights due to a lack of understanding of the law. After graduating, she hopes to become an attorney and have her articles accepted by renowned academic journals. Her particular fields of interest are Family Law, Law of Persons, Law of Succession and Constitutional Law.
Patricia studied both her BA and honours degrees at Wits University and is currently an MA Fellow at the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI). Her MA Research, which will be extended into a PhD, theorises how the state understands and responds to service delivery protests. Patricia also has detailed knowledge of human rights issues, gained from participating in a three-year International Human Rights Exchange Programme led by Bard College and Wits University, and a six-month internship with the Africa Centre for Migration and Society.
Nompilo is a Historical Studies PhD student at UCT. Researching genocide (or violence) and memory, her case study focuses on the Gukuranhundi Genocide in post-independence Zimbabwe. Prior to this, she worked at WHEAT Women’s Fund, which awards grants to development and advocacy projects led by women’s community groups in South Africa. She is also an alumni of the African Leadership Centre, and has interned at many important institutions, such as the African Union and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development.
Delta is an award-winning blogger who believes in social justice, freedom of expression and tolerance for alternative views. She has over five years’ experience in journalism and is an editor for the Zimpapers Group. She holds a BA in English & Linguistics from the University of Zimbabwe and an MA in Gender & Media from the University of Sussex. Delta is a 2014 Internet Freedom Fellow selected by the US Mission to Geneva for promoting freedom of expression on the internet through blogging and new media activism.
Patrick holds a BSc in Food Science and Technology from the University of Zimbabwe. Prior to his Master's, Patrick was employed at a food company as a Quality Control Technician. With nutritition and food security being contentious issues in Zimbabwe, Patrick hopes to use his expertise to advise rural community members on what to eat and what not to eat in order to sustain good health.
“KayG" is interested in geology, mining, environment and social development and covers all these aspects in her MSc. In the future she hopes to stay in research, teaching and development or work within the African Union on the implementation of the artisanal and small scale mining aspects of the Africa Mining Vision. She hopes to have a major impact in Africa's economic emancipation through mineral resource development.
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.
Ziyanda’s research examines whether the provision of social grants by the government has improved the living conditions of poor and vulnerable households. This will be done through exploring the living conditions of those who depend solely on social grants for survival in the Queenstown area. She would like to work for any organisation that will enable her to make a difference in other people’s lives.
Zarina has experience in both corporate and human rights law. She is currently a project manager at the Cape Town Partnership that works on urban development. Zarina has a strong interest in projects relating to inclusive housing, urban food security and informal trade. The latter informs her Master’s research, along with being a shareholder director in the Dermopal Group where she focuses on alternative retail strategies. Zarina is a strong advocate for local solutions for local challenges, and for business opportunities that advance local development.
Nomonde holds a BA in English and Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand. After completing her Master's, Nomonde would like to pursue a PhD in order to one day teach English Literature at university level. She is particularly drawn to literatures concerning migration, which is pertinent at a time when so many people are facing forced migration, both on the African continent and elsewhere.
Hilda was previously a Canon Collins Trust scholar in 2007-2008, graduating from the University of Leeds with an MSc in Food Science with distinction. Since then, she has worked for the National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research in Zambia. Hilda is now pursuing a PhD to enhance her ability to make a unique contribution to the understanding of the relation between food and human health in Zambia. Upon completion of her studies, she hopes to conduct research that will influence national food security and health
Tawachi holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Malawi. Before beginning her Master's, she worked as a Telecommunications Officer at UNICEF. She has also previously worked for the World Food Programme. Tawachi hopes to use the expertise she gains during her MSc to assist in addressing the challenge of inadequate ICT infrastructure, especially in rural areas. She believes that with improved ICT services, Malawi will make better progress towards achieving its development targets.
Having completed her BSc (Hons) at Rhodes University, Luveshni decided to extend her knowledge by enrolling in an MSc. Whilst her academic background spans both the physical and social sciences, her current area of research aims to integrate spatial statistics with geographical information systems (GIS) to analyse post-apartheid racial desegregation in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Her wish is utilize her interdisciplinary academic background to work for an African development NGO, focusing specifically the improvement of rural livelihoods.
Edyth holds a BSc in Biotechnology from the University of the Western Cape and a BMedSci Honours degree in Infectious Disease and Immunology from the University of Cape Town. Apart from science, Edyth is passionate about civic education and political participation. She previously served as project manager for InkuluFreeHeid, a NGO seeking to deepen democracy and enhance social cohesion in South Africa. Edyth is pursuing further studies in order to further her career as a public health researcher, uniting science and public service.
Christine’s heart lies in pursuing the emancipation of disabled women in Africa. After her studies, she plans to form and lead a disability organisation. Its main focus would be on saving the many lives of disabled African women who are dying quietly and unnoticed in their homes, due to a lack of sexual and reproductive health services and information in appropriate formats, such as braille for the blind and sign language for the deaf.
Temwani completed a BSc Physics at the University of Zambia in 2009. Passionate about development through scientific and technological advancement, he pursued a Master’s that combines space science and electronic engineering. He successfully demonstrated the use of superconductive technology in space science research with respect to detecting threats to communication systems. His current research contributes towards maintaining a radio quiet environment at the site of the MeerKAT radio telescope in the Northern Cape Province.
Monwabisi is currently the Institutional Language Coordinator at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and Linguistic Human Rights Commissioner in South Africa. His research interests are language rights, forensic linguistics and translation studies. Monwabisi has visited universities such as Leipzig, Germany (2006) and Purdue, United States (2008) for the purposes of research and scholarship. He has authored and co-authored articles in journals and book chapters on Forensic Linguistics.
Saiyur is a microbiologist, specialising in tuberculosis (TB) research. He has numerous academic publications to his name and in 2015 placed second at the College of Health Sciences’ Research Symposium. Saiyur was inspired to focus on TB due to the prevalence of the disease in his native South Africa, where he has witnessed first-hand accounts of its devastating impact. By pursuing his PhD studies, he hopes to gain the expertise to be at the fore-front of cutting-edge research that will enable better prevention and control of the disease.
Cerene is this year’s winner of the Scholars' Scholar Award and is on 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.
Ilham holds a Bachelor of Business Science in Marketing and Economics from UCT. Ilham became passionate about human rights due to her early memories of apartheid and existing inequalities in South Africa. She has a passion for and many experiences in writing and journalism, and would like to combine her natural abilities as a writer with her academic background in human rights to drive change.
Vera is an experienced Project Manager for a Mozambican consultancy firm that manages and oversees Environmental Assessments. Vera values the importance of building local capacity through research so she produces and disseminates information on the environmental and social impacts of large scale plantations to local communities as well as the government. She also has an interest in exploring the views of marginalised communities and incorporating them into the conservation agenda.
Damian Samuels holds qualifications in media and marketing management, and has six years’ experience in print advertising. In 2010, he left his advertising career to pursue his passion for political studies. Specifically interested in the politics of cultural production (particularly film), distribution and audience reception, his research focus includes visual historiography and the politics of social representation. Damian is also a filmmaker and has completed a feature-length documentary and a short film.
Prior to his PhD, Evans taught Electronic Engineering at the University of Zambia, simultaneously working as Technical Director of Realtime Technologies Alliance Africa. With a huge shortage of Electronics & Telecommunications staff at the university, Evans hopes to use his research to help regenerate the field. Upon completion of his studies, Evans intends to join join the University of Zambia full-time and to play a key role in advancing learning and research standards, and creating a new generation of specialists in his sector.
Sikhulumile completed his MSc in Agricultural Economics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in June 2013. He obtained his BSc from the University of Zimbabwe. His research interests include food security, rural economic development and the economics of smallholder irrigation, agricultural markets and commercialisation of smallholder farming.
Emma has worked for the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ), CARE Zambia, Harvest Help UK and the UN Office in Namibia. She holds an MSc in Development Policy, Processes and Practice obtained from the University of Reading in England, a PGDip in Monitoring and Evaluation from Cavendish University, and a Diploma in Agricultural Business Management from Natural Resources Development College. After completing her PhD, Emma intends to continue working on poverty alleviation in rural areas.
Erwan obtained a BSc Honours in Marine Biology at UKZN and graduated in Animal Physiology at the University of Tours in France. His research is based on Vamizi Island, Mozambique, where he investigates the reproductive ecology of reef corals, particularly a phenomenon called ‘mass-spawning’. Erwan’s interests lie in reef ecology, conservation biology and coastal management. Once he concludes his PhD, he intends to produce research that will support the sustainable management of marine living resources in Mozambique.
Colleen is in the third year of her LLB studies at UWC. She has been invited to join the Top Achiever's Programme for law faculty students who excel academically. As well as studying law, Colleen volunteers for Street Law Society and the Sarah Fox Children’s Hospital. Once she graduates, Colleen plans on completing her articles at a highly respected law firm, as well as furthering her studies to a Doctoral level. She has a particular interest in corporate law and intends to focus on co-ordinating corporate contracts.
Katia is a feminist and anthropologist. She has an MA in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies and an MSc in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development from the University of Northumbria. Currently in the third year of her PhD, Katia’s research focuses on Brazilian development workers in Mozambique. Her study investigates identity and agency in South-South interactions and how understandings of “Self” and “Other” influence how development cooperation is practiced.
Lerato grew up in Lesotho and later went on to do high school in Bloemfontein and university in Cape Town. During her studies, Lerato became passionate about Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) and their implications on local people. She has since wanted to pursue a career that looks at the link between environment and people.
Kondwani has worked as a librarian at the University of Malawi and Programme Coordinator for the African Forum for Children's Literacy in Science and Technology at Chancellor College. His thesis looks at holistic learner support in on-campus learning spaces, which ties together his strengths in ICT and librarianship. Kondwani is passionate about the use of digital technologies in education and hopes to implement more ICT programmes at the University of Malawi on completion of his studies.
Shaakira has a Bsc in Food Science from the University of Pretoria. She feels privileged to be pursuing postgraduate studies which will enable her to learn skills to be a better equipped professional when working in the field of agricultural sustainability. Shaakira aspires to work with communities in Rural Areas, tapping into the powers of collective action.