Dr Lumka Qangule is a Counselling Psychologist with a well-established local practice. Her PhD was supervised by Professor Jacqui Akhurst entitled: "An investigation of the experiences of psychotherapists regarding Ubuntu in their psychotherapy practice: an interpretative phenomenological analysis".
Dr Qangule's concerns were that the use of only Eurocentric principles when working with clients of African origin may not lead to the desired outcomes in psychotherapy. One of the examiners from the USA noted that and he applauded “the author for contributing in this area". Another examiner commended her for "masterfully and comprehensively" describing and using Intepretative Phenomenological Analysis. Through an in-depth analysis of interviews and a focus group with 8 practicing amaXhosa psychotherapists, she found that they included some practices of Ubuntu in their practice, as well as upholding Eurocentric principles that seemed to be helpful.
Dr Qangule then developed an UBuntu-Centred Psychotherapy model, more congruent with the worldviews and styles of living of many South Africans, incorporating relationships that are "both vertical and horizontal (spiritual and humanistic)". A further examiner commends Dr Qangule for having developed "a replicable model of African psychology. In doing this she has made a valuable contribution to the field".
Langa Zita was both Special Advisor (Policy) to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as well as Director General of that department (2010-2012). Under his stewardship amongst other initiatives, he led and laid the foundation for the progressive policy called Zero Hunger intended to unlock the development potential of smallholder agriculture in South Africa.
Over the past 30 years the founder of the Institute, Langa Zita has been at the centre of the debates and strategic thinking of the liberation movement in South Africa. He has published widely in most of the leading progressive journals in the country and internationally.
He has co-edited two books:” New Frontiers for Socialism in the 21st Century with Vishwas Satgar and in French, “Afrique- Exclusion Programmee on Renaissance” with Samir Amin, one of the leading scholars in the world today. “Zita embodies a rare synthesis of the passion and energy of an activist and the erudition of a scholar.”
Langa Zita holds a Bachelor of Journalism Degree from Rhodes University with majors in Political Science, Journalism and Media Studies as well as Sociology, and Masters degree in Public and Development Management from Wits University.
He studied for an Honours degree in Economics with the University of the Western Cape (Long Paper still to be concluded). He participated in a Senior Executive Course with UCT, Economic Policy Research Institute and the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance on “Designing and Implementing Social Transfer Programs”.
He is presently a PHD candidate with Rhodes University.
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Makhosazana Xaba is currently a Research Associate at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER). She has published three poetry collections: These hands, Tongues of their Mothers and The Alkalinity of Bottled Water. She edited Like the untouchable wind: an anthology of poems in 2016 which was translated into Spanish. In 2019 she edited Our Words, Our Worlds: Writing on Black South African Women Poets, 2000 – 2018.
Her poems have been translated into isiXhosa, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Turkish and Setswana. In 2014 her debut collection, Running and Other Stories was a co-winner of the SALA Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award. She is a patron of the Johannesburg Review of Books and holds an MA in Creative Writing (with distinction) from Wits University. Before turning to creative writing, she worked in the NGO sector on women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights; developed training manuals and published extensively.
I am a widow with two daughters, currently self-employed managing a company that focuses on socio-economic empowerment for women. I hold a Master’s Degree in Community Health with the then Rand Afrikaans University, now called University of Johannesburg.
I served in the Presidency, in the Ministry of Women, Children and People with Disabilities as the Chief Director for eight years, worked in various women NGOs managing programmes of gender equality, Violence against Women and Children, capacity building, material development, gender mainstreaming, advocacy and activism for twenty years. I gained a wealth of experience in the areas of Women empowerment and Development including Monitoring and Evaluation, Research and Policy development.
After having gained the wealth of experience on women empowerment and development, I represented the Ministry of Women, Children and People with Disability in various international forums including the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, SADC, Parliamentary Portfolio Committees and Cabinet. I successfully lead the development and ratification of Gender Protocol in SADC Heads of State in 2008 under the chairmanship of President T Mbeki. The Gender Protocol is currently being implemented by member states that ratified the protocol.
Myesha Jenkins is a poet and spoken word performer, known for her feminist outlook and a writing style that is open, descriptive, revealing and sometimes challenging.
In 2017 she edited the ground-breaking, To Breathe Into Another Voice: A South African Anthology of Jazz Poetry, featuring the work of 45 poets, from all over the nation, writing about the impact of jazz in their lives, and published by Real African Publishers.
She has published two poetry collections, Breaking the surface, (Timbila,2005) and Dreams of Flight (Geko, 2011.) She has also been anthologized in We Are (Penguin, 2010) and Isis X (Botsotso, 2006).
As a founding member of the Feela Sistah Spoken Word Collective, Myesha encouraged women’s writing and she has curated projects and created platforms to highlight the work of black women poets.
For five years (2011 – 2016), she produced Poetry in the Air on SAfm to showcase poets in celebration of South African Women’s Month.
Myesha currently co-hosts the Jozi House of Poetry, a non-competitive, woman-friendly, monthly, poetry session.
In 2015, the Out There Sessions: Poetry and Jazz in Orbit was launched as another performance platform featuring the collaboration of poets and jazz musicians. It continues in the present.
In 2013, Myesha won the Mbokodo Award for Women in the Arts in the Poetry category.
Another highlight of Myesha’s career has been engagement with Arts for Humanity where poets collaborated with visual artists on projects focused on Children and another on the SA Constitution.
She has been interviewed in print and electronic media and been the subject of an independent short film and several research projects.
Myesha has lived and worked in Johannesburg since1993 when she relocated from California.
She died on 5th September 2020.
Professor Grace Khunou is a Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Johannesburg. She is C rated by the National Research Foundation. She has held multiple leadership positions including as Vice-Dean Research, Humanities at UJ; President of the South African Sociological Association; Chair-Person of the Humanities Ethics Committee at UJ and Chairperson of the Transformation Committee at Wits.
Her research is in understanding the Black condition through a focus on gender, health, social policy, class (black middle class) and social institutions and of all these interests understanding men and fatherhood is her passion. She writes creatively and academically and has published peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and research reports. These include her edited books:
She has also co-edited three journal special issues one on Father Absence in the Open Family Studies Journal (2015); a second on the Black Middle Class (2015) in Development Southern Africa and a forthcoming special issue on the Global Black middle-class in the journal Issues in Race & Society.
Her creative work includes the short story Mama’s Walk in the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writers, and a children’s book titled Khumo’s Airport Bag published in Setswana and English. Prof. Khunou is passionate about mentorship and has successfully supervised over thirty research projects. She has also presented more than sixty papers in international and local conferences
Professor Siphamandla Zondi is a professor at the University of Pretoria. He coordinates the Department’s Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs, which analyses strategic dynamics in national, continental and international affairs including decision-making, leadership, norms, values, and agency. He also oversees the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation and the Centre for Mediation in Africa. Between 2004 and 2016, he worked first as the head of the Africa programme of the Institute for Global Dialogue associated with Unisa and later as the head of the Institute itself. He was previously employed to lead research on regional integration at the Africa Institute between 2000 and 2003. His intellectual interests lie in the area of Africa's international relations as well as theory building in relation to decolonization and transformation of the modern world and its systems.
His recent published work focused on the diplomacy of common positions at the African Union, decolonising diplomatic theory and practice, south-south agency in global affairs, African voices in international relations and the paradigm of peace and dialogue. Zondi is the co-editor (with Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni) of the recently published book entitled Decolonising the University, its Knowledge and Disciplines (Carolina Press) – available on Amazon. He is the current editor of the journal, Latin American Report, and is on editorial boards of several international journals. He serves on the National Planning Commission of South Africa with a special focus on regional and international partnerships. He is also on the Steering Committee of the Council on International Relations, which advises the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on international affairs. He was appointed by the Minister of Arts and Culture as one of the Social Cohesion Advocates, promoting dialogue and activities designed to help the nation-building and social cohesion endeavor. He recently submitted a book manuscript on NGOs, Africa and Global Power and is finalizing another on African Agency in World Affairs. He was recently appointed as a mentor in the NIHSS doctoral mentorship programme. He is a passionate mentor of young thought leaders and committed activists in the cause for decolonial diversal futures.
Prof Siphamandla Zondi has recently been appointed as the Chairperson of the South African BRICS Think Tank Council (SABTT) at the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) and an official representative in the BRICS Think Tank Council (BTTC).
Africa's international relations/negotiations; Decolonial political thought including Afrocentric, black feminist, critical race theory, subaltern thought etc. and Critical studies of global south agency including IBSA, BRICS, NAM, G77, etc.
2013: ‘South Africa and Southern Africa: a question of leadership,’ FES Research Paper.
Prof Vuyisile Msila is the former head of the Institute for African Renaissance Studies at the University of South Africa. He is currently a faculty member at the University of South Africa. He has held academic positions at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and University of Johannesburg.
Msila’s published works include A Place To Live: Red Location and Its History from 1903 to 2013 (2014), Ubuntu: Shaping the Current Workplace With African Wisdom (2015), Africanising The Curriculum: Indigenous Perspectives and Theories (2016), Developing Teaching and Learning in Africa: Decolonising Perspectives (2020). He is a regular columnist at Sunday Independent and other independent newspapers in South Africa.
In 1999 Msila was a Fulbright Fellow and earned a degree in Curriculum Theory and Teaching in Michigan State University, USA. He has a doctoral degree from Vista University, Port Elizabeth. His interests include African Leadership, African Philosophy and Decolonisation of Education.