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.
Thulani was determined to make an impact in the legal world, while staying true to his core values and his commitment to community services and support for those in need. His involvement in policing groups in his community along with his experience as the treasurer and events’ organiser for the University of Fort Hare's LGBT Union were evidence of his considerable leadership skills and commitment to his values. Sadly, Thulani passed away in January 2017. He will be a great loss to the Canon Collins community.
Before starting her Masters Degree, Neide worked as a hospital administrator in a rural area of her native Mozambique. It was working here that made her realise the population's extreme difficulties in accessing basic healthcare services. This inspired her to study further and develop expertise in health economics. She hopes she will be able to advise policy makers on how to overcome issues regarding access to healthcare that are affecting the poorest people in her country.
Newton holds a BSc. Mathematical Sciences from the University of Malawi and previously worked as the Health Financing Officer with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Malawi. His interests include improving efficiencies in health care programming, strengthening health systems, and development of inclusive and enabling policies to improve access to health care. Newton is hopeful to engage in activism and promote good health for all, especially the marginalized.
Nancy is an environmental expert who has held the position of Environmental District Officer, responsible for climate change issues in her native Malawi. Upon completing her PhD, Nancy will be one of very few Malawians with the specialized knowledge to take a lead on issues of climate change adaptation and resilience. She hopes to use her expertise to design, develop and obtain funding for projects that enable rural farmers to adapt to the challenges of climate change, and to promote environmental conservation efforts in the region.
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.
Chikondi has worked for 10 years at the Centre for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistance. During this time, she has qualified as a lawyer, representing citizens who have had difficultly accessing legal aid due to their financial circumstances. Her desire to study human rights law has been guided by her experiences of the Malawian prison system, which struggles with overcrowding. After completing her studies, she intends to return to Malawi to continue providing assistance to those that need it most.
Adrian holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History and International Studies from Midlands State University, Zimbabwe. He has worked with various civil society organisations in Zimbabwe, including the Centre for Research and Development and the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO). He is also the founder and co-founder of Young Diplomats Zimbabwe and New Generation Trust respectively. His involvement with these organisations has shaped his interests in youth participation, political economics and governance.
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.
Edwin has over 5 years of experience in regulation of medicines and clinical trials. His special interest is on combating the emergence of drug -resistant microorganisms, which "don’t respect international borders”. Use of poor quality medicines contributes to the problem. The knowledge that Edwin will gain through his studies in the UK will go a long way towards strengthening Malawi’s medicine regulatory capacity, ensuring that only high quality medicines are granted market authorization.
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.
Tinashe is a lawyer and activist who currently works for the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association. Additionally, he is the Founder and Trustee of a working class and rural-oriented law and activism organisation called Progressive Centre for Human Rights and Economic Justice in Zimbabwe. Tinashe holds a Law degree from the University of Zimbabwe where he was the Student Union’s Vice-President. He is passionate about writing and learning new languages and cultures.
Peggie graduated with a B.A. in Social Work (Cum Laude) from the University of Namibia, a Postgraduate Diploma in HIV/AIDS management (Cum Laude) from the University of Stellenbosch and a Masters in Social Work (Cum Laude) from the University of Pretoria. She is currently enrolled in a PhD in Social Work at the University of Pretoria.
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.
Louzanne has previously studied Corporate and Marketing Communications at the University of the Free State where she was also employed as Officer for Accessibility and Student Support. She is pursuing her Master’s degree due to her passion for research in the field of disability studies and her strong drive to improve the lives of those who have disabilities. Lousanne is a dedicated athlete, and is hoping to win a paralympic medal for the 1500 metres.
Maria believes that the past can help to assist with future resource management. She is studying palynology, with the focus on wetlands, to assist with better preservation of these areas for future generations. She hopes to continue her studies and complete a PhD in Forensic Palynology.
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.
Busi decided to study Gender and Law upon realising that there was a lack of scholarship on the intersections between the law, gender identity, race and access to justice. Busi believes that South African law is still rooted in cisgendered and heternormative ideological foundations which reproduce inequalities of access to socio-economic opportunities for genderqueer and genderfluid communities. They hope to begin reimagining a substansive equality inclusive of gender variant persons.
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.
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 and to eradicate violence against women and children. In the future she sees herself working for a public benefit legal aid centre dedicated to protecting human rights. Asiphe is chairperson of the Student for Law and Social Justice Organisation, a South African students’ organisation dedicated to the protection of human rights. She was selected to take part in the prestigious South African Washington International Programme in 2016.
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.
Zaheerah is in her final year of legal studies at UWC, where she is a member of the Golden Key Honour Society as well as the Top Achievers programme. She hopes to practice as an attorney, and also to pursue postgraduate studies in the future. Zaheerah has a keen interest in human rights and social justice. She plans to use her legal knowledge to help make South African law more accessible to all of the nation's citizens.
Betrinah is already the holder of a Bachelor's degree in Nursing Science, majoring in community health. Having worked in a rural health centre for over 20 years, she felt the need to upgrade her skills since nursing is dynamic and diseases are changing. The challenges of working in resource-constrained areas encouraged Betrinah to help the people in her community, so she needed the appropriate knowledge to tackle the problems. She also works with young children as sunday-school teacher in her country.
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.
Akuzike is a medical doctor who has experience in managing patients with infectious diseases including HIV, TB and Malaria in Malawi. Akuzike has been driven by his passion to improve management of infectious diseases through evidence based research and he is currently pursuing a Masters in Biomedical Sciences. He seeks to obtain laboratory and research skills to enable him to carry out research that will lead to policy changes in infectious disease management.
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.
Inspired by the challenges faced by the Malawi government to find innovative ways of financing its health system, Alfred is eager to play a part in spearheading these efforts. Alfred believes that his postgraduate course in global public health & policy will help prepare him for a career in health systems and policy research, focusing mainly on innovative and socially acceptable models of health financing which could subsequently help Malawi attain universal health care.
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
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.
Inga chose to study law because it provides her with insight on societal issues and it allows her to self-actualize and develop in her chosen area of practice. Apart from her studies, Inga is an aspiring social activist, debater and feminist who is fascinated by African literature. She would love the chance to travel and study abroad in the future.
Benedict 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.
Sinazo is Bcom Law graduate who has served as a Student Representative Council member at the University of Fort Hare and as the National Treasurer for Students for Law and Social Justice. She has also worked with Equal Education as a Youth Organizer. As a social justice activist, she believes that an LLB degree will advance her ability to participate in legal aspects of the struggle for a better life for all.
Johan is currently enrolled for a Masters in Human Rights after completing a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a post-grad LLB. During his studies he has worked as an intern with numerous social justice organisations including the South African Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International. In 2014 he was a Student Editor for the South African Journal on Human Rights and also served as a committee member for stduent groups 'Legal Activism' and 'Students for Law and Social Justice'.
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.
Nyasha is a social worker and human rights activist. She completed an MA in Child & Family Studies 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fernanda has a degree in Telecom Engineering and has worked as an analyst in a mining company in Mozambique. Additionally, she has been involved in a social programme, using IT solutions to help other women increase the potential of their businesses. Fernanda believes that the skills and knowledge acquired through her postgraduate studies will help her realise her future plans of becoming an entrepreneur who helps to empower other women to take leading roles in business.
Justice is a Constitutional Law student from Zimbabwe who specialises in the development of the law to promote open and just societies that are founded on social and economic justice. Through his PhD thesis, Justice is examining constitutional mechanisms which can be used as an alternative to enforce the right to adequate housing, even though the Constitution of Zimbabwe does not specifically outline such a right for everyone.
Anganile is pursuing her Masters degree in Mathematics Education. Her intention is to add knowledge to the body of mathematicians. In future, she aspires to write journal articles on mathematics, specifically within the field of mathematics teaching and computer technology. Anganile also hopes to assist people who aspire to study, but do not have the funds to do so. This aim was inspired by her own experiences.
Jody identifies as an intersectional feminist, informed by African feminist ideology and values. Her Master’s research is influenced by a strong commitment to the alleviation of gender based violence and bridging the gap between the constitution and reality in terms of how people access rights and justice in South Africa.
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.
Pila-Sande believes that the law was her calling as she hopes to make a difference to the lives of individuals and impact society more generally. She is a social activist who takes particular interest in matters relating to women, children, immigrants and refugees and it is her hope to become renowned in the fields of constitutional and human rights law, while providing legal support for those in need.
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.
With a background in nutrition and dietetics and 8 years experience in public service, Mmapula has observed a rise in nutrition-related non-communicable diseases despite efforts to educate communities on good dietary habits. This inspired her to study food systems in order to appreciate the interaction between food, health, society and the environment in food policy. Rather than only aiming at changing people’s behaviour individually, Mmapula aspires to enact positive change in society and the environment through effective nutrition policies.
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.
Stephens obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of South Africa with distinction. He is currently pursuing an LLM in Business law at UKZN and is particularly interested in consumer law issues. His coursework has a focus on consumer law, including South Africa’s legal and institutional framework on illegal fraudulent investment and pyramid schemes. Upon finishing his studies, Stephens plans to use his knowledge and skills in academia, and to provide competent legal assistance to destitute and disadvantaged persons.
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.
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.
Nhlanhla is a Political Scientist from Zimbabwe whose passion is in governance, peace building and development. For the past three years he has been working with local leaders from the rural communities of Zimbabwe, providing them with good governance skills as well as raising awareness on the constitution and the Bill of Rights. Nhlanhla is also a member of various civil society networks involved in human rights and governance work.
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.
Phila's interests include race and cognitive science. He is currently working on the intersection between racial theories, scientific knowledge, and society. His Master's dissertation, "is racial population naturalism really about race?", explores naturalistic and biological theories of race and is an assessment of where contemporary biological racial realism goes wrong. His dissertation makes up part of his larger project that investigates the connections between racial theory and social action.
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.
Martin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Philosophy from All Hallows College, Dublin, and trained as a paralegal at the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education. He has experience working with social and development projects and his interest lies in the fields of law and development. Martin hopes to promote the rule of law with a view to safeguarding people’s rights, the environment and promoting sustainable development.
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.
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.
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.
Lilly Clara strives to become a pundit in the area of development by exploring innovative and self-sustaining means for social and economic transformation of those sectors of society worst affected by inequality. She is particularly eager to contribute to the revolution of African women in agriculture, helping to promote their growth as entrepreneurs of greater influence and power.
Tafadzwa is an environmental expert with a background in nature conservation. She has worked as a research officer for the Zimbabwean Forestry Commission advising on forest management and food security. Tafadzwa’s PhD research focuses on the phenomenon of ‘militarization’ taking place in Zimbabwe’s forests, whereby local people are denied access to these areas and their natural resources, through violent policing practices. She hopes to set up an organisation which promotes human rights in conservation.
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.
Melisa completed her honours in social work at the University of Zimbabwe. Due to her dedication to the rights of children, and especially of girls in the developing world, she shall now pursue her postgraduate law degree with an emphasis on childcare and protection.
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.
Cynthia holds a BSc in Agroforestry from the Copperbelt University, Zambia and has worked for the Zambian government under the Ministry Of Agriculture. During her career, she has carried out research and provided training to farmers. She is passionate about working with rural farming communities and is positive that her masters will help her improve farmer’s knowledge in smart agriculture in order to help them adapt to climate change.
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.
Sithembile is in her second 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.
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.
Nompilo is PhD History student 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gift holds a Degree in Public Relations (Cum Laude) from the Durban University of Technology. Previously, he worked with the Justice for Children trust and has also been involved in leading a Youths Against AIDS campaign in Harare. Drawing upon these experiences, Gift aims to investigate the role of young mothers in peace building through the course of his Masters.
Deserve is a Masters of Social Work student at the University of Limpopo and a full time volunteer at the University Student Disability Unit. She is a holder of a Bachelors of Social Work, obtained from the University of Limpopo and aspires to become an advocate for children and young people, promoting and standing for the rights of children from disadvantaged communities.
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.
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.
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.
Lilly chose to undertake a PhD in Gender and Religion due to her interest in the place of God in human affairs especially in light of gender disparities. She had planned on becoming a lecturer, an author, and one of the few female African theologians with an advanced academic knowledge of African masculinity. Lilly had also hoped to work closely with gender activist groups in Zambia and form a motivational group for girls. Tragically, Lilly passed away in February 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ackim Sankhani is a medical doctor with a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from the College of Medicine, Malawi. He has four years of experience as a medical research officer at the University of North Carolina. He is currently studying towards his MSc in Global Public Health and Policy at Queen Mary University of London. His passion is to promote the health of Malawians and Africans at large through development of relevant health policies and interventions, and health system reform.
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.
Thabo holds a BSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Limpopo. He is currently studying for an MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development at UCD and is particularly interested in the role of the agricultural sector in rural and economic development. Before enrolling for a Master's programme, he was assisting rural farmers with business planning, providing technical and economic advice, and had access to formal markets through his agricultural consulting firm.
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.
Andisiwe chose law as a field of study because she sees it as instrumental in changing the society we live in. She wants to use the law as a tool to achieve social justice and a cohesive society. In future, Andisiwe hopes to be actively involved in human rights law. She is currently a volunteer with UWC Street Law and a member of Law Top Achievers programme.
Kline believes strongly in the therapeutic power of Drama and its role as a mechanism of social change. He has received provincial, national and international awards throughout his university career for writing, theatre, leadership, community service and academia. In the future Kline hopes to open the first Applied Drama Resource Centre in KwaZulu-Natal, running theatre projects that seek to engage and uplift the marginalized, displaced and oppressed.
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.
Caiphas is a legal researcher and academic specialising in environmental rights. His research focuses on analysing global environmental justice through the constitutionalisation of environmental rights in Africa, including investigations related to the intersection of sustainability and the law.
Clive would like to solve many problems currently plaguing South Africa, specifically by providing legal aid to the poor, who are the most vulnerable and are in drastic need of legal assistance in South African. In the future Clive would like to develop a fund to provide education for promising but underprivileged students.
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.
Dauglous has chosen to pursue an LLM in Labour Law primarily to seek justice for employees being dismissed as a result of having embarked on strikes. In the future, Dauglous hopes to work for an international organisation or NGO where he can contribute towards the advancement of justice, peace and democracy within the workplace.
Devon is a member of the Law Faculty Top Achievers Programme, Dean’s Merit List and Students for Law and Social Justice Organisation. He chose to study the law because he believes that it can be a catalyst for positive societal transformation. After completing his studies, he would like to work at a legal aid centre and help to promote the ethos of public service in the legal profession.
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.
Alice is a dynamic and involved person who is passionate about human rights and justice, as well as education and technology. She is excited and inspired by the potential of the African continent and is excited to make a difference, however little, in this world. Alice believes that her Canon Collins scholarship will provide her with the opportunity to make important connections and collaborate with likeminded people.
Tinashe, a final year LLB student, has been conferred the best student award for four consecutive years and is part of the Students of Law for Social Justice (SLSJ). Tinashe believes that a successful economic development model for Africa must focus on mainstreaming financially excluded groups and individuals by increasing access to financial services. In his LLM, he will advocate for a regulatory framework that enhances financial stability and ensures optimal market conduct.
With a background in media, politics and development, Janice completed both an MPhil and an MSc at Oxford University before embarking upon her doctoral degree. Janice’s PhD research will seek to answer why levels of economic inequality in South Africa have increased since the transition to democracy in 1994. Upon completing her studies, Janice aims to research, publish and teach on issues of politics and economics in South Africa as well as to influence policy makers and activists in advocating for a more equal and just society.
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.
Jayde has a strong passion for Neuroscience and Neuropsychology and has worked as a volunteer assistant therapist for individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Further work experience within the neuropsychological medico-legal industry shaped her interest in neurological conditions. Her drive to pursue further study in this field was motivated by the need to contribute to the development of neuropsychological services within South Africa.
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.