Merlary is a qualified social worker, and she has worked in the field of childhood disorders and mental health. She is pursuing a Master's in Public Health in order to work on the management of public services related to mental health issues. In addition she is also passionate about enhancing community participation in health.
Talkmore Chidede holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Laws (LLM) Cum Laude by research in international investment law. He is pursuing an LLD in international investment law and human rights. His research seeks to investigate how international investment law can be used to advance socio-economic rights in host countries. This study is intended to make a significant contribution to contemporary discourse on the links between foreign direct investment and human rights.
Pritchard holds a First-class degree in Human Resource Management from the Great Zimbabwe University, and was a recipient of the University Book Prize and the Vice Chancellor's Award. He is pursuing the LLM to increase his knowledge of corporate law. He is keen to see better regulation of African corporations in order for them to have a greater impact in the societies in which they operate, and envisages that this course will be a precursor to entering the field of Corporate Management.
Tereza holds an Honours Degree in Social Development from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Social Science from Chancellor College, University of Malawi. She has worked as a United Nations volunteer at UNDP, where she established and supervised adult literacy classes. She has also been facilitating interventions and mobilizing funds to provide support for vulnerable and disadvantaged girls.
Lois is a Research Advocate and a District Registrar in the Family and Children's Divison at the Judiciary of Zambia. In this role, she works closely with families in conflict. Lois is passionate about Family Law and Dispute Resolution and her main area of interest is how methods of conflict resolution in family litigation ultimately impact children in the family. She is keen to steer the family law system in Zambia towards a non-adversarial approach in dealing with families in conflict in order to achieve better outcomes for children.
Peggie is a researcher whose publications relate to ensuring social, economic and environmental justice for poor communities. She graduated amongst others, with first class qualifications in Social Work (University of Namibia); HIV & AIDS Management (Stellenbosch) and Masters in Social work at the University of Pretoria, where she is currently pursuing her PhD in Social Work.
“I chose to do a Master of Social Justice in Education mainly because I needed to understand and be able to address the employment experiences of graduate students with blindness.”
Noel aims to become a disability and migration professional upon completion of his Master’s. The title of his thesis is “Searching for greener pastures: A study of the livelihoods of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa.” Noel is interested in exploring the intersection between migration, disabilities and livelihoods of African migrants in migrant receiving countries. He currently volunteers at the Disability Centre for Africa in Harare.
“Although I believe that anything is achievable if you work really hard for your goals and dedicate enough time and resources to achieving it, many people are not born with the same opportunities to reach their goals. I chose law as my career path not only because I believe it is about seeking the truth, but also because it is the fastest way to rectify the faults in our justice system and possible achieving equality.”
Hlengiwe is a Human Rights expert with experience working on the African Human Rights System, specifically related to development. She is interested in social justice in the development discourse and natural resources governance. Her PhD research focuses on rights-based approaches to strengthening corporate accountability in the extractive sector in Africa, particularly focusing on how states undertake to eliminate exploitation by international monopolies.
Elissa describes herself as lively, determined and disciplined with particular aptitudes for writing and analysis which is why she sees the study of Law as a good fit for her academic strengths. She has been involved with the Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC) with responsibilities for fundraising. At the University of Fort Hare she is a member of the Law Clinic which assists with drafting claims and attending court sessions to improve students’ knowledge of legal processes.
Amanda is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at Stellenbosch University. Her research focuses on water governance transitions. She is also an embedded researcher at the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership, looking at governance systems dynamics.
Thando is interested in Public Law and wishes to pursue a career in legal research. She made the decision to study Law as she saw it as an opportunity to engage with pressing legal issues and would enable her to tackle issues of contemporary significance, such as minority rights and the right to housing.
Julieth's research interest is focused on corporate governance and the non-profit sector. Her PhD thesis examines how civil-society organisations use legal provisions to advance corporate governance in state-owned enterprises in South Africa. Her research seeks to promote an enabling legal environment for civil-society organisations to conduct their mandate. Julieth would like to be a humanitarian law advocate. She is currently the Treasurer for UCT Postgraduate Law Student Council.
Zaheerah's LLM will be focused on labour law, legislation and employment rights, specifically the extension of social protection in South Africa as well as dispute resolution in the workplace. She would like to develop her skills as an academic and use her research and knowledge to help make employment law and rights more accessible to all South Africans.
Micaela wishes to use her LLB to make a positive difference to poorer individuals in society by enabling them to obtain free legal advice. She is passionate about Human Rights and equality of opportunity. Outside her studies she participates in moot court competitions and community outreach work promoting constitutional rights.
Sinovuyo wants to equip herself with the skills and knowledge to help South Africa’s marginalized communities and has a fascination for legal study due to its impact on all aspects of life. She is in charge of the Training Portfolio on the Moot Society at UWC, which involves training all those participating in mooting competitions and booking prospective judges. Sinovuyo runs her own YouTube channel to advise those aspiring to study law on University applications and how to establish a good work-life balance.
Lehlohonolo was inspired to pursue a legal career by his parents who worked at the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. He aspires to either continue practicing law to eventually become a Judge or establishing his own NGO conducting legal research. Lehlohonolo was the winner of the 1st Year Moot Court Competition at UWC in 2016 and serves as an Executive Researcher on the society. He believes political negligence impedes the effectiveness of the South African legal system.
Olivia is an emerging Social Anthropologist in South Africa, where the discipline has traditionally been dominated by white male perspectives. She was born in Angola during the civil war to a single mother and later took refuge at Ark Place of Refugee in the Western Cape. Olivia hopes her Master's thesis will expose the inadequacies of the legal system in realising the rights of those residing in the Cape Flats.
Eli Kodisang has more than 30 years’ experience working as an educator and organiser in trade unions and social movements in Southern Africa. He is a skilled popular educator, and the former Deputy Director of Khanya College, an NGO that uses education to build and strengthen social movements. Eli is currently involved in organising reclaimers of recyclable and reusable materials in Johannesburg. His research interests focus on hidden histories of the working class in South Africa and the role of historical memory in social movement praxis.
Kelly has recently established her own NGO, Mental Health Law Project, which aims to utilise the Law to advance Mental Health provisions in South Africa. She has experience working as an attorney at the Legal Resources Centre and is passionate about Human Rights. Before working in the legal profession she was a qualified teacher and worked for a range of charitable organisations including the Lalela Foundation, which strives to engage disadvantaged South African children in art and design projects.
Dominic is a lecturer in Philosophy and Applied Ethics at the University of Zambia. He holds an MA in Applied Ethics from the University of Zambia and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Zimbabwe. In his PhD research, Dominic plans to investigate African ethics and its application to emerging bioethical problems of Euthanasia and organ transplantation in Africa. He hopes his research will contribute to the general normative framework in African ethics.
Marinos is studying towards her Master's in Clinical Psychology as she believes that mental health services have the power to bring about critical consciousness and emancipation. She has volunteered at various organizations and has been involved in campaign's raising awareness against gender based violence.
Growing up in the Eastern Cape, Yonga has always known a strong sense of community and became motivated to pursue Law due to its impact on community integration and participation. He served as a Legal Trainee at B-Batchelor & Associates in East London with responsibilities including drafting of legal documents and attending to walk-in clients. Yonga is also part of the Black Management Forum, a youth organization which aims to improve management skills among black students and advocate for socio-economic justice.
Kay is a researcher who focuses on substantive issues of comparative and international human rights within the context of violence against women. Her passion lies in bridging the gap between the law and the access to justice for women, the relationship between social movements and the law and the intersection of domestic violence with women's inability to access affordable housing.
Chulumanco is passionate about Human Rights and strives to pursue legal studies in order to better the life chances of ordinary South Africans. He is a member of the Students for Law and Social Justice organisation at Fort Hare which aims to increase knowledge of Human Rights and support other organizations working against discrimination. He sees the illegal occupation of land in South Africa as a particular legal challenge and believes the law should do more to ensure rights for those whose land is being illegally occupied.
Ts'eliso holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the National University of Lesotho and a Master's degree in Social Protection Financing from the University of Mauritius. He is passionate about Social Policy and Public Health issues and hopes to become an expert in Health Economics. His PhD research will seek to devise an alternative and affordable healthcare financing mechanism for low-income earners.
Rethabile holds a Master's degree in Drama and Performance Studies from the University of Kwazulu Natal and a BA degree in Dramatic Arts from NUL. As a theatre practitioner shes works to strengthen the role of theatre in effecting personal and socio-economic change in post-colonial spaces. She intends to design a process drama inspired teaching pedagogy that teachers can employ in teaching sensitive curriculum content in secondary schools in Lesotho, specifically comprehensive sexuality education (CSE).
Edknowledge aspires to become an expert in transitional justice and mediation practice with a view to contribute his efforts towards a peaceful and secure Africa (Agenda 2063). He has, in the past, been involved in establishing community infrastructures for peace and advocating for justice and sustainable peacebuilding through grassroots violence prevention and conflict transformation processes in Zimbabwe. He holds a Master Science in Development Policy, Practice and Process (University of Reading), Master Sciene in International Relations and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Political Science.
Alongside studying for her PhD, Shamiso works as a Lecturer in Community Development Theory and Practice at UWC. Her passion for female empowerment motivated her to examine female participation in governance at the local level. In the future, Shamiso wishes to establish an orphanage in the Chigwida village in Mazowe District, Zimbabwe, in order to improve the life chances of the community’s most underprivileged children. Shamiso is a member of the International Golden Key Honour Society.
Innocent holds a first class degree in Development Studies from Midlands State University. With his interest in poverty and underdevelopment in Africa, he is pursuing an MSc in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. In exploring underdevelopment, he is committed to taking a bottom-up approach to socioeconomic and political transformation, drawing on the views of impoverished communities in rural areas. This stems from his rural background, which was characterised by exclusion and poverty. Rural development, particularly focusing on empowering rural youths in education, participatory development and leadership is thus his vision for Zimbabwe.
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.
Michael is very passionate about applying quantitative economic methods to study and develop tax policy. He is concerned with how poverty and inequality have rocked the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Through his studies, he seeks to promote economic justice through advocating for progressive tax policies. In five years’ time, he wants to work for an international organization that deals with tax issues so as to influence policy at a regional level.
Chawapiwa is initially studying for the Postgraduate Certificate in Law and hopes to work her way up to the LLM as a University of London Distance Learning Scholar. She believes that pursuing this course is not only about her own self-development but is also a first step in serving humanity. She is passionate about improving the rights of women and refugees and hopes her studies will give her more in-depth knowledge of these areas.
Nunudzai holds an LLB from Rhodes University. She has worked in private practice in South Africa and Zimbabwe, focusing on civil litigation and commercial legal advice. She is currently the Group Company Secretary at Croco Holdings in Zimbabwe. She hopes to obtain a Masters in Commercial Law in order to improve on her knowledge on corporate governance practice and in turn, teach young lawyers and executives.
Khomotso is a trainee candidate attorney. With the prestigious, internationally recognised LLM from the University of London, she plans to open her own dynamic legal firm, specialising in conveyancing, commercial and international law. Outside of work, she is an avid marathon runner and enjoys hiking.
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.
Justice works at the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit, and continues in his position to advocate for constitutional democracy in Zimbabwe.
Mzimasa is an aspiring Advocate and Jurist. He would like to use his qualification to educate, equip and help people from rural areas access legal services. He is one of the most influential young people in his community and in October 2018 was invited to Ntabankulu SSS to address and motivate pupils. He is the branch director of the Chamber of Legal Students.
Chrispin holds a First Class degree in Renewable Energy Technologies from Mzuzu University which accorded him a Presidential Prize. He studied an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology at Loughborough University. His Doctoral Research focuses on performance assessment of batteries for renewable energy storage. He has over five years’ experience working as a lecturer in renewable energy technologies and believes his research will improve the performance of Malawi’s off grid renewable energy initiatives.
Thando Mgqolozana is a South African novelist. His novels include A Man Who is Not a Man, Hear Me Alone, and Unimportance. He was awarded the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, is the founder of Abantu Book Festival, and author of Inxeba: The Wound. The film explores identity, masculinity and sexuality in Xhosa culture and was shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2018 Academy Awards.
Frank Mgungwe is a teacher and active volunteer. He is studying family law in the hope that he can use his legal education to advocate for local bylaws under chiefs ensuring that every child attends school. He hopes to be Attorney General one day and to establish a low-cost firm to assist the less privileged.
Lenny’s research is concerned with discovering a way of promoting the cultural and creative industries in a way that provides more economic benefits, creates employment and preserves cultural heritage. He holds a BA degree in Performing Arts from the University of Zululand and an Honor’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Art and Culture Management, graduating with distinction and holding the title of top performer in the department.
Khanyile is a journalist and part time lecturer of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo. His research focuses on the intersection between journalism, urbanism and migration/ border studies in the construction of black citizenship in post-apartheid South Africa. Khanyile is also interested in questions of social justice around religion, education, gender and the environment.
Tlhalefang recently completed his Master’s in Economics at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a Researcher at the African Microeconomic Research Unit and has also worked as an Economic Analyst at the IMF. His main achievements include winning the Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition and receiving the Economic Research Southern Africa Scholarship. He wants to continue to influence the economic landscape of Africa in the future through involvement in entrepreneurship and industrial policy making.
The focus of Nthabiseng's PhD research is on the archaeology of Iron Age farming communities of southern Africa, so far as it contributes to understanding the identities of present-day Bantu-speaking communities. She is currently serving on councils of the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists and the Southern African Archaeology Students' council.
During her LLM, Ramani hopes to specialise in International Public Law and Human Rights Law, focusing on the legal rights of women who are mentally and physically impaired for her final dissertation project. Ramani currently works as a Research Associate for the South African Human Rights Commission where she mainly focuses on issues relating to migration, xenophobia and the rights to food and equality.
Moreblessing Mavhika is an evolving young leader, a holder of an Honours Degree in Development Studies and a women's rights activist. Having grown up in rural Zimbabwe, she is determined to provide opportunities for rural people and she gives her time and effort to the betterment of rural young women. She has held various voluntary positions and firmly believes that young people can bring about the much needed change in Africa. A Master's Degree in Development Studies will improve her knowledge in development work.
Sister Macdelyn is social justice lobbyist, an expert in special needs education, and a volunteer for vulnerable and socially excluded individuals. A recognition of the need for fair educational opportunities for children with disabilities compelled her to work in inclusive education. She envisages working as a curriculum developer in Botswana in order to hasten social change.
Cletus is passionate about using Art to address issues that affect society and is an advocate for using art as a voice for the voiceless. He taught Drama at Lupane State University from 2011 until January 2017, and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Zimbabwe and an MA from the University of the Witwatersrand. Upon completion of his PhD, Cletus wants to contribute to the Higher Education sector in Zimbabwe as a Lecturer. He is also passionate about Social Drama and wants to create more Social Drama community projects to help improve social integration.
Talita is a Junior Policy Analyst at the SA Reserve Bank. She has a strong passion for the linkage between the regulation of commerce and the promotion of the public interest, particularly in respect of inclusive and sustainable finance. The decision to study an LLM in Economic Regulation will allow her to build specialist knowledge and contribute meaningfully towards South Africa’s aspirations of delivering a world-class financial system responsive to the pressing and evolving needs of the society.
Mbongeni chose to pursue a PhD in Media and Communication studies because he has always believed it has an impact on our everyday lives. He says: "by focusing on the intersection of the media and satire, one realises that good satire comes from anger, a sense of injustice and wrongs in this world that need to be fixed." Mbongeni hopes to continue to raise awareness in universities and society at large on how entertainment or satire are avenues for political discourse and identity formulation.
Pretty is pursuing her PhD in Public law, specifically looking at Human Rights, Modernity and Culture. Her research interests are rooted in advocating for gender equality, ending gender based discrimination and violence against women. She is passionate about African women's development and the improvement of their position as full citizens, and believes the law can and should be used as a mechanism to achieve gender empowerment in our lifetime. Pretty aims to become part of the next generation of socio-legal experts in Africa.
Allen is doing his PhD in Journalism at the University of Johannesburg, focusing on political violence and discourses of peace journalism. In the future, Allen hopes to establish an institute that deals with peace journalism. He is already a member of the UNISA discussion group on Electoral Democracy.
Mercy is a development and gender scholar, researcher and trainer with a focus on gender equality in the media and women’s empowerment as a global development agenda. Her research is informed by the realization that most responses offered to alleviate women’s inequality are in fact rooted in existing patriarchal structures. She holds a BA in Communication Science and a BA Honours in Gender Studies both from UNISA and an MA in Development Studies from Wits University.
Brian is an upcoming academic and applied researcher with an interest in precarious labour, minority politics, migration and resistance. With a background in labour politics, he was awarded a masters scholarship in Labour Policy and Globalisation at Wits. Upon completion of his PhD, Brian has plans to establish a labour research institute in Manicaland province, Zimbabwe and contribute towards the promotion of fair and decent work.
Anthony has eight years' experience working as a child welfare practitioner and social worker. He holds an MSc in Development Studies from the National University of Science and Technology and is currently the Child Protection and Case Management Specialist for OVC and Livelihoods at Family AIDS Caring Trust, which provides a range of health and welfare support for Zimbabwean women and girls. He hopes studying the LLM will enable him to become a better social worker by gaining specialist knowledge of Medical and Human Rights law.
Shepard is a legal professional with expert knowledge and work experience in the fields of education, law and journalism. He has chosen to study an LLM with a focus on human rights law and is particularly interested in applying the human rights framework to the experience of refugees, women and children.
It has been Nancy's life-long dream to become a journalist and she hopes that the knowledge and experience obtained through her degree in Media and Communications will help her achieve this. Her eventual goal is to open an independent media house in her native Zimbabwe.
Sindile currently works as an intern with the Department of Trade and Industry. Her participation in community projects aimed at improving the lives of the poor inspired her to further her studies in Public Policy. Through her studies she hopes to enhance her knowledge of policy processes and learn how these can be improved to better address the socio-economic challenges faced by South African citizens. Sindile would like to work as a Monitoring & Evaluation officer, assessing the impact of specific government programmes and policies.
Ravona holds a LLB from the University of KwaZulu Natal and has worked in the legal industry for six years. She is now studying for a postgraduate diploma specialising in Financial Services Law, which she sees as an area of development in South Africa. With this qualification she hopes to work in the public financial regulatory field to ensure financial services are properly regulated for the benefit of South African society.
Growing up in a poor community where people were forced to accept the reality of stark socio-economic imbalances, Pretty chose to study law with the hope of challenging social injustices and bringing about reform. She refuses to accept a status quo where women and children are subjected to lives of inequality and constant violation. As the recipient of the 2018 Matrix Chambers scholarship, Pretty will have the opportunity to undertake a month-long work placement at a barristers’ chambers in London upon completion of her degree.
Brighton is motivated to pursue legal studies in order to promote Human Rights and protect people against corruption and abuse of power by those in positions of authority. He is a Committee member for the Students for Law and Social Justice and has a long-term ambition to become a Judge of the Constitutional Court where protection of fundamental rights against state abuse of power is fundamental.
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.
Nyaradzo is an all-round creative artist working in the Zimbabwean Media Industry. She has multiple awards to her name. Currently she works as a producer/presenter on Classic 263 Radio, known as Nyarie-that-girl-from-bikita. She’s passionate about media, social activism and performance art.
Alongside his academic work, Yolisa is the Founder and Chairman of The Chamber of Legal Students, a student-led organization which provides representation for high school learners facing disciplinary hearings. His work for this organization has received media attention including from Cape Talk and City Vision. Yolisa is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society at UWC.
Sibili's PhD research is focused on Inclusive Education policies. She is passionate about issues pertaining to children, especially those who are stigmatised, marginalised and excluded by society. Currently, she is teaching student teachers at Nazarene University on issues of inclusion. Sibili hopes to eventually form an organisation that will provide physical and emotional support to children who are orphaned or vulnerable.
Barbara is a climate change expert with a well documented history of working with Non-governmental organisations in project formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. She holds an MSc in Climate Change and Development from Reading University. Her PhD research is focused on on climate-induced resettlement and its impact on livelihoods. Barbara is confident that her research will contribute to the planning of Climate Change induced resettlement across the globe.
Kolosa is a Masters candidate in Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Cape Town. As an aspiring academic, she finds great joy in tutoring as it is an avenue to impact disadvantaged students. Having grown up in rural Eastern Cape, she has a profound respect for the environment, and wishes to interrogate elitist practices in nature conservation.
Golden is a social justice activist who has an academic interest in the role of young men in fighting gender based violence. Golden's Master's Degree research project undertakes an alternatives to violence approach to enlist young men to become advocates in the fight for the safety and security of women and girls in communities around SA.
Tawachi holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Malawi. Before beginning her postgraduate studies, she worked as a Telecommunications Officer at UNICEF, and she has also worked for the World Food Programme. Tawachi hopes to use the expertise she gains during her PhD to assist in addressing the challenge of inadequate ICT infrastructure, especially in rural areas. She believes that with improved ICT services, Malawi will progress towards achieving its development targets.
Chisomo is an advocate who conducts litigation and gives advice in a wide range of legal areas. Her goal in pursuing an LLM is to gain specialised knowledge in international commerce and trade in order to help people in Malawi effectively participate in international commerce and trade. She also aims to use her knowledge of these areas to influence financial policy in government.
Jonas holds a B. Com (Cum Laude) in Management from the University of South Africa and an MA in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape. His PhD research seeks to explore the connections between international migration and social welfare policies. Jonas is committed to issues of social justice and hopes to use his research to advocate for the rights of migrants and refugees.
Shehani is a qualified Social Worker and is interested in issues related to public mental health. She volunteers at Cape Mental Health and previously studied in New Zealand before pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Cape Town. Shehani has ambition to work for the United Nations, either for the UNDP, UNICEF or WHO, specifically within Africa. She wishes to advance public mental health systems and believes she has the skills and potential to become a leader in her field.
Emmanuel was previously a Canon Collins Scholar whilst studying for his Master’s at the University of Leeds. He is interested in the relationship between institutions and practice and is concerned with advancing minority rights in Zambia, particularly focused on the LGBT community. His PhD is an examination of Zambian legal frameworks which currently discriminate against homosexuals, and he aims to use the philosophical writings of John Rawls and the principle of justice-as-fairness that such a legal framework is reprehensible.
Malonje became deaf aged four and struggled during his primary and secondary education to engage in lessons due to inadequate resources. During his MSc in Inclusive and Special Education he discovered that inclusivity in education is possible and became passionate about advancing the rights of disabled learners. He works as the Inclusive Education Project Coordinator for Rural Areas at the Federation of Disability Organization in Malawi and in the future wants to contribute to national education, social and legal provisions for deaf citizens in Malawi.
Frame theory is a fairly recent development within Pure Mathematics that has matured over the last 50 years but still has many unanswered questions. When I am done with my research, I hope that I am able to provide useful and clear characterisations of connectedness properties for metric frames. Holding this award means that I have a responsibility to not only excel in my studies, but to fulfil a social role by investing my time and contributing to others, as others have chosen to do in me.
Megan completed her Master's in Sociology at Stellenbosch University in 2014 which explored student experiences of residential life at a formerly white, Afrikaans university. Megan's PhD is focused on exploring the lived experiences of queer clergy in a mainline church in South Africa. She also works as a researcher for the South African Faith and Family Institute. The heart of her work aims to understand how institutional cultures interact with lived experiences and how they can be shaped in ways which are life affirming.
Hofisi is a doctoral student specializing in transitional justice for Zimbabwe, specifically looking at the roles of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission and the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission. Prior to starting his PhD he was a lawyer at Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and has worked as a Public Prosecutor at the Ministry of Justice.
Albert is a multi award winning journalist. He plans to become a full time academic and researcher in political communications and digital activism. He holds an MA in Jounrnalism and Media Studies from Wits University and is interested in interventions for social justice. Aside from his journalism, he has been running community projects with the Centre for Education and Development.
La-Toya is a Namibian fisheries biologist. She is currently studying part time towards an LLM in Marine and Environmental Law at UCT. With her background in fisheries biology and environmental management, she is interested in environmental rights, which is why is pursuing her studies in law.
Chosen by Canon Collins Alumni as the 2018 Scholars' Scholar, Princess Alice is an activist, artist and academic. Through a marriage of intellect, activism and art, she fights for social justice with a specific focus on issues of gender and sexuality. Over the past 6 years, she has served as an ambassador for sexual and reproductive health rights in Zimbabwe through the SAfAIDS organisation. Her PhD research focuses on "Reclaiming Sex Workers Humanity and Dignity through Popular Participatory Theatre".
Simate Simate is a school teacher in Zambia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education, an MA in International Child Studies and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Leeds. He was previously the recipient of a Chevening Scholarship and a Disability Rights Scholarship. Simate’s research and professional interests are in the area of disability rights, and he has assumed positions of leadership in disabled people’s organizations including serving as Secretary General of the Deafblind Association of Zambia.
Precious began her professional career with the Spar brand and is currently Head of Sales and Marketing for the Hammer & Tongues Africa Holdings Group. She holds an MA in Gender and Development Studies for the University of Sussex. She was selected to be part of Michelle Obama’s Young African Women’s Leadership Summit in Johannesburg and is a founder of the Girls Development Initiative – for her work with this organization she was selected as the Goldman Sachs Global Woman of the Year 2012.
Nelson holds a BSc (hons) in Laboratory Sciences (first class) from the University of Malawi College of Medicine and a MSc degree in Molecular Biology of Pathogens (distinction) from the University of Glasgow. His specific research interest lies within the molecular mechanics of disease cause, pathogenicity and the consequent interventional outputs; specifically, drug action and resistance. For his PhD Nelson is looking at antimalarial drugs mode of action using a combination of “omics” technologies and genetic manipulation of malaria parasites.
Mirriam is pursuing her LLM in order to utilize her skills and experience to advocate for the rights of children. Her aim is to start her own NGO which will promote educational awareness on children's rights and seek to empower and provide psychosocial support to children in underprivileged areas. Mirriam volunteers at Ekuphileni Children's Home and SHAWCO Education, a UCT programme providing tutoring support to children in the Cape Flats.
Nigel holds an LLB from the University of South Africa. He is a co-founding Director of Acuworx Consultants, a legal research firm that specialises in land rights, reform and restitution in Southern Africa. Nigel is also the Communications Director for Access-Africa Initiative South Africa, a UNICEF affiliate NGO involved in child and youth empowerment.
Nyiko Sithole is the Equal Education Scholar, a scholarship designed to forge a greater partnership between Canon Collins Trust and our partner organisation, Equal Education. Nyiko is currently in her second year of a three year BA Law degree at North-West University. Alongside her legal interest, she has taken modules in Political Science and is interested in the intersections between Law, Politics and Economics. Outside academia, Nyiko is also interested in the empowerment of African youth.
Nwabisa chose Law as she believes it will enable her to make an impact on those who cannot stand up for their rights. Upon graduating, she aims to become a Prosecutor upon graduation. She is a peer educator in her spare time and educates fellow young people on their legal rights.
Ben graduated from the University of Malawi with a degree in Education and started teaching at the same institution. During his learning for the degree he became acquainted with theory and vocabulary in the discourse of Disability Studies. His working made him aware of the shortcomings in inclusive education in Malawi. Ben is now pursuing his Postgraduate degree at Rhodes in order to explore how Policy and Practice impact Inclusive Education in Malawi.
Jenna-Lee Strugnell has a BA in Psychology and English as well as Psychology Honours. She has training in narrative therapy, counselling, brain gym, applied behaviour analysis and social entrepreneurship. She has extensive experience in community work and has been involved with projects in South Africa, Afghanistan, Cambodia, and India. Jenna-Lee has received awards from the Dympna Meaney Women’s Leadership Development Fund as well as the Vodacom Change the World Program.
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.
Queen chose to study Law in order to help realise social justice and create a society which is reflective of the constitution. She is a member of the Moot Society at UWC and the Street Law society, which disseminates legal knowledge and advice to local communities where people are unsure of their rights. Queen believes that the most significant challenges facing the legal sector is ensuring that people's attitudes evolve and change alongside the changing legal framework.
As a social justice activist, Dauglous is concerned with upholding and protecting the right to freedom of expression and his PhD seeks to explore the right to freedom of expression in the online domain. In future, he hopes to work as a Cyber Law expert. Dauglous has an LLM in Labour Law from the University of Fort Hare where he currently works tutoring LLB students in Family Law.
Darlington Tshuma researches and has published numerous articles, policy briefs and blogs on topics linked to politics, peacebuilding, gender and governance. Some of his work has been published by the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS). He currently serves as Change Leader on African Leadership Institute’s Youth Inclusion Project.
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.
Beatrice envisions inclusive health systems, where public health is held highly, to address national and global health inequalities, especially in resource limited settings. She is committed to doing her earnest part as a professional and citizen towards this goal, partly through her active involvement in various, relevant, voluntary initiatives. Beatrice has a history of working in the pharmaceutical industry in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Talent aims to advocate for better social work therapeutic interventions in working with institutionalized children experiencing psycho-social disfunctioning. She is currently a volunteer at Morester Children’s Home and Victory Haven Place of Safety. Talent eventually aims to pursue Doctorate study in Social Work and is also passionate about tackling educational injustice, aiming to establish a library and information centre in Kasirisiri Sanyati Zimbabwe, so girls can study safely in the evening.