The Associates


PhD Sociology Candidate, (Wits); MA. Political Science (Political Economy), (UP); BA. Honours (Political Science), (UP) and BA. Political Studies, (UP).

Khwezi has 12 years of lecturing at university, working in the progressive trade union movement as National Social Policy Coordinator, Programme Manager at Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and is currently working as a Senior Researcher: Political Economy at the Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA).Read More


Mphil, Futures Studies (Stellenbosch); PG Dip, Futures Studies (Stellenbosch); BA Hons, Business Management (Lincoln, UK); SMDP (Stellenbosch); MDP (Stellenbosch); Cert, African Political Economy (TMALI, UNISA) and Cert, Public Policy Analysis (TMALI, UNISA).

Tembile has spent 15 years working in the trade union movement, the public sector and contributing to the governance bodies of both the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) and higher education sectors. In the public service he has worked in strategic planning; project management; research and environmental scanning; and monitoring and evaluation (M&E).Read More


M.SocSci Political Science, (UKZN); B.SocSci (Hons) Public Policy, (UCT); B.SocSci Political Studies (Cum Laude), (UKZN).

Aalia has over a decade worth of government and international experience. These range from the Policy and Coordination Advisory Services in The Presidency to the National Planning Secretariat in the Union Buildings to Public Enterprises and then on to the Middle East’s rail and broadcast sector. Ismail is a multi-sector environmental specialist, policy writer, planner and low-carbon transition expert. She is also a former lecturer at UKZN in the school of political science.Read More


M.Com (Cum Laude), (Wits); B.Com (Hons) (Cum Laude), (Wits) and B.Com (Wits).

Ayabonga has spent 10 years working in the areas of development and economic policy, strategy and analysis and economic research. He has worked in management consulting, economic policy, development work and in academia. He currently serves on the Presidential Economic Advisory Council.Read More


MSc.Eng (Electrical), (UJ); PostGrad Diploma (Leadership), (Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute) and BSc.Eng (Computer Engineering) (UKZN).

Msizi has over 10 years of experience in the financial services, private equity and management consulting sector. He is currently a Director at Absa Corporate and Investment Banking. Prior to this he was Chief of Staff to the Group CEO of ABSA. Before that, he was an Associate at Ethos Private Equity and spent several years at global management consultancy firm, A.T. Kearney including a year-long assignment to the National Planning Commission.Read More


MEd Environmental Education (RU), B.SocSci (Hons) Anthropology (RU); B.SocSci Political and International Studies and Anthropology (RU), Certificated in Public Governance (YALI), JET Education Research Certification.

Lwanda’s skills and experience is on qualitative research methodologies, social and expansive learning theoretical frameworks, knowledge and content creation. She serves on the Fort Cox Agriculture and Training Institute Curriculum Advisory Committee, researcher on the Amanzi for Food Programme (Funded by WRC), former communications personnel on Non-Profit: Each One Teach One Eastern Cape Awareness Campaign. Faculty Curriculum Review-Management Department (Commissioned by CHERTL). Currently, Lwanda is the research assistant to the Murray and Roberts Chair of Environmental Education and Sustainability.Read More


LLB (UP), Certificate in Telecommunications Law (Wits), Certificate in Advanced Broadcasting Law (Wits), Certification in Advanced Administration (Wits), Certificate in Media Law (Wits), Certificate in Foreign-Exchange Polices (SARB).

Mojalefa has extensive experience in the public and private legal sector. In his 15 years in legal practice, he has occupied positions such as being the Administrative Assistant Department of Health (National), practiced as an Associate (specializing in commercial Law) at Werksman Attorneys. Currently Mojalefa serves as the Director and Managing Partner at Motalane Inc (area of specialization: Corporate and Commercial Law) and Chief Excutive Officer at Seana Phuti Investments (PTY) LTD.Read More


MSc (University of London); B.Com (UCT) and Econometrics (UP).

Xhanti has been a professional with 15 years of experience in advisory Economics, Banking, Finance and strategy and related fields. He is a founding director of Nascence Advisory and Research, a business providing bespoke research solutions and business advisory and strategy services.Read More


PhD Candidate in Political Philosophy (UP), MA. Political Philosophy (UP); B.SocSci (Hons), (RU); B.SocSci Anthropology and Political and International Studies (RU).

Siseko’s research and teaching interests centre around themes of education decolonisation in the South African academe. He served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Decolonizing Disciplines, Editor to the Decolonisation as Democratisation: Global Insights into the South African Experience (HSRC Press), and a co-guest editor of ‘Decolonising Curricula and Pedagogy in Higher Education’, (Third World Thematics). He also serves on the Editorial Collective of Stilet, the Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Association as well as the Literary Association of South Africa’s Executive Committee.Read More


MSc. Candidate Veterinary Science, (UP); BSc Honours (RU) and BSc. Chemistry and Microbiology (RU).

Prudent has acquired skills and experience in the natural science fields researcher and analyst in genetics, genomics, data analysis using the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) platforms.Read More


PhD Economics Candidate, (RU); MCom. Economics (Political-Ecological Economics), (RU); BCom. Honours, (RU); BCom. Economics and Information Systems, (RU).

Nqobile has just begun her career in the academic, research and analysis space. She is a researcher at the Department of Economics at Rhodes University. She is also an Assistant Lecturer in Economics as well as being a Faculty Coordinator for tutors at the same university.Read More


MBA Candidate (CPUT); BTech Project Management (CPUT); Certificate in Entrepreneurship (UNISA SBL); ND: Office Management & Technology (CPUT); Certificate in Project Processes and Finance (SAP).

Siyabulela’s skills and experience is on start-up formulation, events management, business operations, research, workshop facilitation, management strategy, business strategy, leadership training, writing, data management (analysis, storage, processing), SMME development.Read More


MBA (Wits); BSc Computer Science/Statistics (FHU); Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (Wits) and Microsoft Certified Professional.

Dumisani has a rich background in management consulting, data analytics and business analysis, particularly in the following areas: Data Warehousing & Automation, Business Intelligence & Realtime Analytics, Predictive & Prescriptive Customer Analytics and using Dashboards for Data Storytelling.Read More


MPhil. Multidisciplinary Human Rights, (UP); BA. (Hons) Political Science, (UP); B.SocSci Industrial Sociology and Labour Studies, (UP).

Nompumelelo has a strong track record in political analysis, research and communications spanning 14 years. She has worked in various research capacities at think tanks including the Institute for Security Studies and The Forum for Public Dialogue, has lectured themes in political science and security studies at the Department of Political Science at the University of Pretoria and as programme manager at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung SA. She has also worked in the media space as convener of the Sowetan Dialogues and opinions editor at Sowetan, one of the largest daily newspapers in South Africa. As an opinion columnist since 2014 – 2021.Read More


MBA (GIBS); B.Com Accounting, (Wits); Desmond Tutu Leadership Certificate (SAID Business School, Oxford University).

Tshepo has 18 years of experience in financial services focused on the design and execution of strategy in asset management, life insurance and lending. Currently consulting for the Tshwane University of Technology Enterprise Holdings.Read More


PhD Sociology Candidate (UCT); MA. Political Studies, (Wits); BA International Relations & Political Studies, (Wits); BA. Hons (Political Studies), Wits.

Pearl has been an activist and practitioner in the youth development space in Johannesburg, South Africa for almost 10 years. She has served organisations like Amnesty International, where she was President of the branch and was then elected to the Wits Student Representative Council in 2013.Read More

Nonqaba Keatimilwe-Buthelezi

MPA, Public and Development Management (Stellenbosch), B Admin (Hons), Public Management (UP) and B Admin, International Relations (UP).

Nonqaba is an experienced qualitative and quantitative researcher with expertise in research areas such as public health, economic development and policy evaluation, implementation and development. Over the years she has displayed extensive experience in economic and social development programme evaluation, management and policy analysis. Nonqaba has held roles such as Study Coordinator at the Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation and has also served as a Research Associate at the Eswatini Economic Policy Analysis and Research Centre. She has also been involved in the management of implementation science and longitudinal cohort studies, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes as well as stakeholder engagement.Read More