Nompumelelo Runji

Nompumelelo Runji

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.

Over the years, she has accumulated skills and experience in research, writing and communication, advisory, consulting, facilitation, training, moderation, public speaking, project conceptualisation and management, business development.

Nompumelelo has published the following works:

  • Whither the Social Compact: When politics of the stomach overshadows a vision for an ethical public service. In: Seeking the Ethical Foundations of the South African Nation. Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) Conference Papers.

  • Widening access and enabling franchise. In: Institutionalising Democracy: The Story of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa 1993-2014. Edited by Mcebisi Ndletyana.

  • Electoral Systems and Accountability: Challenges and Considerations for South Africa. Compiled by Kathlena Walther. Published by KMMR Publishing.
  • The Democratic Opportunity: Does South Africa Need Electoral Reform. Published by NR Research and Analysis Pty Ltd.

Her other areas of interest include democracy building in African contexts, political sociology, public participation and citizen agency and social compacting.

She is also founder and CEO of Critical ThinkAR.