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Professor Anna-Mart van Wyk Head of School

Professor Anna-Mart van Wyk is a widely published and globally acknowledged academic. Her academic career has seen gaining deep knowledge on arms and diplomacy within the context of world history.

She read a DPhil in History, which sparked her interest in foreign policy and arms control, leading her to specialise in the history of South Africa’s nuclear weapons program. Her work has been widely published and presented internationally, and she has been twice recognised with the Monash South Africa Distinguished Researcher Award in recent years.

Passionate about WMD non-proliferation and disarmament, Anna-Mart has lectured courses on contemporary arms control, disarmament, diplomacy, and world history, in addition to postgraduate supervision in related fields. This passion has taken her to speak to global institutions such as ETH Zurich, the LSE, Yale University, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, as well as the annual Nuclear History Bootcamp. She is a partner of the Carnegie-funded Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, an adjunct Professor of History at Monash South Africa, a former Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a research fellow at the University of South Africa.

Agnes Babugura

Dr Agnes A Babugura is a Geography and Environmental Science lecturer in the School of Social Science. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science (Climate change: Social vulnerability and adaptation) conferred by the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

She has a Master of Science in Environmental Science and a graduate degree in Environmental Science and Sociology. Her qualifications and expertise are rooted in the natural and social sciences (human environmental interactions) enabling her ability to understand and apply multiple disciplines in dealing with complex environmental and social development challenges.

She has extensive research experience and has had the opportunity to collaborate with several national governments and international development organizations such as; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Heinrich Böll Foundation, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Bank (WB), World Vision International (WVI) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) on various developmental issues. These include; gender and climate change, gender mainstreaming in various spheres of development, social vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, poverty and development, sustainable agricultural development and food security, climate-smart agriculture and the greening of economies.

Alex Asakitikpi

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Jaco Pretorius

Dr. Asakitikpi is a trained Nigerian anthropologist and sociologist. He heads the Sociology at Monash South Africa, and is also a non-resident scholar at Duke University.

His research interests are in health policies in Africa south of the Sahara; the socio-cultural context of illness and diseases, including HIV/AIDS; the interface of religion/spirituality and health outcomes; and the anthropology of death and dying.

Bimo Nkhata

Bimo Nkhata is the Director and Associate Professor of the Water Research Node at MSA. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science that is specifically directed at global sustainability issues.

He joined Monash South Africa in 2011 bringing with him over 20 years of professional experience working in the environmental and water sectors of Africa. He possesses in-depth knowledge about Africa’s water management, development and reforms, and has published widely on water governance, policy and planning. He has lived and worked in Kenya, South Africa and Zambia over extended periods and travelled extensively within Africa. His passion for education is to develop water leaders and researchers for a sustainable African future.

Busisiwe Khaba

Busisiwe is a Politics lecturer and researcher. Her expertise are in International Relations and Africa Politics. She hold a Masters degree in Political Science and is currently enrolled for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International Relations.

Busisiwe’s research interests include the development of African states, state-building and nation building in the African context. She is also a Political Analyst and often give expert analysis on various media platforms such as television and radio. Busisiwe has been involved in the political affairs environment for the past nine years. She has gained experience in government operations and state protocol, through engagement with various departments such as the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) wherein she is a member of the South African Academic core group of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA).

Charles Villet

Charles Villet is a Philosophy Lecturer in the School of Social Science, whose academic calling is to teach ethics and political philosophy. He holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Johannesburg.

His current work falls within the fields of postcolonial, whiteness and heterotopian studies. Michel Foucault and Frantz Fanon are his philosophical heroes because they explored the crucial themes of power and resistance in modern societies with oppressive regimes.

His doctoral thesis looks at the politics of recognition in South Africa with the focus on the evolving identities of whites beyond Apartheid. His research themes reflect a concern with current socio-political questions: What does the Oscar Pistorius case tell us about the life-world of whites in the suburbs? Why does rugby have such a dominant place in the Afrikaner community? What is the connection between affluent lifestyles and whitely ways of living? The ambitious goal of his work is to sketch a picture of humanism for a society where the problems of violence, racism and poverty are a daily reality.

Charles has further presented papers at local and international conferences, most recently at the 2016 Foucault Circle in Australia. He received the MSA Teaching Excellence Award for 2015, a reflection of his passion for enriching the university experience of his students.

Emmanuel Maravanyika

Emmanuel is currently the Head of Section in Criminology and Criminal Justice. He joined Monash South Africa in 2012 after gaining work experience at the University of Cape Town where he is an Mphil alumnus in Criminal Justice,

The Institute for Security Studies as a research intern and consultant in various programmes including the Corruption and Governance Programme, as well as the Anti-Money Laundering and Organised Crime Programme, and also as a consultant for the Western Cape Provincial Government during the xenophobic attacks of 2008. He has also lectured in Criminology at other private higher education institutions. His teaching interests are in penology (corrections), policing, victimology and the child justice. He is currently enrolled for a PhD with the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand, researching on the discriminatory parole process for convicted immigrants and that of South African nationals, in the contexts of social displacement and social reintegration of prisoners. Emmanuel often appears on various news media platforms as an expert in his field of criminal justice, giving comment on issues of national interest pertaining to the police, prisons and criminal courts.

Fay Hodza

Fay is a Senior Lecturer and the Head of Development Studies at Monash South Africa. He has 14 years of experience as a lecturer. He is a Fulbright scholar. He has taught in several countries including South Africa, the United States of America and Zimbabwe.

He joined Monash South Africa in February 2013. His research mainly focuses on examining the negative use of illicit and licit drugs in urban communities from a social development perspective. He interrogates how contexts of poverty, marginalisation, and globalisation play out to influence the use of and dealing in drugs and the nature of drug policy and programme interventions in South Africa. He also explores what it takes for communities and individuals to effectively and appropriately address the problem of the negative use of licit and illicit drugs in South Africa.

Gugulethu Shange

Gugulethu, known as Gugu is the Child and Youth Development lecturer, clinical social worker who holds Masters in Social Science (Mental Health), Hon in Psychology, and Certificate in Community Development obtained in UNISA.

She went through a Facilitation course and a Diploma in accounting and Business studies in 1987 with the University of Swaziland (NISWA). For 14 years has been a community practitioner for World Vision International Organisation as a position of a Programme Manager where I was based in Orlando East Soweto. I started a private practice 2009, where the focus was (is) counselling, training, facilitation for university Social work students (3rd & 4th year levels) where she started building her experience in academia. In 2013 I had joined University of Johannesburg as a facilitator for 2nd year internship classes provided supervision for and 4th year students. Her love for teaching is even extended outside the university as she also trainer of student counsellor at Grace Bible Church, and involved with local Early Childhood Development centres.

Helena van Wyk

Helena is currently a lecturer in Media and Communication in the School of Social Science. She has more than 15 years of teaching experience.

She holds a BA(Honn)Communication degree from NWU; a MA Communication degree from UJ and is currently enrolled for her PhD at UNISA. Helena’s research interests are media; visual commentary; political branding and political communication.

Joanah Gadzikwa

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Joseph Minga

Having completed his PhD, from the University of Witwatersrand, where he did Translation and Interpreting Studies, Dr Minga, captured much of the substance of his early research on Francophone African Literature.

Dr Minga is currently a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Monash South Africa. He provides his students with an important and foundational history of Africa, taught from a decolonial perspective. He uses his research and teaching to stimulate critical thinking and create a critical space for students to engage with contemporary discourses, and dominant theoretical perspectives.

Laurence Caromba

Laurence is a lecturer in Political Studies and International Studies at the School of Social Science. He has nine years of experience in research, and lecturing.

Before coming to Monash South Africa, he worked as a research analyst for the Centre for International Political Studies at the University of Pretoria, and Royal Thai Embassy in South Africa. He has also written for the Mail & Guardian and other South African newspapers. He holds a Master’s degree in political studies from the University of Pretoria, and his main interests are in international relations, political theory, and the foreign policies of the great powers. He strongly believes that we can use the insights from IR to solve collective action problems and create a more orderly and prosperous world.

Linda Downsborough

Linda is a lecturer and researcher in the Water Research Node at Monash South Africa. She has been with Monash South Africa for the past seven years and has been integral to establishing and coordinating water related education programmes at the institution and lecturers on both the Master of Philosophy in Integrated Water management and the postgraduate Diploma in water management.

She holds a Masters degree in Education specialising in environmental education and is currently preparing to register for a PhD. She is passionate about learning, adult education, social networks and communities of practice all within a natural resource management context and has a number of publications in these fields. She believes that by facilitating and nurturing the connections between people there is enhanced capacity for mutually beneficial decision making.

Marianne Louw

Marianne is the head of Communication & Media Studies and has 25 years’ experience of working, lecturing, training and coaching in communication and leadership.

She was the editor of a national women’s lifestyle magazine and then had her own training and coaching consultancy before joining MSA permanently in 2012. Marianne co-authored Let’s talk about interpersonal communication (a textbook that has seen its fourth edition and is considered the best in South Africa by many) and has contributed to two other textbooks on strategic communication and on research. She is currently working on the final phase of her doctorate in interpersonal leadership communication.

Marshall L. Mdoka

Dr Marshall L. Mdoka is a lecturer and Head of Geography and Environmental Science. After attaining his BSC in Applied Physics Honours he became a High School Maths/Science Teacher (1996-97).

He then moved on to the Zimbabwe Meteorological Services from December 1997 to 2007 where he completed a post-graduate diploma in Meteorology qualifying him as a professional UN WMO Class I Meteorologist and was also involved in ZBC TV weather presentations as well as being seconded to SADC Drought Monitoring Centre as a Visiting Meteorologist (December 2001 to May 2002). He has also completed MSc and PhD in Environmental and Geographical Sciences, University of Cape Town. On 1 July 2009, Dr Mdoka joined MSA as a lecturer in Physical Geography and Climatology.

Palesa Rose Nqambaza

Palesa is sessional lecturer in the School of Social Sciences. She holds a BA Honours Degree and an MA in Politics with a focus on Gender and Migration from the University of Johannesburg. Her research interests are in Politics of Identity, Gender Politics and Migration studies.

Precious-Pearl Zandile Vezi

Precious is qualified with a degree in Child and Youth Development and Masters in Education: Leadership and Administration currently enrolled for PhD study in Youth Development.

Exposure in the field of study includes work in Government sector, Education sector, NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) sector and broadly Community Development. Additional training acquired includes Policy Development and Management; Strategic Management and Development; Facilitation; Lecturing; Industrial relations; Performance Management; Leadership Development; Quality Assurance; Assessment; Monitoring and Evaluation; Research; Report writing; and Public speaking amongst other.

Through her experience Precious-Pearl has delivered in the following responsibilities: Management of staff; Management of Project partners; Director of Programme implementation; Inter-governmental liason; Stakeholder management; Serve in different boards; Budget Management; Project Management and Planning and organising national conferences.

Rika Swanzen

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Rose-Marié Bezuidenhout

Dr Rose-Marié Bezuidenhout has lectured in aspects of communication studies, public relations and research for the last 34 years. Her research interests include media representation, gaming, consciousness and the symbolic and mythical representation of consciousness and the Jungian construct of the Self.

She is particularly interested in the coalescence of cultural expressions and universal archetypal symbols marking the fusion of cultural divides. She particularly appreciates the supervision of post-graduate students.

Tara Harris

Tara Harris has worked within the field of Criminology and education for the past 7 years. She has obtained her Masters degree in Criminology cum laude and is currently working on her doctoral study in adolescent sexting.

She joined Monash South Africa as a full time staff member in 2012, having done 2 years as a sessional lecturer. She has currently supervised 6 Honours students to completion and is actively involved in community engagement having been invited to speak on the radio on topics of the culture of violence in South Africa and adolescent sexualisation. She has presented at one international conference and two national conferences on topics surrounding youth offending in SA. She has three peer-reviewed articles published.

Thando Nkohla

Thando commenced her journey in academia in her undergraduate years at Rhodes University, where she majored in Philosophy, Politics and Industrial Sociology. From these majors, Philosophy became the route that she gravitated towards, as the endearing subject inspired her to pursue Honours at the University of Pretoria.

This honours year opened the path for Thando to not only continue with her studies into Philosophy masters, but to also tutor for the Philosophy Department at the University of Pretoria. From there, Thando was able to attract jobs as a lecturer in the fields of Ethics and Philosophy at the University of Zululand, University of KwaZulu Natal, and now at Monash South Africa. She is currently wrapping up her PhD in Applied Ethics at the University of KwaZulu Natal.

Tinus de Jager

Tinus is a journalism alumni from the University of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. He has reported the news for print, radio, television and online; with crime and court reporting forming his beat.

While not reporting on a daily basis anymore, Tinus is still active in editing, sub-editing and guiding journalists throughout South Africa, adding training of journalists to his teaching responsibilities at MSA. His research focusses on the changing role of journalist in the online environment.

Tinus de Jager

Tinus is a journalism alumni from the University of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. He has reported the news for print, radio, television and online; with crime and court reporting forming his beat.

While not reporting on a daily basis anymore, Tinus is still active in editing, sub-editing and guiding journalists throughout South Africa, adding training of journalists to his teaching responsibilities at MSA. His research focusses on the changing role of journalist in the online environment.

Victoria Graham

Dr Graham is a senior lecturer in and section head of International and Political Studies in the School of Social Science, MSA and a senior research associate at the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Department of Politics and International Relations. She completed her PhD on democracy studies from UJ in 2013 and was awarded the 2014 Stephen P.

While not reporting on a daily basis anymore, Tinus is still active in editing, sub-editing and guiding journalists throughout South Africa, adding training of journalists to his teaching responsibilities at MSA. His research focusses on the changing role of journalist in the online environment.