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Prof Lungisile Ntsebeza

AC Jordan Chair and Director
+27 (0) 21 650 3503

Lungisile Ntsebeza is a Emeritus Professor and Interim Director of the Centre for African Studies(CAS). He is also the holder of the AC Jordan Chair in African Studies at the University of Cape Town and the National Research Foundation (NRF) Research Chair in Land Reform and Democracy in South Africa.


Prof Horman Chitonge

Professor, Head of Section /
+27 (0) 21 650 4056


Horman Chitonge is a professor at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town (UCT). He is a research fellow at the Global Justice Programme, Yale University, a research associate at PRISM, School of Economics (UCT), and a vising fellow at the African Studies Centre, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. His research interests include agrarian political economy, hydro-politics, and alternative strategies for economic growth in Africa. His most recent books include: Industrial Policy and the Transforming the Colonial Economy in Africa: The Zambian Experience (Routledge, 2021). Industrialising Africa: Unlocking the Economic Potential of the Continent ( Peter Lang, 2019); Social Welfare Policy in South Africa: From the Poor White Problem to a Digitised Social Contract (Peter Lang, 2018); Economic Growth and Development in Africa: Understanding Trends and Prospects (Routledge, 2015).

Dr Thuto Thipe





Thuto Thipe is a lecturer in the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town. Her primary fields of study include land tenure, African cities, local governance systems, race and racial formation, and feminist studies. Thipe earned her PhD from Yale University in History and African American Studies, she also holds degrees in Gender Studies and Political Science.


Dr June Bam-Hutchison

Pre-colonial & Heritage Studies Lead Researcher
(Acting Head of Section from end July 2017 - end January 2018) Interim Director of the Khoi and San Unit

June Bam-Hutchison is Interim Director of the San and Khoi Centre, is widely published and an internationally known heritage practitioner. She supervises post-docs, PhDs, Masters and Honours students. Her research interests are in decolonisation, indigenous feminist epistemologies, African History, historiography, history education, preservation of endangered African languages and digital archives. 

Zuziwe Msomi


Dr Zuziwe Msomi is a lecturer in the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape.Her research interests include whiteness studies, the legal protection of indigenous knowledge, language, discourse analysis, the constructions and deployment of race, higher education, privilege, and inequality. Her areas of research share the common threads of domination, oppression, and agency. In the first case (i.e MA), in terms of the law can be both limited and useful to protecting commonly held indigenous knowledge; and in the latter (i.e PhD), in discovering what talk does in terms of holding onto or challenging a status quo which may privilege some but not others.

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Christopher Ouma

Associate Professor



A/Prof. Christopher Ouma holds a Doctorate from the Department of African Literature at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and a BA (1st Class Hons) from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. He holds a joint appointment with Department of English Literary Studies at UCT. His research and teaching interests include the broader field of contemporary African and African Diasporic literary and cultural production. He is interested in African popular culture and black print cultures. He has held fellowships at the Open University Milton Keynes London, University of the Johannesburg and recently the Mandela Fellowship at Harvard University. Ouma is the author of Childhood in Contemporary Diasporic African Literature: Memories and Futures Past (Palgrave Macmillan 2020).  He has co-edited The Spoken Word Project: Stories Travelling through Africa. He is currently co-editor of the Journal Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies.

Simphiwe Tsawu

Junior Research Fellow

Simphiwe Tsawu is a Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for African Studies and a PhD candidate. His research interests include matters related to rural land claims on conservation areas, co-management of natural resources, and rural development in South Africa. His current research is on Traditional authorities and natural resource management: the case of Dwesa-Cwebe in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.


Noma-Afrika Maseti

Centre for African Studies Administrator
+27(0) 21 650 4868 Fax: +27(0) 21 650 3579

Noma-Afrika has been the administrator for the NRF Chair since its inception in 2008. A widely experienced and skilled administrator at UCT for many  years, Noma-Afrika also administers the A.C.Jordan Chair (Director of CAS) since 2012. 

Vuyelwa MnqanqeniVuyelwa Mnqanqeni

Mrs Vuyelwa Mnqanqeni
Administrative Assistant: African Studies
Tel: 021 650 4034

Mrs Mnqanqeni provides professional administrative support to the Head of Section of African Studies, Lecturers, Undergraduates and Postgraduate students. As point of contact for African Studies, she provides widespread support to visitors and ensures efficient and smooth day-to-day operation of the Section.


Nkululeko Mabandla

Research Associate, 

Nkululeko Mabandla is a researcher associated at the Centre for African Studies, a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, and a doctoral fellow at the Institute for Humanities in Africa. Nkululeko's broad research interests include the fields of settler colonialism, the anti-colonial archive and the black radical tradition. His current research looks at transnational Chinese traders in South Africa's rural towns. This work links his interests in land and the political economy with work on settler colonialism and globalization studies.

Minga Kongo 

Part-time gallery manager