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Prof Lungisile Ntsebeza

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

Lungisile Ntsebeza is a Professor and the holder of the AC Jordan Chair in African Studies at the University of Cape Town. He is also the holder of 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 has a PHD in Development Studies from University of Natal. He is currently the Head of African Studies at UCT. He has conducted research on behalf several African governments, international organisations including the International Growth Centre, Human Sciences Research Council, Energia and UN SDGs.  His research interests include agrarian political economy, hydro-politics, and alternative strategies for economic growth in Africa. He has published extensively on these and related themes. His most recent books include: Economic Growth and Development in Africa: Understanding Trends and Prospects (by Routledge, 2015), Contemporary Customary  Land Issues in Africa: Navigating the Contours of Change  (By Cambridge Publishers, 2017), Social Welfare Policy in South Africa: From the Poor White Problem to a Digitised Social Contract (by Peter Lang, 2018), Land, The State and the Unfinished Decolonisation Project in Africa: Essays in Honour of Professor Sam Moyo(By Laanga Publishers, 2019);  Industrialising Africa: Unlocking the Economic Potential of the Continent (by Peter Lang, 2019).

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 leads on the National Institute of the Social Sciences and Humanities (NIHSS) catalytic pre-colonial  historiography project for the NRF Chair. Her research interests are in Khoi identities and social justice, critical issues in heritage, school history education and in decolonial discourse and practice. She teaches on both undergraduate and post-graduate courses (including Honours, Masters and Doctoral supervision in interdisciplinary areas of scholarship). She co-founded and facilitates the knowledge and community research partnership with the Aboriginal /Xarra Restorative Justice Forum. Previously co-editor of the peer-reviewed and accredited Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa, she is also Visiting Professor with Stanford University.  

June Bam-Hutchison is also the Interim Director of the Khoi and San Unit. She is Principal Investigator: Worldwide University Network Research Project (2020-) !Gâ re – Rangatirangtanga – Dadirri :Decolonizing the 'capture of knowledge'

Zuziwe Msomi


Zuziwe Msomi is a lecturer in the Centre for African Studies. She earned her Masters with distinction from Rhodes University, and is currently reading for her PhD in Political Studies. Her Masters was titled Indigenous Medicinal Knowledge and Intellectual Property Law. Case Study: Alice Pelargonium Case.

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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.

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.


Minga Kongo 

Part-time gallery manager