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Dr Fani Ncapayi

Fani Ncapayi obtained a doctorate in Sociology at the University of Cape Town in 2013. He is currently an Honorary Research Associate of the Centre for African Studies (CAS), and the Director of the Cala University Students Association (CALUSA), a rural development non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Cala – Sakhisizwe Local Municipality, Eastern Cape. The organisation’s focus is on land access and use; youth development; as well as issues of local governance, particularly democratisation of rural governance. Over-arching these areas of focus is CALUSA’s commitment to facilitating the development of Siyazakha Land and Development Forum as a movement of rural people.

Honorary Research Associate
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Dr Ncapayi’s areas of interest are: i) is research on conditions of farm workers and dwellers in white-owned commercial farms as well as in land reform projects in the Chris Hani District Municipality and ii) the democratisation of rural governance. He is currently conducting research on the above-stated issues. He is also documenting the struggles of rural residents in villages of Sakhisizwe that are aimed at challenging the imposition of unelected headmen on rural residents.