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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.


Assoc Prof Horman Chitonge

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

Horman Chitonge is an Associate Professor at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town (UCT). His research interests include agrarian political economy, hydro-politics, and alternative strategies for economic growth and poverty reduction in Africa. 

Professor Harry Garuba

Acting Dean of Humanities (2017-2018)
+27 (0) 21 650 3273

Harry Garuba is a Professor in the African Studies Unit and holds a joint appointment in the English Department. His teaching interests include: African literature, postcolonial theory and criticism, African modernities and intellectual traditions of African nationalist writing.


Dr June Bam-Hutchison

Pre-colonial & Heritage Studies Lead Researcher
(Acting Head of Section from end July 2017 - end January 2018)

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.  

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 research associate at the Centre for African Studies and a doctoral fellow at the Institute for Humanities in Africa. His research interests include the fields of political economy, post-colonial theory, language and history. His current research is on Chinese traders in South Africa's rural towns. He currently lectures in Sociology. 

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. 

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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