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Honorary Research Associates

Dr. Colin Darch

Dr Fani Ncapayi

Honorary Research Associate

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.

Associate Professors and Researchers

Assoc Prof Marcelo C. Rosa

Visiting Researcher 

Marcelo C. Rosa is as visiting researcher at the Centre for African Studies and an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Brasilia, Brazil. 

Emeritus Professor Christopher Saunders

Honorary Research Associate


Assoc Prof Nick Shepherd

Nick Shepherd was an Associate Professor of African Studies and Archaeology at the University of Cape Town and Head of the African Studies Unit. He is joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeological Congress.

Visiting Research Fellows

Dr. Nadira Omarjee

Dr Nadira Omarjee

Dr Nadira Omarjee is a visiting fellow at CAS. She has been a visiting academic at the Vrije Universitiet Amsterdam for the past two years. Prior to that she has had postdoctoral fellowships at UKZN and Wits. Her current interests are in decolonisation and critical pedagogy. She is currently writing up her research based on conversations with academics and activists in Cape Town and Amsterdam.

Paul Weinberg

Visiting Researcher & Senior Curator

Paul Weinberg is a South African-born documentary photographer, filmmaker, writer, curator, educationist and archivist. He began his career in the early 1980s by working for South African NGOs, and photographing current events for news agencies and foreign newspapers.

Dr Leo Podlashuc

Dr Leo Podlashuc

Leopold Podlashuc is an African social historian and activist, researching the political economy of slums and social movements arising within them, with a focus upon the historical agency of the poor.

Since 2003, he has partnered with Umfelandawonye Wabantu Basemjondolo (The South African Homeless Peoples Federation) and similarly positioned movements across the South, confronting issues of governance and inclusion.