Miranda Brist is currently doing an MA in Migration and Displacement at the African Centre for Migration and Society. She has a four-year B.A. in Social Science from Metropolitan State University (Minnesota, USA); as well as many years of professional experience in history and geography instruction, curriculum development, complementary health care, and youth work. Miranda is interested in examining the possible impact of geographic educational content and pedagogy on youth attitudes toward migration and movement; with the broader aim of analyzing the potential role of educational praxis in either transforming or preserving mental landscapes of fear and exclusion.
Kabiri Bule is a Masters student with particular interests in social theory in general as well as organisational and social structures. Prior to enrolling in the Masters Programme in Migration and Displacement, she worked for just over 10 years across various corporate organisations in Johannesburg. She holds a BA degree in Psychology and Sociology as well as an Honours degree in Organisational Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Khanya Bonani is doing her Masters in Migration and Displacement at ACMS. Her research interests are around the following issues: the integration migrants and citizens in local communities. Also, labour integration in the regional economy. Finally, regional policy making and implementation of pre-existing policies by member states as well as institutions. Khanya holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Political Studies and International Relations as well as Sociology from Rhodes University. She also holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Development Studies from Rhodes University where her prior research work has been in the lived experiences of economic migrants and the implementation of the Free Movement Protocol in SADC.
Maren completed her Matric in Germany. In 2013/2014 she had a Social Year at Diakonia Council of Churches in Durban, South Africa. Between 2014- Aug- 2016 she did her BA Studies of Psychology at Free University of Berlin She has been volunteering as a research assistant in the Project "Xenowatch" at the African Centre for Migration and Society (WITS) from August 2016- Feb. 2016. She is currently a Visiting student of Master Courses in "Migration and Displacement" (ACMS, Wits). Her research interests are on xenophobic violence.
Edward received his bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Wits University in 2015. During college he became involved in several community work projects and worked with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. Between 2014 and 2015, he completed internships with Gauteng Department of Finance (GDF) and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS). He also gained some tutoring experience in the Social Work Department while completing his Honours. Edward is currently doing Master of Arts (MA) in Migration and Displacement at the University of the Witwatersrand, with the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS).
Gabriel Kelly is a Masters of International Affairs student on exchange from George Washington University for Semester 1 2017, where he is majoring in International Affairs and Development, as well as Africa. Gabriel enjoys visiting museums, reading books about history, and watching documentaries made by the United States' public broadcasting station (PBS). He is excited to learn about migration, the Southern African region, and South Africa throughout his time here. Gabriel is interested in learning more about the impact of migration on regional integration projects (SADC compared to the European Union). In addition, Gabriel is interested in the perspectives of Chinese expatriates in South Africa, and their views of the future (Engagements between China and Africa, China's role post-industrialization, etc.).
Lynn Sarudzai Kumire
Born on the second of September 1991 in Karoi, Lynn is the middle child in her family. She attended primary school in Hurungwe and High School in Chiredzi. She specialised in Arts in her High School and she loved Literature. In 2010, she enrolled at the University of Zimbabwe for her Bachelors in Political Science which she finished in 2013 with an Upper Second class.She has taught and tutored at a number of schools, both public and private.Lynn has also volunteered (during her spare time) at a few organisations because she believes in making a difference in people's lives.She is currently enrolled for an Honours in Migration and Displacement Studies at the University of Witswatersrand. Her research interest is health related. Lynn is concerned about health rights, the access to affordable health care, implications associated with the failure to access health linked to vulnerable groups as well. She is interested also in policy, but specifically, health policies used to address the health needs of migrants.
Moffat R. Machiwenyika
Moffat is a Qualified Development Practitioner with sound knowledge of Development Studies, able to build and implement sophisticated plans and research projects. He Completed a BA in History and Development Studies at the Midlands State University in 2012 and has worked with various organisations such as World Vision, USAID, GOAL Zimbabwe on different projects. Moffat also holds an Honors degree in Development Studies from the University of Witwatersrand. His research interests are in migration and health focusing on issues of HIV/Aids, access to health care and national health policy delivery. He is also interested in looking at issues of migration and development
Rosa's interest in migration comes from a personal and historical place- her grandmother came to South Africa as a refugee from Germany and as a result of contemporary discourse about belonging, entitlement and privilege she realised it was important to interrogate these questions of access, rights, and space; exclusion and oppression- and she hopes to do some of that at ACMS. Other than spending time on her studies; Rosa is involved in a number of activist organisations and movements both within and beyond these borders. In terms of education, in 2016 she completed her Honours in Anthropology doing research towards an “Ethnography of Nation State Ambivalence”. Her research interests include borders, the construction of boundaries and who benefits from this; the law and the nation-state - what it does to the people it is supposed to protect; creation of illegality, status, papers, the creation of refugees; the aftermath of (settler) colonialism and (in/)tangible borders, resistance and collective action.
Sostina Matina holds a Bsc Honours Degree in Records and Archives Management from the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe. She was a Communications intern in 2015 at ACMS, where she developed an interest in migration studies. Currently she is at ACMS pursuing her Masters Degree with the hope of doing PhD next year at ACMS.
Tariro Winnet C Muchichwa
Tariro Winnet C Muchichwa completed her BA Hons in Development Studies at Midlands State University. During her studies she worked with organisations such as Christian Care, UNHCR and IOM. She dealt with humanitarian issues , which included water and sanitation, food security and Internally Displaced Persons. She also now holds an Honours degree in Migration and Displacement which she completed with ACMS (University of Witswaterand) in 2015. She is currently at ACMS where she is pursuing her Masters.
Chido completed her Bachelor of Social Work, from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2015. In her spare time she volunteers at the WCCO where she helps with the packing and giving out of food parcels to hungry students on campus. She is currently doing her masters with the ACMS, with the intention of looking at undocumented migrants and employment.
Learnmore is a holder of Bachelor of Science Honours Degree with the University of Zimbabwe (2011). He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Migration and Displacement with the University of the Witwaterstrand, Johannesburg (2017), and is currently undertaking Masters by Research in Migration and Displacement at the same institution. Learnmore hasH a broad interest in Migration and Health, particularly policy issues. His Honors research zeroed in on an analysis and commentary of the South Africa's NSP (2012-2016) paying particular attention to how migration and mobility, both within and beyond national borders, is considered in that policy document. His MA research draws on the policy analysis theory in which the concepts of Street level bureaucracy (Lipsky, 1980) are harnessed to interpret barriers in the implementation of policies and directives that guarantee migrant's access to health-care.
Performance Ndlovu holds a social science honours degree in political science and international relations. Prior to enrolling for the 2017 academic year, she has been working in the NGO sector, involved in managing organisational operations i.e. sourcing and funding child burn survivors from all over Africa for the much-needed reconstructive surgery, rehabilitation and integration into society. Also engaged in squatter camp projects prone to fire calamities providing disaster relief management to the locals and a fair number of migrants in those communities. She has worked closely with non-profits, home affairs and health departments. Her love for travel, constantly travelling between South Africa and Zimbabwe as well as between South Africa and the United Kingdom stirred her interest in migrants engagements from a global perspective. She is hopeful to be a leader and part of a cohort trained to understand and give in-depth conceptualisation of migration not mere political expediency. She Identifies herself as a global citizen. She has particular interests in migrants integration, the role of immigration services and international security. She also has a passion for exploring the interdisciplinary approaches to solve the migration trends challenges.
Neo Nthabiseng Nghenavo
Neo holds a Bachelor of Science in Town and Regional Planning (Wits,1999) and has experience in the public sector in the Human Settlements Department and for Statistics South Africa. Her role at the Department of Human Settlements involved the monitoring of housing programme in the Urban and Rural development Nodes. Her current role in Stats SA includes the Planning, monitoring and reporting of the Population and Social Statistics Cluster Programme.
Xolisile did her undergraduate degree at St. Augustine University, majoring in Politics, Psychology and Philosophy. She acquired her honours degree in International relations at The University of the Witwatersrand. She is currently doing her Masters degree at The University of the Witwatersrand with ACMS.
Nixon Tasakana is a native Democratic Republic of Congo living in South Africa. Tasakana (prefers to be called) has research interest in political violence, ethnicity, identity and citizenship belonging, forced migration and displacement in conflict zones and overall migration and mobility research issues. His research at ACMS is focusing on the health needs and help-seeking behaviors of migrant women from conflict zones in Johannesburg. Before joining ACMS, Tasakana graduated from the University of the Western Cape with Honours in political science, political violence and contemporary democratic theories. Tasakana holds a bachelor degree from the University of the Western Cape double major in Political Science and Sociology. He has previously worked in retail as salesperson and manager, and has also worked as tutor as well as a research assistant. Tasakana was also involved in student leadership and served in various community and faith based organizations.
Natália Ribeiro holds a BA in International Relations (Universidade de São Paulo) and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (University of Oxford). She has gained experience in the migration and displacement field working as an intern at UNHCR’s Protection Unity in Brasília as well as NGOs in Cape Town and São Paulo. She is a member of the 2017 editorial board of the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration. Her research interests are in urban displacement; asylum in Brazil; and transitional justice and displacement.
Lancelot Thomas holds a Diploma in Philosophy, a professional degree in Theology and a Masters degree in Philosophy (Business and Professional Ethics). Lance currently serves as the Africa Coordinator for an FBO called the Damietta Peace Initiative which he joined in 2006. This followed a decade of religious life as a Capuchin Franciscan Friar, during which Lance undertook philosophical and theological studies with a particular research interest on Liberation Theology and Feminist Theology. This has given Lance vast bottom-up community-based experience which was consolidated in his Master’s degree. As Africa Coordinator, Lance is actively involved in program development, report writing and funding proposal writing. Lance also lectures Spirituality part-time to seminarians at Saint John Vianney National Seminary in Pretoria and has also taught modules on the Philosophy of Religion.
Lance intends to focus his Master's in Migration and Displacement Studies research on doing a comparative study between the farming communities of De Doorns (Western Cape) and Patensie (Eastern Cape), to assess the effectiveness of social integration programmes in farming communities, with De Doorns having had many interventions and trainings and Patensie having virtually none. Lance wishes to note how communities devise their own responses to xenophobia in the absence of training and how these differ from the more formal, funded interventions.
Kuda was a joint Honours student at Midlands State University and a visiting student at ACMS. He also conducted a full time research project as a Research Assistant on research uptake studies at the centre. In 2013, Kuda was awarded an International Human Rights Exchange Programme special scholarship from Bard College and the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. There he acquired distinguished multidisciplinary human rights education and certification. During the course of the programme, he also served as a Communications and Advocacy Intern at the Albert Street School for Refugees in Johannesburg where he became exposed as well as interested in migration and poverty issues due to his daily interaction with Zimbabwean refugees. Kuda joined ACMS in February 2014 where he was appointed Research, Communications and Outreach Intern. ACMS nominated him for the Migrating out of Poverty Research Internship Scheme from April to July 2014. His internship involved supporting all ACMS communications work, preparing and packaging policy briefs, research data capturing, undertaking desktop research and blogging on contemporary issues related to migration and poverty in Southern Africa. He is currently doing a Masters by dissertation in Migration & Displacement, with a particular focus on the role of street level bureaucracy in migration and national health policy delivery in South Africa while pursuing his independent research on policy processes.
Born on the 23rd of August 1987 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Bothwell attended both his Primary and Secondary education in Mutare. He is a holder of a Bachelor of Science Honors in Administration(BSc HAD) and an Executive Certificate in Project and Program Monitoring& Evaluation from University of Zimbabwe(2012). He has worked in the Ministry of Education as a High school educator for the period September 2012 to June 2015. He has also worked as a volunteer at Zimbabwe Aids Council in Mutare Rural District. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree in Migration and Displacement Studies at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Bothwell has a broad interest in Migration and Health, particularly commercial sex work and migrant access to health care.
Noreen is a Masters Student at the African Center for Migration & Society at Wits and a Student Assistant in the Dean of Student Affairs Office at Wits. She has a BA Honors (Development Studies) (Wits), BA (Psychology) (UJ), Foundation Programme (Arts) (Monash South Africa) and International Diploma (Business Management/Administration). Noreen worked as an Intern at All Out Africa (Swaziland) and as a Student Assistant at the Academic Development & Support (UJ). Currently, she is a member of AIESEC & Rotaract Club. Noreen is a Kenyan citizen. She is interested in studying Xenophobia, psychological implications of xenophobia on migrants, and how migration affects the identity and belonging of migrants.