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.
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).
Roxanne Joseph has a Bachelor's Degree in English Language & Literature, Religious Studies and Classics from the University of Cape Town. She spent a year as part of the Wits Vuvuzela newsroom, where she completed her Honours in Journalism. She has been involved in civil society, with a focus on equality in education, since 2008, and has been involved with a number of different local NGOs. She has also spent time in several other newsrooms, including eNCA and Bloomberg, as a digital and multimedia journalist. She will simultaneously be undertaking her Masters at ACMS and working as a writer and researcher at SECTION27, a public interest law centre. Roxanne intends to focus her research at ACMS on access to education for migrants in South Africa. She intends to look at the government's obligations towards providing migrant learners with a basic education, a constitutional right that is being denied, time and time again.
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 imterest 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 acquired his BSC Hons in Sociology in 2011 from the University of Zimbabwe. He worked as a Data Capturer at Netone Cellular Pvt Ltd (Zimbabwe) in 2013 and engaged as an assistant teacher in Foward in Faith ECD College from 2013 up to 2015.
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.
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.
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