Humanities team

Head of School


Head of School: Prof Jesmael Mataga


PhD African Studies (Heritage & Public Culture) University of Cape Town; MA in Heritage Studies-University of Zimbabwe; BA Hons, University of Zimbabwe; Certificate in Scientific Principles of Conservation- (ICCROM), Italy


Prof Mataga has experience in research and training in heritage management on the African continent with a focus on museum curation, intangible heritage, cultural diversity and implementation of UNESCO conventions. 

He worked for the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe and taught in the Archaeology Unit of the University of Zimbabwe and at the National University of Lesotho.

His current research, situated in an emerging research focus on critical and decolonial heritage, explores the role and place of communities in heritage management. 

His work aims to support innovation in heritage management practice which addresses the critical challenges of our time, such as poverty and inequality, climate change, conflict, decolonisation, migration and social justice. 

Prof Mataga joined the university in May 2015. He loves travelling and enjoys the outdoors.


School Administrator:  Ms Sukayna Obaray

Ms Sukayna Obaray joined Sol Plaatje University in August 2016. She has a varied background in the travel and customer service industries and extensive experience as an administrator within the higher education sector.


Ms Obaray quite recently discovered her passion for teaching and is currently completing her Bachelor of Education degree with specialisation in Foundation Phase Teaching through the University of South Africa. 

She is a die-hard lover of biltong, sushi and travelling adventures and will most likely be the friendly voice that welcomes you when you call the School of Humanities.



Heads of Departments

Prof  Victor Teise: Department of Languages

Dr Garth Benneyworth (M Inst D): Department of Heritage Studies

Dr Cobus Rademeyer: Department of Social Sciences



Prof Victor Nico Teise, Associate Professor: Afrikaans/HOD


BA (UWC, majoring in Afrikaans and Dutch and Linguistics); BA (Honours) (UWC); Higher Diploma in Education (UWC); MA (cum laude, Afrikaans & Dutch, UFS); PhD (Afrikaans & Dutch, UFS)


Prof Teise is Head of Department for Languages and Communication in the School of Humanities.

Prof Teise started his teaching career at Dr Blok Senior Secondary School in Heidedal, Bloemfontein and was later appointed as a lecturer and senior lecturer at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT and FS).

At CUT, he also acted as programme head for the Language Practice programme before joining the University of the Free State as a lecturer-researcher in higher education studies where he was responsible for teaching numerous modules in the Advanced Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma as well as the MA programme.

Before joining Sol Plaatje University, Prof Teise was the acting head of the School of Higher Education Studies at the UFS.

He joined Sol Plaatje University in February 2016 and lectures in Afrikaans and Dutch in the BA and BEd undergraduate programmes.

His research focus includes Afrikaans literature and textual criticism as well as higher education.



Mr Sabata Mokae, Lecturer: Creative Writing


MA in Creative Writing, Rhodes University; PhD African Languages (ongoing – Rhodes University)


Mr Sabata Mokae is the author of The Story of Sol T Plaatje (SPET), Escaping Trauma (Corner Café Press), a collection of English poems, a Setswana novella, Ga ke Modisa (Geko Publishing/Oxford University Press), a Setswana young adult novella, Dikeledi (Geko Publishing/Oxford University Press) and Kanakotsame: In My Times (The Inksword Publishing), and a collection of newspaper columns.

He has also translated Gcina Mhlophe’s two children’s books from English to Setswana: Semaka sa Dinaane (Our Story Magic, UKZN Press) and Dinaane tsa Aforika (Stories of Africa, UKZN Press).

He is the recipient of the South African Literary Award (2011), MNET Literary Award for Best Novel in Setswana (2013), Mnet Film Award (2013) and Lesedi la Afrika Award (2017).

In 2014, he was a writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, where he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in Writing.

He is currently completing a PhD in African Languages at Rhodes University.

His research interests are Sol Plaatje, mother tongue fiction writing, historical fiction as well as race and reconciliation in post-apartheid Setswana literature.

He is also involved in the annual Northern Cape Writers Festival, which is organised jointly by Sol Plaatje University and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.

He facilitates a Prison Writing Programme at Tswelopele Correctional Centre and the Kimberley Correctional Centre.

He joined Sol Plaatje University in September 2015.



Dr Marga Stander, Senior Lecturer: English and Communication


PhD (Applied Linguistics, Afrikaans – Vista University); MA in Sociolinguistics (UFS); BA Honours (UFS); and BA in Drama and Theatre Arts (UFS); BEd Honours in Deaf Education (WITS); PGCE (Unisa); a TEFL certificate (Table Bay) and TESOL certificate (Trinity College, London)

She received Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards from the UFS in 2015 and 2016.


Dr Marga Stander has held several academic posts, which included coordinator for the Unit for Language Development on the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS); teacher of English, Visual Arts and South African Sign Language at the Thiboloha Special School in Phuthaditjhaba; senior lecturer in Afrikaans Linguistics and Academic Literacy facilitator at UFS.

Dr Stander is a research associate at the Sign Language Department of UFS where she supervises two master students.

Dr Stander has presented her research at local and international conferences and has published several articles.

Her research focus includes applied linguistics, second language acquisition, academic writing and plagiarism.

She joined Sol Plaatje University in March 2017 and teaches English Linguistics and Literature and South African Sign Language as a conversational language.


Mrs Elna van Rhyn, Junior Lecturer: English


B.A (Languages) with English and Afrikaans and Nederlands (UFS); H.E.D (Unisa); B.Ed Hons (UFS); Postgraduate Diploma in Intercultural Communication (Stellenbosch)


Mrs Elna van Rhyn is currently completing an MA degree in General Linguistics Stellenbosch University.

She has several years of teaching experience and was a lecturer in English at the National Institute for Higher Education in Kimberley.

She joined Sol Plaatje University in January 2015 and teaches courses in English Poetry and Literature.

Her research focus includes intercultural communication, linguistics and editing.



Mr Motho-Osele Simon Kgoe, Lecturer: Setswana


Primary Teachers Certificate (PTC; Bachelor of Arts (General); Bachelor of Arts Honours (Setswana); Master of Arts (Setswana)


Mr Motho-Osele Simon Kgoe started his career as a teacher on a farm school in Petrusburg in the Free State in the late 1970s.

He has taught a range of subjects, including Setswana, Mathematics, Geography, Biblical Studies and Music at the primary school level.

In 1993, he joined the Subject Advisory Services as an Advisor for Farm Schools.

In 1995, Mr Kgoe joined the Kagisanong College of Education as a Setswana Lecturer and later joined the Northern Cape Department of Education as a Provincial African Languages Coordinator for the Further Education and Training Phase (Grade 10 – 12), a position which he held from 2002 until November 2014.

He has also served as a member of a Task Team at the Department of Basic Education to write the National Curriculum Statement for Further Education and Training (Schools), Subject Assessment Guidelines for FET (Schools) from 2002 to 2006 and provided training for Setswana Subject Advisors and teachers and Curriculum and Policy Statement for FET Phase (Grade 10 – 12) in 2012.

In December 2014, Mr Kgoe joined Sol Plaatje University as a Setswana Lecturer.

His research focus falls on Setswana Linguistics, Language and Literature as well as issues that relate to Language Teaching and Learning.


Ms Palesa Seleke, Lecturer: Setswana


MA, BA, BA Hons (UNW)


Ms Seleke’s MA research was based on an analysis of Gomolemo Mokae’s Setswana writings. Mokae was a medical doctor and a Black Consciousness political activist.

Her research explored Mokae’s remarkable and revolutionary contribution to Setswana Modern literature. Deserving of scholarly attention, his writings are some of the few examples of Realist and Committed literature in Setswana and in African languages.

Her research demonstrates that the creation of literary texts can be influenced by extraneous factors. These include the writer’s biography, historical, socio-political and literary context or environments. Thus in interpreting literary text these contextual influences need to be considered.

Her research recommended a wider application of Contextual Approaches in the analysis of Setswana literature.

Ms Seleke has worked as a presenter for a Campus Radio Station, an educator and as a part -time lecturer at North West University’s Mahikeng Campus.

She joined Sol Plaatje University in June 2016 and is a lecturer in the Department of Languages where she teaches Setswana.



Dr Garth Benneyworth (M.Inst.D): Senior Lecturer: Heritage Studies/HOD


PhD (History); MA (Heritage Studies); Licence in Managing Successful Programs (UK)


Dr Garth Benneyworth is Head of Department: Heritage Studies at SPU.

His PhD research was on the black concentration camps of the South African War. From 1999 to 2018, he located thirteen of these historic camp terrains and pioneered the first ever-archaeological surveys on such camps in South Africa.

Dr Benneyworth has extensive experience in the Heritage Sector and has developed and curated numerous exhibitions including the Nelson Mandela National Museum, Liliesleaf: A Place of Liberation, Chief Albert Luthuli Museum, Magersfontein Battlefield Museum and the Voortrekker Monument.

He specialises in War Studies and the Heritage of Conflict with a focus on the Armed Struggle of the Liberation Movement and the South African War.

His research has been published in several leading journals, including Historia, the South African Historical Journal, the Journal for Contemporary Affairs and éditions Academia L’Harmattan, Université catholique de Louvain.

Dr Benneyworth is also the recipient of a National Heritage Council Grant, which project involves an appraisal and analysis of an archaeological collection he created from excavations into Black concentration camps, together with archival and terrain work.

Dr Benneyworth is a member of several professional and academic organisations. He serves as the current Chairperson of the Council for the War Museum of the Boer Republics; as Director on the Board of Directors of the Moral Regeneration Movement; and is a Member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa.

He is a Senior Lecturer in Heritage Studies and is affiliated as Senior Research Associate to the University of Johannesburg and with the McGregor Museum as a Research Associate.

He holds three trademarks and patents in the fields of business management, business administration, project management, business research, history, archaeology, natural, urban, heritage and tourism environments and places of cultural significance.

Having worked globally in business and consulting since 1989, he joined SPU in 2014 to pursue an academic career.


Prof David Morris, Extraordinary Professor: Archaeology/Heritage Studies




Prof David Morris is Head of Archaeology at the McGregor Museum and Extraordinary Professor in the School of Humanities at Sol Plaatje University.

Born in Kimberley, he has a general interest in the archaeology and history of the Northern Cape and Southern Africa; and in museums and their role in society.

Awarded a PhD by the University of the Western Cape, his doctoral research revolved upon the rock art of the Northern Cape, his prior Masters dissertation (cum laude, UWC) having focused on the site of Driekopseiland near Kimberley.

He has carried out extensive archaeological fieldwork throughout the Northern Cape and has published extensively on it.

With John Parkington and photographer Neil Rusch, he co-authored the book Karoo Rock Engravings (2008); and coedited with Ben Smith (Wits) and Knut Helskog (Tromso, Norway) the book Working with Rock Art (2012), also contributing a chapter. He also coedited and wrote a chapter for the 2013 book Engraved Landscape: Biesje Poort: Many stories.

In a museological context, he has been involved in creating displays and site museums including the Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre. Prof Morris has been at the forefront of conserving and promoting research at the site of Canteen Kopje at Barkly West.

He was the editor of the South African Archaeological Society newsletter, The Digging Stick (1994-2001) and was vice-president of the Society (2002-2004), serving currently as a member of the society’s National Council.

He is a Council Member of the National Museum, Bloemfontein and an honorary member of the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists.

Prof Morris was appointed an Extraordinary Professor at Sol Plaatje University in 2015 and contributes to the teaching of archaeology in the Heritage Department.


Dr Joseph Chikumbirike, Senior Lecturer: Archaeology/Conservation/Heritage Studies


PhD in Science (Palaeosciences) (University of the Witwatersrand); MA Heritage Studies UZ; BSc Geography and Environmental Studies; Certificate Environmental Management in a Globalised Economy(CDG- Germany); Certificate in Software Engineering (UZ); Certificate in Heritage Education (Southampton University–UK); Certificate in Preventive Conservation in Museums in Africa (ICCROM)


Dr Chikumbirike has experience within the heritage sector in Southern Africa. His research interests include conservation and cultural heritage management, archaeoethnobotany, palaeoenvironment, and ethnobotany.

He is currently working on three research projects. Firstly, People and plant interaction during the MSA and LSA at Wonderwerk Cave: A vegetational history. The study aims to establish the vegetational history in this area.

Secondly, Social, environment and subsistence economy of the prehistoric societies in Shangani, in Zimbabwe. The study seeks to establish the interaction, social organisation, technological, environment and subsistence practices of prehistoric agricultural communities in this region.

Finally, an ethnoarchaeobotanical study of the Kuruman cultural landscape.

The study documents local resource exploitation practices by considering social and cultural dynamics native to the area. He has also collaborated as an anthracologist as part of an International Scientific Research Team working at Bushman Cave in the Limpopo Province.

The project aims to clarify the stratigraphy and obtain new archaeological samples. His research has been featured in several prominent journals. Dr Chikumbirike joined Sol Plaatje University in July 2016 as a lecturer in Heritage Studies and Archaeology.


Dr Foreman Bandama, Lecturer: Archaeology


Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology, Economic History and Geography; BA Honours in Archaeology, University of Zimbabwe; MSc; PhD at the University of Cape Town (UCT)


Dr Bandama is an African archaeologist with various specialisations that include lithics, ceramics, glass beads and archaeometallurgy.

His PhD thesis is an interesting blend of conventional material culture studies and archaeometallurgical analyses, focusing on the history of tin and bronze metallurgy and why and how this metallurgical innovation took place.

This is a significant question given that the innovation was not a sequential sequence of inventions but additions to an already vibrant and deeply embedded iron and copper metallurgical tradition.

His research explores the nature of this, and other metallurgical innovations that took place in the context of expanded international trade and commodity production at the precolonial elite centres in the region.

While archaeometallurgy has been his strongest area, methodological overlaps have pushed him to apply his scientific analytical techniques to a range material science questions posed by materials from other research domains, such as glass bead chemistry and ceramic petrography.

As an African archaeologist first and foremost, his work draws liberally from African theory, as well as his lived experience as a product of a crafting rural Tsonga family.

His approaches to African theory are informed and calibrated by hermeneutic phenomenology, in which he uses his experiences to examine phenomena as they appeared in his everyday life before they had been theorised, interpreted, explained, and otherwise abstracted by other researchers.

He is the current Secretary and Executive Council Member of the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA).

Outside professional pursuits, Dr Bandama is an ardent lover of outdoor life but he often struggles to draw the line as soon as he enters his other office (the bush). He joined SPU in July 2018.


Ms Itumeleng Masiteng, Junior Lecturer: Heritage Studies


BSc. in Archaeology & Psychology; University of Pretoria;  Postgraduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies, University of Pretoria; Bachelor of Historical and Cultural Science Honours in Museum and Heritage Studies; BA Honours in Archaeology


Ms Masiteng is completing a Master’s degree in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Pretoria.

She has worked as a Researcher and Curator for the archaeology collection at Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History.

Ms Masiteng has also worked for the South African Heritage Resources Agency as an Archaeologist within the Burial Grounds and Graves Unit.

Her research interests include the Iron Age in Southern Africa, Archaeo-Zoology, Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology, as well as human remains in museum collections.

She joined Sol Plaatje University in November 2016 and teaches courses in Museum and Heritage Studies and Archaeology.



Dr Sibongile Masuku, Lecturer: Museum and Heritage Studies


PhD in Education (Environmental Education – Rhodes University); MA in Education (Environmental Education, Rhodes University – cum laude); MA in European Leisure Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussels), BA Humanities (UNISA – majors – English and History and concurrent diploma in Education)


Dr Masuku is a Mellon Foundation Post-doctorate scholar at the School of Media and Journalism Studies at Rhodes University and an online tutor on Environmental Education for Unisa.

She was also an environmental education external examiner for Unisa.

Her PhD dissertation was titled IN-BETWEENNESS: A postcolonial exploration of sociocultural intergenerational learning through cattle as a medium of cultural expression in Mpembeni, KwaZulu-Natal.

Her MA thesis in Environmental Education was entitled; The Role of Indigenous Knowledge in/for Environmental Education processes.

Her work displays a praxis and theory mix that interweaves cultural heritage, natural heritage and education.

Dr Masuku previously worked with the African World Heritage Fund, the South African Heritage Resources Agency, Robben Island Museum, the national Department of Arts and Culture and King Sobhuza 11 Memorial Park, focusing on cultural heritage interpretation and education, fundraising, policy as well as heritage resources management.

Her work in Natural Resources Management focusing on social ecology and the interface of people and parks was with the South African National Parks and Natal Parks Board.

Dr Masuku has published teacher support materials in Share-Net, as well papers in refereed scientific journals, as well as co-authored a book entitled Our Water, Culture; A glimpse into the water history of the South African People published by the Water Research.

Dr Masuku served as the Chairperson of Luthuli Museum Council, member of the Board of the National Botanical Institute, member of the Ditsong Museums of South Africa as well as Honorary President of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa. Dr Masuku was also involved in the drafting of the position paper on World Heritage.



Ms Nyebe Mohale, Junior Lecturer: Heritage Studies


BSc Zoology (UFS); BSc Honours Zoology (UFS); BSc Honours Environmental Management (Unisa), MSC (UFS-ongoing)


Ms Mohale teaches Natural History at Sol Plaatje University in the School of Humanities.

She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Environmental Management at the University of the Free State.

Her research focus is on the Late Pleistocene paleo environment of the South African central interior.

Her current research relies strongly on stable isotope analyses for understanding the paleo-environments and dietary behaviour of ancient herbivores of the region and considers how these species responded ecologically differently to climate change.


Dr Lorenco Pinto, Lecturer: Heritage Studies


BA Archaeology, History of Art and Anthropology; BA (Honours) Heritage Studies, MSc Rock Art Studies (Wits), PhD in Archaeology (Wits)


Dr Pinto’s PhD dissertation entitled ‘Understanding Variation: A Stylistic-Ethnographic Analysis of Rock Art from the Makgabeng Plateau, Limpopo Province, South Africa’ was submitted for examination in March 2018.

He has lectured undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Pretoria. During his tenure at the University of Pretoria he was promoted from junior lecturer to lecturer.

He worked at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, in Pietermaritzburg, as assistant collections manager.

Dr Pinto is committed to heritage community involvement in South Africa. He was the chairperson of the Archaeological Society of South Africa (Northern Branch) from 2016 to 2018.

In 2017, he co-facilitated a National Geographic palaeoanthropology outreach programme. Currently, he is a committee member of the Archaeological Society of South Africa (Trans-Garib branch) and is keen to assist in growing the Society. He has worked with various communities from different social backgrounds. Working with these communities has allowed him to share his passion for southern African heritage and the importance of preserving such heritage.

Dr Pinto was appointed a Lecturer at Sol Plaatje University in February, 2018, and teaches undergraduate Heritage Studies and Archaeology modules in the Heritage Department.





Dr Cobus Rademeyer, Senior Lecturer: History: HOD


PhD (History), University of the Free State; MA (History), University of the Free State; BA Hons. (History), University of the Free State; BA Ed with Human Movement Studies, University of the Free State.


Dr Cobus Rademeyer is Head of Department for Human and Social Sciences.

His PhD research investigated the role of sports isolation as a factor in the struggle for a new political dispensation in South Africa during the period 1980 to 1992.

Apart from a lecturing stint abroad, he has lectured at tertiary level for most of his academic career in the central region of South Africa.

Before joining SPU in March 2015 as a Senior Lecturer in History, he was a history lecturer on the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State. Dr Rademeyer has published extensively and presented his work at both national and international conferences.

He is currently involved in a research project on the Polish association of Siberian deportees in South Africa.

His research interests also include sports history, the history of disability sport and the Eastern European connection in South Africa and Africa since 1900.


Dr Cornelis Muller, Lecturer: History


PhD (Africa Studies), University of the Free State; MHCS Masters (History), University of Pretoria; BCHS Honours (History), University of Pretoria; BA Languages (English Studies), University of Pretoria


Dr Cornelis Muller is a historian of the socio-political history of state formation in southern Africa during the late 19th and early 20th century.

He obtained his PhD in 2016 from the University of the Free State for his thesis on the development of policing in Johannesburg during the period 1886 to 1902.

He also holds a degree in BA Languages (English Studies) and Honours and MA degrees in History from the University of Pretoria.

Before he joined Sol Plaatje University in April 2017, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the International Studies Group (ISG) at the University of the Free State. He is also the digital editor of the Historical Association of South Africa and has been a member of the executive of this organisation since 2012.

His research focus includes late 19th and early 20th century southern African history, the history of colonial policing as well as the history of farm labour in South Africa during the 1950s.

Dr Muller is a Lecturer in History and teaches courses on World, African and South African history.



Ms Carina Truyts, Lecturer: Anthropology


MA Anthropology, UCT; BSC Hons in Social Anthropology, UCT; BA in Journalism and Media Studies and Anthropology, Rhodes University


Carina Truyts is a Social Anthropologist who works at the intersections of health, food, society and the body.

Her MA work on Nourishment in the Cape Winelands explores the “space between” prescription and practice. This is housed in a research project on the “first thousand days of life” part of which considers the implications of epigenetic and DOHaD (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease) in everyday life.

Her work on food, memory, and notions of hunger stem from her previous career in professional cooking, and her interests in food security and nutrition science.

She is one of the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa at Tekano, and is currently collaborating on an IDRC-funded research project, “Nourishing Spaces”. The interdisciplinary project investigates the links between food systems and non-communicable diseases in six African cities, including Kimberley.

She cares about teaching and facilitating conversations, and is particularly invested in the project of re-thinking the university and social anthropology in the current Northern Cape and South African contexts.

Her research interests include ethics, medical anthropology, food anthropology, nutrition, maternal and infant health, epigenetics, urban anthropology and the body.

Ms Truyts joined Sol Plaatje University in February 2016 and teaches social anthropology. Her 2017 Urban anthropology research course the Big Hole Counter Narrative Project was based on collaboration with artists such as Francois Knoetze and Mkhululi Mabija with Amandla Danca Teatro.

It was funded by the Goethe Institute as part of Goethe Project Space. She tweets occasionally under @foodanthrop


Ms Nokubonga Mazibuko-Ngidi, Lecturer: Anthropology


Bachelor of Social Sciences (Media and Cultural Studies, Political Science), University of KwaZulu Natal; Bachelor of Social Science Honours (Gender Studies), University of  KwaZulu Natal; Master of Social Sciences (Anthropology) , University of KwaZulu Natal; PhD UKZN (ongoing)


Ms Mazibuko-Ngidi has worked as a journalist for a community radio station, as a research assistant and lecturer at UKZN and the University of Zululand in the Anthropology and Development Studies department.

She is currently completing her PhD in Social Anthropology which focuses on the cultural constructions of female sexuality by probing the use of snuff as a vaginal sexual stimulant among women in KwaZulu-Natal.

Her research interests include: sexuality, gender, migration and indigenous health/healing systems.

Ms Mazibuko-Ngidi teaches courses in selected themes in anthropology, introduction to social theory and research methods in anthropology.



Dr Katy Eleanor Addinall, Lecturer: Psychology


B.Psych (UFS); BA (Practical Theology) Honours  (UFS); MA (Pastoral Therapy) (UFS); PhD (Pastoral Therapy) (NWU)


Dr Eleanor Addinall’s PhD research focused on the body dissatisfaction experienced amongst women.

An empirical qualitative study was done to evaluate the women’s thoughts, feelings, causes and effects regarding their bodies.

Before being appointed as a lecturer in Psychology at Sol Plaatje University in October 2014, Dr Addinall worked as a Life Skills facilitator at the University of the Free State. Her research interests are in Cognitive and Positive psychology.

Dr Addinall is passionate about empowering young girls and women.   She did an empirical qualitative study to evaluate the spiritual women’s thoughts, feelings, causes and effects regarding their bodies.

Social science and theological literature were used to determine the ethology of bodily dissatisfaction, which confirmed that it is multifactorial. Eleanor’s research confirms that every woman is an individual with an individual body image and must be approached as individual holistic beings.  Therefore, the different dimensions of a holistic model are important for the woman’s healing process, as well as maintaining a balanced, healthy life.

The implications of the research include the holistic model, incorporated in a pastoral counselling method to assist the women with her healing process.

As further research areas, Dr Addinall is interested in different fields of psychology, especially cognitive and positive psychology.


Ms Ayanda Simelane, Lecturer: Psychology


B Soc Sc (Psychology and Industrial Psychology): B Soc Sc Hons (Psychology), UKZN; MA (Research Psychology), Wits


Ms Ayanda Simelane is a registered Research Psychologist with the Health Professional Council of South Africa.

Her MA in Research Psychology focused on understanding the role of resilience and socio-economic status in the parenting of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in South Africa. She has worked for different research institutes, including the Institute for Social and Health Sciences and Centre for Peace (Unisa),

The Wits Research Institute and the HSRC. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Bioethics at Wits.

Her PhD focuses on the ethical obligation that arises from the cultural and religious practices on the development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her research interests include Autism Spectrum Disorders, parenting, culture and religion, as well as research ethics.

Ms Simelane joined SPU as a Psychology Lecturer in February 2018.

She teaches psychology modules in personality, Developmental Psychology and Introduction to Psychology.



Mr Thembelihle Lobi, Lecturer: Psychology


B Social Work (UFH), B Soc Sci Hons Psychology (UFH), MA Counselling Psychology (UFH), currently enrolled for PhD in Psychology with NWU


Thembelihle Lobi is a counselling psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

He is part of the New Generation of Academic Programme lecturers at SPU. His masters research explored self-concepts of homeless men in East London.

The study examined a variety of factors (e.g. family relationships, employment, school achievement, and friendships) that affect a person’s self-concept, and how the deficit in those factors link with the emergence of psychopathology.

For his PhD, Mr Lobi will be examining teacher well-being and its impact on student’s experience of academic boredom. His research interest is on certain positive psychology constructs, such as well-being, flourishing and resilience.




Dr Crispen Chinguno, Senior Lecturer: Sociology & Postgraduate Coordinator


BCom (Industrial & Labour Studies) Zim; Diploma in Human Resources Management, Institute of Personnel Management; MA (Industrial Sociology); PhD (Sociology) (Wits) ORCID 0000-0001-5931-3122


Dr Chinguno joined the School of Humanities in February 2018 as a Senior Lecturer in Sociology. 

He previously worked as lecturer and researcher in the Schools of Social Science and Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand.

His research broadly interrogates power and resistance with a special focus on work, social movements, social order, decolonisation, welfare and inequality.

His research broadly interrogates power and resistance with a special focus on work, social movements, social order, decolonisation, welfare and inequality. 

His work has been published in a number of journals including the review of African Political Economy, British Journal of Industrial Regulations, Labour Capital and Society, New South African Review, Journal of Workplace Rights, Global Labour Journal and others.

Dr Chinguno has also co-edited a volume capturing student experiences during the #FeesMust Fall movement.

He also co-edited a volume capturing student experiences during the #FeesMustFall movement.



Ms Lesego Bertha Kgatitswe, Lecturer: Sociology


BA, BA Honours Industrial Sociology (Rhodes University); MA (Health Sociology) (Wits)


Ms Lesego Kgatitswe has worked as a researcher, facilitator and project manager at several research institutes in South Africa which include the Human Sciences Research Council, Institute for Social and Health Sciences (Unisa) and the Medical Research Council.

Her research interest is on topics that intersect with health, gender and class. Ms Kgatitswe was appointed as a lecturer in Sociology at Sol Plaatje University in May 2017.

She is currently reading for a PhD in Health Sociology focusing on the illness experience of women diagnosed with breast cancer in low-income contexts in South Africa.



Professor Godfrey Maringira, Associate Professor: Anthropology


PhD (Sociology with specialisation in Social Anthropology), University of the Western Cape; MA (Migration Studies), Wits; BSC Social Sciences (Social Anthropology and Sociology), Great Zimbabwe University



Professor Godfrey Maringira is a Volkswagen Stiftung Foundation Fellow.

He is the Principal Investigator on two research projects:

– For the Volkswagen Foundation research grant with the project, “Soldiers in Politics”: Civil-Military Relations.

– The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) project, Promoting Inclusive Policies and Approaches to address youth networks of gang violence in South Africa.

His areas of research include the ethnography of war and violence, soldiers in post-colonial Africa, and the spirituality of military landscapes.

In 2018, he was awarded the accolade of Best Author for the African Affairs Journal published by Oxford University Press.

He is the author of several articles published in Armed Forces & Society (SAGE Publications), the African Review Journal (Cambridge University Press), Review of African Political Economy Journal (Taylor & Francis, Routledge), Medical Anthropology Journal: Cross cultural Studies in Health & Illness (Taylor & Francis, Routledge), Sociology: British Sociological Association Journal (SAGE Publications), Journal of War & Culture Studies (Taylor & Francis, Routledge) among others.

He is also the author of a book entitled Soldiers and the State in Zimbabwe (2019: Routledge). Professor Maringira obtained his PhD in the department of Anthropology & Sociology from the University of the Western Cape.

His Master’s in Migration Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and his BSC Social Sciences majoring in Social Anthropology & Sociology from Great Zimbabwe University.

He currently teaches Social Anthropology in the School of Humanities at Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley.



Dr Tinashe Nyamunda, Senior Lecturer: History


PhD (Africa Studies), University of the Free State; MA (African Economic History), University of Zimbabwe; BA (Economic History), University of Zimbabwe



Dr Tinashe Nyamunda is an historian of twentieth and twenty-first century African Economic History.

His research covers issues such as informal economies of cross border activities and artisanal mining.

His latest research interests focus on the history of finance and economic planning. His latest research interests focus on the history of finance and economic planning. More information on his research work and citations here.

Dr Nyamunda obtained his BA in Economic History and MA in African Economic History from the University of Zimbabwe and his PhD from the University of the Free State (UFS). 

Before joining the Sol Plaatje University, he was a Teaching Assistant and later Lecturer for a combined eight years at the University of Zimbabwe.

He resigned from the University of Zimbabwe in 2012 to pursue his PhD studies in South Africa. Upon completion of his studies at the UFS, he held a Postdoctoral position, including a Free Standing Postdoctoral grant between 2016 and 2019.

He also held various international funded research and visiting teaching fellowships at various universities in the United Kingdom and Japan.

Dr Nyamunda is a Senior Lecturer in History in the School of Humanities at Sol Plaatje University.

He teaches courses on South Africa and Africa after the Second World War and A Survey of Contemporary South African and African Challenges.





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