16-Oct-2019

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Welcome to the

Graduation Ceremony

of the

University of Johannesburg

16 October 2019

Welkom by die

Gradeplegtigheid

van die

Universiteit van Johannesburg

16 Oktober 2019

Le a Amogelwa

Moletlong wa Dikapešo wa

Yunibesithi ya Johannesburg

16 Diphalane 2019

Niyamukelwa

eMcimbini wokweThweswa kweZiqu

weNyuvesi yaseJohannesburg

16 kuMfumfu 2019

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UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG

CHANCELLOR

Prof NS Ndebele

BA (Lesotho), MA (Cambridge UK), PhD (Denver USA)

SENIOR OFFICE-BEARERS OF THE UNIVERSITY

VICE-CHANCELLOR AND PRINCIPAL

Prof T Marwala

BS Eng (Case Western Reserve USA), MEng (UP), PhD (Cambridge UK)

DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR ACADEMIC

Prof A Parekh

BA, BA Hons, MA (UDW), MA (Kansas USA), DPhil (UDW)

DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR: RESEARCH AND INTERNATIONALISATION

Prof S Sinha

BEng, MEng, PhD (UP)

REGISTRAR

Prof IC Burger

BA, HEd, BA Hons, MA, PhD (RAU)

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Ms N Mamorare

BCom (Rhodes), BCom Hons (UKZN), CA (SA)

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Prof A Swart

NDip, NHDip (TWR), BEd, MEd (RAU), DTech (TWR)

GENERAL COUNSEL

Prof PH O’Brien

BCom, LLB, LLM, LLD (RAU)

SENIOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IN THE VICE-CHANCELLOR’S OFFICE

Dr N Vukuza

BA (Fort Hare), BA Hons (Rhodes), DTE (UNISA), MA (Wits), PhD (Stellenbosch)

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EXECUTIVE DEANS

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

Prof D van Lill

BSc, BSc Hons, MSc, PhD (US)

FACULTY OF ART, DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE

Ms A Breytenbach (Acting)

BArch (UP), MBA (UJ)

FACULTY OF EDUCATION

Prof SJ Gravett

BA, HEd (PU for CHE), BEd, MEd, DEd (RAU)

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Prof DJ Mashao

BSc Eng (UCT), MSc Eng (UCT), MSc AM (Brown, USA), PhD (Brown, USA)

FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES

Prof S Khan

BSc, BSc Hons, MSc, PhD (UWC)

FACULTY OF HUMANITIES

Prof AB Broadbent

BA, BA Hons, MPhil, PhD (Cambridge UK)

FACULTY OF LAW

Prof LG Mpedi

B Juris, LLB (Vista), LLM (RAU), LLD (UJ)

FACULTY OF SCIENCE

Prof D Meyer

BSc, BSc Hons, MSc (RAU), PhD (California USA)

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MEMBERS OF COUNCIL

CHAIRPERSON

Mr MS Teke

DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON

Dr Y Ndema

MEMBERS

Prof H Abrahamse

Mr FM Baleni

Mr TM Ditshego

Ms S Dlamini

Ms K Gugushe

Prof D Hildebrandt

Ms X Kakana

Mr G Khosa

Mr MS Khoza

Ms K Khumalo

Ms B Madikizela

Mr M Mahlasela

Prof T Marwala

Mr T Mati

Ms Z Matlala

Prof A Parekh

Dr WP Rowland

Prof A Strydom

PRESIDENT OF CONVOCATION

Dr BM Diale

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Programme

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at 13:00

To ensure good order during the ceremony all those present are requested to leave

the Auditorium only after the ceremony has been concluded.

The academic procession enters the Auditorium and the members of the procession take

their seats on the stage.

The choir sings Gaudeamus Igitur (or a CD is played) while those present remain

standing.

The Chancellor constitutes the congregation.

Choir.

Welcome.

The relevant Executive Dean presents the candidates to the Chancellor for the

conferment of a degree/diploma/certificate.

Singing of the National Anthem.

The Chancellor dissolves the congregation.

The academic procession leaves the Auditorium while those present remain standing.

Lenaneo

Laboraro, 16 Diphalane 2019 ka 13:00

Go kgonthiša gore dilo di sepela ka tshwanelo nakong ya moletlo, bohle bao ba tlilego

moletlong ba kgopelwa go tšwa ka Holong ya kopano feela ka morago ga ge moletlo o

phethilwe.

Sehlopha sa dirutegi se tsena ka Holong ya kopano gomme maloko a sehlopha se a dula

ditulong tša ona sefaleng.

Khwaere e opela Gaudeamus Igitur (goba CD e tlo bapalwa) mola bao ba lego gona ba

tšwela pele go ema.

Mokhanseliri o kopanya phuthego.

Khwaere.

Dikamogelo.

Hlogophethiši ya maleba ya lefapha e hlagiša dialoga go Mokhanseliri gore di newe

tikrii/diploma/setifikeiti.

Go opelwa ga Koša ya Setšhaba.

Mokhanseliri o phatlalatša phuthego.

Sehlopha sa dirutegi se tšwa ka Holong ya kopano mola bao ba lego gona ba tšwela pele

go ema.

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Program

Woensdag, 16 Oktober 2019 om 13:00

Ter wille van die ordelike verloop van die plegtigheid

word alle aanwesiges vriendelik versoek

om die Ouditorium nie voor die einde van die plegtigheid te verlaat nie.

Die akademiese prosessie kom die Ouditorium binne en neem op die verhoog plaas.

Die koor sing Gaudeamus Igitur (of ‘n CD word gespeel) terwyl die aanwesiges staan.

Die Kanselier stel die kongregasie saam.

Koor.

Verwelkoming.

Die betrokke uitvoerende dekaan stel die kandidate aan die Kanselier voor vir die

toekenning van ‘n graad/diploma/sertifikaat.

Sing van die volkslied.

Die Kanselier ontbind die kongregasie.

Terwyl die aanwesiges bly staan, verlaat die akademiese prosessie die Ouditorium.

Uhlelo

uLwesithathu, 16 kuMfumfu 2019 ngelo-13:00

Ukuze kuqinisekwe ukuthi konke kuhamba kahle ngesikhathi somcimbi, bonke abakhona

bacelwa ukuba baphume eHholweni kuphela lapho umcimbi usuphothuliwe.

Udwendwe lezifundiswa lungena ehholweni bese amalungu odwendwe ahlala phansi

esiteji.

Ikwaya icula i-Gaudeamus Igitur (noma kudlalwa iCD) ngalenkathi labo abakhona

besamile.

UShansela uhlanganisa ibandla.

Ikwaya.

Ukwamukelwa.

Izinhloko Eziyiziphathimandla ezithintekayo zethula abafundi kuShansela weNyuvesi

ukuze bathole idigiri/idiploma/isitifiketi.

Kuculwa iHubo Lesizwe.

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Gaudeamus Igitur

Gaudeamus igitur,

Juvenes dum sumus;

Post iucundum iuventutem,

Post molestam senectutem

Nos habebit humus.

Vivat academia,

Vivant professores,

Vivat membrum quodlibet,

Vivat membra quaelibet;

Semper sint in flore!

English

Let us rejoice, therefore,

While we are young.

After a pleasant youth

After a troubling old age

The earth will have us.

Long live the academy!

Long live the professors!

Long live each student;

Long live the whole fraternity;

For ever may they flourish!

Sesotho sa Leboa

Ka gona, a re thabeng,

Re sa le ba bafsa.

Ka morago ga bofsa bjo bo bose

Ka morago ga go tšofala mo go nago le

mathata

Lefase le tla ba le rena.

Phela thuto phela!

Phelang diprofesa phelang!

Phelang baithuti phelang;

Phela kagišano ka botlalo phela;

O ka re ba ka phela gabotse goyagoile!

Afrikaans

Laat ons dan vrolik wees,

Terwyl ons jonk is;

Na ’n aangename jeug.

Na ’n onaangename oudag,

Sal die aarde ons hou.

Lank lewe die universiteit,

Lank lewe die professore,

Lank lewe elke student,

Lank lewe al die studente,

Mag hulle vir ewig hul jeug behou!

Zulu

Ngakho, masithokoze

Sisebasha nje.

Emva kobumnandi bobusha

Emva kwezinkinga zobudala

Umhlaba uzosithatha.

Phambili ngemfundo!

Phambili boSolwazi!

Phambili nakuwe mfundi;

Phambili ngenhlangano yonke;

Maziqhubeke ngonaphakade!

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QUALIFICATIONS

1. National Diploma (NDip)

Bopape, Lerato Mmota (Mechanical Engineering)

Chokoe, Koketso Dimpho (Engineering: Mechanical)

Dlamini, Luvuyo Sandile (Industrial Engineering)

Garrine, Vutlhari Elizabeth (Industrial Engineering)

Govender, Keshlin (Mechanical Engineering)

Gumede, Nhlanhla Mdaluyazi (Mechanical Engineering)

Kraai, Sifiso Raymond (Mechanical Engineering)

Kubheka, Linda (Engineering: Mechanical)

Lefakane, Membry Wenger (Engineering: Mechanical)

Mabunda, Nkateko (Engineering: Mechanical)

Madalambane, Lindokuhle (Engineering: Industrial)

Maodi, Welcome Modise (Engineering: Mechanical)

Marandela, Khodani (Engineering: Mechanical)

Masina, Mlungisi Erick (Engineering: Mechanical)

Medupe, Tshegofatso Odrick (Engineering: Mechanical)

Meere, Ivan Deo (Engineering: Mechanical)

Mlangeni, Nosipho (Industrial Engineering)

Mthethwa, Matozi Lisa (Engineering: Industrial)

Ndaba, Zibusiso Ndumiso Mnqobi (Engineering: Industrial)

Ngqisha, Thembani (Engineering: Mechanical)

Nhantsi, Afikile (Engineering: Mechanical)

Nkanyani, Terence Katekani (Engineering: Mechanical)

Nqundwana, Khanya Nqabomzi (Engineering: Industrial)

Nyamukondiwa, Darlington (Engineering: Industrial)

Pitso, Kabelo Tshiamo (Engineering: Mechanical)

Pule, Basetsana (Engineering: Mechanical)

Radebe, Halalisani (Engineering: Mechanical)

Radebe, Nkulueko (Engineering: Industrial)

Ramokonyane, Phuti James (Engineering: Mechanical)

Shabalala, Sihle Eddison (Industrial Engineering)

Sithole, Louis (Engineering: Industrial)

Tebatso, Katlego Collen (Mechanical Engineering)

Zikalala, Mbongeni Vuyani (Mechanical Engineering)

Zimucha, Apton Simbarashe (Engineering: Mechanical)

Zwane, Mbalenhle (Mechanical Engineering)

Zwezwe, Busisa Maria (Engineering: Mechanical)

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2. Baccalaureus Technologiae (BTech)

Abdul Gany, Faheem (Engineering: Mechanical)

Chidi, Matladi Solomon Brown (Engineering: Mechanical)

Dombo, Tshiembe Michael (Engineering: Mechanical)

Hlatshanini, Nontsikelelo (Engineering: Industrial)

Mabelane, Itumeleng Matshidisho (Engineering: Mechanical)

Mabotja, Kgabo Lebogang (Engineering: Mechanical)

Magaba, Andile Desmond (Engineering: Industrial)

Magano, Christinah Mmambini (Engineering: Mechanical)

Mamba, Siphamandla Norman (Engineering: Mechanical)

Marumo, Thato (Engineering: Chemical)

Masondo, Siphosethu Prisca (Engineering: Mechanical)

Mathebula, Thabisile Fortunate (Engineering: Mechanical)

Mathenjwa, Mandisi Terance (Engineering: Mechanical)

Matodzi, Hendrick (Engineering: Mechanical)

Mazibuko, Gugulethu Precious (Engineering: Industrial)

Mhlongo, Sicebi Richman (Engineering: Mechanical)

Mkhwanazi, Siyabonga Brendon (Engineering: Mechanical)

Mokoena, Mojalefa Eric (Engineering: Industrial)

Mtshali, Sipho Steven (Engineering: Mechanical)

Nduvheni, Ndaedzo (Engineering: Mechanical)

Nkadimeng, Kabelo Petrus (Engineering: Mechanical)

Nkgadima, Lucky (Engineering: Mechanical)

Nkoana, Kgomotso Francis (Engineering: Mechanical)

Ntshangase, Smanga (Engineering: Mechanical)

Ratshihule, Gumani (Engineering: Mechanical)

Tshekela, Buntu Sibulele (Engineering: Mechanical)

3. Diploma (Dip)

Boyce, Renee (Public Relations and Communication)

Dubazane, Nonkululeko Maureen (Public Relations and Communication)

Mimi, Afrika (Public Relations and Communication)

Munyai, Ndivhuwo Wendy (Public Relations and Communication)

Ngwenya, Mbalenhle Palesa (Public Relations and Communication)

Patel, Shereen Mantwagae (Public Relations and Communication)

Selobilwe, Lelentle Philadelthia (Public Relations and Communication)

4. Baccalaureus Artium (BA) Bachelor of Arts

Chauke, Perseverance (Community Development and Leadership)

Delport, Mercedes Kristen (Strategic Communication in Corporate Communication)

Gumede, Xolani Prince (Strategic Communication in Corporate Communication)

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Joubert, Anja Simone (Languages)

Kgatle, Itebogeng Rebone (Community Development and Leadership)

Khumalo, Keith (Film and Television Studies)

Legae, Kegomoditswe (Film and Television Studies)

Luthuli, Buhlebonke Blessing (Strategic Communication in Marketing

Communication)

Mabalane, Reneilwe (Film and Television Studies)

Makaula, Ndipiwe (Journalism)

Martlouw, Jillian Caroline (Strategic Communication in Marketing Communication)

Masenya, Mosa Mamello (Community Development and Leadership)

Mathebula, Thandaza Tonia (Community Development and Leadership)

Mazibuko, Mazwi Hillary (Community Development and Leadership)

Mnyaka, Zola (Strategic Communication in Marketing Communication)

Mogotlane, Pretty Khembele (Strategic Communication in Corporate

Communication)

Mokotoane, Peter Moeti (Strategic Communication in Marketing Communication)

Mokwatedi, Sarah Kgomotso (Film and Television Studies)

Motleleng, Lesedi Promise (Community Development and Leadership)

Ndlanzi, Sinenhlanhla Bongi (Strategic Communication in Corporate

Communication)

Ndlovu, Noluthando (Strategic Communication in Corporate Communication)

Ngenelwa, Ntombikayise (Film and Television Studies)

Ngqandu, Siyathemba Thando (Strategic Communication in Corporate

Communication)

Petersen, Adrien Keiffer (Strategic Communication in Marketing Communication)

Sikiti, Thembisile Nonhlahla (Journalism)

Tshikane, Lehlogonolo Edward Mphalo (Film and Television Studies)

Vertuin, Milicent (Journalism)

5. Baccalaureus (B): Social Work

Mazibuko, Mvunyelwa Shadrack

Sibanyoni, Kgotso

6. Bachelor of Arts Hons (BA Hons)

Goldman, Thandiela Layla (Afrikaans)

Mokwatle, Gloria Rebecca (Religion)

Nzo, Jones (Religion)

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7. Magister Artium (MA) Master of Arts

Adams, Mogamat Nasief (Semitic Languages and Cultures)

Dissertation: A Postcolonial Critique of Modernist Maqāṣid Al-Sharī`ah

Supervisor: Prof F Esack

Albertyn, Laylah (Historical Studies)

Dissertation: A Social History of Robben Island as a Penal Colony, c. 1652-1795

Supervisor: Prof G Groenewald

Ally, Shahida (Clinical Social Work)

Minor Dissertation: Muslim Abused Women’s Experiences of Seeking Help from

Informal Support System

Supervisor: Prof S Rasool

Asani, James (Semitic Languages and Cultures)

Dissertation: The Role of Religious Tradition in the Survival Strategies Employed

by Somali Muslim Migrants in Johannesburg.

Supervisor: Prof F Esack

Co-Supervisor: Dr S Murasek

Benjamin, Gamuchirayi (Social Impact Assessment)

Minor Dissertation: The Impact of South Africa's Immigration Policy on

Zimbabwean Migrants Accessing Maternal Healthcare Services

Supervisor: Prof K Batisai

Chatzkelowitz, Lara (Strategic Communication)

Minor Dissertation: An Exploration of the Integration Challenges Experienced by

Advertising Agencies between Digital and Traditional Specialist Teams

Supervisor: Prof S Verwey

Cherry, Shane Colleen (Clinical Social Work)

Minor Dissertation: An Ecological Approach to Understanding Help-Seeking by

Lesbians Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence

Supervisor: Ms M de Beer

Co Supervisor: Prof S Rasool

Cindi, Mbali (Strategic Communication)

Minor Dissertation: The Relationship between Brand Purpose and Brand

Leadership in the South African Retail Clothing Industry

Supervisor: Prof S Verwey

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Hennessy, Carryn Nicole (Clinical Social Work) (with distinction)

Minor Dissertation: An Assessment of Psychosocial Risk Factors at a Selected

Gauteng High School

Supervisor: Ms N Maphosa

Hill, Naomi (Social Work)

Dissertation: Understanding How Cash Transfers and Caregiving Work Together

to Reduce Sexual Risk Behaviour Amongst Adolescent Girls

Supervisor: Prof T Hochfeld

Co-Supervisor: Prof L Patel

Letsogo, Basiame Brain (Strategic Communication)

Minor Dissertation: Communication Satisfaction and Employee Engagement of

Flexible Employees: An Exploratory Case Study

Supervisor: Prof S Verwey

Makobela, Tshepo William (Fundamental Communication) (with distinction)

Dissertation: Perceptions of Black Men in Katlehong About Female ‘Yellow

Bones? A Case Study

Supervisor: Prof KM Burger

Malatji, Jack (Strategic Communication)

Minor Dissertation: Analysing Brand Awareness of a Chapter Nine Institution

among Selected Stakeholders: The Case of the Tax Ombudsman South Africa

Supervisor: Dr E Lubinga

Co-Supervisor: Ms A Oksiutycz-Munyawiri

Malatjie, Mmaphefo Michelle (Clinical Social Work)

Minor Dissertation: Perspectives of the University of Johannesburg’s Employees

on the Employee Wellness Programme

Supervisor: Dr ME Ncube

Marx, Chantelle (Corporate Communication)

Dissertation: Mitigation of Brand Risks Posed by Digital Activism at Higher

Education Institutions in South Africa: An Exploratory Study

Supervisor: Prof S Verwey

Mawelewele, Bridget Mbavhalelo (Strategic Communication)

Minor Dissertation: Customer-Centricity in South African Pension Fund Member

Communication

Supervisor: Mrs C Muir

Co-Supervisor: Prof S Verwey

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Mayet, Neelofar (Corporate Communication)

Dissertation: A Strategic Communication Approach in Purposeful Employee

Engagement Within Mixed Form Organisations In The Financial Services Industry

In South Africa

Supervisor: Prof S Verwey

Nchabeleng, Phathakge Amos (Corporate Communication)

Dissertation: An Evaluation of Communication Strategies Employed by Selected

Gauteng Based Science Organisations to Promote Natural Sciences as a Career

Choice Amongst School Learners

Supervisor: Prof S Verwey

Nel, Charne (Anthropology) (with distinction)

Dissertation: Misgrot Cave: An Actualistic Model of a Modern Baboon Sleeping

Site

Supervisor: Dr J Bradfield

Nxongo, Sibusisiwe (Historical Studies) (with distinction)

Dissertation: Women, Gender and the Black Consciousness Movement 1968-77

Supervisor: Dr N Essop-Sheik

Robertson, Randy Armarndo (Strategic Communication) (with distinction)

Minor Dissertation: Computational Propaganda: Exploring Mitigation Strategies

for Political Parties in Online Brand Contexts

Supervisor: Dr C Meintjes

Skosana, Xoliswa Elizabeth Joan (Social Work: Community Development)

Minor Dissertation: Job-seeking Experiences of Unemployed Youth Participants in

a Youth Development Programme in Johannesburg

Supervisor: Mr M Sobantu

Tavener Smith, Taryn (English)

Dissertation: Liminality and the Gothic in Three Contemporary British Novels

Supervisor: Prof BM Grogan

Co-supervisor: Prof K Scherzinger

8. Doctor Litterarum et Philosophiae (D Litt et Phil)

Benecke, Dalien Rene (Corporate Communication)

Thesis: The Social Representation of Public Relations Activism in Early Career

South African Public Relations Practitioners

Supervisor: Prof S Verwey

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Labuschagne, Magdalena Wentzelina (English)

Thesis: Ghostreading: Retro-spectral Interpretations in the Novels of David Mitchell

Supervisor: Prof K Scherzinger

Mohammed, Barira (Historical Studies)

Thesis: Commodity Markets, Ethnicity and the Development of the Jos Plateau,

1945- 2011

Supervisor: Dr SJW Sparks

Munoriyarwa, Allen (Journalism)

Thesis: Turmoil in the Postcolony: Post-independence Electoral Violence in

Zimbabwe and the Relevance of Peace Journalism

Supervisor: Prof J Duncan

Co-Supervisor: Prof PP Frassinelli

Nadesan, Varoshini Subramoney (Socialis Scientiae)

Thesis: A Systems Analysis of Field Instruction in Social Work Education

Supervisor: Prof ADP van Breda

Ncube, Bhekinkosi Jakobe (Communication Studies)

Thesis: Radio Mthwakazi and the Construction of Ndebele Ethnic Identity

Supervisor: Prof J Duncan

Co-Supervisor: Prof CT Chasi

Phiri, Millie Maiziveyi (Communication Studies)

Thesis: Social Media “Talk” and Gender Violence: Discourses of Gender Violence

on Facebook by Audiences of e-TV’s Scandal

Supervisor: Prof N Mboti

Sobantu, Mziwandile (Socialis Scientiae)

Thesis: Developing a Model for Enhancing Voluntary Housing in a Social

Development Manner in South Africa

Supervisor: Prof N Noyoo

Wales, Nora-Lee (English)

Thesis: The Great Africanised Family of Humankind: Securing and Undoing the

Human Through Africa in Literature and Film

Supervisor: Prof SR Mngadi


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Benecke, Dalien Rene (D Litt et Phil)

Dalien Rene Benecke studied a BA Communication at UJ (Former RAU, completed

1983) after which she worked as a Public Relations Manager and Fundraiser for 12

years. She started her academic career in 1996 after which she completed a BA

Communication Honours and Master in Public Relations. She also completed the

PRISA Certificate in Public Relations Practice and a UNISA Fundraising Certificate.

She is a Charted Public Relations Professional (CPRP) and serves as board

member of the professional body, PRISA. Her community involvement includes the

development of young people through active citizenship. Her research focus is the

critical and reflective Public Relations paradigms, experiential and reflective

learning, student engagement and community relations.

Changing societal contexts emphasise the intermediary meaning-making, role of

communication professionals in poly- contextual stakeholder contexts. Because

these contexts are characterised by growing stakeholder activism, the

establishment of symbolic power, agency and legitimacy depend on the ability of

these professionals to build relational capital through dialogue and engagement

with multiple and diverse stakeholders. Against this background, this study

investigates how early career South African PR professionals socially represent

their role as PR activists. The findings suggest that South African activist PRP role

enactment may not only entail promoting the interests of those who are

marginalised and excluded from social contexts through resistance, but also

requires advocating for the legitimacy of their own activist role in their communities

of practice. This study is commended for the valuable contribution it makes to the

disciplinary knowledge base since very few studies to date have researched

activism at the individual level of PR practice.

Supervisor: Prof S Verwey


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Labuschagne, Magdalena Wentzelina (DLitt et Phil)

Ms Labuschagne has been associated with this institution since 1991, first as an

undergraduate and Honours student at the former RAU, then as a Master’s student

and junior lecturer in the Department of English at the newly formed University of

Johannesburg. She has been teaching Literatures in English to undergraduate and

Honours students for 13 years, along a broad spectrum of texts ranging from

Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Joseph Conrad, to fairy tales, science fiction,

and literary fantasy. Most recently, she devised a short undergraduate course on

South African writer Lauren Beukes, and is in the process of developing this into a

larger study. Ms Labuschagne’s teaching activities fostered an ever-growing

fascination with readers and reading, and all of the contextual factors that inform a

reader’s choices. Her other research interests centre on postmodernist texts, poststructuralist

theories, and the intersection of Technology and Utopia across texts.

The novels of David Mitchell are notable for their disruption of genre-compliant

writing, which allows them to destabilize conventional modes of reading and

interpretation. This study presented readings of Mitchell’s three debut novels,

insofar as they lay the groundwork for what Mitchell himself describes as his “übernovel”.

The analyses demonstrated that Mitchell’s narrative innovations revoke our

compulsion to identify ‘the’ reader, without doing away with the person doing the

reading. Such a person reads fitfully, ‘above’ and ‘across’ texts in ways that

exemplify the German term “über”; hence, Mitchell’s “über-novel” brings into being

an “über-reader”. These findings were well received by examiners, with one

commenting that the study “is unquestionably an original contribution to the existing

body of knowledge not just on Mitchell’s work, but also on broader questions about

the ways in which the reader and reading are imagined and represented, both in

postmodern fiction and poststructuralist literary theory.”

Supervisor: Prof K Scherzinger


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Mohammed, Barira (DLitt et Phil)

BA Hons Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (Nigeria); MA Ahmadu Bello University

Zaria (Nigeria). Barira Mohammed is from Nigeria. Her doctoral research is a

historical study about marketplaces as social institutions and sites of political

struggle on the Jos Plateau, in central Nigeria. She was selected to participate in

the 2017 African Studies Review Pipeline for Emerging African Scholars workshop

in Legon, Ghana. She also got the Outbound Study Abroad travel grant from UJ’s

Division for Internationalisation to attend the 2018 Annual Africa Conference,

University of Texas at Austin. There she presented a paper titled “Southerners” in a

“Northern” Market: A Study of the Jos Potato Market Riot of 1945. Her research

interests are in Economic History, Conflicts, African studies, and Gender Studies.

She is currently a member of the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) and

the Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN).

Barira Mohammed’s doctoral dissertation presents a historical study of food

markets on Jos Plateau, central Nigeria, as symbolically and materially

overdetermined sites of struggle imbricated in longstanding violent ethno-religious

conflicts, from the late colonial era to the present. Using archival research, oral

history and ethnography, Mohammed shows how markets were central to the

colonial and postcolonial processes through which “indigenes” and “settlers”, “Igbo”

and “Hausa/Fulani”, “Southerners” and Northerners,” “Christians” and “Muslims”

have been pitted against each other in this region. One of her examiners describes

Mohammed’s thesis as among the best which he has examined over the course of

his lengthy career. All agree that Mohammed has made a valuable contribution to

the field of African history, demonstrating that communal violence in Nigeria’s

middle belt cannot be understood without reference to contestations in the region’s

food markets.

Supervisor: Dr SJW Sparks


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Munoriyarwa, Allen (DLitt et Phil)

Allen Munoriyarwa was a Doctoral student in the Department of Journalism, Film

and Television. His thesis research was based on election violence and the

relevance of peace journalism practices in Zimbabwe. His research interests are in

peace journalism, election violence and the media and conflict reporting. Allen did

his B.A and Honours in Zimbabwe. He proceeded to do his Masters in Zimbabwe

before joining the University of Johannesburg for his PhD in Journalism. Allen is

currently working on a project on surveillance and privacy in Southern Africa

together with colleagues

Allen Munoriyarwa is a recipient of the prestigious University of Johannesburg

Research Council (URC) Scholarship granted to him in August 2016. In 2017, he

was awarded the prestigious Canon Collins Scholarship to continue with his PhD

thesis. He was, in the course of his studies, awarded funding by the University of

Orebro to present part of his research in Sweden. Allen has published several

articles related to his research in journalism and has made active contributions to

several research projects. In his PhD thesis, Allen proposes a novel news reporting

model - an integrated peace journalism model for the Zimbabwe press. In his

previous studies as a Masters student, Allen won two prestigious prizes. These

were the Midlands State University Book Award for best student in the Department

of Media and Society, and the University’s Clothing award for being among the best

students in the Faculty.

Supervisor: Prof J Duncan

Co-Supervisor: Prof PP Frassinelli


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Nadesan, Varoshini Subramoney (DLitt et Phil)

Varoshini Nadesan graduated as a social worker at UDW in 1986. She completed

her Masters in Child and Youth Care Work at UNISA in 2009. She worked for 20

years in Chatsworth, KwaZulu-Natal in the field of child protection and crime

prevention and offender programmes, at the levels of senior and chief social

worker. In 2006 she was appointed as National Manager at the South African

Council for Social Service Professions, responsible for the professional conduct of

social workers nationally. She joined the University of Johannesburg in 2012 as

lecturer at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Varoshini Nadesan’s doctoral study addresses the signature pedagogy in social

work education: field instruction. This is the practical part of social work training,

where students integrate what they’ve learned into real-life situations. There has

been little research on field instruction internationally. In this study, Varoshini

interviewed a diverse range of participants and documents, generating three rich

case studies of field instruction programmes in urban and rural universities using

different models of field instruction. She has creatively applied systems theory to

field instruction, taking theory about field instruction to a new level of sophistication.

She highlights the complex interactions between a range of role players, with

competing demands and limitations, all working towards the development of a

social work practitioner. She identifies key systems processes that facilitate or

hinder this common goal. Through this, she generates recommendations for

strengthening field instruction in social work education in South Africa.

Supervisor: Prof ADP van Breda


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Ncube, Bhekinkosi Jakobe (DLitt et Phil)

Bhekinkosi Jakobe Ncube is a lecturer at the National University of Science and

Technology (Zimbabwe)’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies. His

research interests include identity politics, community media and ethnic minority

media. He recently published a chapter in the book, Media, Diaspora and Conflict.

He has also published another book chapter on how the subaltern uses music to

challenge marginalisation. Also he has an accepted journal article on ethnic

minority media as counter hegemonic and agents of participation. His Masters

dissertation analysed the practice and politics of media production, focusing on the

role of media in genocides.

Bhekinkosi’s study examines identity construction by an online radio station. It

interrogates the institutional routines of the station and how it facilitates the

construction and contestation of Ndebele ethnic identity. This is against the

background of a resurgence of Ndebele particularism in Zimbabwe. The study

argues that the salience of Ndebele identity has been influenced by events in the

pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial nation building processes. The study argues

that the Ndebele are appropriating the internet as a platform to coalesce on issues

of their nationhood and in the process creating for them an alternative public sphere

and becoming subaltern public nations. The study takes a constructivist approach

to ethnicity and identity and views ethnicity and Ndebele nationhood as products of

human thought and action. The study established that identities can be contested

and members of the Ndebele people in the diaspora are attempting to preserve

their identity through the station.

Supervisor: Prof J Duncan

Co-supervisor: Prof CT Chasi


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Phiri, Millie Maiziveyi (DLitt et Phil)

Millicent Phiri, an award-winning journalist turned academic, has traversed

Southern Africa for the Zimbabwe Inter-Africa News Agency (its first female actingeditor-in-chief),

Agence France Presse (AFP), and eNCA. A former vice-president

of the Media Institute of Zimbabwe and board member of Zimbabwe’s Radio Voice

of the People, Millie has worked as a communication specialist for the UN and the

Graca Machel Trust, as its first regional coordinator for the Pan-African Women in

Media Network. She has a Bachelor of English and Communication from the

University of Zimbabwe, a Masters in Journalism from Stellenbosch, and a

journalism diploma from the Harare Polytechnic.

Intimate partner violence is commonplace and takes many forms. This study was

interested in how society “talks” about this topic on social media. Grounded in a

black feminist conceptual framework and utilising novel immersive online researchmethods,

it interrogated the evolution of social discourse in the context of digitality.

Episodes of a local soap opera, Scandal, depicting forms of intimate partner

violence perpetrated against the character of Gloria by her husband, Obakeng,

were purposively sampled. The study demonstrated an emergent paradigm of

social discourse, driven by the new “word of mouth” of social media. It recommends

rigorously attending to the possibilities and limits of these convergent regimes of

mediation and representation. It was found that social media talk is diverse,

pluridirectional and richly expressive. The main finding suggests that we need to

pause and engage in a deeper conversation and reflection about the quality and

direction of social media talk.

Supervisor: Prof N Mboti


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Sobantu, Mziwandile (DLitt et Phil)

Mzwandile Sobantu obtained his BSW and a Master’s in Housing degrees from the

University of the Witwatersrand. He worked as a foster care social worker at Joburg

Child Welfare before joining the Gauteng Department of Social Development as a

social worker, under the People with Special Needs (PWSN) directorate. While

there, he enrolled for his doctorate degree in 2015, and in 2016 he joined the

University of Johannesburg as a lecturer. He lectures social development, group

work and coordinates internship. Mzwandile has presented on his research in

several conferences and seminars, in South Africa, Africa and in Europe. He has

published articles in local and international journals, and also co-authored a book

chapter.

In this study, Mzwandile relied on intellectual heuristics to bring knowledge from

different academic disciplines of housing policy, social policy and social

development. His qualitative study involved the National Department of Human

Settlements (NDoHS) and voluntary housing institutions (VHIs) in Gauteng and

Western Cape provinces. These efforts were intended to interrogate the social

development benefits of VHIs to the beneficiaries. He showed a deep

understanding of the fields of housing, voluntary housing and social development in

his pursuit of developing bottom-up pathways to housing delivery in the country.

Weaving and analysing information and data from policy developers at NDoHS,

managers of VHIs and beneficiaries, Mzwandile arrived at useful insights and

recommendations for integrating pro-poor voices into housing policy and

implementation. The rigour process culminated in a model, whose principles and

ethos contribute to the NDoHS agenda of creating viable, sustainable and

integrated human settlements for the poor and vulnerable populations in South

Africa.

Supervisor: Prof N Noyoo


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Wales, Nora-Lee (DLitt et Phil)

Nora-Lee Wales read for her Bachelor’s and Honours degrees at Rhodes University

(RSA) and then completed her masters in Film and Literature with distinction at the

University of York (UK). She began her doctoral studies at the University of

Johannesburg in 2013 and worked as a tutor in the English department for 2 years.

She was appointed as an assistant lecturer in the department (2015-2018) and

lectured postcolonial poetry, modern drama, the 19th century English novel,

contemporary fiction and gender theory. During this time, she also presented work

from her doctoral thesis at local, national and international conferences. She now

works as an English lecturer at Embury, a private institute for higher education.

In her thesis, The Great Africanised Family of Humankind: Securing and Undoing

the Human through Africa in Literature and Film, Nora-Lee Wales examined texts in

which Africa is simultaneously the object of western intervention and the means of

human salvation. Her study acknowledged that these are white saviour narratives

but demonstrated that this narrative trope was a symptom of the more fundamental

problem of the texts’ humanism. Her analyses showed that these texts were sincere

in their projection of a universal community based on shared species-being and a

single African origin, but that the ontology of the human on which they based this

universal togetherness was flawed. Her analyses also indicated that it was when

these texts were ambivalent about the nature of being human that possibilities for a

more meaningfully inclusive human community emerged.

Supervisor: Prof SR Mngadi


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