Simamkele Dlakavu joined the Gender Studies Department as a part-time lecturer in January 2020. Since then, she has contributed to the formulation and the lecturing of undergraduate and post-graduate courses such as: "Development, Conflict and Political Change," "Gender and The Politics of Development," and "Theories, Politics, Action." She holds a Master of Arts in African Literature from Wits University (with distinction). She is also working towards her Ph.D. in Political Science. Her research interests are: Social movements, Feminist Organising, Political Memory, Citizenship Studies and Gender Based Violence.
Simamkele has been an active participant in student movements calling for an intersectional decolonial reality in South Africa- where all forms of oppression matter. She is the former Media and Communications Manager for Oxfam South Africa. Simamkele has also worked as a human rights television producer on one of South Africa’s most popular current affairs show: The Big Debate. She has written for South Africa’s leading newspapers such as City Press and co-edited a Special Issue of the Agenda Journal titled: “Feminisms and Women's Resistance within Contemporary African Student Movements” (2016).
The African Gender Institute/ Gender Studies section
Harry Oppenheimer Institute Building
Level 2 & 4
University of Cape Town