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Staff Profile

Miss Thokozani Chilenga

QualificationsBA, BAHons, MA
Phone 0117174363
Organisational Unit Political Studies

Thoko is a Fellow in the joint Public Affairs Research Institute and Public Sector Skills Education Training Authority programme (PARI PSETA). Her research focuses on whether the decentralization in South Africa is useful for the development and problem solving capabilities of the public administration. Thoko's research interests in general include political philosophy, the democratic developmental state and public policy. Her contribution to teaching in the department has been through Wits Plus where she taught a sessional in Liberty, Justice and the Politics of Difference, as well as tutoring Feminist Theory and Politics. Thoko enjoys teaching and engaging with students by interrogating the concepts that they are taught using current affairs, African and South African examples to illuminate the work. Thus she is passionate about teaching, but more importantly, the ways in which teaching has an impact on how students learn and understand politics. Thoko is part of transformation/decolonization activism in the department, having contributed to the Transformation Memo and the Transformation Working Group.

Her professional work experience has been in NGOs that work on building and sustaining democracies, offering development funding and litigation for women's rights.