Professor Thokozani Xaba
Professor Thokozani Xaba
Professor Thokozani Xaba Position
Descipline Community Development
Phone Number 031 260 1085
Email Address xabat@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Howard College
Building, Office Denis Shepstone Building, C875

Degrees Held

  • PhD. (Sociology), University of California – Berkeley, USA
  • M.A. (Sociology), University of California – Berkeley, USA
  • B.A. (Government and Sociology),  Dartmouth College, USA

Bio

  • He is the Leader of the Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection in Emergency project which is funded by the Child Protection Working Group in Geneva. He has considerable experience in the design, collection, analysis and reporting of demographic data. This is evidenced by demographic surveys conducted for the EThekwini Municipality. He has participated in numerous rural and urban development projects addressing institutional and capacity development. The work he has performed for the Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs is evidence of such engagement. He has worked both nationally and internationally on issues of poverty and vulnerability, including the UNFPA-funded national study of the impact of migration, HIV and AIDS on the Family Structures in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Limpopo provinces as well as the development of a Poverty and Vulnerability Monitoring Framework for the Republic of the Maldives.

Main Areas of Research:

  • The Sociology of Knowledge
  • Child Protection in Emergencies
  • Youth Politics in Development
  • Migration, Unemployment and HIV and AIDS
  • Poverty and Vulnerability Research
  • Power and Authority in Rural Development

Teaching:

  • Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
  • Indicators of Development
  • Principles of Community Development
  • Sustainable Development

Recent Projects:

Project Title Leader Funder
Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection in Emergencies Xaba, Thokozani Child Protection Working Group, Geneva
External Evaluation of the Community-Based Organizations funded by the Aids Foundation's KZN grants Xaba, Thokozani AIDS Foundation of South Africa
Rural Development Policy Framework Xaba, Thokozani Department of Traditional and Local Governmental Affairs
Trade Liberalization, Rural Poverty and the Environment Xaba, Thokozani World Wide Fund For Nature
Assessment of The Current Rural Development Policy Framework in KwaZulu-Natal Xaba, Thokozani Department of Traditional and Local Governmental Affairs
Capacity Development of Traditional Leaders - Rollout-Phase Xaba, Thokozani Department of Traditional and Local Governmental Affairs

Community Engagement:

  • I am one of the presenters of the Quantitative Research Module on SANPAD RCI programme
  • I have been involved in the process of transforming the institution of traditional leadership in KwaZulu-Natal since 2000
  • I am a Board Member of a few community development organizations
    • African Centre for the Child
    • First Metro Housing

Recent Publications:

Journal Articles

  • "From Public-Private Partnerships to Private-Public Stick-em Ups! NGOism, neoliberalism, and social development in post-apartheid South Africa," International Journal of Social Work, online 27 January 2014
  • ‘Reconfiguring state and non-state actors in the provision of safety in (South) Africa: Implications for bottom-up policing arrangement and for donor funding’, Journal of Legal Pluralism and Official Law, Number 63, Special Issue, 2011. The article was authored with Monique Marks, Jennifer Wood and Julian Azzopardi.
  • ‘Imperialism and Colonisation: Africa’s Albatrosses’ in Futures Research Digest, International Sociological Association, Special Printed Edition, 2010.
  • ‘Planification Stratégie et Formes Émergentes de Démocratie a Ethekwini, Durban’, Revue Tiers Monde, N° 196 - Octobre-Décembre 2008. This article is based on the work done for the Democracy in Durban article. It was co-authored with Richard Ballard, Debbie Bonnin and Jenny Robinson.
  • ‘Equality of Siblings and Alienation from the Umbilical Cord: The Unintended Effects of South Africa’s New Customary Marriages and Proposed Inheritance Laws,’ Loyola Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2008 (Co-authored with M. Mamashela and B. Magudu)
  • ‘Development and new Forms of Democracy in eThekwini’, Urban Forum, Vol. 18, 2007. The article was co-authored with Richard Ballard, Debbie Bonnin and Jenny Robinson.
  • ‘Representative versus Direct Democracy: The case for traditional leadership in rural municipalities’, in Critical Dialogue, Vol.2, No. 2. 2007.
  • ‘Madumo: A Man Bewitched’, Loyola Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. XX, No. 2, 2006.
  • ‘From Symbolic to Participative Reconciliation: Race Relations in South Africa - The African-Indian Case’, Transformation,Vol.45, 2001
  • ‘Reflections on Post-Mandela Era’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 34, August 1999. (Co-authored with Professor Vishnu Padayachee and Mr Imraan Valodia).
  • ‘Traditional Authorities and Land: The Position in KwaZulu-Natal’, Development Southern Africa, vol.13, no.3, June 1996. (Co-authored with McIntosh, A., Vaughan, A. and Sibanda, S.)
  • ‘Repressive and Restitutory Sanctions in the Townships: The successes and failures of People's Courts’, Transformation, vol.28, 1995

Review Article

  • “A Journey to Robben Island”, a critical review of a video documentary by R. Sooryamoorthy and G. Waters, Loyola Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. XXI, No. 2, 2007.

Journal Editing

  • Tanzanian Journal of Development Studies, Vol.7, No.2, September 2007

Chapters in Scholarly Books

  • “Research Methods for Community Development: Indigenous knowledge for unmediated scholarship” in Marcus, T and Hormaenner, A (eds.) Shifting Boundaries of Knowledge: A View on Social Sciences, Law and Humanities in South Africa, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2006
  • "Coping with Illness and Death in South African families" in Vishnu Padayachee (ed.) The Development Decade? Economic and Social Change in South Africa, 1994 - 2004. HSRC Press, Cape Town, 2006.
  • “Urban Development and Land Invasions: The causal socio-economic and socio-political factors”, in Peter Robinson, Jeff McCarthy and Clive Forster (eds) Urban Reconstruction in the Developing World: Learning from an International Best Practice, Heineman, Sandown, 2004
  • "Masculinity and Its Malcontents: The confrontation between 'struggle masculinity' and 'post struggle masculinity', 1990-1997", in Morrell, R.G (ed.) Masculinity in South Africa, University of Natal Press, 2000
  • "Authority and Development: Leadership, Development and Democracy in African Urban Areas" in McCarthy, J and Hindson, D. (eds.), Here to Stay, Indicator Press, Durban, 1995
  • "Development and Its Discontents: the marginalisation of indigenous medicines in South Africa”, in de Sousa Santos, B. (ed.), Re-inventing Social Emancipation, Civilizacao Brasileira, Rio de Janeiro Portugal, 2001. The book has been translated into Portuguese, Spanish and Italian.
  • "Left Holding the Gun: The marginalisation of the former comrades and exiles in the new South Africa, 1993-2000", in McGrath, S. (ed.), Africa's Young Majority, a Royal African Society Publication, University of Edinburgh, 2001
  • "The Transformation of Indigenous Medical Practice in South Africa (1985-2000)", in Faure, V. (ed.), Health and Democracy in Africa; rituals, discourses, politics, CEAN, University of Bordeaux, 2001
  • “A Disenchanted Modernity: The Accommodation of African Medicine in Contemporary South Africa”, in Silva, T.C.M. and Sitas, A. (eds) Gathering Voices: Perspectives on the Social Sciences in Southern Africa, a publication of the International Sociological Association, 1998
  • 'Grandeza e decadencia da forza bruta' in O Correo, a UNESCO Publication, August-September 2001, pp. 34-35

Peer-reviewed Reports

  • ‘The practical implications and effects of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act No. 120 of 1998’, School of Development Research Report No.60, 2003, ISBN No. 1-86840-499-4. (30 pages)
  • ‘The Ethical Vacuum in Fieldwork: Ethical and political concerns regarding the treatment of fieldworkers and respondents in the conduct of fieldwork in the era of globalisation’, School of Development Research Report No.60, 2003, ISBN No. 1-86840-512-5. (20 pages)

Research and Policy Reports

  • An Enquiry into the Origins, Nature and Consequences of Disputes in the Mngomezulu Traditional Authority Area in KwaZulu-Natal. The report was compiled and written for the KwaZulu-Natal Ministry of Local Government and Traditional Affairs, 2006
  • Towards Lasting Conflict Resolution: An Enquiry into the Origins, Nature and Consequences of Disputes in Four Traditional Authority Areas in KwaZulu-Natal. The report was compiled and written for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs, 2006
  • ‘Umthetho Nobukhosi: The Traditional Leaders’ Guide to the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act 2003. The Guide was written, compiled and translated with Advocate B. Sikhakhane, June 2005
  • ‘The Proposed Change-management Plan for the Re-Alignment of the Traditional Institutional Management Branch of the Department of Traditional and Local Government Affairs.’ The report is co-authored with Mr Basil Sikhakhane, April 2005.
  • Understanding the Changing Family Composition and Structure in South Africa in the Era of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic, Mturi, Xaba, Sekokotla, Nzimande, and Dungumaro, School of Development Studies Report, 2005
  • ‘An Assessment of Current Rural Development Policy and Practice in KwaZulu-Natal and Identification of Key Strategic Interventions as Elements of an Implementation Framework.’ This report is co-authored with Ms Anne Vaughan, May 2005
  • Assessment of Circumstances Facing Contemporary Families in South Africa, Mturi, Xaba and Sekokotla. Research Report No.66, School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2005
  • ‘Access to Health Services’ in Mturi, Xaba and Sekokotla Assessment of Circumstances Facing Contemporary Families in South Africa, a report based on research funded by the United Nations Population Fund, December 2003
  • ‘Illness and Death’ in Mturi, Xaba and Sekokotla Assessment of circumstances Facing Contemporary Families in South Africa, a report based on research funded by the United Nations Population Fund, December 2003
  • “Statistical Tools and Guidelines for Monitoring Vulnerability and Poverty” in Julian May, Alexander Menamkat and Thokozani Xaba Developing a Vulnerability and Poverty Monitoring System (VPMS) in the Republic of the Maldives, Mission Report prepared for the Ministry of Planning and National Development, Government of the Republic of the Maldives, 23 September, 2003.
  • “Traditional Governance” in Olivier, Sikhakhane and Xaba (eds) Briefing Document to Cabinet on Traditional Leadership in KwaZulu-Natal, July 2003.
  • “Capacity Development” in Olivier, Sikhakhane and Xaba (eds) Briefing Document to Cabinet on Traditional Leadership in KwaZulu-Natal, July 2003.
  • “The Practical Implications of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act of 1998”, a report from research funded by the National Research Foundation, December 2002. The report is co-authored with Mothokoa Mamashela.

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