School of Built Environment and Development Studies Seminar

Title: ‘Situational Analysis of Sexual Reproductive Health Issues in KZN & EC:  Challenges in Achieving Health Related-MDGs Pre-2015’

Speakers: Ernest Khalema (HSRC), Catherine Ndinda (HSRC), Mohamed Vawda (BEDS), Lungelo Bhembe (BEDS), and Ndoda Zondo (BEDS)

Time: 12h30-13h50, 23 April 2014.

Venue: Seminar Room F213, School of Built Environment and Development Studies, Memorial Tower Building, UKZN. Google maps: -29.866933,30.981963

Dr. Ernest Nene Khalema is a Senior Research Specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). He obtained a PhD in Sociology specializing in Social Epidemiology/Medical Sociology from the University of Alberta in Canada. Dr Khalema holds an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Alberta’ School of Public Health’ Center for Health Promotion Studies as well as research associate positions at the Center for Race and Culture and the Centre for Global Citizenship and Research. Dr Khalema also sits on the editorial boards of several high impact international journals (i.e. Pan African Medical Journal and Health Sociology Review and is the co-editor of a recently published book entitled: “Africa Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Exploring the Multidimensional Discourses on Development” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing-2013). His journal articles were published in the Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, Health Policy; Preventing Chronic Disease; Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa; International Journal of Migration, Health, and Social Care; and the Canadian Journal of Public Health. He has extensive expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research and has a strong background in community-based research, social impact, and evaluation studies, having worked for over 10 years as a research analyst/director; social work, community health, and sociology professor in Canada teaching courses such as community development, mixed-methods approaches in social work and epidemiology, inequality, social stratification and poverty, migration and urbanization, and organizational practice just to name a few.

Dr Catherine Ndinda is an Chief research specialist and an African Research Fellow at the PHSSI unit of the HSRC. She holds an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Natal and PhD in Human Science (2002) from the same institution (now University of KwaZulu-Natal). Catherine has conducted basic and policy research in areas such as housing, gender, and HIV/AIDS and has published journal articles and chapters in books in these fields. Her articles have appeared in journals such as AIDS Care, Culture, Health and Sexuality, Development Southern Africa and Journal for International Women’s Studies among others. She is the author of Women and Subsidised Housing in KwaZulu-Natal: Extent of Empowerment Lambert Publishing (2011)l and co-author of Women’s Activism for Gender Equality in Africa Xlibris (2009). She is an editorial board member of three disciplinary journals, a visiting scholar of Makerere University and an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Prof Monde Makiwane is a Chief research specialist in the Human and Social Development (HSD) research programme of the HSRC. He holds an MA in Sociology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a PhD in Demography from the University of the Witwatersrand. His undergraduate studies were in Mathematical Statistics and Computer Science at the University of the Western Cape. Prior to joining the HSRC in 2003, he worked for a computer service responsible for the analysis of large data sets including census data at the Institute for Management and Development Studies. He has lectured undergraduate and graduate students at Walter Sisulu University. In addition, he has held two fellowships: one at Harvard University and another at the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of research interest include: ageing, fertility, teenage sexuality and social security and his publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring a number of international and national conference presentations and a number of journal articles. Recently, he has been involved with studies on the Status of the Youth in Gauteng and the South African Youth Report. His most recent work, published in the Journal of Aging and Social Policy, investigated the role of older persons in Mpumalanga households.

Mr Mohamed Vawda has a background in Demography and takes interest in a variety of social and health science research. He has worked on issues such as: Non-Communicable Disease; Sexual and Reproductive Health; Substance Abuse; HIV/AIDS; Sexuality; Fertility; Mortality and Migration. Before joining the School of Built Environment and Development Studies he was a researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) as well as the Health, Economic, HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD). He has a Master’s in Population Studies and is currently completing a PhD at the School of Public Health Medicine and Nursing at UKZN.

Nteboheleng Mahapa is a PhD student at the University of KwaZulu Natal. He is former research assistant with the Human Sciences Research Council’ (HSRC) Human and Social Development unit and currently a research intern at MatCH (Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health), a division of Wits Health Consortium in South Africa. His research areas include gender studies in African context (widowhood, GLBTQ, masculinities, homophobia) as well as health studies. He has written on policing and sexual minority issues, substance use/abuse and ethical research with sex-workers. 

Mr. Lungelo V. Bhembe is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Population Studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal at the School of Built Environment and Development Studies. An Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) professional with about ten years of experience in programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as documentation and advocacy. He has worked for; the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) in Swaziland, where he provided technical assistance and advice to national Adolescent and Youth SRH partners; the Swaziland Member Association (MA) of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF);  and has also been attached to the IPPF Africa Regional Office for a period of one year through an internship programme where he worked with all MA of the IPPF in the Africa region on Adolescent and Youth SRH programmes. 

Mr Mdoda Zondo is a Masters Student in Development Studies at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. He graduated at the University of KwaZulu Natal with a degree in Social Science majoring in Political Sciences, Philosophy and Law. He was a Research Assistant for Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) under the Human and Social Development Programme for the study and recently works as a fieldworker for HSRC under the Economic Performance and Development Programme in a study entitled: “Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of the EPWP phase 2 Project in Kwa-Zulu Natal”


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30 Apr: Peter Robinson ‘Future, Change & Choices. Strategic planning methods and issues for development professionals’

5 May: Derek van heerden ‘Recent Architectural work in Rural and Peri-urban SA with emphasis on creating effective Teaching and Learning space through ‘bottom up’ Processes’

14 May: Mvu Ngcoya ‘Topic to be confirmed’

21 May: Daniela Casale ‘The relationship between early nutrition and cognitive outcomes in children of preschool age: Evidence from the South African Birth to Twenty Study’

28 May: Balazs Nemeth ‘Competitiveness challenges facing the automotive industry in Hungary’

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