Meet a few of our 2020 Scholars

Canon Collins typically emails its acceptance letters, but this time around we thought we would do something a little different. With their permission, we informed a few scholars over Skype and caught their reactions. Watch the one minute video here.

Of course, they’re all bright. They’re all beautiful – so allow us to introduce a few successful applicants. Their further studies will amplify and advance their impact. Keep your eye on these promising southern Africans.

Zoe Postman is a journalist for pro-poor investigative news platform Ground Up. She will be doing a Masters in Political Science to investigate how the City of Johannesburg can integrate informal waste pickers into the formal economy. It will ask why the City protects waste companies instead of integrating the services of the “Reclaimers.”

Tawanda Matende is doing a doctorate in linguistics. Sign language in Zimbabwe is not a curriculum subject and is not yet described. There is also no movement on the ground geared towards sign language teaching and learning in schools. This study generates awareness on the need for policy, teaching and learning of Zimbabwe Sign Language.

Sibonginkosi Mpofu’s PhD is in conflict related sexual violence (CRSV) in Zimbabwe with a focus on the 1980s Gukurahundi genocide. CRSV is a subject that has been ignored in literature and in practice. In Zimbabwe, there has been no mention of these women’s suffering and no plans to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Mokgethwa Manaswe will be doing a Masters in Engineering. Her research focuses on renewable ways of producing hydrogen, and explores clean alternative technologies with a low environmental impact.

Theodora Talumba is doing her PhD in Human Rights Law on sustainable development for women artisanal miners in Malawi. She addresses women’s rights and mining from the perspective of gender and environmental justice.

Tisaukirenji Tembo’s Masters will be in Journalism. Business Journalism is not yet that vibrant in Malawi and most reporters learn to specialise on the job. Tisaukirenji wants to elevate business and economic journalism for her students back in Malawi.