Dr Kaggwa is a Researcher, Academic and Development Consultant in the interdisciplinary area of Economics, Technology and Science Policy. He has more than 10 years of Research, Consulting and Executive Management.
His research at SATRI focuses on understanding how the performance the extractive and energy sectors is and can contribute to national and local development needs.
He has authored a number of policy-oriented technical reports, scholarly articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, books, books chapters, policy briefs and newspaper opinion pieces.
He holds a PhD in Technology Management, a Masters and Bachelor degree in Economics and has attended a number of specialized trainings on Extractives and Sustainable Development.
Ms Lerato Mathibedi holds a B-Tech in Human Resource Management from the Tshwane University of Technology and certificates in Project Management and Public Relations from UNISA and a Toastmaster’s certificate in Public Speaking. She is a member of the South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM). She has previously worked as a Research Assistant and Tutor at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), a Secretary to the Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Correctional Services, and at Human Resource Management (HRM) Intern at the Independent Development Trust (IDP). She is the Personal Assistant to the Executive Research Director of SATRI.
Pulane Mafoea-Nkalai is a Research Specialist at SATRI. Her roles includes undertaking research that has a bearing on the welfare of workers and workers communities especially in the mining, energy and construction sectors of Southern Africa. She has experience in design and project management of survey research as well as undertaking in-depth qualitative research. With 10 years’ work experience, she is skilled in research methods and strategies, business operations, and strategic communications.
Previously, she worked with the Mvula Trust, an organisation specialising in Water and Sanitation regulatory impact assessments; and with Ditsela Workers Education Institute where she was a coordinator of research. She has vast experience in facilitation and development of M&E tools in developmental programmes.
Mrs Mafoea- Nkalai holds a Master of Social Sciences from the UKZN, and a Post- Graduate Certificate in Economics and Development Policy from the Witwatersrand University.
Tankiso Pitso is a Research Associate at Sam Tambani Research Institute (SATRI). His roles include undertaking empirical and desktop research focusing on socio-economic and labour issues. Before joining SATRI, he worked as NUM international desk as a research assistant assisting with secondary research focusing on mining, energy and construction sectors. He holds BA Degree in Political Science, Bcom Honours in Applied Economics, Advanced Certificate in Project Management from Wits University and Master’s Degree in International Business from Monash University.
Mr Zolisa Bavuyise Mpange is a Research Associate at Sam Tambani Research Institute (SATRI), responsible for undertaking empirical and desktop research based on but not limited to areas of labour, socio-economic, political and technology. Before joining SATRI, he was a Research Trainee at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, responsible for undertaking empirical and desktop research projects based on areas of transformation of the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors. He holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry and Microbiology from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Sinenhlanhla joined SATRI in 2018 as a full time Research Associate where she undertakes rigorous research pertaining to workers’ interests and their communities within the energy, mining and construction sectors. Her other research interests include national security and international relations. Her previous work experience includes tutoring and editing at UKZN, an internship at the Durban Archives Repository as well as a Junior Researcher at Okem and Okem Consulting. She is a Master’s degree holder in the field of Political Science, an honours degree in International Relations (Cum Laude) as well as an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Development Studies, all from University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN). She also boasts a Dean’s commendation and a few merit certificates as well as a Golden Key Membership in light of her outstanding academic performance. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors.
Mpho Nchabeleng is currently a Research Assistant at Sam Tambani Research Institute (SATRI). Her role includes data collection, data capturing, data analysis and as well as providing support to senior researchers. Before joining SATRI in June 2017, she worked as a trainee for a year at the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Her career aspirations are mainly on community development and transformation. She holds a Bcom. Hons in Development Studies from the University of Limpopo. She aspires to continue with her studies by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Development Studies.
Daphney joined SATRI in 2016 as a Research Intern and was appointed as a Research Assistant in 2017. Her role as a Research Assistant includes data collection, data capturing and data analysis as well as providing support to senior researchers. She holds BSc degree in Geography obtained at the University of Free State. She is currently doing Bsc (Hons) in Energy Studies with the University of Johannesburg.
Sharon Mohlala is a research assistant at SATRI. Her responsibilities include data collection, data analysis and supporting senior researchers. Sharon was part of an internship program at the Steve Biko and Tshwane hospitals in 2017. She is a University of the Free State graduate and holds a BA degree in Psychology and Sociology and is currently finalising her honours degree in applied psychology with UNISA. Over and above, she has conducted research for academic purposes during her years of studying and has developed a desire to go deeper in the field. Sharon aspires to pursue a Master’s degree by research dissertation.
Magera is a research intern at Sam Tambani Research Institute (SATRI). Before joining SATRI in April 2018, he worked as a digital strategist for a year and six months in a public relations and communications agency. His role as a Research intern includes data collection and data capturing well as providing support to senior researchers. His career aspirations are mainly on 4th industrial revolution and digital communications. Magera holds a National Diploma in PR and Communications from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and currently studying a B-tech in Business Administration at UJ.
Omphulusa Mamburu is a Research Intern at Sam Tambani Research Institute (SATRI). He is tasked with conducting desktop research and his research interests are focused on addressing skills development for workers within the labour movement, Health and safety within the workplace and socio-economic challenges. Before joining SATRI, he worked at Ditsela Workers Education Institute as an Intern assisting with conducting research and also offering support to the Programmes team. He has completed an Outcome based education Certificate through the ETDP SETA, holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Population and Development Studies and a BA Honours in Medical Sociology from the North West University.
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