Dr Mzikazi Nduna

Mzi Nduna, an author of ‘A magnifying glass and a fine-tooth comb: understanding adolescent girls’ and young women’s sexual vulnerability’ is an educator, a researcher and an advocate with a strong ethic of community engaged scholarship to bridge the gap between science, theory and practice. With a background in research psychology and public heath, Mzi has over 20 years of consulting whilst working full-time for various employers. Mzi has vast experience in NPO boards and national technical task teams. Mzi was a finalist for the 2017 Businesswoman of the Year Award in the Education category, a recipient of the 2017 Queen Mamjoli Award for her contribution to Education for Community Development and is a 2020 SocioPreneur of the year Award winner

Oyama Tshona

research associate

Oyama Tshona holds a Bachelor’s in Human Resources from the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Oyama is a pro-feminist gender and human rights Blogger covering various women’s issues in her blog called Thetha Ntombi! (“Speak Girl!”) which is inspired by her work on Gender-Based Violence against women and girls in South Africa, as well as a need to positively contribute and participate in uncovering and implementing authentic solutions.  She currently serves on the Board of The BEAR Foundation. Oyama has admin and recruitment experience and joined DrMzi as an Associate Researcher. She works in the areas of Gender-based Violence and Femicide, Human Rights and Equity, and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; a Training materials Developer and Facilitator in Advocacy and Community Development. For the blog click here

Lutukela Nduna

research associate

Lutukela Nduna has over 20 years of work experience in public and private sectors mainly in technical support in the Aviation, Electronics and Energy sectors. He undertook the Training Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation, TRREE (Clinical Trials Centre, University of Hong Hong) course and joined DrMzi in February 2020 as an Associate Researcher. Lutukela is responsible for conducting interviews, undertake web-based desktop research, investigate trends and issues and develop research and training tools. He works with stakeholders including community-based organizations, funders, government officials, and the varying South African and International communities. His work contributes to social justice, in the areas of Human Rights: Gender Equity, Social Cohesion, and Racial Equity, prevention of GBV+F and attainment of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for all.

Phindile Mokoena

research & training administrator

Phindile Nomcebo Mokoena- Holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Development Studies from the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Phindile has previous research experience in Gender and Sexualities Studies, as well as experience in the management and implementation of LGBT youth-focused projects; the latter as one of the directors of the LGBTI Leadership and Development programme established in 2016. Phindile joined DrMzi as a Research and Training Administrator putting her gained experience and skills in quantitative research, data collection, storage and analysis, report writing and presentation skills to good use. Her interests are on the legal aspects of Gender and Sexualities Studies, driven by her aspirations to pursue legal studies.