Professor Horman Chitonge
Professor Horman Chitonge is currently associate professor and head of African Studies at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town. His main research focuses on economic growth and structural transformation in Africa, agrarian political economy, poverty and social welfare in Africa. He has published extensively on these themes. His most recent publications include, Economic Growth and Development in Africa: Understanding Trends and Prospects (2015 Routledge), Customary Land Tenure in Africa Today: Navigating the Contours of Change (2018, Cambridge University Press), Social Welfare Policy in South Africa: From the Poor White Problem to a Digitised Social Contract (2018, Peter Lang), Industrializing Africa: What will Take? (in press, Peter Land). He is currently working on a project looking at the political economy of economic structural transformation in Africa in the context of the Africa Rising Narrative and the post-2009 global financial crisis.
Professor Frank Matose
Professor Frank Matose is currently Associate Professor and Director of Environmental Humanities South Centre at the University of Cape Town. He has been at UCT within the Sociology Department since 2009. His research focuses on the political economy of conservation and natural resource commons in Africa (southern, particularly).Before that he was Programme Leader for the Community-Based Natural Resource Management Programme at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2004-2008. Prior to that he was Adaptative and Collaborative Management Project Leader in Zimbabwe for the Centre for International Forestry Research between 2000 and 2003. In the 1990s Frank worked in Harare, in the Social Forestry Research Unit in the Zimbabwe Forestry Commission. He is currently preparing a monograph titled Beyond Waiting Politics in Conservation: Forests and the power of the marginalised in Southern Africa, for University of Arizona Press.
Mr Nazeer Sonday
Mr Nazeer Sonday is a Philippi Horticultural Area local farmer and activist who has led the Food and Farming Campaign for the rights of small-farmers in the Philippi Horticultural Area.