Pierre is the Deputy Director of the CSA&G and a registered Clinical Psychologist. He has worked in HIV since the mid 1980’s and at the CSA&G since 2001 as a manager, researcher, writer, facilitator and teacher. His interests include sexualities, gender, diversity, transformation and human rights.
He has written a number of opinion pieces on aspects of HIV and AIDS, worked with media AIDS projects in South Africa and contributed to a booklet on healthy sexualities for Soul City. Selected publications have covered: Research challenges around gender, same-sex sexuality and HIV/AIDS in South Africa; Constructions of masculinity among a group of South Africa men living with HIV/AIDS; Equality and Sexual orientation in South Africa 2009 – 2011; and Institutional integrity in the tertiary sector; and Sugar daddies, sugar mummies, sugar babies and HIV in contemporary South Africa.
Pierre is an external examiner for MA theses, a peer reviewer for a number of journals, sits on the board of the Human Rights Development Initiative, is a member of the Executive of the Sexuality and Gender Division of the Psychological Society of South Africa, is a member of the Tuks AIDS Reference Group and has served on the Transformation Committee of the Faculty of Humanities.
Hulisani is a former volunteer to the CSA&G who went on to the private sector after graduating with an LLB from the University of Pretoria. She joins the Centre as a researcher for the Just Leadership Programme. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Human Rights Law. She identifies herself as an intersectional feminist with an interest in body positivity and institutionalised oppression.
Ms Matsila is a Doctoral student in the Sociology department (University of Pretoria). She holds an Undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Cape Town; an Honours in Medical Sociology from the university of Northwest, and completed her Masters in Sociology in 2020 at UP with a thesis titled: “Intergenerational constructions of black feminine identity: mother-daughter narratives”. In 2019 she was one of the first two students from UP to go to Humboldt University of Berlin on an exchange program where she studied “Transdisciplinary approaches to gender studies”. This and her masters’ program fueled her passion for research in gender and family studies; Work-family conflict and public health. She describes herself as, “a young Sociologist driven by a vision to change the narrative of inequality for people in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities one research paper at a time.”
Tinashe Mawere is currently a researcher at CSA&G. He joined the CSA&G and the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies at UP as a Postdoctoral Researcher in May 2017. Tinashe holds a PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Western Cape, an MA in African and Diaspora Literature in English and a BA Honours in English and Communication from Midlands State University. His research interests include identity constructions, gender, sexualities, and the workings of popular culture in political and social contexts. He is a former Doctoral Fellow in the Programme on the Study of the Humanities in Africa (PSHA) at the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR), UWC.
Tinashe has worked as a Writing Consultant at the UWC Writing Centre and did part-time lecturing on Academic Literacies, Language and Communication at UWC and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). In 2008, he taught Communication Skills and English as a Foreign Language at Midlands State University (MSU), Zimbabwe.
Justice joined the CSA&G and the Department of Political Sciences as a Postdoctoral Researcher in July 2020. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Pretoria. His thesis focused on the nexus between intimate partner violence and male identity. Prior to enrolling at the University of Pretoria in 2017, he worked for the Government of Zimbabwe in the Ministry of Justice. He has research interests in broad interconnected areas of family sociology, gender-based violence; identities (masculinities and sexualities); gender inequality and vulnerability. He values and identifies with the advancement of social inclusion as a policy or everyday life approach.
Shalate Belinda Pakati
Shalate is a project manager with a background in Human Resource Management. She started to work at the CSA&G as a field worker for one of the former CSA&G Youth Skills Development project from 2003 until 2005. She is currently involved with the Befriender (counselling) programme and the Just Leadership programme where she coordinates all student outreach and community engagement. In addition to that, Shalate also supports the CSA&G involvement with the Lonmin Community Engagement Programme.
She is a specialist trainer, a community liaison coordinator with various CSA&G government and civil society partners, an event co-ordinator and a valuable member of CSA&G research teams.
Shalate sits on the UP Community Engagement Committee.
Gabriela Pinheiro is a critical social and psychological researcher. Gabriela joined the CSA&G in 2020 where she manages the Gender Justice Project in collaboration with the Irish Embassy and is also involved with other ongoing work in the CSA&G. She completed her Master’s in Research Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand and interned at the UNISA Institute for Social and Health Sciences. Her research background includes work in the South African Higher Education sector and community engagement. She has a particular interest in the study of critical social psychologies, genders and sexualities, and student health/wellbeing.
Gerard Emmanuel Kamdem Kamga
Gerard has a multidisciplinary background including in Law, Human Rights, Political Science, Gender Analysis and Critical Theory. He holds a doctoral degree in Law from the University of Pretoria with focus on emergency regimes in contemporary democracies. Similarly, he holds number of certificates following the completion of several additional trainings in various fields including policy design, project management, leadership, governance, election observer, migration, peace and security. Over the years, he has developed a sound expertise through research and professional experience as his works essentially revolve around the social and human conditions and question the existing global and regional systems of governance and policies as well as their effects on gender and social justice, human rights and the rule of law, peace and security. He is the author of number of publications available online as well as several articles published in national and international peer reviewed and accredited journals.
Ruth Murambadoro is a former researcher at the Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender (CSA&G). She holds a DPhil in Political Sciences, an MA in Political Sciences, BA (Hons) International Relations and BPolSci all from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Between 2016 and 2018 she served in the board of the African Studies Association (ASA) as a representative for the Emerging Scholars Network.