Steve Biko with Rubin Phillip, 1972, South African Students’ Organisation, General Assembly, Durban.

This picture of Stephen Biko (standing) and SALO’s chairperson Bishop Rubin Phillip (far right) was taken in 1971 at the Alan Taylor Residence hall in Durban. It was the University of Natal’s residence for black-only medical students. The occasion was the annual conference of the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO), founded by Biko. Rubin was attending the conference as a representative of the Federal Theological Seminary, Alice (next to Fort Hare University). He was elected Deputy President of SASO the following year, and in 1973 was banned by the South African government  under the Suppression of Communism Act of 1950.

SALO board member Charmaine Williamson awarded Doctorate in Business Leadership at UNISA. – October 2014.


SALO board member Charmaine Williamson was officially awarded a Doctorate in the strategic decision- making processes of Official Development Assistance (ODA) within South Africa and with a view to South Africa’s potential ODA engagements on the continent.


She has worked intensively in the ODA field, with particular specialisation in the field of European Union and South African partnerships. She has lectured Executive and Human Resource Development as well as Strategy at business schools and was the Director of the Conflict and Governance Facility, a partnership project of South Africa and the European Union that specialised in policy-related conflict and governance research within the spheres of National, Provincial and Local Government in South Africa, and also within SADC and the continent. Charmaine was Deputy Director for International Relations and Special Projects at the Eastern Cape Legislature and worked on the Parliamentary Support Programme as funded by the EU, which specialised in projects in support of the Speaker’s Manifesto and the Strategy of the Legislature. She also has worked as a technical assistant to the Pan African Parliament, the National Treasury and Presidency of South Africa as well as the South African Netherlands Research Programme for Alternatives in Development. She has presented at a number of international conferences around ODA models and parliamentary process in South Africa. Her work experience extends into Ethiopia where she manages a block release Academic Programme for Doctoral Candidates.


SALO’s Clever Chikwanda awarded PhD


SALO’s Clever Chikwanda was officially awarded a PhD in Sport, Recreation and Exercise Science (SRES) at the University of the Western Cape on 17 September 2014. He studied with the Interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence for Sport Science and Development ICESSD. His thesis is entitled: “Combining sport and mediation skills for community healing: A multiple case study of two post-conflict communities in South Africa and Zimbabwe.”


Clever with his supervisor Professor Marion Keim Lees

Below is the citation by his supervisor- Professor Marion Keim Lees, on the occasion of his graduation:

“Clever Chikwanda’s thesis focuses on the powerful role of sport as a catalyst for community healing in Zimbabwe and South Africa. His study, based in Mfuleni outside CapeTown, and Highfield, outside Harare, examines the avenues through which sport and mediation can be combined for effective peace-building interventions for high school youth. His research is grounded within the framework of the Logic Model, and utilises Lederach’s Multi-Level Leadership Pyramid to locate and connect key actors and critical resources, vertically and horizontally. Examiners commented that the strengths of the thesis are the candidate’s contribution to capacity building for youth to enable them to deal with community conflicts, and his strong delivery of a comprehensive model of training interventions. The examiners also agreed that this is a pioneering study which advances knowledge and innovation in the sport and development field in Africa and globally.”


SALO Board Member Bella Matambanadzo at the Harare launch of the 2014 Caine Prize for African Literature anthology, ‘The Gonjon Pin and other stories’.

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SALO Board Member Bella Matambanadzo, a Zimbabwean feminist activist and writer speaking at the Harare launch of the 2014 Caine Prize for African Literature anthology, ‘The Gonjon Pin and other stories’. The event was held at the Book Cafe, Harare’s premiere arts and culture hub, on Thursday 14 August 2014. Her story, ‘All the Parts of Mi”, is Featured in this eclectic, engaging and thought provoking collection of 17 stories by 17 African authors. The authors meld Satire, tragedy and magic realism to offer a dynamic body of work dealing with trauma, identity and nostalgia. In South Africa the anthology is published by Jacana Media. The late great dame of books, Nadine Gordimer is the Patron of the Caine Prize.

SALO’s Research and Development Manager Showers Mawowa awarded Doctorate in Development Studies

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SALO’s Research and Development Manager Showers Mawowa was officially awarded with a Doctorate in Development Studies at a ceremony held on the 7th of April 2014 at UKZN’s Westville Campus in Durban. Mawowa’s PhD was supervised by Professor Bill Freund. It is entitled “Political Economy of Crisis, Mining and Accumulation in Zimbabwe: Evidence from the Chegutu Mhondoro Area”.

In awarding the degree to Showers Mawowa, the UKZN Acting Dean of Research Prof Donal McCracken read the following citation, “The political and economic landscape of Zimbabwe in the decade after 2000 was violent, contested and perturbed. Showers Mawowa has thoroughly researched the way mining, the main source of foreign exchange, was conducted and the relationship between miners and the state in one district, Chegutu. He has both studied the big platinum company which has provided the main source of income in foreign currency for the state and the almost impenetrable world of the so-called artisanal miners. It has been possible for this corporation on which the state is critically dependent as well as some Zimbabweans involved in the low-technology mining to continue to accumulate but they have to reckon with an arbitrary and very predatory state”.

Showers on the left along side his fellow graduates

Showers on the left alongside his fellow graduates


SALO board member Bella Matambanadzo shortlisted to participate in this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing workshop


The Caine Prize for African Writing will return to Zimbabwe in its
fifteenth year to hold its annual workshop this month. The inaugural
Caine Prize was awarded to Leila Aboulela in 2000, at the Zimbabwe
International Book Fair in Harare.

Thirteen writers from seven African countries will convene at the
Leopard Rock Hotel for twelve days (21 March – 2 April) to write,
read and discuss work in progress and to learn from two experienced
writers, Nii Parkes and Henrietta Rose-Innes who will act as tutors
and animateurs.

This year´s participants include four 2013 shortlisted writers;
Abubakar Ibrahim (Nigeria), Elnathan John (Nigeria), Chinelo
Okparanta (Nigeria) and Pede Hollist (Sierra Leone) and nine other
promising writers; Martin Egblewogbe (Ghana), Abdul Adan (Somalia),
Clifton Gachagua (Kenya), Nkiacha Atemnkeng (Cameroon) and Barbara
Mhangami-Ruwende, Philani Nyoni, Bella Matambanadzo, Lawrence Hoba
and Bryony Rheam from Zimbabwe.



SALO’s Rebone Tau has been named one of the Mail & Guardian’s top 200 young South Africans – 2013


“Solidarity” is an important word in 28-year-old Rebone Tau’s vocabulary. She believes Africa will prosper if it unites against the continent’s growing ills. It’s what first attracted the Soweto-born Tau to an advocacy job at the Southern African Liaison Office, a non-governmental organisation involved in educating, lobbying and advocacy initiatives. Knowledge of South Africa’s foreign policy and laws protecting human rights is vital and good relations with policy-makers are essential. “We focus on human rights violations on the continent and I’m the lead person on lobbying the government,” she says confidently. A member of the ANC Youth League’s Tshwane regional executive committee and head of that region’s international relations committee, Tau was appointed to the league’s national task team in April. Using workshops, campaigns, video-recorded interviews and her writing to share information, Tau has also written a book about the struggle for democracy in Swaziland, Southern Africa’s last absolute monarchy. — Mmanaledi Mataboge