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”.