Jika Uluntu


Ukuvula Isango: “Opening the Gate” to Women’s Empowerment and post-pandemic reconstruction in rural South Africa.

WOMEN RISE Workshop 2: Innovation and Amplified Possibility The Women RISE (Research, Innovation, and Societal Empowerment) project recently held a workshop in Chintsa, Eastern Cape, focused on “Fieldwork Learnings and Ethnographic Imagination.” The workshop aimed to foster the creation of “peoples science,” a new approach that explores sociology and anthropology through everyday practices. Professor Leslie […]


Donating School Shoes to Children

Jika Uluntu’s Shoe Drive Brings Hope to Underprivileged Farming Villages In an effort to uplift and support the underprivileged communities of ward 50 in the Buffalo City Municipality, Jika Uluntu embarked on a shoe drive initiative, reaching out to primary schools in the area. Recognizing the lack of access to basic necessities like shoes in […]

Policing the (post)colonial body: The Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa

In March 2020, South Africa enacted one of the world’s most severe lockdowns to combat the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Whilst this action received international praise, its implementation by the armed security forces in many ways mirrored colonial and apartheid-era controls on movement, such as violent policing and curfews. In this article, we explore former anti-apartheid activists’ […]

CategoriesBlog Education

South Africa Doesn’t Have a Reading Culture. These Women Are Changing the Story One Tuk-Tuk Ride at a Time

Reading is the foundation of learning. It also gives readers, especially children, a connection with their world that few experiences provide. Despite the benefits, however, not every child has access to books. That’s why Sinothando Menzi, Julia Makganye, Ziyanda Xaso, and Masiza Hlekwayo are working to change this story with mobile libraries that deliver books right […]


Mercedes-Benz South Africa Boosts Eastern Cape Non-Profits with R6 Million Impact

“Mercedes-Benz South Africa, in partnership with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, developed a socio-economic development Incubation Hub to capacitate, nurture and accelerate the growth of non-profit organisations that uplift communities in East London, Eastern Cape. Today, Mercedes-Benz South Africa graduated non-profit organisations from its Incubation Hub programme and donated R6,000,000 towards social causes championed […]