2020/21 Medal for Social Sciences and Humanities

Professor Tanja Bosch

Professor Tanja Bosch

Tanja Bosch is an Associate Professor of Media Studies and Production in the Centre for Film and Media Studies, and Deputy Dean of Research and Postgraduate Affairs, at the University of Cape Town. She teaches journalism and multimedia production, social media, radio studies and research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her first book, Broadcasting Democracy: Radio and Identity in South Africa, was published in 2017. Her second monograph, Social Media and Everyday Life in South Africa, explores how South Africans use social media apps for personal and group identity formation. Dr Bosch has published widely in South Africa. She is currently emerging as one of a few African academics publishing in the area of social media activism, with her work on #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall and other hashtagged campaigns.

Professor Mosa Moshabela

Professor Mosa Moshabela is the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and former Dean and Head of School of Nursing and Public Health. As a medical practitioner, he specialised in Family Medicine and Primary Health Care. He holds a Masters in Demography and Health (MSc), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the field of Public Health, focusing on health systems, services and policy research. He convened the CoVID-19 'war room' at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and advised the provincial 'war room' for CoVID-19. He is a Commissioner in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Provincial Planning Commission, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Health in the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and chairperson of a sub-committee to evaluate and report on the national health sector response to CoVID-19 in South Africa.

Professor Mosa Moshabela

Professor Irene Govender

Professor Irene Govender

Irene Govender is a Professor of Information systems and Technology, and an established NRF-rated researcher with over 65 peer-reviewed publications in the field of computing. Her research interests are interdisciplinary involving technology for teaching and learning, ICT4D, Big Data Analytics and a niche area of object-oriented programming. She has taught a range of modules including Research methodology for IS&T, Advanced Systems Design, Networking and Security for information systems and Mobile and Personal information Systems. She brings a multidisciplinary perspective to the discipline in her research and in designing and enacting the modules. She has been involved in teacher education, and has been chief examiner for matric senior certificate for Information Technology for several years.

Professor Azwihangwisi Helen Mavhandu-Mudzusi

Azwihangwisi Helen Mavhandu-Mudzusi is an NRF rated full Professor and Head of the College of Human Sciences Research at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Her main research focus is on reducing new HIV infections and improving the quality of life of people living with HIV in rural universities. As an activist, she is involved in the advocacy for LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer) individuals. She has authored 38 peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters and 25 peer-reviewed conference papers. She has successfully supervised 11 Ph.D. and 26 master's students to completion. Further to the formal supervision, she is mentoring several young academics. She is the holder of several research awards.

Professor Azwihangwisi Helen Mavhandu-Mudzusi

These are among the 34 names nominated to receive recognition at the HSRC-USAf event. Awards will be made in three categories, namely: Emerging Researcher, Established Researcher and the inaugural Team Awards. We will continue to feature the rest of the nominees throughout this week until 18 March.