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Centre for the Advancement of Non-racialism and Democracy

CANRAD’s staff are academically qualified and experientially varied, bringing innovative approaches to learning, teaching and research. They have worked in areas of African Studies, Public Administration, Governance, Sport, Community Development, Labour, and Welfare.

Mr Allan Zinn: Director

Mr Allan Zinn: DirectorMr Allan Zinn obtained a Fulbright Scholarship that enabled him to complete an M.Ed in Curriculum and Teaching, and an MA in Social Studies, both from Columbia University in New York City. His BA from UCT had majors in Comparative African Government and Law as well as African History. He also completed two years of Human Movement Studies, as well as a Higher Diploma in Education at Rhodes University.

He lectured at Rhodes University (Curriculum Studies), Columbia University (Social Studies, Teacher Education) and Clark (Managing Diversity, Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education) University in the USA where he also supervised hundreds of Master’s level students over a five year period.

He has worked for NGO’s and Donor-funded projects, most notably managing the IMBEWU II Programme for four years where he oversaw 26 Evaluation Studies.

He has published and edited materials in the Education, Gender Equity and Sports arenas.

Professor Gilingwe Mayende

Professor Gilingwe MayendeProfessor Gilingwe Mayende holds a BA (Sociology and History) from the University of Botswana, and an MA in the Sociology of Developing Societies (1987) and PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom (1990).  He also holds a Diploma in Executive Leadership (Senior Executive Programme) from Harvard University and has done a number of other short courses in Leadership and Public Financial Management. 

After completing his PhD in 1990, he was selected to the position of Visiting Fellow and Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s College at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, where he conducted research on the land question in South Africa over a period of nine months. Professor Mayende is acknowledged, both nationally and internationally, as one of the foremost specialists in the fields of land reform and rural development in South Africa.  He also has an advanced level of experience in public and tertiary education sector management issues in the country, with a high level of competency in financial management, human resource management and development, programme and project management, and in a range of other related areas.

Mr Sonwabo Stuurman

Sonwabo StuurmanMr Sonwabo Stuurman obtained his formal education from Rhodes University. He has worked for different Rhodes University-based Centres and Institute as both Researcher and Senior Researcher. He has also worked for the largest national HIV prevention NGO as a Regional Manager in the EC. He joined the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy in 2014 as a Senior Manager: to lead advocacy, education and training, and facilitation towards the advancement of non-racialism and democracy within the university and broader society.

His areas of interest include: Participatory Democracy, Human Rights & Governance Strategy, Youth Development, and Accountability & Transparency.

Mr Thabang Queench: Community Engagement Officer

Thabang Queench, is currently a member of the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy as a Community Engagement Officer.

He is actively involved in community structures also serving as a board member in different non-governmental organizations. His areas of interest are Research, Community Development and Advocacy on issues around; Social Justice, “Race”, Gender, Class, Democracy and Diversity.





Ms Buyiswa Scott: Administrator

Ms Buyiswa ScottMs Buyiswa Scott obtained her BA Honours degree in Sociology (Group Dynamics) at the former University of Port Elizabeth (UPE) in 1999. In 2004, she joined the University of Port Elizabeth as a Secretary at Student Counselling. In 2007, she moved to the Centre for Access Assessment and Research (CAAR). In June 2009, she worked at Student Governance as a Society Officer on the Missionvale Campus.

She joined CANRAD in December 2009 as Administrator, and is responsible for the general administration of the Centre.






Hlumelo Ncopo

Hlumelo NcopoHlumelo Ncopo obtained his undergraduate qualification at NMMU .During his student life he has been active in student leadership/governance structures of the institution, having served as SRC President of the NMMU SRC in the year 2011.He joined the CANRAD team in 2013 as a graduate intern for Engagement and student liaison, which entails working with student orientated engagements and youth organisations.







Boiketlo Mongoato

Boiketlo MongoatoBoiketlo Mongoato obtained her undergraduate qualification at NMMU and was active in student governance structures in both the academic and student housing divisions of the institution. She is passionate about gender and youth issues. She joined the CANRAD team in 2014 as a graduate intern and is currently tasked with representing CANRAD in the establishment of the NMMU Gender forum.