PhD candidates

Lesley Lehlohonolo Mofokeng

Lesley Lehlohonolo Mofokeng

Research title: Reimagining Sol Plaatje: Investigating the contribution of the pioneering newspaperman to the history of journalism in South Africa.

Research description: The study seeks to locate Sol Plaatje in the history of journalism in South Africa. It investigates his forms of journalism, his role in the creation of publics and how African nationalist thought influenced the trajectory of his journalism.

Tula Dlamini

Tula Dlamini

Research title: A study of journalistic practice and news construction at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)

Research description: The study explores the construction of news and journalism practice at the South Africa Broadcasting Cooperation (SABC). In particular, the study examines the institutional processes and values involved in selecting what is included or excluded in the SABC news broadcasts from a Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) point of view.

Yarik Turianskyi

Yarik Turianskyi

Yarik Turianskyi is an independent political analyst based in Adelaide, Australia. He was previously the Deputy Programme Head for African Governance and Diplomacy at the South African Institute of International Affairs. He joined the Institute in 2008 after completing a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pretoria, which assessed the African Peer Review Mechanism as a standard for good governance on the continent. While completing his studies Yarik also lectured in Political Science and International Relations. During his time at SAIIA Yarik authored over 15 research papers, focused on governance, technology and gender, and over 30 opinion articles on various governance themes. He has been to and conducted research in 10 African countries and is the co-editor of a book ‘African Accountability: What Works and What Doesn’t’. Yarik has also been involved at various South African radio stations as both a presenter and correspondent since 2002

Lebogang Seale

Lebogang Seale

Research title: Wading through the embers of a smouldering newsroom: Has the pursuit of commercial and political interests damaged The Star, one of South Africa’s pre-eminent newspapers?

Research description: The research examines whether, and to what extent, the pursuit of political and commercial interests since the takeover of The Star by Sekunjalo Investment Media has contributed to the downfall of one South Africa’s preeminent newspapers.