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Shepi Mati

Lecturer, Audio
046 603 7141

BJourn (Rhodes) Advanced Diploma Institution Development (Manchester) MPhil Journalism (Stellenbosch) MEd (UWC)


Room 107 Africa Media Matrix

Upper Prince Alfred Street

Makhanda, 6139

Postal address

School of Journalism and Media Studies

Rhodes University

PO Box 94

Makhanda 6140

Industry experience

2011-2014: Freelance consultant/trainer/mentor/coach, media content producer and Independent researcher with Open Society Foundations (New York) in Public Health Programme assisting with strengthening the media and communication capacity of their grantees in Uganda and Zimbabwe

2012 February to August: Contract researcher, Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (www.mistra.org.za) on the project Nation Formation and Social Cohesion

2013 July to November: Contract researcher, Human Sciences Research Council for the National Heritage Council on the Liberation Heritage Route and Unsung Heroes and Heroines of the Liberation Struggle

2013 Jan to June: Part-time Lecturer, Centre for Adult and Continuing Education, University of the Western Cape

2010 to 2013: Part-time lecturer in Broadcast Journalism at Cape Peninsula University of Technology

2000 to 2011: Producer and manager for Democracy Radio, Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa)

1999 to 2000: Communication Director, Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA)

1999 November: Researcher and fixer for BBC TV

1996 to 1999: Senior broadcast technician and lecturer, Peninsula Technikon (now Cape Peninsula University of Technology

1999 Jan to June: Producer of a four-part radio series on migration in Southern Africa, commissioned by Idasa

1998 Oct to Nov: Director of 4 TV Inserts for Mochochonono, SABC TV2 Educational Programme

1998 May to Aug: Researcher and Co-ordinator: Psychographic Research of P4 Radio Audience in Cape Town

1997: Researcher and fixer, BBC TV “For the Love of Roy”

1996 May: Presenter, SABC TV, Cape Community Elections

1996 Sept: Researcher and fixer BBC TV geography series

1995 to 1998: Producer and presenter: Bush Radio arts and culture magazine programme

1995 to 1996: Part-time lecturer, Broadcast Journalism Peninsula Technikon

1992 to 1995: Organisational development facilitator and leadership development skills trainer Education Resource and Information Project (ERIP), University of the Western Cape; Researcher and facilitator “Ulibambe Lingashoni!” documentary series for SABC TV; Communication researcher, Nylon Spinners factory, Bellville, South Africa

1988 to 1992: Video producer and training co-ordinator, Community Video Education Trust (CVET) 


JMS4: Mentoring of audio producers

JMS3: Audio

JMS2: Media Sociology and Institutions

Community engagement

2020 Rhodes University Early Childhood Development radio content for parents and teachers during Covid-19 Lockdown

2019 UpStart Youth Project Young Amplified weekly radio programme in partnership with Rhodes Music Radio (RMR)

2019 #The Debate 2019 series of public deliberations with Makhanda residents in collaboration Grocotts Mail, Radio Grahamstown and RMR

2018-2019 Land Video Project with Hunterstoune Research Unit at Fort Hare

2018-2019 Open Society Foundation Creative Storytelling Project with Grocotts Mail and the Rhodes University Drama Department

2018 Radio Drama collaboration with UpStart Youth and in partnership with RMR; Mandela Trading Live audio reporting and coverage in collaboration with Community Engagement Office and RMR

2017 Intsomi Storytelling Programme in partnership with Intsomi Project and Radio Grahamstown; Mandela Trading Live audio reporting and coverage in collaboration with Community Engagement Office and RMR

2016 Local Government Election Connection Public Debates in collaboration with Grocotts Mail, Radio Grahamstown and RMR; Mandela Trading Live audio reporting and coverage in collaboration with Community Engagement Office and RMR

2015 Mandela Trading Live audio reporting and coverage in collaboration with Community Engagement Office and RMR

Professional involvement

Founder member of The Journalist online publication www.thejournalist.org.za

Research areas

Adult education and literary

Community radio and community media


Media training, capacity-building and development

Research projects

WhatsApp 4 Elections 2019 with Dr Alette Schoon

Research publications

2020. Hendricks, Natheem and Mati, Shepi. Countering Xenophobia in South Africa Through Popular Education, in New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, Vol 2020 Issue 165, pp.49-61 available at url: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ace.20367

2014. Nation Formation and Social Cohesion: An Enquiry into the Hopes and Aspirations of South Africans. Contributed a chapter on Hout Bay. Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), Real African Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-920655-85-3

 Journalism/media outputs
Radio Documentaries:

2014: Straatwerk for a safer city

2004: Making a difference: we are all affected

2003/4: Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve (part of a Deutsche Welle series Living Planet)

Mandela’s microwave: solar cookers in South Africa (part of a Deutsche Welle series Living Planet)


Ollerhead, S., Mati, S. & Hendricks, M. (2020, May 12). Staring down the Covid-19 lockdown with multilingual humour. [Blog post] https://www.languageonthemove.com/staring-down-the-covid-19-lockdown-with-multilingual-humor/

The Other Side of Freedom: Stories of Hope and Loss in the South African Liberation Struggle, 1950-1994. [co-author] HSRC Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-7969-2557-2

2005. "Who was Alfred? A Native gazing at Rhodes University from Makana's Kop", in African Sociological Review, 9(1)

2005. Municipal Journalism and Reporting: Restoring a Sense of Responsibility and Mission in the News Media – Training Needs Assessment Report. Democracy Radio, Idasa

  1. "Portraits and Testimonies" in Townships: From Segregation to Citizenship. ISBN: 2-930254-02-5