Mzwanele Mayekiso launched his journal, Ndivhuwo: Journal for Intellectual Engagement, on 17 February 2016 as part of the Labour Studies Seminar Series. The series is run by Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU) and the Departments of Sociology, History, and Economics and Economic History.
Ndivhuwo journal, which is autonomous and independent in its editorial, is a publication of the iKwezi Institute for Research and Development -- set up to enhance intellectual engagement on South Africa's democracy and development. Ndivhuwo journal is geared to attract thought leaders in South Africa, from key policy-makers in government and industry, to leaders in civil society and intellectuals in academia and society. It aims to preserve our heritage and build our democracy. The launch edition included articles by Ross Anthony, Nicacias Achu Check, George Bizos, John Gribble, Shawn Hattingh, Paul Hendler, Brian Kantor, Garth Klein, David Makhura, Nobantu Mayekiso, Lumkile Mondi, Philani Mthembu, Tebogo Phadu, Mzukisi Qobo, Arumugam Pillay, John Stremlau, Tseliso Thipanyane, and Lucien van der Walt.
Mzwanele Mayekiso, the publisher of the journal, was a leading anti-apartheid activist and treason trialist from Alexandra township, active in the 1980s "people's power" movement. He is the author of "Township Politics: Civic Struggles for a New South Africa" (Monthly Review Press, 1996), and co-editor of "Confronting Fragmentation: Housing and Urban Development in a Democratising Society" (with Philip Harrison and Marie Hutchzermeyer, UCT Press, 2004. A prolific writer and leading black intellectual, he has contributed papers and think-pieces for academic journals and newspapers, both locally and internationally. He is the owner and publisher of Ndivhuwo journal and CEO of the iKwezi Institute for Research and Development, Johannesburg.
The speakers at the launch were Prof Lucien van der Walt of the Sociology Department at Rhodes University and Mzwanele Mayekiso. Prof van der Walt spoke about his contribution to the launch edition, the piece was entitled Revolution Now: Kurdish Rojava from Below. Mr. Mayekiso spoke to the history and future plans for the journal.
Edition 3 of Ndivhuwo
Dr John Reynolds, Mzwanele Mayekiso & Prof Lucien van der Walt