Brilliant Xaba



Hie there, my name is Mzingaye Brilliant Xaba and I am a Masters student in the Sociology department. I enrolled with the Sociology department in 2013 to do my Honours. I did my undergraduate studies at Fort Hare University and I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, majoring in Development Studies and Sociology. I was then awarded with the Prestigious Andrew Mellon Foundation Scholarship to study towards an Honours degree in Sociology at Rhodes University. I then completed my Honours degree in Sociology in 2013 (with a distinction).

I am interested in policy studies, sustainable development, affirmative action policies, social welfare, and land reform as well as other developmental issues. My Honours thesis was titled “An investigation into the effectiveness of the Child Support Grant (CSG) in Grahamstown communities as a measure of alleviating poverty”. The intent of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the child grant policy as one of the measures to alleviate poverty in South Africa, with particular reference to Chris Hani communities. The objective of this paper was to contribute to a more holistic understanding of the effects of child grant policy and most importantly, to come up with innovative ways about the policy in question, so as to bring about improvements in the policy model, so that it can be an effective model.

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