Dr. Buntu SiwisaBuntu Siwisa


South Africa

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Politics

Occupational Position: Senior Political Analyst and Acting Country Manager (Zimbabwe Desk) in the Department of International Relations & Cooperation

Professional History


He manages the analytical responsibilities and staff component of the Desk, while also undertaking the broader diplomatic, financial and administrative duties of the Desk. He has first-hand experience on the field in observing and monitoring elections in Zimbabwe (2008); the Republic of Southern Sudan referendum (2011); and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) (2011). More importantly, his work in various African countries (Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, DRC, Sudan, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Morocco) has exposed him to how complex domestic and international political, economic and social factors, hidden from the normal social sciences practitioner, continue to shape political dynamics in Africa. Dr Siwisa has a fairly extensive academic experience, having worked as a Programme Manager for the Masters in South African Politics and Political Economy and a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He also had a stint working as a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) in Accra, Ghana.

Qualifications


None listed


Programs


2012 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Charles Sidambe
01 June 2018

A strong group of Tutu Fellows have worked tirelessly and volunteered their time in the production of the forthcoming  Africa Innovation Summit which will take place from June 6-8, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. The patrons of the event are President Paul Kagame and the former President of Cabo Verde, Pedro Pires.  The 2018 Summit will be a multifaceted event that will bring together stakeholders from various sectors, including decision-makers to seek innovative and disruptive solutions for the challenges facing African countries.

Norman Smit
01 June 2018

By day, 2015 Tutu Fellow Wiebe Boer is an impact investor who works with partners to increase access to commercial energy products and services.  By night - or in his spare time - he is a Nigerian football historian. 

Dr Wiebe Boer's latest work on Nigerian football, a book titled The History of Football In Nigeria - A story of Heroes and Epics, is to launch in Lagos on 10 June 2018.  It's been favorably reviewed by no less than Aliko Dangote, the President and CEO of the Dangote Group. 

Norman Smit
31 May 2018

2017 Tutu Fellow Stacey Brewer will be opening her 16th educational facility in 2019 in Witpoortjie, South Africa. Stacey is the co-founder of SPARK Schools, an independent school network that she started in 2012 with Ryan Harrison. They believed that an innovative approach could disrupt the crisis in South African education and dedicated themselves to creating a new model that would provide access to high quality education for all.  The network keeps school fees as low as possible. Despite this, the network has schools rated among the top 10 private schools in Johannesburg.

Charles Sidambe
31 May 2018

Tutu Fellow Hopewell Chin’ono, is set to premiere a new documentary film entitled State of Mind in Harare in June 2018. The film by the award-winning Zimbabwean journalist and documentary filmmaker highlights an untold story of how Zimbabweans address mental illness in their communities.

State of Mind will launch in Harare with an introduction by Graca Machel.

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About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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