Njabulo S Ndebele

About Njabulo S Ndebele

A respected South African writer and academic, Njabulo S Ndebele‘s opinion is highly sought after as a thought leader in the realms of higher education and public discourse in South Africa. His distinguished academic career includes his current role as chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, former roles of vice-chancellor of the universities of Cape Town and the North, and resident scholar at the Ford Foundation’s headquarters in New York.

He is the author of several works of fiction, including Fools and Other Stories and The Cry of Winnie Mandela, as well as numerous works of non-fiction, most notably the influential South African Literature and Culture: Rediscovery of the Ordinary. Njabulo has also devoted himself to public service in his positions as chair of the Human Sciences Research Council, chair of the Southern African Regional Universities Association and president of the Association of African Universities among many others.

Njabulo is on the board of trustees of the Nelson Mandela and Mandela-Rhodes Foundations and is the chairman of the board of the Cape Town Partnership.

Recent Posts

Message from the board of Cape Town Partnership
31 July 2017

The board of the Cape Town Partnership (CTP) reviewed the work and impact of the organisation over the time of its establishment seventeen years ago. The relationship between the CTP and the City of Cape Town over that time yielded extraordinary benefits for Cape Town and its peoples. Recently, the City decided to no longer

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The how of an inclusive Cape Town
14 October 2014

The continued revival of the inner city will be stunted unless it is supported by the development of the surrounding communities, which will inject more vigour and creativity into its veins, believes Professor Njabulo S Ndebele, chairperson of the Cape Town Partnership board. Written in 2007 for the Cape Argus newspaper already,  the message of this revised essay remains

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