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Dr Andile Mayekiso

Dr Andile Mayekiso
Department of Anthropology

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BA (Rhodes University)\

BA Honours (Rhodes University)

Master of Arts in Development Studies (Sociology) - (Rhodes University and Maastricht University)

PhD in Social Anthropology (University of Cape Town)


Research Interests: Masculinities, youth cultures, HIV/AIDS, gender and sexuality, relationships, religious belief systems in Africa, indigenous knowledge systems and governance.

Andile is a lecturer at the University of Johannesburg in the department of Anthropology and Development Studies. He holds a doctoral degree in Social Anthropology obtained from the University of Cape Town. His thesis title: 'Ukuba yindoda kwelixesha' ('To be a man in these times'): Fatherhood, marginality and forms of life among young men in Gugulethu, Cape Town. His thesis examines how young, marginalised men in Gugulethu, a poor township in Cape Town, formulate their conceptions of fatherhood and fathering, and understand their roles and involvement with their children.

Before joining UJ, Andile worked as a project manager for a very large cohort study of an intervention in neighbourhoods of Khayelitsha and Mfuleni townships in Cape Town. This large randomized control trial focused on HIV & drug abuse prevention for South African men. He worked closely with researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

In 2008, he joined the Children's Institute of UCT as a researcher to conduct ethnographic fieldwork of infants' born to HIV-positive mothers in Gugulethu Township.


Selected Publications

Mayekiso, A & Mawere, M. 2018. Insecurities and ethical dilemmas of the filed: Reflections on insecurities and ethical dilemmas encountered by male researchers in a South African place'' In Development Naivety and Emergent Insecurities in a Monopolised World: The Politics and Sociology of Development in Contemporary Africa. Langaa RPCIG, Bamenda: Cameroon.

Kodi, B. A., Tomlinson, M., Mayekiso, A., Bantjes, J., van Heerden, A., Rotheram-Borus, M. J. 2017. Criterion Validity of Self-Reports of Alcohol, Cannabis, and Methamphetamine Use Among Young Men in Cape Town, South Africa.

Rotheram-Borus, M. J., Tomlinson, M., Mayekiso, A., Bantjes, J., Swendeman, D., Harris, D. M., & Weiss, R. E. 2017. Gender-specific HIV and substance abuse prevention strategies for South African men: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. Submitted.

Mayekiso, A & Mawere, M. 2015. Traditional Healers and Medicine in South Africa: A Quest for Legal and Scientific Recognition. In Between Rhetoric and Reality: The State and Use of Indigenous Knowledge in Post-Colonial Africa.

Mawere, M., & Mayekiso, A. 2014. Traditional leadership, democracy and social equality in Africa: The role of traditional leadership in emboldening social equality in South Africa: International Journal of Politics and Good Governance. International Journal of Politics and Good Governance: Volume 5, No. 5.3.