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Prof Gilbert Motsaathebe

Prof Gilbert Motsaathebe
Department of Communication and Media
Associate Professor

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Gilbert Motsaathebe has a long history spanning over 25 years in academia, media practice and organizational communication.  He received his PhD in Media Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has lived and worked in countries as diverse as Japan, India, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa (Communicare). He also serves as an Extraordinary Professor at the North-West University. Prior to joining academia, he worked as a News Producer for television stations such as Bop Television, SABC and e-TV, before working as Manager of Media Relations in the Office of the Premier, North West Provincial Government. He serves on editorial boards of several international journals and has published numerous academic articles in top-notch journals and eight books across different genres.

 

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=r6F0tk4AAAAJ&hl=en

Orcid:  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8681-6945

Research interests: (in keywords)

Recent publications:

Journal articles & book chapters

  • Motsaathebe, G and Chiumbu S. (2021) Navigating the digital milieu in the context of Television in Africa: A synchronic Appraisal of the disjunctures, continuities and prospects, in Motsaathebe, G and Chiumbu S. (Eds.) Television in Africa in the Digital Age, Palgrave, pp01-12
  • Motsaathebe, G and Chiumbu S. (2021) Exodus, Access and Inequalities: The impact of digital migration in least developed countries of Africa, in Motsaathebe, G and Chiumbu S. (Eds.) Television in Africa in the Digital Age: Disjuncture, Palgrave, pp145-160
  • Motsaathebe, G and Chiumbu S. (2021) Closing remarks: looking back, looking foward, in Motsaathebe, G and Chiumbu S. (Eds.) Television in Africa in the Digital Age: Disjuncture, Palgrave, pp287-289
  • Motsaathebe, G and Tsware S. (2021) Implication of gatekeeping and the illusion of multiple voices on talk radio. In Chiumbu S and Motsaathebe, G (Eds) Public Life and Citizen Deliberation in South Africa, Rutledge,  pp251-266
  • Chiumbu S and Motsaathebe, G (2021) Translocal and liminal Identities: Reconfiguring religious community radio in South Africa, in Chiumbu S and Motsaathebe, G (Eds) Public Life and Citizen Deliberation in South Africa, Rutledge, pp69-83
  • Chiumbu S and Motsaathebe, G (2021) From Subject to Citizen: Building active citizenship through radio in South Africa, in Chiumbu S and Motsaathebe, G (Eds) Public Life and Citizen Deliberation in South Africa, Rutledge pp1-12
  • Motsaathebe, G and Chiumbu S. (2021) Navigating the digital milieu in the context of Television in Africa: A synchronic appraisal of the disjunctures, continuities and prospects, in Motsaathebe, G and Chiumbu S. (Eds.) Television in Africa in the Digital Age, Palgrave
  • Motsaathebe, G and Chiumbu S. (2021) Exodus, Access and Inequalities: The impact of digital migration in least developed countries of Africa, in Motsaathebe, G and Chiumbu S. (Eds.) Television in Africa in the Digital Age: Disjuncture, Palgrave
  • Motsaathebe, G (2021) Decolonisation in Higher Education in Africa, in Motsaathebe, G (ed) Education in Africa: Perspectives, Opportunities and Challenges, pp1-18
  • Motsaathebe, G (2021) Rhetoric, Orality and Embryonic Trends in Africa and Beyond, in Ige, J and Motsaathebe G,  (Eds.) Companion of African Rhetoric (forthcoming, Lexington Books)
  • Motsaathebe, G (2021) Language and Gender Identity In the Films of Chico Twala and Senyaka Kekana, In Ebrahim, H (ed). Cinematic Sidestreams in South Africa: Film Culture on the Margins, in press
  • Motsaathebe, G (2020) Re-imagining news values and labels of controversy with reference to political scandals, Communicatio: Journal of Communication Theory & Research,46(1)pp21-39
  • Motsaathebe, G (2021) Towards the decolonisation of higher education in Africa: An 8-point plan, African Journal of Rhetoric, 12(2) pp. 198 – 212 [DHET accredited]
  • Motsaathebe, G (2019) The Rhetoric of Decolonisation in Higher Education in Africa: Muse, Prescriptions and Prognosis, African Journal of Rhetoric, 11(4) pp. 36-63
  • Motsaathebe, G (2018) When the subaltern speaks: re-examining indigenous language media as alternative public sphere during colonial South Africa, Journal of African Media Studies. 10 (2):169-182[SCOPUS-indexed/DHET accredited]
  • Motsaathebe, G (2018) Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Reporting Corruption In African Media Environments, Journal of African Rhetoric, 41(4) pp.19-40 [DHET accredited]
  • Motsaathebe, G (2018) South African Cinema and its Depiction of Race, Gender and Class: Portrayal of Black Women in Post-Apartheid South African Films, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. 45(3) pp. 23-44 [ISI, IBSS and SCOPUS indexed]
  • Motsaathebe, G (2015) The Rise of Film Production and the Politics of the Star System in South Africa, Communicatio: Journal of Communication Theory & Research, 41(4) pp.444-558 [SCOPUS-indexed/DHET accredited]
  • Motsaathebe, G. (2014) Managing Ethics in African Media Environments. In Muvhungu, J and Picard, R. (eds). Media Management in the New Age: How managers lead media in Southern and Eastern Africa, pp. 78-99.
  • Motsaathebe, G. (2013) Revisiting the woman question in advertising. In Rotimi Williams Olatunji & Beatrice A. Laninhun (Eds.), Dimension of Advertising Theory and Practice in Africa (pp. 135-154). Dakar, Senegal: Amalion.
  • Motsaathebe, G. (2013) The status of book publishing in South Africa: Challenges and opportunities, In Lai Oso, Bayo Oloyede and Lanre Biobaku (eds). Book Publishing in Africa: Issues and Cases.
  • Motsaathebe, G (2012) The Use of Females as Sources of Information in SABC Newscasts, Delta Journal Abraka: The Journal of Communication and Media Research, 2(2) pp. 13-24.
  • Motsaathebe, G (2011) Journalism education and practice in South Africa and the discourse of the African Renaissance, Communicatio: Journal of Communication Theory & Research, 37(3) pp.381-397 [SCOPUS-indexed/DHET accredited]
  • Motsaathebe, G (2011) Book Publishing in Indigenous Languages in South Africa, Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems 10 (1) pp. 115-127 [DHET accredited]
  • Motsaathebe, G (2011) Passionate Detachment: Future Directions of Journalism Education in South Africa, Paradigms: Journal for Research and Debates into Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 16(1) pp.70-99. [DHET accredited]
  • Motsaathebe, G (2010) Language, Afrikology and the Tremor of the Political Moment: English as a Main Language of Discourse in Africa, Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IAJIKS) 9(1) pp. 96 -109. [DHET accredited]
  • Motsaathebe, G (2009) Gendered Roles, Images and Behavioural Patterns in the Soap Opera Generations, Journal of African Media Studies 1(3) pp.429-448.
  • Motsaathebe, G (2009) A Cursory Appraisal of Independent Films Produced By Women in Southern Africa. International Journal of Broadcasting and Communication Technology, 2(1) pp.111-138.

 

Books

1        Motsaathebe, G and Chiumbu S (2021) Television in Africa in the Digital Age, Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN: 978-3-030-68853-0

2        Chiumbu S and Motsaathebe, G (2021) Radio, Public Life and Citizen Deliberation in South Africa, Rutledge. ISBN 9780367436339

3        Motsaathebe, G (2021) Education in Africa: Perspectives, Opportunities and Challenges, Nova Publishers ISBN: 978-1-536-190434

4        Ige J, Ochieng O & Motsaathebe, G and (2021) Companion of African Rhetoric, Lexington Books.

5        Motsaathebe, G (2021) A Writing Handbook for Public Service Officials, Sage (forthcoming).

  1. Motsaathebe, G - Dark Leaves (under consideration for publication)

6        Motsaathebe, G (2020) The Art of Stupendous Success, Johannesburg: Ocho Publishers. ISBN 978-1-990-993503

7        Motsaathebe, G (2010)  Basadi Lwa Reng, Pretoria: Unisa Press (novel) ISBN  978-1-86888-647-7

8        Motsaathebe, G (2009) The Ultimate You, Bloomington, USA: iUniverse.  ISBN 978-1-440-196911