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Dr Siphelo Ngcwangu

Dr Siphelo Ngcwangu
Department of Sociology
Senior Lecturer

Contact Details
C Ring 629
+27 (0)11 559 3706
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

For full CV please click here S NGCWANGU.pdf 


Siphelo Ngcwangu is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg. He completed his Doctoral studies in 2016 focussing on the role of labour, business and the state in the making of South Africa’s skills development regime. His hobbies are golf, hiking and soccer. 


PhD, Sociology, University of Johannesburg
MA, Development Studies, University of the Western Cape
MA, Sociology, Colorado State University
BA, Development Studies University of Western the Cape
National Diploma, Human Resources Management, Port Elizabeth Technikon

Research interests

  • Sociology of Work 
  • Skills development
  • Political economy
  • Trade unions
  • Education


Ngcwangu, S. 2020. Ex-Mineworkers and new skills: contradictory perspectives of stakeholders, African Sociological Review, 24(2): 77-102.  

Ngcwangu S. 2019. Skills Development and TVET Policies in South Africa: The Human Capabilities Approach, Handbook of Vocational Education and Training: Developments in the Changing World of Work, McGrath S, Mulder M , Papier J and Stuart R.,(eds). London: Springer Nature

Oanda I & Ngcwangu S. 2018. Destination and outcome trends for graduates from sub-Saharan African countries: Implications for South Africa, In Higher Education Pathways: South African Undergraduate Education and the Public Good., Ashwin P and Case J., (eds). Cape Town: African Minds, pp 260-273 

Ngcwangu S. 2014. Skills development in post-apartheid South Africa: Issues, Arguments and Contestations. In Education, the Economy and Society. Motala E and Vally S., (eds). Pretoria: Unisa , pp 244-264

Ngcwangu, S, and Balwanz, D. 2016. Seven problems with the ‘scarce skills’ discourse in South Africa, South African Journal of Higher Education (SAJHE), 30,(2): 31-52

Ngcwangu S. 2014. Higher Education and Training 20 years into democracy: an essay. In Liberation Diaries Reflections of 20 Years of Democracy., Ngcaweni B (ed). Auckland Park, Jacana Press: pp 295-301