Department of Communication and Media Academic Staff

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ShanadeProf Shanade Barnabas
Associate Professor and Head of Department
Location: B-Ring 6 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

Contact Details:
Tel: +27 011 559 4918

Email: sbbarnabas@uj.ac.za

Shanade Bianca Barnabas is an NRF Y rated scholar, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Communication and Media Studies. Her research is at the juncture of culture, indigeneity and heritage. Since 2008, she has conducted research together with the !Xun and Khwe San communities of South Africa’s Northern Cape province, publishing book chapters and journal articles on issues of heritage, indigeneity, and marginality as experienced by these communities.
SifisoDr Sifiso Mnisi
Senior Lecturer and Head of School

Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 4527

Email: sifisoz@uj.ac.za

Sifiso Mnisi is a senior a lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Johannesburg. He has PhD in Communication Studies which focused on youth subcultures of consumption in South African townships.

He has a wealth of experience in higher education both in the private and public higher education institutions spanning over 10 years. Prior to returning to UJ in 2021, Sifiso worked as Deputy Dean: Research at another institution of higher education. He has attended and presented research papers at a number of local and international conferences. Sifiso is a member of many professional bodies in South Africa and abroad these include amongst others: The South African Communications Association, South African Private Higher Education Association, the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), and The Golden Key International Honour Society.

NicoleProf Nicole Stremlau
Reseach Professor
Location: B Ring 604 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 7242

Email: nstremlau@uj.ac.za

Nicole Stremlau is Research Professor in the Humanities at the University of Johannesburg and she is Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on media and conflict, particularly in the Horn of Africa. Stremlau is currently working on a book examining new technologies and innovation in Somalia and Somaliland. She is the recipient of a 1.5 million euro European Research Council grant that examines questions around social media and migration and her research and work has also been funded by the Open Society Foundations, Google, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the United Nations, among others.
SerahProf Sarah Chiumbu
Associate Professor
Location: B Ring 604A Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 2809

Email: sarahc@uj.ac.za

Prof Sarah H Chiumbu is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at the University of Johannesburg. Before joining the University of Johannesburg, she was Senior Research Specialist in the Human and Social Development Research Programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). She also spent 7 years the University of Witwatersrand where she was a senior lecturer in media and communication studies. She holds a PhD and MA in media studies from the University of Oslo, Norway.
JaneProf Jane Duncan
Professor
Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 3776

Email: jduncan@uj.ac.za

Prof Duncan holds a PhD from the Wits School of the Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, as well as a MA, Honours and BA in Fine Arts from the same university. She joined academia in 2009. Before joining UJ, she held the Chair in Media and Information Society in the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, which was her first academic post. She was also co-Director of the Highway Africa Centre, devoted to promoting digital media in Africa.
Prof Ylva Rodny GurnedeProf. Ylva Rodny-Gumede
Professor and Senior Director
International House, Madibeng Ground Floor Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

Contact Details:
Tel: 011-559-4446
Fax: 011-559-4447

Professor Ylva Rodny-Gumede is the Head of the Division for Internationalisation and a Professor in the School of Communication at the University of Johannesburg. She is also a Senior Associate Researcher with the Stanhope Centre for International Communications Policy Research at the London School of Economics and the Senior Leader for the University at Universitas 21. She holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University as well as an MA degree in Politics from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and an MA in Journalism from Cardiff University in the U.K. She also holds a diploma in Marketing and Business Communication from the Institute of International Education in Stockholm.
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Elna Rossouw
Dr Elna Rossouw 
Senior Lecturer

Location: B Ring 607A Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 3434

Email: erossouw@uj.ac.za

Elna completed her BA Communication (1977) and BA Honours in Communication (1978) at RAU, the predecessor of UJ.

In 1979, she joined Beeld newspaper and three years later became the only permanent feature writer for Sarie magazine in Johannesburg. She resigned in 1987 to raise a family and start a freelance career in journalism, contributing to various South African consumer magazines and business-to-business publications. In 1991, she joined Rooi Rose magazine as supplements’ editor, and was later promoted to managing editor.

VaronaDr Varona Sathiyah
Lecturer
Location: B-Ring 628 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

Contact Details:
Tel: +27 (0)11 559 2743

Email: varonas@uj.ac.za

I am a lecturer at the Department of Communication Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. I have worked in the publishing industry as the editorial coordinator of an internationally accredited academic journal titled: Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies. I have presented seminars on indigenous tourism practices as economic survival strategies at national and international conferences. My thesis is titled: “Cultural tourism and representation strategies in the South African context: a case study of the Baleni and Fundudzi cultural camps on the Limpopo African Ivory Route”. My specific interest is in how indigenous communities construct their identities and representation of cultural practices for heritage and tourism purposes.
ShelleyDr Shelley Barry
Senior Lecturer
Location: B 5 Building 164 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 2664

Email: sbarry@uj.ac.za

Shelley was awarded a full scholarship from the Ford Foundation to study towards her Master of Fine Arts in Film in the United States and graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2006. Her films span across genres and are largely experimental in style. She often shoots her own films, exploring the aesthetics of cinematography from the perspective of a wheelchair user. Screenings of her work have been held at major festivals and events around the world and been acquired by television, including MTV, DUTV and WYBE in the U.S and SABC and etv in South Africa. New York University is one of the international libraries that has purchased her work.
AdmireProf. Admire Mare
Associate Professor
Location: B Ring 603 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 2657

Email: amare@uj.ac.za

Admire Mare is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also a Research Fellow at the African Centre for the Study of the United States, University of the Witwatersrand. Prior to his latest appointments, he was an Associate Professor and a Deputy Head of Department: Communication at the Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek. He currently leads the international research project ‘Social Media, Misinformation and Elections in Kenya and Zimbabwe’ (SoMeKeZi) funded by the Social Science Research Council (2019-2022).
OssieProf Oswelled Ureke
Senior Lecturer
B Ring 708A, APK
+27 (0) 11 559 4942
Oswelled Ureke is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). He teaches theory and applied courses in journalism, film and television studies and digital media production. He also supervises post-graduate students in the broad areas of audio-visual communication and journalism. Oswelled was previously a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, Communication, Film and Theatre Arts at Midlands State University, Zimbabwe. He holds a PhD in Cultural and Media Studies from the University of KwaZulu Natal’s (UKZN) Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS). He is a former University of Cape Town (UCT) African Filmmaking Fellow (AFF) and former UJ Global Excellence and Stature (GES) post-doctoral research fellow. Oswelled’s research interests combine practical and theoretical elements of screen media production and study, journalism as well as political economy of the media.
Prof Mariekie Burger
Associate Professor
Location: B-Ring 631 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 2125

Email: mburger@uj.ac.za

Mariekie Burger currently lectures courses in global communication and social change in the Communication Studies at the University of Johannesburg. Her research interest falls on identity expressions in a range of communicative instances. In line with the participatory turn, much of her research focuses on how people express, or agentically engage with their identity online, offline and in the mass media. This interest she has extended to health communication (especial HIV/Aids communication) by arguing that instead of instead of campaign-based persuasion a key point of curbing the spread of the virus could be to strengthen existing community-based efforts ‘from below’. Similarly she has made a case for companies’ social engagement and universities’ social engagement ‘from below’.
Dr Antoinette Hoffman
Lecturer

Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 2808

Email: amhoffman@uj.ac.za

Department of Communication and Media Contract Lecturers

SylviaSylvia E. Vollenhoven
Professor of Practice
Location: B-Ring 603A Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

Contact Details:
Tel: +27 (0) 11 559 7253

Email: svollenhoven@uj.ac.za

AimeeMrs. Aimee Viljoen-Stroebel
Lecturer
Location: B Ring 6 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Contact Details:
Tel: 0118838528

Email: aviljoen@uj.ac.za

Allen Munoriyarwa PictureDr Allen Munoriyarwa
Lecturer
Location: B Ring 604 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

Contact Details:
Tel: 0115594112

Email: allenm@uj.ac.za

Department of Communication and Media Administrative Staff 

ThembiMs Thembile Gumbi
Departmental Secretary
Location: B Ring 6 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 4526

Email: itgumbi@uj.ac.za

SinakhoSinakhokonke Ncongwane
Administrative Assistant
Location: B Ring 6 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 4327

Email: sinakhokonken@uj.ac.za

EnockMr Enoch Mabona
Studio Manager
Location: B 5 – 166 Studio Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 3290

Email: emmabona@uj.ac.za

MafaMr Mafa Sikhafungana
General Assistant
Location: B5 Studio Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

Contact Details:
Tel: 011 599 2664

Email: mafas@uj.ac.za