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Associate Professor
Name: Musawenkosi Saurombe
Location: D Ring 409 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Industrial Psychology and People Management Academic Staff  Staff Members

Contact Details:
Tel: +27 (0)11 559 4593


About Prof Musawenkosi Saurombe

Prof. Musawenkosi Donia Saurombe became a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Psychology in 2017, breaking an astounding academic record of becoming the youngest female Ph.D. graduate in Africa, at 23. Prof. Saurombe previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the North-West University and later as a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Free State Bloemfontein. She joined the University of Johannesburg in 2021 and was promoted to Associate Professor at the UJ in 2022. Prof. Saurombe lectures courses in Human Resource Management and Industrial Psychology and supervises postgraduate research. She is also known for the work she does as a civic innovator, particularly concerning women and youth.

Highest Qualification: Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology

Research Interests:  Dr. Musa’s research interests are mainly, talent and performance management, talent management of academic staff, women talent, the psychological contract, and employee value proposition.

Awards and Scholarships:

  • Emerging Psychologist of the Year, SIOPSA (Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa), July 2017
  • Award of Honour, BRICS International Forum, New Delhi, India, March 2018
  • Track Chair Award, Academy of World Business, Marketing and Management Development Conference, Athens, Greece, July 2018
  • “Women of First” Bring Her Up Award, Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute in collaboration with The National Heritage Council (SA), Freedom Park Pretoria, August 2018
  • 2018 Class of 100 Most Influential Young Africans, Africa Youth Awards, September 2018
  • CEO’s Award, IPM Youth Leader of Year 2018, Institute of People Management (IPM), October 2018
  • SADC Top 100 of 2018,TYI (The Young Independents) 100 Awards, December 2018
  • 200 Young South Africans 2019, Mail & Guardian, June 2019
  • Golden Key International Society Honourary Member Recognition NWU, August 2019
  • Golden Key International Society Honourary Member Recognition UFS, October 2020
  • Featured in documentary/film: The life and legacy of liberation icon; Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke, October 2021
  • Featured in the 3RD Women’s Legacy Series by the Department of Basic Education; digital version of publication available on the South African History Online (SAHO), October 2021
  • Nominated for the Positive Role Model Award at the Accenture 10th Gender Mainstreaming Awards, July 2022

Recent Publications (2020-2022):

  • Ngobeni, D.A., Saurombe, M.D., & Joseph, R.M. (2022). The influence of the psychological contract on employee engagement in a South African bank. Frontiers in Psychology-Organisational Psychology.
  • Zinatsa, F., & Saurombe, M.D. (2022). A framework for the labour market integration of female accompanying spouses in South Africa. South African Journal of Industrial Psychology.
  • Zinatsa, F., & Saurombe, M.D. (2022). Self-governing strategies of tied migrants in the South African labour market. Journal of Global Business and Technology, 18(1), 40-55.
  • Zinatsa, F., & Saurombe, M.D. (2022). Tied Migrant Labour Market Integration: deconstructing labour market subjectivities in South Africa. Frontiers in Psychology-Gender, Sex and Sexualities.
  • Saurombe, M.D., & Barkhuizen, E.N. (2022).  Talent Management Practices and Work-related Outcomes for South African Academic Staff. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 32(1).
  • Shingenge, S.N., & Saurombe, M.D. (2022). Leadership Mindset Regarding Talent Management Practices: A Case Study of Windhoek City Council. South African Journal of Human Resource Management, 20.
  • Swanepoel, K., & Saurombe, M.D. (2022). The significance of an employee value proposition in the retention of teachers at selected South African private schools. South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, 25(1).
  • Magagula, K., Maziriri, E., & Saurombe, M. (2020). Am I ready for the job market? Navigating on the precursors of work readiness among students in Johannesburg. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, 46(11).
  • Saurombe, MD., & Barkhuizen, E.N. (2020).  A Talent Value Proposition Framework for Academic Staff in a South African HEI. Journal of Global Business and Technology, 16(2), 85-102.