About Dr. Mzwandile Sobantu
Dr. Mzi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Community Development at the University of Johannesburg. He holds a PhD in Social Work, focusing on the intersection of housing and social development. He obtained his Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters in Housing (MBE Housing) degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. In addition, he completed a Certificate in Postgraduate Supervision from Rhodes University and an Advanced Certificate in Local Governance and Management from the University of Johannesburg. Prior to joining the university, he worked at both the NGO sector and government at the Department of Social Development. He teaches Social Development and Advanced Group Work in third year as well as Development Management at Masters level. He is also actively involved in supervising postgraduate students in their research. Dr Sobantu co-coordinates the second-year internship programme. His research niche, among others include housing, social development, social policy, vulnerable populations and urban livelihoods.
Noyoo, N., & Sobantu, M. (2022). Interrogating migrations and social transformations in Africa: A social work perspective. In R. Munck, T. Kleibl, M. de Carmo, & P. Dankova (Eds.), Migration and social transformation: Engaged perspectives (pp. 208-228). Dublin: Machdohnil Ltd.
Noyoo, N., Seepamore, B., Ncube, M., & Sobantu, M. (2021). Evolution of social welfare and social work in South Africa. In N. Noyoo (Ed.), Social welfare and social work in Southern Africa (pp. 195-219). Stellenbosch: African Sun Media.
Nkala, N., & Sobantu, M. (2021). Writing centres and social justice in higher education: Students’ voices in a higher education institution in Johannesburg, South Africa. African Journal of Social Work, 12(67-75).
Sobantu, M. (2021). Housing and women’s rights in Gauteng, South Africa: The role of social work in sharpening the focus. African Journal of Social Work, 11(1), 23-36.
Sobantu, M. (2021). Promoting healthy human relationships for older persons: A social development perspective. In N. Noyoo (Ed.), Promoting healthy human relationships in post-apartheid South Africa (pp. 99-110). Zurich: Springer International Publishing.
Sobantu, M. (2020). Housing and social development: Linking social and economic aspects of development through housing delivery. Social Development Issues, 42(2), 54-66.
Sobantu, M. (2020). Revisiting gender and housing: Housing as seen through the eyes of women in social rental housing in Gauteng, South Africa. Matskaaplike Werk/Social Work, 56(1), 63-77.
Noyoo, N., & Sobantu, M. (2019). Deconstructing and decolonising spatiality: Voluntary and affordable housing for a transforming Johannesburg. In M. T. Myambo (Ed.), Reversing urban spatiality (pp. 35-42). London: Routledge.
Sobantu, M., Zulu, N., & Maphosa, N. (2019). Housing as a basic human right: A reflection on South Africa. Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development, 31(1), 1-18.
Sobantu, M., & Nel, H. (2019). Voluntary housing delivery: The contribution of partnerships to the success of a community-based organisation (WASSUP) in Diepsloot low-income community, Johannesburg, South Africa. Matskaaplike Werk/Social Work, 55(3), 284-300.