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Mzwandile Sobantu

Senior Lecturer
Name: Mzwandile Sobantu
Location: C-Ring 617 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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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 and Human Settlements 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 Gauteng Department of Social Development. He teaches Social Development Issues and Advanced Group Work at third year and a module on Social Development for Community Change at Masters level. He is also actively involved in supervising MA and doctoral students on 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.


Sobantu, M., & Noyoo, N. (2022). Housing, social development and human rights in South Africa. African Journal of Development Studies, 12(3), 233-253.

Sobantu, M. (2022). Social rental housing and empowerment: Voices of beneficiaries from Gauteng, South Africa. Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development, 34(2), 1-15.

Sobantu, M, & Noyoo, N. (2022). Impact of housing location on older persons’ perceptions of safety, privacy and psychosocial wellbeing in Alexander, North of Johannesburg. Journal of Human Ecology, 78(1-3), 37-47.

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 Issues42(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 Work55(3), 284-300.