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Dr Ndidzulafhi Innocent Sinthumule

Associate Professor
Name: Prof Ndidzulafhi Innocent Sinthumule
Location: D3 Lab 329 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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Tel: +27 (0) 11 559 3810


About Prof Ndidzulafhi Innocent Sinthumule

Research Interests

  • Transfrontier conservation
  •  Environmental conservation and society
  •  Border studies
  • Environmental geography
  • Land reform
  • Political ecology
  • Traditional ecological knowledge


  •  PhD (UCT)

 Teaching Responsibilities

  • Introduction to Human Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Research Methodology
  • Ethics, Justice and the SA Environment
  • Environmental Management 1: The Biosphere and Environment

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Sinthumule, N. I. (2023). Traditional ecological knowledge and its role in biodiversity conservation: a systematic review. Frontiers in Environmental Science11, 1164900.
  • Sinthumule, N. I. (2022). Gender and sacred natural sites: The role of women in sacred sites protection and management in Vhembe region, Limpopo Province of South Africa. Global Ecology and Conservation35, e02099.
  • Sinthumule, N. I., & Netshisaulu, K. H. (2022). Wetland Resource Use and Conservation Attitudes of Rural vs. Urban Dwellers: A Comparative Analysis in Thohoyandou, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Water14(8), 1290.
  • Sinthumule, N. I. (2022). Conservation Effects of Governance and Management of Sacred Natural Sites: Lessons from Vhutanda in the Vhembe Region, Limpopo Province of South Africa. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health19(3), 1067.
  • Sinthumule, N.I. (2121). An analysis of communities’ attitudes towards wetlands and implications for sustainability, Global Ecology and Conservation, 27, e01604.
  • Sinthumule, N. I. (2021). Window of Economic Opportunity or Door of Exclusion? Nandoni Dam and Its Local Communities. Sustainability, 13, 2502.
  • Sinthumule, N.I. (2021). Municipal border disputes in Vhembe district municipality, Limpopo province of South Africa, African Geographical Review,40(4), 339-352.
  • Sinthumule, N. I., Mugwena, T., & Rabumbulu, M. (2021). The Conflict between Preserving a ‘Sacred Natural Site’and Exploiting Nature for Commercial Gain: Evidence from Phiphidi Waterfall in South Africa. Sustainability13(18), 10476.
  • Munyati, C., & Sinthumule, N. I. (2021). Comparative suitability of ordinary kriging and Inverse Distance Weighted interpolation for indicating intactness gradients on threatened savannah woodland and forest stands. Environmental and Sustainability Indicators, 100151
  • Sinthumule, N. I., & Mashau, M. L. (2020). Traditional ecological knowledge and practices for forest conservation in Thathe Vondo in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Global Ecology and Conservation, e00910.
  • Sinthumule, N. I. (2020). Borders and border people in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier. Landscape Research45(3), 280–291
  • Sinthumule, N. I., Ratshivhadelo, T., & Nelwamondo, T. (2020). Stakeholder perspectives on land-use conflicts in the South African section of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area. Journal of Land Use Science, 15(1) 11–24
  • Sinthumule, N. I. (2019). Borders and border people in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier. Landscape Research, 1–12.
  • Sinthumule, N. I. & Mudau, N. V. (2019). Participatory approach to flood disaster management in Thohoyandou. Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies11(3), 7.
  • Hoogendoorn, G., Kelso, C., & Sinthumule, I. (2019). Tourism in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park: a review, African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, 8 (5), 1-15.
  • Sinthumule, N.I. & Mzamani M.C.L (2019). Communities and Conservation: Marula trees (Sclerocarya birrea subsp. caffraunder communal management at Matiyane village, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Tropical Conservation Science.
  • Sinthumule, N.I. & Mkumbuzi S.H. (2019). Participation in community-based solid waste management in Nkulumane Suburb, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Resources 8(1), 30.
  • Sinthumule, N. I., & Mashau, M. L. (2019). Attitudes of Local Communities towards Marula Tree (Sclerocarya birrea subsp. caffra) Conservation at the Villages of Ha-Mashau and Ha-Mashamba in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Resources8(1), 22.
  • Sinthumule, N.I. (2018). Stakeholder perspectives on tourism development in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier, African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, 7(5), 1-11.
  • Sinthumule, N.I., (2018). Conservation, Displacement and Social Injustice at the South African Section of Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier. Development and Society47(2), pp.261-284.
  • Sinthumule, N.I., (2017). Resistance against conservation at the South African section of Greater Mapungubwe (trans) frontier. Africa Spectrum52(2), pp.53-77.
  • Sinthumule, N.I., (2017). Unfulfilled Promises: An Exposition of Conservation in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier. Africa Today64(1), pp.55-73.
  • Ramutsindela, M., and Sinthumule, I., (2017). Property and difference in nature conservation. Geographical Review107(3), pp.415-432.
  • Sinthumule, N.I., (2016). Multiple-land use practices in transfrontier conservation areas: the case of Greater Mapungubwe straddling parts of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series34(34), pp.103-115.
  • Munyati, C. and Sinthumule, N.I., (2016). Change in woody cover at representative sites in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, based on historical imagery. SpringerPlus5(1), pp.1417.
  • Sinthumule, N.I., (2015). An evaluation of the performance of tourism at Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa, African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, 4(1), pp. 1-13.
  • Sinthumule, N.I. and Munyati, C., (2014). Quantifying savanna woody cover in the field and on historical imagery: A methodological analysis. South African Journal of Geomatics3(2), pp.113-127.
  • Munyati, C. and Sinthumule, N.I., (2014). Cover gradients and the forest-community frontier: Indigenous forests under communal management at Vondo and Xanthia, South Africa. Journal of sustainable forestry33(8), pp.757-775.
  • Munyati, C. and Sinthumule, N.I., (2013). Assessing change in woody vegetation cover in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, using spectral mixture analysis of a Landsat TM image time series. International journal of environmental studies70(1), pp.94-110.
  • Lenggenhager, L, Akawa, M, Miescher, G, Nghitevelekwa, R., Sinthumule, N.I. (eds) (2023). The Lower !Garib – Orange River: Pasts and Presents of a Southern African Border Region. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Germany.

Book chapters

  • Sinthumule, N.I., 2016. Local community disempowerment at the (Trans)frontier, in Ramutsindela M., Miescher G., and Boehi M. (eds) The Politics of Nature and Science in Southern Africa, Basler Afrika Bibliographien.
  • Sinthumule, N.I. & Ramutsindela, M., 2014. Bordering the transfrontier: Conservation and borders in transnational context, in Ramutsindela M. (ed), Cartographies of Nature: How nature conservation animates borders, Cambridge Scholar Publishing.


Peer-reviewed conference proceedings

  • Sinthumule, N.I. (2018). The Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier: The project in Limbo? Proceedings of the Biannual Conference of the Society of South African Geographers, University of Free State (1 to 5 October 2018). ISBN: 978 0 86886 852 3.
  • Sinthumule, N.I., (2016). Contested land in peace parks: The case of Greater Mapungubwe. Proceedings of the Centenary Conference of the Society of South African Geographers, Stellenbosch (25-28 September 2016). ISBN: 978-0-7972-1610-5.
  • Munyati, C. and Sinthumule, N.I., (2015), July. Assessing woody vegetation cover dynamics in the Kruger National Park, South Africa: Linking historical aerial photographs and spot imagery. In Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2015 IEEE International (pp. 4240-4243). IEEE
  • Sinthumule, N.I., (2006). A comparative analysis of the pattern and effects of wetland utilization in urban versus rural areas of Thohoyandou, Limpopo Province, International Map Africa Conference Proceeding 20-22, 2006, Johannesburg, South Africa.


Official Report

  • Ramutsindela, M. Davis, N. and Sinthumule, I (2016). Diagnostic Report on Land Reform in South Africa, Commissioned report for High-Level Panel on the assessment of key legislation and the acceleration of fundamental change, an initiative of the Parliament of South Africa, Parliament of South Africa.