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Dr Ndidzulafhi Innocent Sinthumule

Senior Lecturer
Name: Dr Ndidzulafhi Innocent Sinthumule
Location: D3 Lab 329 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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Tel: +27 (0) 11 559 3810


About Dr 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., & 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 Research, 1-12.
  • 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.

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.I2018. 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.


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