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Prof. Mandla Radebe

Associate Professor
Name: Mandla Radebe
Location: B Ring 614 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Department of Strategic Communication Staff  Staff Members

Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 3611


About Prof. Mandla Radebe

Qualifications: PhD (Media Studies), Wits University MA (Media Studies), Wits University BA Honours (Journalism & Media Studies), Wits University BSc. (Computer & Information Technology), Vista University Soweto Member of International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Chartered Public Relations Practitioner, CPRP   Overview/bio: Mandla J. Radebe is a communication professional with over two decades of work experience in industries such as Accounting & Auditing, Financial Services, Information and Communication Technology, Higher Education, Retail and Public Sector. Mandla has been involved in numerous policy formulation and development processes. Until December 2020, he was the Business Executive responsible for Communication and Stakeholder Management at the Auditor-General of South Africa. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Strategic Communication at the University of Johannesburg. Mandla is the author of ‘Constructing Hegemony: The South African Commercial Media and the (Mis)Representation of Nationalisation’, published by UKZN Press.   Research Interests: Key words / concepts

  • Economic development, inequality, and livelihoods
  • Critical Political Economy of Communication
  • Digital Capitalism and the Network Society
  • Marxist Theories of Economy, State and Society
  • Strategic communication

  Journal publications   

  • Radebe, M.J & Chiumbu, S.H & (2022) ‘Frames and marginalisation of counter-hegemonic voices: Media representation of the land debate in South Africa’ , Communicatio
  • Radebe M.J (2022). The Spirit behind the SACP: The International Socialist League and the formation of the Party. Nduvhuwo
  • Chiumbu, S.H & Radebe, M.J. (2020) ‘Towards a Decolonial Critical Political Economy of the Media: Some Initial Thoughts’, Communicatio, 46:1, 1-20
  • Radebe, M.J. (2021). ‘Defending non-racialism’, African Communist, 3rd & 4th Quarter 2020 Issue 203.
  • Radebe, M.J. (2020) ‘Communists’ role in alliance building’, African Communist, 1st and 2nd Quarter 2020. Issue Number 202.
  • Radebe, M.J. (2017) ‘Class analysis of the South African communications systems’, African Communist, 2nd Quarter 2017. Issue Number 195.

  Books and chapters in books  

  • Radebe, M.J. (2020) ‘Constructing Hegemony: The South African Commercial Media and the (Mis)Representation of Nationalisation’, UKZN Press.


  • Radebe, M.J. (2021). South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Media and Democracy in Destroying Democracy: Neoliberal Capitalism and the Rise of Authoritarian Politics’. Wits University Press.

  Recent conference/webinars participation 

  • Radebe, M.J. (2021). ‘Economic Justice during Covid-19: The Framing of the Poor by South Africa’s Online Media’. IAMCR Online 2021, hosted by United States International University – Africa, 11-15 July.
  • Radebe, M.J. (2021). ‘A tsunami of disinformation around the covid-19 vaccine’. UJ ISS, 01 April.
  • Radebe, M.J. (2021). ‘The Freedom Charter, Democracy and Freedom’. Ikwezi Conversation, 29 June.
  • Radebe, M.J. (2021). ‘Social media as an avenue to disseminate information’. IFK/GCIS, 29 July.
  • Radebe, M.J. (2021). ‘Percy Qoboza Memorial Lecture’. National Press Club’. 19 October.

Radebe, M.J. (2021). ‘The 100th Anniversary of the Communist