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Associate Professor
Name: Siphelo Ngcwangu
Location: C Ring 629 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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About Prof Siphelo Ngcwangu


Siphelo Ngcwangu is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg. He completed his Doctoral studies in 2016 focusing on the role of labour, business and the state in the making of South Africa’s skills development regime. His hobbies are golf, hiking and soccer.


PhD, Sociology, University of Johannesburg

MA, Development Studies, University of the Western Cape

MA, Sociology, Colorado State University

BA, Development Studies University of Western the Cape National Diploma, Human Resources Management, Port Elizabeth Technikon

Research interests

  • Sociology of Work
  • Skills development
  • Political economy
  • Trade unions
  • Education


Ngcwangu, S. 2023. The politics of researching a familiar field: research on youth unemployment in Daveyton township, South Africa, International Journal of Social Research Methodology,

Ngcwangu, S. 2023. Trade Unions, Technology and Skills In Tshoaedi M, Bischoff C and Bezuidenhout A (Eds), Labour Disrupted: Reflections on the Future of Work in South Africa (pp 117-132), Wits University Press, Johannesburg

Ngcwangu, S. 2023. Skill and Deskilling in Two Automotive Assembly Plants in South Africa. Qualitative Sociology Review, 19(1):102-121.

Ngcwangu, S. 2022. Researching the public good: Reflections on experiences of doing research on higher education and the public good in South Africa. International Journal of African Higher Education, 20(2): 213-232.

Mahlangu P, Meintjies C & Ngcwangu S. 2022. A purposeful multi-stakeholder learning dialogue (PMSLD) approach to mitigate high-conflict collective bargaining, 41 (2):118-134.

Ngcwangu, S. 2022. “Problematising the notion of a social compact in a university-community relationship: Towards a ‘thick’ conception”. In Fingwa, S.N., Luescher, T.M., Mtawa, N.N., and Mataga, J. (eds). Universities, Society and Development: African Perspectives of University Community Engagement in Secondary Cities. Sun Press.

Ngcwangu, S. 2020. Ex-Mineworkers and new skills: contradictory perspectives of stakeholders, African Sociological Review, 24(2): 77-102.

Ngcwangu S. 2019. Skills Development and TVET Policies in South Africa: The Human Capabilities Approach, Handbook of Vocational Education and Training: Developments in the Changing World of Work, McGrath S, Mulder M , Papier J and Stuart R.,(eds). London: Springer Nature

Oanda I & Ngcwangu S. 2018. Destination and outcome trends for graduates from sub-Saharan African countries: Implications for South Africa, In Higher Education Pathways: South African Undergraduate Education and the Public Good., Ashwin P and Case J., (eds). Cape Town: African Minds, pp 260-273

Ngcwangu S. 2014. Skills development in post-apartheid South Africa: Issues, Arguments and Contestations. In Education, the Economy and Society. Motala E and Vally S., (eds). Pretoria: Unisa , pp 244-264

Ngcwangu, S, and Balwanz, D. 2016. Seven problems with the ‘scarce skills’ discourse in South Africa, South African Journal of Higher Education (SAJHE), 30,(2): 31-52

Ngcwangu S. 2014. Higher Education and Training 20 years into democracy: an essay. In Liberation Diaries Reflections of 20 Years of Democracy., Ngcaweni B (ed). Auckland Park, Jacana Press: pp 295-301