Dr Mandisa Malinga

Dr Mandisa Malinga 

Ph.D. (University of South Africa)


Background and research interests

Mandisa recently completed her PhD at the University of South Africa. During her studies, she held a split-site Commonwealth doctoral scholarship which covered a twelve months visit at the University of York’s Centre for Women’s Studies, United Kingdom. Mandisa’s PhD research project titled ‘Precarious employment and fathering practices among African men’ explored constructions of fatherhood and masculinities among men who look for work on the side of the road in South Africa and how this type of work(seeking) impacts on their roles as fathers. Her research interests include identity (gender and race), positive psychology, violence and trauma, family studies and fatherhood, as well as labour market changes and labour policies.

Teaching responsibilities

  • Social Psychology & Intergroup Relations
  • First year Qualitative Research Methods and introduction to Social Psychology
  • Second year Qualitative Research Methods



  • Malinga, M., & Ratele, K. (2016). “It’s cultivated, grown, packaged and sold with a price tag”: Young black men’s constructions of masculinity. Culture, Society & Masculinities, 8(2), 100-117.
  • Malinga, M., & Ratele, K. (2014).'It has changed me from the person that I was before': Love and the construction of young black masculinities. In Petrella, S. (Ed.), Doing gender, doing Love: Interdisciplinary voices. United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Adams, S., Savahl, S., Carels, C., Isaacs, S., Brown, Q., Malinga, M., Monageng, B., & Zozulya, M. (2014). Alcohol consumption and risky sexual behaviour amongst young adults in a low-income community in Cape Town. Journal of Substance Use,19(1-2), 118-124.


Conference presentations

  • Malinga, M. “Awuboyiki oTata”: Cross-gender interviews and Xhosa masculinities. African boys, men and masculinities reimagined. University of the Western Cape, 4 May 2016.
  • Malinga, M. Precarious employment and fathering practices: The experience and challenges of conducting fieldwork with men on the side of the road. Sisterhood in action: Supporting each other’s research. Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York, United Kingdom, 11 February 2015.
  • Malinga, M. Inequality and the stereotyping of young black men. Paper presented at the Young people engaging in/for non-violence and equality: Challenges, opportunities and constraints colloquium. STIAS, University of Stellenbosch, 29-30 September 2014.
  • Malinga, M. Precarious employment and fathering practices in South Africa. Paper presented at the 19TH South African Psychology Congress. Emperors Palace (Johannesburg), 24-27 September 2013.
  • Malinga, M. “We know what love is because the media tells us what it is”: A critical-empathic exploration of love, sex, happiness and money in young black men’s accounts of masculinity. Paper presented at the IX International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society Conference. Buenos Aires (Argentina), 28-31 August 2013.
  • Malinga, M. Love and the construction of young black masculinity. Paper presented at the 2ND Global Interdisciplinary Gender and Love Conference. Mansfield College (Oxford, United Kingdom), 25-27 September 2012.
  • Malinga, M. Julius Malema, Khanyi Mbau, and Patrice Motsepe: Consuming Media Representations of love and happiness in the making of good black men. Paper presented at the Work/Force: Masculinity in the Media Conference. Stellenbosch University, 13-14 September 2012.
  • Malinga, M. Love and happiness in young black men’s lives. Paper presented at the 30TH International Congress of Psychology (ICP). CTICC (Cape Town, South Africa), 22-27 July 2012.


Invited presentations

  • Malinga, M. (2016). Men, masculinity and gendered liberation. UNISA Annual Doctoral and Post-doctoral Summer School, 31 October – 4 November 2016. Unisa Science Campus, Johannesburg
  • Malinga, M. Fathering practices of precariously employed (South) African men? Invited paper presented at The challenges and promises of researching fathering in South Africa workshop by Stellenbosch University. South African Medical Research Council Conference Centre, 17 November 2014.


Contact details

Tel: +2721 650 4997
Room Number: 3.16
Email Address: Mandisa.malinga@uct.ac.za