Nobukhosi Ngwenya

Nobukhosi Ngwenya

Junior Research Fellow



I am a Junior Research Fellow in the PEAK Urban programme, working specifically on Analysing Human Settlements Transformation in Cape Town, with Liza Rose Cirolia and Warren Smit. My research interests are centred on urban morphology and transformation. I focus on community-based (read citizen) planning and development of human settlements, namely informal land occupations, which have the potential to transform South Africa’s urban fabric. In particular, I examine the strategies used by informal land occupiers to claim, and sustain their claims, to vacant and/or under-utilised land and buildings in Cape Town. In so doing, my research examines the interconnections between the land question and questions of identity, citizenship and belonging historically and in the present.

I hold the following degrees: a Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSci) with majors in Psychology and Sociology (UCT); a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Development Studies (UCT); a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Development Studies (UCT), and; a Master of City and Regional Planning (UCT). I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics.

  • Rabkin, N.N., Rosenberg, M., Ngwenya, N., Petersen, A., Kay, N., van der Berg, H., Shaikh, M., East, C., Chitapi, S., Maritz, A., Kritinger, M., Kaplan, J., Jackson, M., Myers, L., LEtang, Harding, J., Dayaram, C., Torien, T. (31 July 2013). Housing is important but not at the expense of the environmental value of Philippi. Cape Times. Cape Town: Independent Newspaper Group.
  • Ngwenya, N. (April 2014). 20 years on, it’s still a long way to go for city planning in South Africa. Available: