UKZN boasts first black woman PhD in town planning

Dr Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha, who was a PhD intern at the HSRC, is the first black woman to be awarded a doctorate in town planning at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her PhD concentrated on the persistence of spatial inequalities of service delivery in contemporary South Africa despite concerted efforts by the government to eliminate them.

Specific reference is made to Vhembe District Municipality in Limpopo, which ranks among the most deprived areas in the country. Her study pointed to prevailing spatial inequalities and concludes by recommending a sphere of spatial equality model that sets in motion dynamic responses in households and bureaucrats in a bid to eliminate spatial inequality.

Source: UKZN online newsletter