Project Description


Naledi Modise

Naledi is a junior lecturer in Political Studies at North-West University, Mafikeng. She was a Harry Frank Guggenheim Research Fellow in 2012/2013. Currently, she is registered for a Master of International Politics with the North-West University and has research interests in political parties, party systems, and electoral behaviour.

Perspectives from the Periphery


Perspectives from the Periphery will be a research project that brings to life the stories of the working poor on the periphery of South Africa, with the aim of producing a book. The focus of the book will be on three sets of people considered to be the working poor (security guards, cashiers, and taxi drivers). The project will focus on six small towns, of which three are in the North West province and three are in the Northern Cape province, under the broad theme of understanding what democracy means and how the people interviewed experience it. The experiences of these people will be contrasted with inputs from the governing party, government officials, and representatives from opposition parties on what their aims have been for these areas, the current situation, and, finally, how their organisation intends to respond to the findings of the study.