Language teams – Phase 2


William Jiyana
MEd (Childhood Development Studies: Literacy Education in isiNdebele)
Lecturer: Faculty of Education, University of Mpumalanga

With lecturing responsibilities focused on IsiNdebele and Literacy Education for Foundation Phase pre-service teachers, his contribution to the development of IsiNdebele in education is high on the agenda. His experience as an educator, linguist, and translator stand him in good stead. William has also been involved with Language Policy Planning and Development both in the public and private sector.

Nomsa Skosana
BA(Hons) (African Languages)
Researcher: isiNdebele, SADiLaR, North-West University

Nomsa graduated from the University of Pretoria. She received her Bachelor degree in Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts Honours specialising in isiNdebele.  As part of her honours degree she mainly focused on isiNdebele literature. In the future Nomsa would like to publish literature books of her own and also digitise the books to contribute to the data that is available for isiNdebele research. isiNdebele is still a developing language and as a researcher she plans on developing more language terminologies and place her focus on lexicography as well as the standardisation of the language. In her Master’s degree she plans to focus mainly on differentiating isiNdebele and from the other Nguni languages.

Monicca Thulisile Bhuda
Lecturer: University of Mpumalanga


Nomfundo Buthelezi
MA (Speech Pathology)
Lecturer: Speech Pathology, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Sesotho sa Leboa

Portia Khumalo
MA (Speech Pathology)
Lecturer: Speech Pathology, Stellenbosch University

Heather is leading the development of the Communicative Development Inventory for Sesotho. She also works on English second language acquisition among Xhosa speakers from 9 to 14 years from a multimodal perspective. She served as Vice President of the International Society for Gesture Studies from 2002-2005. She obtained her PhD in 2000 from Stanford University.


Sibusiso Ndlangamandla
PhD (Education)
Senior Lecturer: English Studies, University of South Africa

Muzi Matfunjwa
MA (African Languages)
Researcher: siSwati, SADiLaR, North-West University

Muzi Matfunjwa is a siSwati researcher at SADiLaR. His research interests and experience lie in pragmatics and sociolinguistics. He focuses on the use of language in society and the socio-cultural traits that manifest through language usage. As a siSwati researcher, he is also concerned with other linguistic fields such as semantics, lexicography, morphology and phonology. Muzi would like to play a major role in preserving the siSwati language and culture by conducting research and developing the language. He is involved with the use of language technologies to promote the utilization of digital resources in order to stimulate teaching and learning as well as research in the Siswati language.


Lufuno Tshiwela Miriri
MA (African Languages)
Lecturer: Tshivenda, University of Limpopo

Moffat Sebola
PhD (African Languages)
Lecturer: Tshivenda, University of Limpopo