Prof Zodwa Motsa

Zodwa Motsa is a Full Professor of English at the University of South Africa. Currently in the Vice Chancellor’s Office as the Executive Director: Department of Leadership and Transformation, Motsa has been the Director of Scholarship in the Change Management Unit, Director: UNISA-Ethiopia Centre and Chair of Department: UNISA Department of English. She has published widely on English drama, theatre, Africa literatures and the impact of colonial education in Africa. A Fulbright scholar (of Michigan State University), Motsa has also supervised several Master’s and Doctoral candidates. She is a translator, an interpreter, and a writer whose interests in education in Africa, identities, and curriculum justice in the post-colonial era inform both her scholarly research and creative writings. Prof Motsa is renowned for advocating the repositioning of indigenous lore and systems as the foundation for modern literature in siSwati and African Literature as can be seen in some of her Africa-centred theories of theatre informing university syllabi. Her most recent publication in The Soyinka Impulse (July 2019) explores the impact of Africa’s major artistic contribution to world theatre, while Remembering and Reconstructing Identities in Post War South Africa (2019) sharply reflects on the physical and psychological ravages of war in society, specifically, South Africa. A keen advocate for the re-centering of Africa’s ontologies in research and tuition in the university, Motsa’s (2017) contribution in the Higher Education curriculum justice discourse has earned her international repute in the UK, Asia and the USA. Her publications approximate 45 outputs. She serves in various boards as President, Chief Editor (journals) and Chief Guest Editor both within South Africa and internationally.  Motsa has taught in several institutions, principal amongst which are: The University of Swaziland, the Medical University of Southern Africa and the University of South Africa.  Her experience also includes working as a Director in Ethiopia for seven years at the UNISA Ethiopia Centre where she was responsible for Doctoral and Masters students. A grounded teacher of literatures, Motsa balances with ease and equal expertise her position of exploring the literary and grammatical word in English and in siSwati. Zodwa Motsa’s primary ethos is the positioning of the African mind as unique and equal contributor to the world tapestry of knowledges.