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On Air Personalities

Dr. Nokuzola Mndende

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Host of Ibuzwa Kwabaphambili

  • Director of Icamagu Heritage Institute.
  • Deputy Chair: Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims
  • National Chairperson: Council of African Religion
  • A consultant on all issues relating to African Culture, Spirituality and Indigenous Knowledge Systems.
  • Member of the Section 6 Committee of the Commission on Gender Equality: Culture Expert
  • Freelance presenter of African Traditional Religion at Umhlobo Wenenefm



  • Former teacher in High Schools, South Africa
  • Researcher and lecturer of Comparative Religion, African Theology, Religious Education and Feminist/Womanist Theology at the University of Cape Town.
  • A former member of the Religious Broadcasting Panel of the SABC and the first presenter of African indigenous theology at Umhlobo Wenene, SABC radio station.
  • Board Member: Ditsong Museums of South Africa
  • Former Member of Parliament- National Assembly
  • Former member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Religion in Education, a multi-religious committee formed by former Minister of Education, Professor Kader Asmal.
  • Has been part of the drafting of the National Curriculum Statement (Syllabus) on Religious Studies
  • Has worked with the Departments of Correctional Services and Defence in developing guidelines towards the inclusion of African Traditional Religion in the Spiritual Care Section.
  • Lecturer: Department of Religious Studies and Arabic- University of South Africa
  • Part Time Commissioner: Commission for the Promotion and the Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities



  • Former author of drama and short stories at the former Radio Transkei under Mr Zolisile Mapipa. Once wrote a 30 episode drama titled “Ndanditshilo” and several 30 minutes short stories.
  • First representative of African Traditional Religion in the Religious Broadcasting Panel (RBP).
  • Had been frequently used as an expert of African Traditional Religion by SABC both Radio and TV.
  • Is still used by Trufm as an expert of ATR by both cultural and Christian programs (Rev Makubalo)
  • Has produced a documentary on Inguqulo and was broadcast in April 2013



  • African Religion and Culture at the Crossroads (2001)
  • Searching for a Common ground: A comparative analysis between Iphehlo (African medical school) and western medical school (2004).
  • African Spiritual Journey: Rites of Passage among the Xhosa Speaking of South Africa (2006)
  • African Traditional Religion: An introduction for beginners (2006)
  • Masombeleni. (A collection of Xhosa indigenous religious songs) (2006
  • Umthonyama (2006)
  • Yeda Mntana: Learning isiXhosa the easiest way. An introduction to spoken Xhosa for non-Xhosa speakers.2007
  • Tears of Distress: Voices of a denied spirituality in a democratic South Africa. 2009
  • Inkaba: A selection of African symbols and their significance. 2010
  • Dlamini: Our collective ancestor
  • UDlamini: Ukhokho Wethu sonke
  • Masiphakule: Incwadi ngamasiko ethu neengxaki ezingamangenelela
  • Ntengu – Ntengu Macetyana. (a book on some Clan names of AmaXhosa)
  • Kwelemimoya: A guide to the funeral processes for African Traditional Religion practitioners.
  • Ithongo lam (co-authored with Thandeka Sakhela). On the interpretation of dreams.



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