My name is Ayanda Mahlaba. I'm from Mpolweni Mission, which is outside of Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal. I'm currently in my first year of the MA in Historical Studies at UCT.
My current research is in pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial Southern African history with a particular focus on KwaZulu-Natal. I explore these complex periods and processes of identity, social and political identity formation through oral history and oral traditions, which are mainly shaped by my maternal grandmother's narratives.
I have an Honours in Public Policy & Administration and as part of it I unpacked the implications of the ANC-NFP coalition for local government performance in KZN. I also have a Bachelor of Social Science with majors in International Relations, Industrial Sociology and Public Policy & Administration. I'm involved with numerous student-led societies at UCT, notably Inkanyezi and InkuluFreeHeid. I'm an avid reader of African literature.