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Complex Adaptive Systems in Governance
Decolonial Development
Youth centred politics and Youth Participation in Public Policy and Politics
Emerging Technology and Governance

Dr Rekgotsofetse Chikane


PhD (Wits), MA (Oxford University), B B.Soc.Sc (Hons) (UCT)
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WITS School of Governance

Dr Rekgotsofetse Chikane is a lecture at the Wits School of Governance and is also a political commentator, activist and the author of Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation: The Politics behind the #MustFall Movements. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford (Blavatnik School of Government) having completed his Master in Public Policy degree in 2017 and he completed his PhD at the Wits School of Governance with his research focused on Decoloniality, Development and Complexity Economics. He is a research associate at the Wits Institute for Socio-Economic Research and the Education and Learning Manager for the Tayarisha Working Group on Digitial Governance. His broad areas of research focus on Decolonial Thought, Development, Youth Politics, Complexity and South African Public Policy. He is Mandela-Rhodes Scholar, a Mandela-Washington Fellow, a Chevening Scholar, a former Masters Fellow at the Public Affairs Research Institute, one of Mail and Guardians Top 200 Young People (2016 – Civil Society) and an Obama Africa Programme leader for 2019.




Political Apathy in South AfricaProtests in South Africa: Rejection, Reassertion, Reclamation
2023-03 | book-chapter

The Underpinnings of Protest in South Africa: Origins and EffectsMISTRA
2023 | edited-book

On the Authority of Black Pain.Chasing Freedom: Histories, Analyses and Voices of Student Activism in South
2022 | book-chapter

FMF and its unfortunate return to a silent revolutionYouth and National Development
2021 | book-chapter

Young People and the #Hashtags that broke the Rainbow NationYoung People Re-Generating Politics in Times of Crises
2017 | book-chapter

Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation: The Politics behind #MustFall MovementsPicador Africa
2016 | book

Roots of the RevolutionFeesMustFall: Student Revolt, Decolonisation and Governance in South Africa
2016 | book-chapter