Zakes Hlatshwayo is a PhD candidate in the Human Economy Programme at the University of Pretoria. He has more than 25 years’ work experience, primarily in the land reform and rural development sector. Amongst other roles Zakes was the Director of Association for Northern Cape Rural Advancement (ANCRA) and the Director of the National Land Committee (NLC). In these roles he mobilised for the participation of the landless poor, especially women and youth, in policymaking and implementation.
Zakes holds a Master’s in Public Management (Regenesys Business School), focusing on Monitoring and Evaluation in the public sector. His PhD research and current areas of work focus on agrarian change in South Africa and the role of the state in this from the perspective of the landless poor. He is exploring practises of emerging farmers and how the state supports them.