Ms Oyama Mkaza



Ms. Oyama Mkaza, an early career academic in Maritime and Development Studies, has a working knowledge in English and isiXhosa. She has experience within the small-scale fisheries sector in South Africa, particularly the squid industry, looking into the livelihoods of artisan fishers and coastal communities. Her interests include development and environmentally friendly projects, especially in areas of sustainable development for communities and advancing engagement and transformation in the ocean’s economy and higher education institutions. 


Getting to know me


1. How would you define your role within the Engagement and Transformation team?

Leading Food Systems Working Group (FSWG) coordination and research within the university towards the advancement of engaging its surrounding communities and broader society, further supporting engagement and transformative projects within ETP.


2. What does Engagement and Transformation in Higher Education look like to you?

Higher Education Institutions offering its resources and space for deep social intellectual engagement not only for its staff and student but with communities at large. Additionally, the practical implementation of interdisciplinary theory and practice within Higher Education Institutions.


3. Describe your job in 3 words.

Intentional, Just, and Love.


4. What is your favourite activity when you are not in the office?

Healing and Meditating.


5. What is your favourite place on Earth?

eDikeni and Thaba Nchu.


6. What is your favourite quote?

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still”.


7. If you could change something in the world, what would it be?



8. What would you be able to give a 30-minute presentation about without any advanced preparation?

Sustainable livelihoods and food sovereignty.


9. What is the best piece of professional advice you have ever received?

Dont burn bridges.


10. What motivates you?