Course: MSt World Literatures in English
College: University College
Scholarship: Oppenheimer Scholar
Country: South Africa

Zimpande Kawanu

In 2020 Zimpande Kawanu graduated with a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. For two years, Zimpande worked as a Research Assistant to the President of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association and contributed to labour reform recommendations for Zambia’s informal economy. During his course at Oxford, Zimpande plans to study the experiences of undocumented migrant labourers working in construction in South Africa. He will explore the ways in which historical forces, such as the transition period from apartheid to democracy and the deregulation of strict border controls shaped the unskilled labour market.