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​​Doctoral Candidate Profiles

Lieketseng Ned

Centre for Rehabilitation Studies
PhD in Health Science Rehabilitation

Lieketseng Ned graduated as an Occupational Therapist (BSc OT, UWC) in 2009 and completed her MPhil in Disability Studies at the University of Cape Town in 2013 focusing on livelihoods of disabled youth in rural areas.  Her passions are rural community development, Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Rehabilitation in under-resourced areas. She is a Lecturer at the CRS and is currently busy with her PHD focusing on the potential relevance of Indigenous knowledge within the current education system to contribute to health and well-being particularly in rural areas. She is also currently leading a community interaction project in Worcester focusing on a coordinated collaborative response to rehabilitation needs of persons with disabilities.

: A.Prof Gubela Mji, A.Prof Elelwani Ramugondo, Prof Patrick Devlieger

Research Title: An exploration of the potential relevance of an interplay between Indigenous and Modern education knowledges to contribute to health and well-being of communities: A case study of an indigenous South African community.


Chioma Ohajunwa

Centre for Rehabilitation Studies
PhD in Health Science Rehabilitation

I am a part time lecturer with the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch.  I have a passion for issues of social justice. My research interests include Disability, community engagement/rehabilitation, Indigenous knowledge systems, spirituality and wellbeing, inclusive education and curriculum development.

Associate Prof Gubela Mji and Dr (Sr) Frances Emily Owusu-Ansah

Research Title: Understanding, interpretation and expression of spirituality and its influence on care and wellbeing: A case study of an Indigenous African community

Publications associated with research:

  1. Ohajunwa, C., O. and Mji., G. 2015. A discussion of Spirituality and Indigenous knowledge systems: The Interface for health and well-being in Africa. International Conference on Post-Graduate Students' Research on Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Southern and Eastern Africa. (Accepted for publication)
  2. Ohajunwa, C., O. and Lorenzo, T. 2014 Inclusive Development and Agency: Building capacity for community disability inclusion practice. Department of Health, Western Cape, Disability Studies Programme, UCT, University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch University, Creative Commons Attribution, Cape Town, South Africa. ISBN: 978-0-9870203-8-3
  3. Ohajunwa C.O., Mckenzie, J., Hardy, A., and Lorenzo, T. 2014. Inclusion of disability issues in teaching and research in higher education. Perspectives in Education 32(3) A8: PiE 32(3) September 2014.
  4. Ohajunwa C.O., Mckenzie, J., and Lorenzo, T. 2015. Enabling disability inclusive practices within the University of Cape Town curriculum: a case study. African Journal of Disability 4 (1)
  5. Ohajunwa, C and Mackenzie, J., A. 2015. Disability inclusion in higher education-possible pathways. http://diversa.org.br/en/articles/article.php?id=4238