Dr. Simamkele Dlakavu Biography, Profile, Experiences, Education, Twitter Hack


Dr. Simamkele Dlakavu Biography and Profile

Dr. Simamkele Dlakavu is an popular African feminist activist, researcher, writer, and communications and sustainability specialist who presently serves as the Aurora Tech Awards’ Social Projects Specialist. The initiative supports women-founded startups in the technology field in Africa. Simamkele has a vast professional experience in the development industry in South Africa. She served as an advisor and employee for reputable donor and development organizations, including One Young World, the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), the Soul City Institute for Social Justice, and Oxfam South Africa.

Simamkele is a graduate of the University of Witwatersrand and holds a BA in International Relations and Political Studies, BA Honours in Political Studies, and an MA in African Literature (with distinction). She is currently registered for a PhD in Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch. Her thesis titled ‘Fighting Against Erasure: The One in Nine Campaign and Feminist Movement Building against Sexual Violence’ is supervised by Professor Amanda Gouws- the SARChI Chair in Gender Politics. Her doctoral studies are funded through an NRF doctoral scholarship and by the Canon Collins Sol Plaatje PhD Scholarship Programme.


Simamkele has been a fixture of the South African academic scene for the past three years. At Rhodes University, she has taught political science and international studies, and she has taught gender studies at the Universities of Cape Town and Pretoria.
Her area of focus is social movements, feminist development economics, citizenship, and the ways in which African Feminist activists make claims towards the state and organise politically.

Simamkele has published extensively for a young scholar-activist – you can find her writing in Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity and in Imbiza: Journal for African Writing. Of her two book chapters, one was published in the 2017 Society, Work, and Development Research Institute book Rioting and Writing: Dairies of Wits Fallists. Moreover, Rowman & Littlefield (2022) published the edited book Feminist Institutionalism in South Africa: Designing for Gender Equality. She has also written several opinion pieces for publications like City Press.

Simamkele is an African Women’s Development and Communications Network (FEMNET), African Feminist Macroeconomic Academy (AFMA) Fellow. Through this fellowship, she has received training on feminist economics and its intersection with tax justice, trade, and public service financing and delivery in Africa. The training she received took place in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Senegal, and Malawi.

Dr. Simamkele Dlakavu Experience

inDrive – Graphic Social Projects Specialist at Aurora Tech Award Sep 2022 – Mar 2023

Lecturer in Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Pretoria/Universiteit van Pretoria Jan 2022 – Jul 2022

Gender Studies Lecturer at the University of Cape Town Jan 2020 – Jan 2022

Monitoring And Evaluation Consultant – African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) Oct 2021 – Dec 2021

Lecturer in Political and International Studies at the office Rhodes University Jan 2019 – Jul 2019

Dr. Simamkele Dlakavu Education

Stellenbosch University
Doctor of Philosophy – PhD Political Science 2020 – 2023

University of the Witwatersrand
Masters of Arts African Literature distinction 2016 – 2017

University of the Witwatersrand
Bachelor of Arts Honours Political Studies
2013 – 2014

University of the Witwatersrand
2010 – 2012

University of the Witwatersrand
Master of Arts (MA) African Literature
2015 – Present

Dr. Simamkele Dlakavu Twitter Hack

According to Dr. Simamkele Dlakavu, her Twitter account was compromised. This happens in response to the account tweeting derogatory remarks about former President Jacob Zuma.

She is one of the four young women who, in 2016, silently protested against allegations of sexual violence against former president Jacob Zuma.