Imraan Buccus, Academic Director
Mr. Buccus has an undergraduate degree in education and a master’s degree in social policy from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He is currently a PhD research fellow in development studies at Radboud Nijmegen University in the Netherlands. In addition, he is research fellow in the School of Social Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is the academic director for SIT’s South Africa: Social and Political Transformation semester program based in Durban. Mr. Buccus has worked as academic coordinator of the Workers College, a progressive experiential education college for workers from the trade union movement, where he developed a passion for experiential education and its personal and academic developmental potential. He was also research manager at the Centre for Public Participation, an NGO focused on participatory democracy in post-apartheid South Africa. He is currently also a columnist for Durban’s popular morning paper, The Mercury. Mr. Buccus has traveled extensively in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and was previously the academic director for SIT Study Abroad’s South Africa: Globalization, Sports, and Development summer program.
Dr. Toni D’Amant, Practicum and Academic Coordinator
Dr. Toni D’Amant has a Ph.D. in education and is a senior lecturer at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in the School of Education and Development. Her lectures and research fall into the areas of teaching for diversity, inclusion and social justice, the sociology of education, and educational psychology. Dr. D’Amant has worked extensively in rural areas across four provinces in South Africa as part of her involvement with the teacher development components of various interventions and pilot projects (funded by DANIDA, GTZ, CSATDP, SANPAD, University of Natal and DoE – national and provincial). She has been involved with an ongoing SIT rural community engagement initiative since 2008, for which she is responsible for the planning and implementation of student training program for both SIT and UKZN students. In her capacity as practicum and academic coordinator for the SIT summer education program, she works alongside students in a practical and supportive way to help them better understand developmental dynamics in rural areas of South Africa.
Shola Haricharan, Office Manager and Homestay Coordinator
Shola has been with the program in various capacities since its inception in 1992. Prior to that, Shola worked in administrative capacities with a number of nongovernmental groups, some of which were active in the anti apartheid struggle.
Lecturers for this program include the following faculty from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and other institutions:
John Daniel, PhD
SIT remembers John Daniel, PhD – former Academic Director and Academic Coordinator of South Africa: Social and Political Transformation; lecturer; advisor; activist; exile; intellectual; educator; caring and compassionate human being; and inspiration and mentor to hundreds of SIT students. Professor Daniel passed away on 25 July 2014.
John Daniel was a South African citizen with a BA (1964) in political science from the University of Natal, South Africa and an MA and PhD (1975) in political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He taught at universities in the United States, Swaziland, the Netherlands, and South Africa. He was active in student politics in South Africa and served two terms as president of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS).
Dr. Daniel went into exile in 1968 and returned to South Africa in 1991 to head the International Studies Unit at Rhodes University. In 1993, he assumed the chair (headship) in political science at the University of Durban-Westville. From 1997 to 1999, he was seconded to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as senior researcher responsible for documenting the South African state's gross human rights violations outside South Africa. In 2001, he joined the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa's national social science council, as a researcher in governance and democracy and as the head of its publishing arm, the HSRC Press. From 2002 to 2006, he co-edited and contributed to four volumes in the HSRC's State of the Nation series.
In recent years, John’s writings were primarily concerned with issues of transitional justice in South Africa and on the political economy of South African-African relations post-apartheid. In 2006, Dr. Daniel retired from the HSRC and joined SIT as an academic coordinator; he eventually took over as the program’s academic director, a position he held until June 2011, when he was succeeded by Imraan Buccus.
John Daniel lectured on a variety of topics with an emphasis on issues of transitional justice in South Africa and on the political economy of South African-African relations post-apartheid. He will be deeply missed.
Monique Marks, PhD, Professor of Sociology, UKZN
Monique Marks is based in the Community Development Programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is also a research associate of the Centre of Criminology at the University of Cape Town. She has published widely in the areas of youth social movements, ethnographic research methods, police labor relations, police organizational change, and security governance. She has published three books: Young Warriors: Youth Identity, Politics and Violence in South Africa; Transforming the Robocops: Changing Police in South Africa; and Police Occupational Culture: New Debates and Directions (edited with Anne-Marie Singh). Dr. Marks has written extensively about crime and security issues in South Africa.
Janine Hicks, Commission on Gender Equality
Janine Hicks is a senior commissioner with South Africa’s Commission on Gender Equality. She has more than two decades of experience working with South African civil society and educational institutions, and is widely published in the areas of participatory democracy, gender issues, and issues around access to education for women in South Africa.
Michael Sutcliffe, PhD
Michael Sutcliffe is Durban’s city manager. He will speak about the experience of having hosted the Soccer World Cup. He has a PhD from Ohio State University in city planning and was the chairperson of South Africa’s Demarcation Board in the post-apartheid order. Dr. Sutcliffe played a significant role in the country’s anti-apartheid struggle and is widely recognized as an influential member of the African National Congress, the ruling party in South Africa.