Relebohile Moletsane

Degree Held

  • PhD


Current: September 1, 2010- University of KwaZulu-Natal
Professor and JL Dube Chair in Rural Education;
2008- July 2010 Human Sciences Research Council Director: Gender and Development Unit
2005-2007 University of KwaZulu-Natal Deputy Dean (Post-Graduate Studies and Research)


  • 2012 Winner: Distinguished Women in Science: Social Sciences and Humanities Award (South African National Department of Science and Technology)
  • 2014: Echidna Global Scholar, Centre for Universal Education, Brookings Institution, Washington DC.
  • 2015: Aspen New Voices Fellow, Aspen Institute, Washington, DC.

Research Interests

  • Rurality, Gender, Sexuality, Sexual Violence and Participatory Visual Methods

Teaching Interests

  • Rural Education; Education and Development; Curriculum Studies; Gender and Education



  • Supervised over 50 students at Honours; Masters and PhD levels



Community Involvement

  • 2012- Member: Dira Sengwe Conferences.
  • May 2014: Member of Review Panel (Review of the NRF IKS Funding Instrument)
  • 2016-17: Member of Inter Ministerial Task Team on Evaluation of Textbooks and LTSM , Department of Basic Education.
  • 2016 -17: Member of the High Level Panel on “Assessment of Key Legislation and Acceleration of Fundamental Change
  • 2016: Chair: Research Team: Developing a Rural Education Framework, Department of Basic Education