Phephani Patrick Gumbi

Phephani Patrick Gumbi


Position Lecturer
Discipline IsiZulu
Phone 031-260 7600
Office Address Wing 5, Office CF 125

Degrees Held

  • MA Degree(Stellenbosch University),PGCE(Edgewood Campus)BA Degree(UDW Campus)



  • Phephani is the author/co-author of approximately 3 publications, including a peer reviewed book chapter, 2 internationally accredited articles in two different academic journals.
  • 1997 – 1998 – History and English Educator, Dassenhoek High School.
  • 2005 – 2011 – Social Sciences, IsiZulu and English Educator, Mafumbuka High School.
  • 2005 – 2006 – Daily Newspaper Matric Matters Columnist (English 1st Additional Language, Independent Newspaper (PTY) LTD.
  • 2012 – 2015 – Founder member of isiZulu Discipline, UFS – QwaQwa Campus.
  • 2012- 2015 – Full Lecturer in the African Languages Department, UFS QwaQwa Campus.
  • 2012- 2015 – IsiZulu (UZE & USZ) coordinator, UFS South Campus
  • 2013- 2016 – IsiZulu External Marker, UNISA, Pretoria Main Campus
  • 2014- 2015 – IsiZulu Post Graduate (Honors) External Moderator UKZN, Edgewood Campus.
  • 2015- Present – IsiZulu Education Lecturer, UKZN, Edgewood Campus.


  • Phephani has single-handedly developed about 8 Modules for isiZulu Discipline, under African Languages Department, as a head and a lecturer between 2012 and 2015, at the University of Free State, QwaQwa Campus


  • 1993 Award for best poetry writer for the school Magazine, Ilanga H. School.
  • 2009 HOD’s merit award, Mafumbuka H.School.
  • 2010 Certificate of Appreciation for the role-well played which gained the school a good Matric pass rate, Mafumbuka H.School.
  • 2011 Certificate of Appreciation for tireless and selfless commitment in the study supervision outside the prescribed teaching time in 2011, Mafumbuka H.School.
  • 2011 Certificate of Appreciation for a dedicated involvement in the s teaching of learners for the period term 1 and 11, in 2011, Mafumbuka H.School.
  • 2013 Certificate of Participation in the KwaZulu-Natal’s Colloquium on African Languages in South Africa’s Despensation of Freedom and Democracy.

Research Interests:

  • His research interests focuses on the language policy implementation and developmental studies.

Teaching Interests:

  • His Teaching interest focuses on IsiZulu literature, Linguistics, language across the curriculum, language in media and language policy implementation


  • His supervision at this point is at Honors students’ level.

Community Involvement/Outreach:

1997 – 2011

  • During this period he has been a highly dedicated professional who selflessly gave his all to empower his immediate learners and the community at large. At school he served as a ‘teacher liaison officer’ who facilitated the activities of the body known as Representative Council of Learners which mediates in the affairs between learners and educators.
  • His heart for community empowerment got him involved in Adult Basic Education Training programme which he did during weekends with the endeavor to get illiterate adults taught reading, writing and arithmetic.
  • Without tiring he was also spearheading the Vukile Project which specifically catered for those learners from destitute home- backgrounds. This was kind of a feeding scheme where learners were identified and roped into this scheme. He has always had a heart for the people particularly those who are poverty- stricken and underprivileged.

2010 -2011

  • initiated a partnership between the deprived community of Mayville and the University of KwaZulu-Natal to drive community development projects, promote primary health care initiatives and facilitate community service learning.

2010 – 2011

  • Member of the Transformation Task Team and a member of the Committee for Reconciliation and Democracy of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Publications/Selected Publications (2014 – 2016):

Journal Articles:

  • 2014: Ubuliminingi esiFundazweni saseFreyistata: Okwenzeka ezindlini zokufundela eNyuvesi yaseFreyistata, Alternation Special Edition No 13, 173 – 190 , ISSN 1023-1757
  • 2015. Embracing the use of African languages as additional languages of teaching and learning in KwaZulu-Natal schools, South African Journal of African Languages, Volume 35, issue 2, 157–162: 10. 1080 /0257 2117 .2015.1112999

Chapters in Books:

  • Chapter 16 “Media & Technology” Sociology: A South African Introduction (editors), Paul Stewart & Johan Zaaiman.

Complete Research Record:

  • Conferences Attended: (UNISA, ALASA Conference); (UFS Research Day Conference) ;( UFS Indigenous Knowledge System Conference) as well as the (UKZN African Languages Colloquium) and 2 international Conferences (USA, Chicago Alta Conference-2014) and (USA, New York Yale University Conference in African Studies, 2016).
  • 2012 – 2017 Enrolled for Ph.D. (IsiZulu –University of KwaZulu-Natal). Thesis titled “The Language of Teaching, Learning and Assessment, In Harrismith, The Free State Province.”
  • 2013. Ukuhlolwa nokucutshungulwa kokutshenziswa kwezilimi ezikoleni zase Nquthu,Northen KwaZulu-Natal: Umthetho-Mgomo wokusetshenziswa kwezilimi kanye nokulandelwa kwawo (Language Policy implementation in South Africa)The African Language Association of Southern Africa Conference, 17 – 19 July 2013.
  • 2013. Ukugqugquzela nokuthuthukiswa kokusetshenziswa kolimi lwebele ngezindlela ezibuliminingi (Promotion and use of Mother Tongue Languages in Academia).The UKZN international Colloquium 2013, 07 – 08 November 2013
  • 2014. Enhancing and Sustaining Quality outcomes for African Languages: Promotion of mother-tongue based multilingual/bilingual education in South Africa. The African Language Teachers Association Conference, 23 – 30 April 2014. Westin Chicago, Northwest: Reading.
  • 2016. Urbanization, Youth Languages and Technological Innovations in Africa Conference. Yale Council on African Studies, 5- 7 October 2016, Yale University, New York: Reading.
  • 2016.Compalition of isiZulu Poems: Zulu KaMalandela,Izinkondlo: Shoter & Shuters Publishers (still under peer review),South Africa.