Professor Sijekula Mbanga


Chair for Sustainable Human Settlements

Department of Human Settlements

041 504 3498

North Campus, C-Block, 2nd Floor

Biography / Background

Prof Sijekula Mbanga is an Associate Professor, a programme leader for Human Settlements Studies, a member of the research group on environmental stewardship and sustainable livelihoods and the Chair for Sustainable Human Settlements at Nelson Mandela University.



He holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration, with his thesis focusing on integrated development planning, obtained from the previous Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Here he also completed his Masters’ degree in Administration (Cum Laude) with distinctions in Advanced Project Management, Advanced Public Policy Analysis and 100% pass in Integrated Development Planning modules. 

Professional Activities

Sijekula is a registered and active member of SAAPAM, SAMEA, GISSA and SAPI.

Sijekula currently serves in the Editorial Board of the Urban Forum Journal that is hosted by the University of Cape Town, in university academic and engagement  committees and South African national government Advisory Committees, including the DSI/CSIR  Advisory Committee on Science and Technology Innovations for Sustainable Human Settlements ( , South African Reference Group on the New Urban Agenda,  the Southern African Cities Studies Network, the South Africa-Sweden Universities Forum Advisory Committee on Urbanisation and 21st Century Cities (, the NAHRO – USA International Housing Research and Exchange Forum, the World Bank Inclusive Development Network, the Society for Housing Professionals in Africa. On international collaboration

Sijekula is actively participating in the Ndlambe EcOSUN Green Village project at Ekuphumleni Township in Kenton-On-Sea that is implemented in partnership with the University of Potsdam in Germany ( emanating from the STINT scientific cooperation, technology transfer and exchange programme between South Africa and Germany. Sijekula, working with Professor Janet Cherry of the Department of Development Studies, is also involved in a DAAD funded Participatory Action Design and Joint Action Project for Sustainable Development three year exchange programme between the university and the HS Wismar University in Germany. He also serves on the Board of the Human Settlements Action Group NGO and is the Chairperson of the South African Institute of Human Settlements Practitioners.

Research Interests

His research interests include integrated approaches to development management, sustainable livelihoods, spatial transformation and urbanism, green settlements and neighbourhoods, human settlements policies and systems, local government capacity, and indigenous knowledge systems in infrastructure development.


Sijekula currently guides and mentors twelve doctoral and six masters’ students.