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Tamuka Chekero completed his Master’s degree in Anthropology at UCT in 2018. The dissertation received a distinction.  His work focused on immigrant health care with a specific focus on maternal health care access and infant well-being among Zimbabwean (im)migrants in South Africa.

Elthea De Ruiters.  In epigenetic and DOHaD research, the uterus is generally represented as a foetal environment without much reflection on the broader contextual factors that affect women’s health or that shape uterine environments and with no consideration of people’s ideas about the uterus.  Given a strong critique of this by feminist scholars, De Ruiters’ research asks about uterine subjectivities and futures.

Nicole Ferreira completed her Masters in Anthropology in 2016, with a distinction. Her research focuses on experiences of pregnant women accessing antenatal care at a state clinic in the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town. Her research specifically seeks to understand the experiences that contribute to what the state categorises as “late” presentation to antenatal clinics.

Kylie Marais completed her Masters degree in Anthropology in 2016, with a distinction. Her dissertation critically explores a development intervention (video card) about parenting and early childhood care. Her work is a collaboration between the Dept Child Psychiatry, the Western Cape Dept Health, UCT’s Knowledge Coop and UCT Anthropology.

Tshireletso Mohlafuno is conducting research on post-natal care. The work will feed into the Western Cape Department of Health’s reshaping of care in line with World Health Organisation’s Nurturing Care framework.

Sabelo Mpisi's grandparents are central in the management and care of early life. Sabelo's MA focuses on subjective experiences of aging and proximity to death.

Min'enhle Ncube completed her Master’s degree in 2018. Her research dissertation, awarded with distinction, explores the intersections of understandings of child and urban development post Operation Murambatsvina in Maphisa, Zimbabwe.

Shannon O'Rourke  completed her Master’s degree in 2015 with an evaluation of a Moms Support Group run by a faith-based organisation in Ocean View, Cape Town. The work, awarded with distinction, explored ideas of support and networks of knowledge and was a collaboration between the organisation, UCT’s Knowledge Coop and UCT Anthropology.

Yusra Price’s Masters degree, completed 2016 and awarded with distinction, explores questions of faith in the life of the child.  She specifically looks at modes of thought where the concerns, ideals and expectations of Muslim caregivers provide insight into their children’s religious identity formations.

Carina Truyts lectures and is establishing the Anthropology department at Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley, South Africa. Her teaching and research is thus focused on contextual knowledge production, sharing and engagement. Her Masters in Anthropology, awarded with distinction in 2016, focuses on questions of nourishment in the 'first thousand days' in the context of precarious livelihoods in a small Cape Winelands town. Her interdisciplinary research interests are in food, well-being, the body, temporality, and the complex patterning of kin, capital, affect and inheritance as vectors that edit life. 

Jodi Le Roux is completing her Masters in Anthropology with a study that explores pregnancy in a ‘body positivite’ community of praxis.

Sonwabiso Ngcowa is completing his Masters in Anthropology with a dissertation that focuses on the meanings associated with the Road to Health booklet.

Shannon Cupido is completing his Masters in Anthropology with a study that focuses on ideas about the future.