Graeme Bloch is visiting adjunct Professor at University of Witwatersrand Public and Development Management school (P&DM) and was senior researcher at MISTRA (Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection).
He was DBSA education policy analyst. He taught in the education faculty at the University of Western Cape, and was project manager for youth development at the Joint Education Trust. He has worked as head of Social Development in the Department of Welfare, and as Director of Social Development in the Joburg Metro.
Before 1994, he was executive member of the National Education Crisis Committee (NECC) as well as the United Democratic Front (UDF): for his involvement in the democratic movement he was detained and arrested numerous times. He was banned from 1976-81.
He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town where he specialised in economic history and in 2011 attained his second MA, from Wits, in creative writing . He is a member of UCT Council, serves as director on Lafarge Education Trust, has been on the Board of Equal Education, is on the Advisory Board of Elma Philanthropies, the advisory council of PUKU Childrens Literature Foundation and is a patron of Bitou10 in Plettenberg Bay. Bloch has written and published widely, in particular on education, in both academic and more popular publications.
His recent books include ‘Investment Choices for South African Education (ed with Chisholm, Fleisch and Mabizela: Wits University Press,); ‘Education, Growth, Aid and Development (ed with Chisholm and Fleisch: Hong Kong, 2008). He has just published ‘The Toxic Mix: What is wrong with South Africa’s schools and how to fix it’ (Tafelberg, 2009)