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Jenita Chiba joined the CSDA in February 2015 as a researcher. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work (Cum Laude) from Rhodes University and an MA Social Science (Social Work) (Cum Laude) from the University of Fort Hare. Previously, she was a lecturer in Social Work at the Universities of Fort Hare and UJ. She enrolled for her PhD in 2016 and her research proposal was accepted. Her study aims to evaluate a community-based family intervention programme aimed at scaling up the impact of the Child Support Grant. Jenita is currently employed on a part-time basis at the CSDA study on our study on social protection, families and child well-being. She was a co-researcher on a study entitled Finding the Positives, where the focus was on exploring the lived realities of a group of abandoned South African adolescents in residential care living with HIV/AIDS. Her research interest areas are in community development, children and families, and substance abuse.​


  • –present
    Researcher, University of Johannesburg


  • 2008 
    University of Fort Hare, MA Social Science (Social Work)