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Pius Tanga holds a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and has taught at the University of Buea, Cameroon, University of KwaZulu-Natal and National University of Lesotho. He is currently a full professor of Social Work at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa. His research interests are in household poverty dynamics, social protection, child rights, family issues and community development. Prof Tanga has published extensively in national and international accredited journals and he is a recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Research Award for 2009 at the National University of Lesotho as well as the Vice Chancellor’s Senior Researcher Award for the Faculty, University of Fort Hare in 2014. He serves as an external moderator for examination papers and external examiners for master's dissertations and doctorate theses for many universities in South Africa and abroad. Prof Tanga has successfully supervised 23 PhDs and 38 Masters who have graduated over the past ten years. He is an editorial board member for one journal and reviews manuscripts for many journals and an NRF rated researcher. Currently, he is the Deputy Dean for Research and Internationalisation, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.


  • –present
    Professor, University of Fort Hare


    University of KwaZulu-Natal, PhD