Mzantsi Wakho is a research collaboration about youth health in South Africa.

Mzantsi Wakho (‘Your South Africa’) is based in the Amathole District of the Eastern Cape. Its academic homes are Universities of Cape Town and Oxford. The study seeks to answer several research questions about youth health, with a focus on medicines-taking and sexual and reproductive health. It uses multiple methods and data sources to identify and investigate risk and resilience-promoting
factors, through linked qualitative and quantitative studies.

Latest News

SA AIDS Durban 2017 Presentation Road Map

June 13, 2017

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INTEREST 2017

May 16, 2017

Mzantsi Wakho team presenting at INTEREST 2017 conference in Lilongwe, Malawi.

TAG Weekend Held

May 2, 2017

On 2 – 5 February 2017, colleagues from Mzantsi Wakho and Young Carers held a weekend workshop with the Teen Advisory Group.

Mzantsi Wakho in the media

January 30, 2017

In the last quarter, Mzantsi Wakho researchers have spoken about various aspects of their research, with a focus on implications for healthcare policy and programming. On 5 November 2016, Rebecca Hodes was interviewed by African News Network 7 about illegal abortion. On 19 January 2017, Hodes was interviewed on Radio 702 about teenage pregnancies in South […]

Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the AIDS and Society Research Unit, Centre for Social Science Research

October 24, 2016

The AIDS and Society Research Unit (ASRU) at the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for a suitably qualified individual to join a research project on adolescent health in South Africa. Read the application PDF here.

Phasa 2016

September 19, 2016

Mzantsi Wakho team and SASH fellows presenting at PHASA conference in East London.
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UCT Research Report: Babies for bling? How teenage pregnancy became emblematic of misspent youth in South Africa

June 17, 2016

UCT Research Report, ‘Babies for bling? How teenage pregnancy became emblematic of misspent youth in South Africa’, 14 January 2016, Available at http://www.uct.ac.za/dailynews/archives/?id=9525.

Babies for bling: the scandal of teenage pregnancy in South Africa

June 17, 2016

Interview with Rebecca Hodes on ‘Babies for bling: the scandal of teenage pregnancy in South Africa’ SAFM Radio, 10 February 2016. Available at http://tinyurl.com/SAFM-hodes-baby-bling.

Alleged associations between social grants and incentives for teenage pregnancy in South Africa

June 17, 2016

Interview with Rebecca Hodes on alleged associations between social grants and incentives for teenage pregnancy in South Africa. Cape Talk Radio Interview. 27 January 2016. Available at http://tinyurl.com/hodes-baby-bling-interview.

“Transactional Sex and Sugar Daddies”

June 17, 2016

Interview with Elona Toska on SABC’s Newsroom morning show on “Transactional Sex and Sugar Daddies” on 27 May 2016 (minutes 48-55 in the programme)

Latest Publications

Changing donor funding and the challenges of integrated HIV treatment

Nicoli Nattrass, Rebecca Hodes and Lucie Cluver

Babies for bling: Are teenage girls having children to access grants?

Rebecca Hodes, Elona Toska and Lesley Gittings

Resourcing resilience: social protection for HIV prevention amongst children and adolescents in Eastern and Southern Africa

Elona Toska, Lesley Gittings, Rebecca Hodes, Lucie Cluver, Kay Govender, K. Emma Chademana and Vince Evans Gutiérrez

Get in touch

East London Office

  +27 (0) 43 721 1716.

For UCT enquiries:

  +27 (0) 21 650 4656
  Nondumiso Hlwele <dumi.hlwele@uct.ac.za>

For Oxford enquiries:

Department of Social Policy and Intervention