Senior staff

Dr. Nthabiseng Mohlakoana, Postdoctoral

Building number 10 Ravelijn
Room: RA 1129
Telephone: + 31 53 489 6593

Nthabi joined CSTM in September 2010 to pursue her PhD study titled: “Implementing the South African Free Basic Alternative Energy Policy: A Dynamic Actor Interaction” which she completed and defended in December 2014. She is currently employed as a Post-Doctoral Researcher and is coordinating a multi-partner project on Productive Uses of Energy under the DFID funded ENERGIA Gender and Energy Research Programme. Before joining CSTM, Nthabi worked for the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in Cape Town South Africa as a Chief Researcher in the Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery unit where she was involved in research studies on energy and development. At the HSRC, Nthabi was a committed member of the Research Ethics Committee. Prior to that, she studied and worked at the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre where she obtained her Masters in Energy Studies (2003). In 2006, Nthabi was selected by ENERGIA (the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy) to head the Gender and Energy Network of South Africa (GENSA) as the National Focal Point based at a research institution.

Throughout her career, Nthabi’s work has mainly focused on research that influences policy to provide low-income households and communities in developing countries with better energy access while taking gender issues into consideration.

Expertise and Research Interests:

  • Gender and energy research
  • Energy mainstreaming in energy policy
  • Analysis of energy policy implementation processes
  • Energy and development research

Publications and selected presentations:

  • Mohlakoana, N. (2014). “Implementing the South African Basic Alternative Energy policy: A Dynamic Actor Interaction”. University of Twente, The Netherlands.
  • Clancy, J.S. and Mohlakoana, N. and Matinga, M.N. (2013). “Energy poverty: have we got the measure of it?” In: UKDSA Annual meeting, University of Birmingham, 16 November 2013, Birmingham.
  • Mohlakoana, N., Reddy, Y and Wolpe, P. (2010). Power to the people can change lives. In: Cape Times newspaper, 24 August 2010, pp 9.
  • Dugard, J. and Mohlakoana, N. (2009). More work for women: A rights-based analysis of women’s access to basic services in South Africa. In: South African Journal on Human Rights, 25 (3), pp. 546-572. Johannesburg: Centre for Applied Legal Studies, University of the Witwatersrand.
  • Mohlakoana, N. and Annecke, W. (2009). Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas by South African Low-income Urban Households: A Case Study. In: Journal of Energy in Southern Africa, 20 (4), November 2009.
  • Mncwango, M. B., Struwig, J., Mohlakoana, N and Kivilu, J. M. (2008). A Socio-economic impact study of electrification process. Commissioned to the HSRC by the Department of Minerals and Energy, September 2008.
  • Mohlakoana, N and Annecke, W. (2008). Finally Breaking the Barriers: SA case study on LPG use by low-income urban households. Paper presented at the Clean Cooking Fuels workshop as part of the conference hosted by the International Association of Energy Economics in Istanbul, Turkey, 16-17 June 2008.
  • Mazibuko, S., Hart, T., Mogale, M., Mohlakoana, N. and Aliber, M. (2008). Baseline information on technology-oriented initiatives in rural areas to promote economic development. Report submitted to the Department of Science and Technology, February.
  • Seager, J. & Mohlakoana, N. (2007). Horizon scanning in South Africa: the potential impacts of climate change on poor households. Cape Town: HSRC. Commissioned by the Presidency, September.
  • Annecke, W., Mohlakoana, N. and Dobbins, A. (2007). From Electricity to LPG and back again: Power Cuts, LPG Supply and the Poor in Khayelitsha 2006/2007. Study funded by the South African National Energy Research Institute (SANERI).
  • Mohlakoana et al. (2006). Audit of Women in the Energy Sector: Ten Years On. Report written for the Department of Science and Technology.
  • Cowan, B, Mohlakoana, N & Lloyd P. Improving access to electricity: lessons from Khayelitsha. Paper presented at the DUE conference, March 2005.
  • Mohlakoana, N. (2004). Rural electrification through Solar Home Systems in the Eastern Cape: Affordability and policy implications. Paper presented at UIE International Conference, Durban, 18-23 January 2004. An edited version of the paper is also published in: Energy in Africa magazine, second issue, February 2004-April 2004.
  • Mohlakoana N. (2003). Needs-based Impact Assessment of Non-grid Rural Electrification: A Case of Eastern Cape. MPhil dissertation. University of Cape Town.
  • Mohlakoana, N. (2003). Off-grid electrification and policy implications. Paper presented at the Technology Transfer Workshop, Durban, 6-8 August 2003.
  • Afrane-Okese, Y & Mohlakoana, N. (2001). Operational challenges of large scale off-grid PV rural electrification programme in SA. Paper presented at the International Solar Energy Society 2001 Solar World Congress.
  • Thom, C. & Mohlakoana, N. (2000). The use and impact of electricity in Garagopola-Legabeng. EDRC, University of Cape Town.
  • Mohlakoana, N. & Cowan, B. 1999. Is there a quick fix? Seed update, 1 (2).
  • Cowan, B, Banks, D, Mohlakoana, N & Tyani, L. (1999). A preliminary investigation of energy needs, energy supply initiatives and opportunities of improvements in the Maluti and Mount Fletcher districts of eastern Cape. EDRC, UCT.