Tumi Malope

Post-doctoral fellow


Boitumelo (Tumi) Malope is an industrial sociologist by training and a researcher with an Honours (2013) and Masters (2016) from the University of Pretoria. He holds a PhD from Stellenbosch University (2022) with a dissertation titled: “Power struggles: An exploration of the contribution of renewable energy to sustainable development, decent work and the “just transition” through a case study of wind farm development outside Loeriesfontein, Northern Cape Province (2011-2020).”

Before joining Stellenbosch University, Tumi worked on a number of commissioned research projects with a group of established and upcoming scholars conducting research for trade unions, companies and national public entities. He participated in fifth survey of the Taking Democracy Seriously project which started in 1994 and comprises of surveys of the opinions, attitudes and lifestyles of members of trade unions affiliated to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu). The survey culminated in the fifth publication “Labour Beyond Cosatu: Mapping the Rupture in South Africa’s Labour Landscape” co-authored by Malehoko, Tshoaedi and Andries Bezuidenhout.

Tumi’s research interests are in the intersecting space between policy analysis, labour markets, youth unemployment, community development, renewable energy and sustainable development. His current research project builds on his PhD work and is titled: “Renewable energy and alternative sustainable livelihoods in the Karoo.” One of the interest in the current project is to understand how and who is benefiting in local host communities of large-scale renewable energy projects.


Selected publications:

  • Nthejane, N. Nomvete, S. Malope, B. Tame, B. 2017. Research in a Highly Charged Environment: Taking Democracy Seriously, 2014. IN: Bezuidenhout, A and Tshoaedi, M. Labour Beyond Cosatu: Mapping the rapture in South Africa’s Labour Landscape. Johannesburg: Wits University Press
  • Cherry, J. Jekeka, N and Malope, B. 2017. The Politics of Alliance and the 2014 Elections. IN: Bezuidenhout, A and Tshoaedi, M. Labour Beyond Cosatu: Mapping the rapture in South Africa’s Labour Landscape. Johannesburg: Wits University Press
  • Malehoko, Tshoaedi; Mokomane, Zitha; Bischoff, Chris; Hlatshwayo, Mondli; Mashayamombe, John; Nomvete, Songezo and Malope, Boitumelo. 2016.Transformation in Mining: Developing Elements that will address Racism, Sexism and All forms of discrimination in the mining sector. Research report commissioned by the Mine Health and Safety Council. Pretoria: University of Pretoria.
  • Bezuidenhout, Andries, Christine Bischoff, Nathaniel ka Dlamini, Boitumelo Malope, John Mashayamombe, Sandla Nomvete and Paul Stewart. 2015. ‘Organise or Die: Findings of the NUM Health and Safety Audit.’ Business Enterprises at University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd, and Labour Studies Programme, Department of Sociology, University of Pretoria.
  • Malope, T. 2015. COSATU at a crossing: Checkmate. South African Labour Bulletin,39, 2, 2015,  April-May.
  • Malope, T. 2014. Jobs for Youth in SA: Kicking away decent work ladder. South African Labour Bulletin, 38, 2, 2014, July-August.