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Sibusiso Nkomo

Senior advisory team
Sibusiso is the head of communications


Sibusiso oversees the management of the Afrobarometer communications team and supports the director of engagement on strategic communications and partnerships.

Over the 12 years, he has worked in journalism and research.  Sibusiso began his journalism career through the Independent News and Media South Africa Cadet School in Cape Town and then reported on politics for the Cape Times, Cape Argus, and The Sunday Independent until 2013.

After journalism, he moved into research at think tanks, working initially for Good Governance Africa in Johannesburg, where he worked as a researcher on governance in Africa and helped edit Africa in Fact.

He then joined Afrobarometer in July 2014 as communications coordinator for Southern Africa and researcher based at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town. He was responsible for coordinating the communications activities of 10 countries in the region.

Subequently he was promoted to head of communciations and has been integral in expanding the reach of AB with a focus on strategic communications, partnerships, and improved media relations.

Sibusiso is a registered chartered public relations practitioner (CPRP) with the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA). He received a MA in journalism and media studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is also a graduate of Stellenbosch University, holding a postgraduate diploma in marketing management and a BA in socio-informatics, political science, and policy studies.

He has served as management committee member of the Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Afrobarometer’s technical support partner. He is also a research associate at the Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative in the Faculty of Humanities at UCT.