Nkanyiso Goodnews Simelane

Nkanyiso is an intern within ACCORD’s Research Department. He previously worked as a Programmes Intern within ACCORD’s Preventative Action and Mediation (Peace-making) Unit.

In 2021 he was a Konrad Adenauer Stiftung/Foundation (KAS) scholar and research intern at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). He worked in the African Governance & Diplomacy Programme, focussing on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). He was also a Panellist at Democracy Development Programme (DDP)’s “5th Annual Youth Indaba Conference” in Durban.

Nkanyiso holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political & International Studies and Law, and an Honours degree in Political & International Studies from Rhodes University. He is currently a master’s candidate in political studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. His thesis assesses the role of independent candidates in South Africa’s multiparty democracy during the local elections.

His research interests include African Governance, Elections, and Youth.

Nkanyiso Goodnews Simelane