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Darlington Sibanda

Student Focus:

Land tenure and tenancy, urbanisation, water and sanitation services, social policy, social protests and services delivery, development policy and planning


Darlington Sibanda joined Plaas as a student researcher/Research Intern in 2013 for the Water Research Commission (WRC) funded Project ‘Social Protests and Water Use in South Africa’. He is also currently working on the second WRC titled ‘Land Tenure, Tenancy and Water and Sanitation Services Delivery in South Africa’. Darlington is currently studying towards a PHD at PLAAS; his theses is titled ‘Urban Land Tenure, Tenancy and Water and Sanitation services delivery in South Africa.
Darlington Sibanda was previously a Tutor for Social Policy module at the Institute for Social Development, UWC, and has more than 10 years teaching experience in high schools in South Africa and Zimbabwe. As a teacher he received awards for Excellent Matric Results for 2011 and 2012. Darlington has also been awarded the prestigious DAAD Merit Scholarship for his Masters studies, and Dean’s Merit Awards for 2008 and 2009 at the University of the Western Cape.


Masters in Development Studies, Institute of Development Studies, University of the Western Cape


  1. Sibanda, D.  & Tapela, B.N. 2016. Land Tenure, Tenancy and Water Services Delivery in South Africa: Can Collective Land ownership be the answer for informal settlements in South Africa. Peer reviewed poster presented at the 10th Young Graduates and Scholars Conference (AYGS), 14-17 March 2016, University of Limpopo.
  2. Tapela B.N., Ntwana, B., Sibanda, D. 2015. Social Protests and Water Service Delivery in South Africa. Final Report to Water Research Commision. Pretoria: Water Research Commission.
  3. Sibanda, D. 2011. The Role of Community Participation in Development Initiatives: The Case of the Danga Ecological Sanitation Project in the Zvishavane District, Zimbabwe. (MA (Development Studies) Thesis). Cape Town: University of the Western Cape.
  4. Sibanda, D. 2010. Reading Challenges faced by Township Schools in South Africa. Every Child Can Read Conference, Cape Institute of Leadership and Training, March 2010.