Canon Collins Trust

Building a community of researchers and activists across southern Africa who create and use research for social impact.

Canon Collins Trust works to build a community of change agents across southern Africa who create and use research for social impact. Through our postgraduate and research funding, project grants and international events programme, our unique approach cultivates a space where activism and research meet. Subscribe to our quarterly Organisational Newsletters with news, invitations (UK and SA), oppor

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🌟 Celebrating International Women's Day! 🌟

Today and every day, we honour the strength, resilience, and achievements of women around the globe. From leaders and innovators to caregivers and changemakers, women continue to shape history and inspire positive change in every corner of the world.

Let's use this day to uplift and empower women everywhere and to recognise the importance of gender equality in creating a brighter, more inclusive future for all. Together, we can break barriers, challenge stereotypes, and build a world where every woman and girl can thrive.
Happy International Women's Day!


The Johannesburg High Court recently dismissed an application for a prior restraint of publication order against the Mail & Guardian. This reaffirms the importance of freedom of expression and media freedom in our society.


🎶🏆 Big news! Canon Collins Trust Alumna Edith Katiji, affectionately known as Edith WeUtonga, snagged the prestigious Fist Award from the Finnish Musicians' Union Awards for her incredible contributions to the Zimbabwean music industry.


Amidst the discussions on climate change and justice, many are pondering: How do we handle funds from the oil and gas industry, the main contributors to global warming? Canon Collins PhD scholar Nicola Rule shares her thoughts.


🌟 Exciting news! Canon Collins alumni came together to choose this year's recipient of the prestigious Scholars Scholar Award 🏆 This special scholarship is made possible by the dedication of our amazing alumni. Stay tuned - the big reveal is happening this week! 🎉


🌸 Happy Women's Month! 🌸 Let's celebrate the incredible strength, resilience, and achievements of women everywhere. This month, let honour their contributions to history, society, and our lives. Let's continue to empower, uplift, and support women in every aspect of life! 💪👩‍🔧👩‍🏫


🏃‍♂️🌟 Get ready to cheer on Hillary Musarurwa as he takes on the ultimate challenge of running the London Marathon in memory of the amazing Dewa Mavhinga! 🎓🚀 Join him in his mission to support by donating to his campaign here: Let's show our love and support for this incredible cause! 💪🌈 🏅👟


WATCH Alum Marion Stevens share from her PhD research on the problematic way policy on sexual and reproductive health has been constructed in post-apartheid South Africa, and how this has led to reproductive justice or the lack thereof.


The global energy transition and net-zero goals present immense risks and enormous opportunities for Africa. Zimbabwe has attracted more than USD 700 million investments from Chinese investors for lithium alone. But this industry has also led to displacement, environmental degradation, pollution, and unfair labour practices, safety and health; and loss of livelihoods for Indigenous communities says environmental law scholar Obert Bore in our blog this week. African countries need to work together to create a Green Minerals Strategy. READ


Join us now on Radio 702, we'll be talking about the work of the Canon Collins Trust and how you can support Clement Manyathela at the London Marathon


YOUR THOUGHTS? What does a just decolonial project look like? Cities in the global north that curb their carbon emissions are doing more to address colonial injustices than those who focus their efforts on taking down statues and changing street names, one of Europe’s leading historian, David Van Reybrouck, has said.


"Our long walk has not ended," declared Ramaphosa in South Africa's State of the Nation Address last night. Here is a transcript of the lengthy report. We invite all our scholars and alumni to share their insights about what is needed for foreign policy, trade, education, development and for the protection of civil and socio-economic rights for South Africa in the year ahead. Share your thoughts here or write a blog - we're eager to hear your insights.


IN 30 MINUTES: Dr Justice Mavedzenge will speak on the skewed nature of the international human rights system when it comes to justice for historical wrongs suffered by Africans. Register at


This year Radio 702s Clement Manyathela will be running the London Marathon in support of Canon Collins Trust . Please support Clement, by visiting his page and sponsoring him - even a little bit will go a long way to helping Clement reach his target in supporting southern Africa's social justice leaders! Thank you in advance!


Join Canon Collins alumna and Tales of Turning founder, Jenna-Lee Strugnell, along with Geoffrey Mamputa, Stefan Snel and invited guest Dr Chandré Gould, in this webinar to explore how social media and technology can be used to amplify your work. During this innovative webinar, you will discover:
• How social media listening tools can be used to gain a deeper understanding of peacebuilding and social justice issues
• How dialogue facilitation online and offline can be used to deepen engagement with social justice issues and generate community driven solutions
• How to create targeted digital content to support critical dialogue
• How to use networks of digital changemakers to amplify your messaging


Canon Collins patron Lord Hain, known for negotiating a peace settlement in Ireland in 2007, says the only way forward for Israel and Palestine is to go back to the negotiating table. This adds to hearings before the International Court of Justice in The Hague today, in which South Africa accuses Israel of crimes of genocide in Gaza asking for urgent intervention.


May your 2024 be full ...We echo Arundhati Roy's wisdom in our wishes for you in 2024 is to a deeper justice and for victories won big and small.


2023 has been a year full of energy and success in entrepreneurship for Leigh Day scholar Sakhile Ngobe. This December he launches his book which he hopes will inspire students suffering from funding disappointments to make a bid for entrepreneurship. After experiencing dramatic success in his own venture he and his co-authors have captured all their lessons in their fabulous book.

Call for proposals 15/12/2023

Call for proposals The UN Trust Fund awards grants annually through an open and competitive process.

Canon Collins Trust 14/12/2023

In Leigh Day Alumna Thando George's final LLB year, she and a few other students decided to hold their university to account for turning a deaf ear to sexual harassment and for its lack of a sexual harassment policy. This is their powerful and inspiring story of activism.

Canon Collins Trust We exist to build a community of leaders, thinkers, activists, and social justice organisations, and support their efforts to bring about change.


What makes Scott William's distinction so distinctive? Scott's Masters in Visual Studies at Stellenbosch was his first degree. With only a matric certificate plus decades of informal arts education, Scott gained his university access with recognition for prior learning. Congratulations for graduating cm laude, Scott and for a degree showing deep concern for social justice in arts education for youth of colour. READ MORE here:


Adam Mukushi's journey of being part of the Canon Collins Network has made him resolute, given him resilience and helped him learn more about himself. Watch him talk about this journey of self-discovery. Are you getting the most out of being part of the CCT network? In 2024, go deeper. Commit to it.


WATCH School Resource Officers take a militarised approach to school discipline and stigmatize poor young people and young people of colour argues PHD Scholar (Education) ASHLEY VISAGIE at the Education and Democracy Dialogue, which took place at the National Parliament of SA September 8 in partnership with the Public Education Office and the Adult Learning Forum of the Western Cape.

Photos from Canon Collins Trust's post 05/12/2023

TOMORROW Join our 4th year Law Scholar Sakhile Ngobe in talking about his book on being a student entrepreneur tomorrow on Radio UWC. The book is about his experiences and practice of entrepreneurship; and it is a wonderful achievement! Congratulations


For International Day of Disabled Persons, we celebrate the life of service and action of Dr Christine Peta, who has transformed Zimbabwe's approach to persons with disability, with an empowering and human rights approach that now permeates every government department. Christine is our WHY for what we do as a Trust. More power to her!

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Canon Collins Trust works to build a community of change agents across southern Africa who create and use research for social impact. Through our postgraduate and research funding, project grants and international events programme, our unique approach cultivates a space where activism and research meet.

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Adam Mukushi's journey of being part of the Canon Collins Network has made him resolute, given him resilience and helped...
For International Day of Disabled Persons, we celebrate the life of service and action of Dr Christine Peta, who has tra...
What does "scholarship in action" mean to you? Dr Christine Peta (CCT scholar 2014-5) talks about how "scholarship in ac...
PART 2 African sex workers are always seen as female victims, explains Dr Princess Sibanda, but what I found is that the...
Meet Dr Princess Sibanda, 2018's Scholar Scholar. Her PhD created a platform through theatre for sex workers in Zimbabwe...
We have strong men but not strong institutions, says Petina Gappah. What stopped Donald Trump and Boris Johnson from fur...
Unlocking Social Justice through Collaborative and Accountable Scholarship: By joining together as researcher and attorn...
Two days left to finish off your application and hit that send button. If you cover these three ideas in your answers yo...
Are you wrestling with the ethics and practicalities of using AI, and ChatGPT in particular in your research and writing...
Welcome Ivor Baatjes to Canon Collins Trust! Excited to work with him to create positive social change. He brings a fres...
Our Annual Scholars’ Conference Webber Wentzel in Jo'burg was an extraordinary event. From June 23-25, dynamic scholars ...
Catching up on Conference news! Announcing our Change Maker Award Winners for 2023. Congratulations Siyasanga Kumalo-Mje...




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