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The Unsung Hero: The Untold Story Of Dr Tariro Kamuti



Tariro Kamuti was born in Mt Darwin District, Zimbabwe.

He attended Pfunyanguwo Primary School and Mavuradonha High School in the same district.

Tariro’s Early Years

He enrolled for a BSc Degree in Biological Sciences and Geography at the University of Zimbabwe from 1993 to 1995.

Thereafter he taught at St Francis/Clare High School in Guruve District from 1996 until 2001 when he transferred to St Philips High School.

In the meantime, he obtained a BSc Honours Degree in Geography from the University of Zimbabwe and a Diploma in Marketing Management from the Graduate School of Marketing of the Institute of Marketing Management, South Africa in 1999.

He went to South Africa in 2002 where he graduated with an MPhil in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Fort Hare in 2004.

He taught at St Philips High School in Guruve District until 2005, when he was appointed as lecturer at Madziwa Teachers’ College from 2006 to 2007.

While at Madziwa Teachers’ College he graduate with a BBA in Marketing from the Institute of Marketing Management, South Africa in 2006.

He also obtained a Graduate Certificate in HIV/AIDS Project Management with the University of Zimbabwe in 2007.

He moved back to South Africa again, where he was a Life and Agricultural Sciences Educator at Oxford Combined College in Johannesburg from 2008 to 2009.

While in Johannesburg he qualified with a Project Management Diploma from the Independent Institute of Education in 2009.

Tariro then enrolled for his joint PhD at the University of the Free State, South Africa and Vrije University Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 2010, but also obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (cum laude) at the University of South Africa in 2012.

On the 22nd of June 2016, Tariro successfully defended his PhD thesis and graduated with the Department of Organisational Sciences at the Vrije University Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

On the 30th of June 2016, Tariro attended the second leg of his joint PhD graduation from the Department of Geography of the University of the Free State in South Africa.

This simply means that he has two certificates for the same PhD degree, of which one is invalid in the absence of the other.

Upon graduation in 2016, Dr Tariro Kamuti became a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa up to August 2018.

He was then a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Global Risk Governance Programme in the Department of Public Law at the University of Cape Town, in conjunction with the South African National Biodiversity Institute since September 2018.

Tariro is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Tariro was a recipient of a PhD scholarship from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO-WOTRO) under a research programme on a partnership involving the University of the Free State, the University of Cape Town, South Africa and the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

So, he was part of a team of scholars under the research programme titled: Farm Dwellers – The Forgotten People? Consequences of Conversions to Private Wildlife Production in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces.

His PhD thesis is titled: Private Wildlife Governance in a Context of Radical Uncertainty: Dynamics of Game Farming Policy and Practice in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The thesis focuses on the influence and workings of the policy processes and governance contexts in which the agricultural and wildlife sectors operate in light of the trend of conversion from conventional farming to game farming in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.

Tariro’s research interests cover land, agricultural and environmental policy, governance issues surrounding sustainable utilisation of natural resources, the environmental humanities link to biodiversity conservation, sustainable rural and urban development.

While at the University of the Free State, Tariro was a lead consultant on a commissioned research concerning mining and the supply of water to surrounding communities in five Southern African Development Community countries of Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

He co-authored two reports, one of which is a best practice guideline for At the university of Cape Town, he worked on a research project broadly focusing on the wildlife economy of South Africa that is sponsored by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

In that project, he focused on human-wildlife conflict focusing on stakeholder relations concerning the persecution of the leopard on private land around Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.

Tariro together with three other colleagues from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, University of Oslo), Norway, and the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, were recently awarded a fellowship by a US-based organisation to do research on the game meat value chain in South Africa.

To this effect he has several scholarly publications.

Tariro is a member of the Society of South African Geographers, the Regional Studies Association, United Kingdom, and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, United States of America.

He is a proud father to a son, Edrick Tashinga and a daughter, Chelsea Ruramai.

Robert Tapfumaneyi