Lerato Mahwai joins ASRI’s as a Research Associate through the DSD-NRF internship programme. She holds a MA degree in psychology (Research Psychology Programme) from the University of the Witwatersrand and a BPsych degree obtained at Midrand Graduate Institute (Now known as Pearson Graduate Institute. Prior to ASRI, Lerato worked at a consultancy basis for Social Surveys Africa (SSA), as a Field Researcher and a Research Intern. She also worked part-time at UNISA Institute for Social and Health Sciences as a data capturer. Lerato started out as a counselor and assisted many troubled children and women from various backgrounds including in schools and Ngo’s, before she branched out into Research. She is determined to develop into a renowned Local Researcher. Her research interests are in Human Development, specifically child development and Education.


Angelo Fick has joined ASRI as the Director of Research. Before joining
ASRI, he spent nearly half a decade as a resident current affairs and news analyst at eNCA, a 24 hours news broadcaster in South Africa. For two decades he taught across a variety of disciplines in the Humanities and Applied Sciences in universities in South Africa and Europe. His research is informed by critical ‘race’ theory, feminism, and post-structuralism. He has written widely on post-millennial post-apartheid South Africa’s political economy, and remains interested in broader issues of justice and equality. Most recently he taught courses on colonial discourse theory and postcolonial culture in the Department of Visual Culture at the University of Pretoria. He has also supervised graduate work on the representation of women politicians in South African media, the figuration of subjectivity in contemporary critical theory, and most recently, an analysis of the relationship between national sovereignty and supra-national organisations in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.