Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, the University of Pretoria
Ndukuyakhe is a PhD graduate from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom and is currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Pretoria. He has over ten years’ experience in heritage management in South Africa, having worked for both national and provincial heritage authorities in various capacities. In his most recent position, Ndukuyakhe worked as the Manager of Archaeological Collections for the University of the Witwatersrand.
Ndukuyakhe has an interest in issues around the ownership of heritage, its management, the involvement of Indigenous communities in archaeology, southern African rock art, and the transformation of the archeological discipline to represent the racial spectrum of South Africa. Lack of transformation in South African archaeology cannot be ignored. Ndukuyakhe is an advocate of a truly transformed archaeological discipline that should be reflective of the demographic composition of the country. He served as the inaugural Transformation Officer within the Association of southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA) and is now involved in a number of other initiatives to bring about transformation. Ndukuyakhe's publications, in national and international peer-reviewed publications, have focused on his experiences as an African archaeologist in South Africa, the need to transform ideological paradigms, the effectiveness of heritage legislation, the incorporation of indigenous approaches in his work, and the ownership of heritage resources in South Africa.
Ndukuyakhe is currently the Assistant Editor for the South African Archaeological Bulletin and serves on the ICOMOS SA Board, Amafa aKwaZulu-Natali Council, and is a World Archaeological Congress Executive Member where he represents the East and Southern Africa region.