Currently a Lecturer and Deputy Head of Department in the School of Human and Community Development, Department of Social Work, at the University of the Witwatersrand. Nkosiyazi is a holder of a Bachelor of Social Work Degree, and a Master’s and a Doctoral Degree in the broad area of Social Development, all awarded by the University of the Witwatersrand. He have over 9 years of experience supervising and conducting qualitative social research involving a variety of public and population health issues affecting vulnerable groups such as women and children. He has some expertise in advanced qualitative methods for social research, knowledge, and experience of working with vulnerable populations or those who operate within the periphery of the economy. He teaches and supervises research students at Honours, Masters, and Doctoral levels. His research interests are in Health and Social Development, with a specific focus on Social Protection and Social Security (formal and informal), and Children and HIV and AIDS. Currently, he is concluding a research project that was investigating the feasibility of using informal social security networks, known as stokvels in South Africa, as platforms for hypertension screening for their women members in Soweto, South Africa. Nkosiyazi has published articles and a book chapter in peer reviewed journals within South Africa and abroad. He has also worked with colleagues on different projects from different disciplines within my university, in Africa and abroad. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Social Development in Africa and for the Journal of Human Behaviour in a Social Environment. He externally examines course work and research projects for four universities in South Africa. In terms of institutional affiliations, he was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (MMUF) for Wits University, besides CARTA. He has worked in the private and NGO sector together within the Higher Education sector in South Africa. He is an Alumnus at Bowdoin College, in the United States of America through the Bowdoin Office of Special Academic Programs. He is also affiliated with the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), through the Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program. He has participated and presented in both local, regional and international conferences and is a member of the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP).