School of Arts

Luthando Ngema

Luthando Ngema



Contact Number031-260-2310

CampusHoward College Campus

Office AddressMedia and Cultural Studies Department, Office F112, MTB

Degrees Held

  • BA Media and Legal Studies (UKZN)
  • BA Hons and Master of Social Science (UKZN)

Area of Study

My area of study includes a multidisciplinary mixture of interests under the umbrella of Media and cultural studies. For undergraduate studies, I majored in Legal studies and Media and cultural studies and post graduate studies, had an opportunity to read into development communication; public health communication and visual anthropology. I hold a Masters of Social Science, where my research study aimed to gain knowledge with issues of ‘authenticity’ in the communication processes in a cultural tourism setting- between host communities and the tourist. My topic was “Questioning notions of Authenticity: Zulu beadwork as cultural tourism”.

Research Interests

  • Cultural Tourism Communication
  • Urban Communication
  • Internal and External Organisational Communication
  • Race and Gender in Media
  • South African Political Communication
  • South African Broadcasting (More focus on Television)

Why UKZN as an employer?

As a UKZN alumnus, teaching at this institution is at the core of academic aspirations. As a young black female, I hope to contribute towards research on issues that are pertinent to the understanding of communicating about socio-political and economic issues to a society where the majority is not politically inclined or economically savvy.

Research Outputs

Doctoral Candidate:

Topic: “Representing urban social space: Media constructions of Ethekwini central business district development”

  • Melusi Mntungwa and Luthando Ngema (2018) “He mustn’t be too much”: Exploring notions of internalised homophobia in Date My Family, Agenda,
  • Mary. E Lange and Luthando Ngema. Art as Resource for Reconciliation. WUMEN BAGUNG: Communication for Development and Social Change Bulletin, Edited by Linje Manyozo. December 2016 | Issue 2 | Making Change Together |.ISSN 2206-6179
  • Executive Board Member: ARROWSA (
  • Organising Committee for INDRA CONGRESS 2018 (

Conference Membership

  • South African Communication Association Member
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research
  • Consuming the Environment (Hogskolan I Gavle- University of Gavle)

Student Supervision

Currently Supervising Postgrad Projects:

  • Kaylyn Gunkel: #MRPMYSTYLE as Branding Identity: Mr Price and Facebook Culture. (Completed, MA MECS, September 2019)
  • Nombuso Dlamini: Investigating attitudes and perceptions around service delivery in the Umkhumbane Community Cato Crest and Enkanini: Service Delivery Protest as a Tool for Communication (In progress)
  • Melusi Mntungwa: Voicing the Voiceless: Exploring the Attitudes and Perceptions of MSM (Men who have Sex with Men) in the Msunduzi Municipality towards Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (Completed, MA: MECS (Cum laude), June 2019)
  • Nqobile Samantha Madondo: Audience reception and Reality Television: An exploration of the two screen culture, a case of Our Perfect Wedding (In progress)
  • Similo Gobingca: A TALE OF TWO PUBS: an exploration of the sub-cultural landscape of a thriving post-apartheid African city. (In progress)