Project Description

Xavia Siyabonga Poswa

The intersection of the role of traditional leaders and municipalities in spatial planning and land use management

Xavia has an LLB and an LLM in Law, State, and Multilevel Government from the University of the Western Cape. He is currently a doctoral student at the Dullah Omar Institute at the University of the Western Cape.

Xavia was a research assistant at the Dullah Omar Institute under the tutelage of Professor Nico Steytler and Professor Jaap de Visser. In addition, Xavia recently obtained a Diploma in Federalism, Decentralisation, and Conflict Resolution from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He is a former member of the prestigious Dean of Law’s Top Achievers Programme, (Dean’s Merit List) which selects the top-performing students each year.

In 2017, Xavia collaborated with Professor Jaap de Visser to convert his thesis into an article for the Potchefstroom Electronic Journal (Forthcoming). He also co-authored a report with Professor de Visser that provides an update on the status of provincial planning legislation. At the Dullah Omar Institute he is responsible for uploading the Local Government Bulletins on the Institute’s website, and making them available online.

Xavia is currently conducting research on the executive committee system. The aim of the research is to examine whether the executive committee system is feasible for local governments in the Western Cape.

Host Organisation: Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance, and Human Rights, University of the Western Cape