Academic Profiles

Prof DS Matjila (Setswana) Language Head

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: African Languages
Tel: 012 429 8097


  • PhD African Languages (UNISA, 2009) 

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Fields of academic interests

Research interests

  • Interest 1 African Literature
  • Interest 2 Cultural History
  • Interest 3 Biographical studies 

Field of Specialisation

  • List  1 African Literature
  • List  2 Cultural History


Book chapters:

  • 2012. Lover of his people: A biography of Sol Plaatje: Wits press.
  • 2015. Bringing Plaatje back Home-Ga e phetsolele nageng: Africa World Press, Trenton, New Jersey 

Journal articles

  • 2004. An Exploratory study of Grade 8 reading skills in Setswana and English. Per Linguam: A journal of Language learning Volume. Volume 20. Matjila and Pretorius
  • 2007. Some Aspects of Batswana traditional beliefs as reflected by intertextual analysis of Mothoagae’s poetry. SAJAL.Volume 27. Number 1 2007. Matjila
  • 2008. Sound and RepetitSouion as Metaphor markers in  Raditladi’s work “Aferika” MUZIKI Journal of Music Research in Africa. Volume 5 (Number 2).Matjila
  • 2008. Teaching for Cultural Relevance and Restoration in the Multi-Lingual South African Setting.  Alterantion Journal Volume 15 (Number 2). Matjila and Haire
  • 2008. Representations of cattle and comfort in Setswana life and Oral literature,  MUZIKI Journal of Music Research in Africa. Volume 5 (Number 2).Matjila and Haire
  • 2009. Analogy and intertextuality in Setswana oral/written poetic diction. MUZIKI Journal of Music Research in Africa. Volume 6 (Number 1).Matjila
  • 2010. The Cattle Motif in Sol T. Plaatje’s Publications in English: Re-Storying the African and Batswana Sensibilities. Journal of Black studies. Matjila and Haire
  • 2011. Music in Poetry: Poem in the Story. MUZIKI, Journal of Music Research in Africa Volume 7(2) Matjila
  • 2012. Socio-Cultural dimensions of Raditladi’s poetry: Reflections from Selected poems SAJAL Volume 32(1) 2012
  • 2012Poetry and Patronage: Historical Vision of Raditladi’s Sefalane sa Menata Journal of Literary Studies, Volume 28, Number (2) June 2012.
  • 2013. A World of Contrasts: Traditional Love and Marriage versus Modern Troubadour Love in L. D. Raditladi’s Selelo sa morati (A Lover’s Lament) South African Journal of Folklore Society Volume 23(2)
  • 2015. Birds as subjects in Setswana folklore: Depiction of their relationship to man. SAJAL. Volume 35(1) 

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • List  1 Commissioner of Academy of African Languages (Continental body)
  • List  2 Member of Advisory Board on Development and use of African Languages in Higher Education
  • List  3 Chairperson and Academic Board Member of Guest Resource Services 


  • Project  1 Setswana Cross border language
  • Project  2 Research on African Ontology
  • Project  3 African Indigenous Poetry