Department of Social Work

Dr EM Cily Tabane

College of Human Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Department: Social Work
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 8907


  • PhD Social Work (UP, 2004)

Fields of academic interests

  • HIV and AIDS - with special emphasis on the relationship between HIV/AIDS and culture,
  • Youth Development,
  • Clinical Social Work applied to health,
  • HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing,
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Field of Specialisation

  • Clinical Social Work
  • HIV and AIDS


  • Phaswana – Mafuya, N, Mokwena. K, Davids, A, Tabane, C & Mkhonto, S. (2011). Chapter 9 - TOWARDS ESTABLISHING AN NCD RESEARCH AGENDA, PAGE NUMBERS: 209-219. In Phaswana – Mafuya, N. &Tassiopoulos, D. Public health in the 21st century: Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDS) in developing countries. (October 25, 2011) Nova Science Publishers, Inc: New York.


Journal articles

  • Phaswana – Mafuya, Tabane, C. and Davids, A. (2016). Community member perceptions of influences on teenage pregnancies. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 26:5, 419-427
  • Phaswana-Mafuya, N; Shisana, O; Davids, A.; Tabane, C and Kekana, M.Q. 2014. Perception of Sugar Mommy Practices in South Africa. 2014. Journal of Psychology in Africa. DOI: 10
  • Simbayi,L.C; Matseke,G; Wabiri,N; Ncitakalo, N; Banyini,M; Tabane,C &
  • Tshebetshebe, D (2014): Covariates of condom use in South Africa: findings from a national population-based survey in 2008, AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, DOI (10) 1080
  • Phaswana-Mafuya, N; Peltzer, P, Chirinda, W; Kose, Z; Hoosain, E;
  • Ramlagan, S; Tabane, C and Davids, A. 2013.IMPROVING HEALTH AND LIVING CONDITIONS FOR ELDERLY POPULATIONS. Self-rated health and associated
  • Factors among older South Africans: Evidence from the study on Global
  • Ageing and Adult Health. Global Health Action 2013 (6): 19880 – 19890
  • Phaswana-Mafuya, N., Peltzer, K., Mlambo, G., Mkhonto, S. & Tabane, C. (2012). Victim Empowerment Programme in a Selected Municipality of the Eastern Cape, South Africa: Service Provider Perception. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 22(3): 447–450.
  • Peltzer, K., Vallieres, E. F., Tabane, C. (2011).HIV knowledge, risk perception and risk behaviour among male ex-offenders in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Gender & Behaviour; 9 (2): 3870 – 3885.
  •  Peltzer, K., Phaswana-Mafuya, N., Mzolo, T., Tabane, C. and Zuma, K (2010). Sexual Behaviour, HIV Status, and HIV Risk among Older South Africans. Ethno Med, 4(3): 163-172.
  • Peltzer, K., Tabane, C., Matseke, G. & Simbayi, L. (2010). Lay counsellor-based risk reduction intervention with HIV positive diagnosed patients at public HIV counselling and testing sites in Mpumalanga, South Africa*. Evaluation and Program Planning,33(4):379 – 385.
  • Peltzer, K., Tabane, C., Matseke, G. & Simbayi, L. (2009). Lay counsellor-based risk reduction intervention with HIV negative diagnosed patients at HIV counselling and testing sites in a rural South African setting. Journal of Psychology in Africa. 19(4):541-548.
  • Simbayi, L.C., Kleintjes, S., Ngomane, T., Tabane, C.E.M., Mfecane, S. & Davids, A. (2006). Psychosocial issues affecting orphans and vulnerable children in two South African communities. Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Post -Doctoral Fellow at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), as a Research Specialist in Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health.


  • Empowerment of Young women with leadership, research and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at UNISA.
  • The influence of cultural practices in relation to the transmission of HIV and AIDS
  • Inside-out Outside-in South African Corrections Interest group - UNISA