Department of Social Work

Dr ML Shirindi

College of Human Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Department: Social Work
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 6060


  • MA (SW) University of Limpopo  (UL, 2008)
  • DPhil  Social Work (UL, 2016)

Fields of academic interests

  • Qualitative research
  • Phenomenological research
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Hypertension and women

Field of Specialisation

  • Vulnerable groups (children, women and persons  living with disabilities)
  • Research in health care
  • Gender, social exclusion and inequality issues
  • Mental health

Journal articles

  • Shirindi ML, Makhubele, JC & Fraeyman, J (2016). Barriers to medication adherence among women living in rural areas suffering from hypertension: The case of Dikgale-Communities. Ethno Medicine, 10(1): 76-84.
  • Shirindi ML, Makhubele, JC, Mabvurira, V & Fraeyman, J (2015). Social exclusion among women living in rural areas suffering from hypertension: The case of Dikgale Communities. Journal on Human Ecology, 49(3):189-196.
  • Shirindi ML & Makofane MDM (2015). Ritual impurities: Perspectives of women living with HIV and AIDS. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation & Dance (AJPHERD), 21(3:2):941-952.
  • Makhubele JC & Shirindi ML (2015). Poverty alleviation strategy: Engagement of indigenous community-based groups as assets towards community development. Studies of Tribes and Tribals, 13(1): 48-58.
  • Mabvurira V, Makhubele JC & Shirindi ML (2015).  Healing Practices in Johane Masowe Chishanu Church: Toward Afrocentric Social Work with African Initiated Church Communities. Ethno Medicine, 9(3): 425-434.
  • Malatji ML, Makhubele JC & Makofane MDM (2014). Fear of disclosure among women living with HIV and AIDS: The case of Mankweng area, Limpopo Province. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, 20(2): 409-425.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Social worker, lecturer (UL), senior lecturer in the Department of Social Work at UNISA.
  • External examiner for postgraduate research


  • Awarded a scholarship by Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in collaboration with Pennsylvania State University, University of Western Cape and the University of Limpopo to study stigma and HIV/AIDS (2006-2007).
  • Awarded a scholarship by the Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad (VLIR) / Flemish Interuniversity Council (IUC) (2013 – 2015) as well as the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) in collaboration with the South African Humanities Deans Association (SAHUDA) (2014 – 2016).
  • A conference paper was rated the best at the 2016 NIHSS National Doctoral high impact conference on the 2-3 November 2016.


  • Involved in a community engagement project on improving learners’ school performance and educators’ motivation in teaching - in selected Soshanguve high schools.
  • Tateni community engagement project empower and support orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) through educational guidance and counselling led by the Department of Psychology and College of Education (CEDU) at the University of South Africa (Unisa).