Department of Social Work

Prof MDM Makofane

College of Human Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Department: Social Work
Tel: 012 429 6884


  • MSW (Clinical) Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO, 1993)
  • DPhil Social Work (UP, 1999)

Fields of academic interests

  • Development of intervention strategies for vulnerable groups
  • Family preservation services
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Qualitative research

Field of Specialisation

  • Vulnerable groups (children and women)
  • Families
  • Gender issues
  • Research


  • Makofane MDM & Nemaukwe AR (2008). Polygamy and religion: Implications for social work practice. In Cloete, N and Teffo, J. (eds). University of Limpopo, Turfloop Campus.

Journal articles

  • Skobi, F. & MDM Makofane (2017). Reflections of social workers on the experiences of pregnant teenagers during group work sessions. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk (in press).
  • Nhedzi, F. & Makofane, MDM (2015).The experiences of social workers in the provision of family preservation services. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 51(3):354-378.
  • Tayo SZ & Makofane MDM (2015). Social workers’ perspectives on the experiences and challenges of women living with HIV. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation & Dance, 21(2):483-492.
  • Makofane MDM (2015). “Not all men are fathers”: experiences of African women from families with absent fathers. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 51(1):22-44.
  • 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 & Dance, 20(2:1):409-425.
  • Makofane MDM (2014). A conceptual analysis of the label “street Children”: Challenges for the helping professions. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 50(1):134-145.
  • Makofane MDM & Mogoane OM (2012). Adolescents’ perspectives on child-parent relationships following parental divorce: Suggestions for social work practice. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 48(3):308-324.
  • Makofane MDM (2011). Perspectives on the factors influencing student social workers in the planning, execution and completion of their research projects at 4th level in an Open Distance Learning (ODL) context. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 47(4): 477- 496.
  • Airhihenbuwa C. O., Shisana O., Zungu, N., BeLue, R. Makofane, D. M., Shefer, T., Smith, E. & Simbayi, L. (2011). Research capacity building: a US-South African partnership. Global Health Promotion, 18(2):27-35.
  • Sofolahan, Y., Airhihenbuwa, C., Makofane, D. & Mashaba, E. (2010). “I have lost sexual interest…” – challenges of balancing personal and professional lives among nurses caring for people living with HIV and AIDS in Limpopo, South Africa. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 31(2):155-69.
  • Okoror, T. A., Airhihenbuwa, C. O. Zungu, M. Makofane, D. C. Brown, Iwelunmor, J. (2007-2008). “My mother told me I must not cook anymore” – food, culture, and the context of HIV – and AIDS-Related stigma in three communities in South Africa. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 28 (3):201-213.
  • Makofane MDM & Gray MMA (2007). Factors hindering the successful outcome of rural community projects. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 43(3):201-208.
  • Ratlabala ME, Makofane MDM & Jali MN (2007). Perceptions of adolescents in low resourced areas towards pregnancy and the choice on termination of pregnancy (CTOP). Curationis, Journal of the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa, 30(1):26-31.
  • Makofane MDM & Sepota MM (2006). Women abuse from a communication and cultural perspective. African Journal of Folklore Studies, 16(2):20-34.
  • Kgosimore DL & Makofane MDM (2006). Self-directed violence: A multidisciplinary approach to the prevention and management of adolescent suicidal behaviour. Acta Criminologica: South African Journal of Criminology, 19(1):89-101.
  • Makofane MDM (2003). The relevance of feminism in modern social work education. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 39(2):108-118.
  • Makofane MDM (2002). Factors compelling women to remain in abusive marriages, Acta Criminologica: South African Journal of Criminology, 15(1):84-92.
  • Makofane MDM (2001). Process evaluation of the victim empowerment programme for abused women in the Northern Province, Acta Criminologica: South African Journal of Criminology, 14(1):90-97.
  • Makofane MDM & Du Preez MSE (2000). Wife abuse: Implications for social work practice. The Social Work Practitioner-Researcher, 12(2):52-66.
  • Makofane MDM & Du Preez MSE (2000). Reporting of wife physical abuse to the police in the Northern Province. Acta Criminologica South African Journal of Criminology, 13(1):57-65.
  • Makofane MDM (1998). Belief systems as an obstacle towards development of rural women and its implication for social work practice. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk: Professional Journal for the social worker, 2(34):230-235.
  • Makofane, MDM (1997). The problem of women abuse - an empowerment approach. Journal of Social Work Practice. (1): 6-10.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Member of the College of Human Sciences (CHS) committees on Higher Degrees, Research and Innovation and Community Engagement.
  • Mentor junior and senior staff members in the Department of Social Work, Unisa.
  • External examiner for numerous universities at under- and postgraduate levels.
  • Reviewer of manuscripts, National Research Foundation (NRF) applications for funding and rating of academics
  • Field instructor, lecturer, senior lecturer and associate professor from 1887 to 2008 at UNIN (now UL), Professor at Unisa.
  • Scholarship for MSW by (EOC) Education Opportunities Council, Johannesburg - July 1991 to April 1993.
  • Dean’s List (Masters in Social Work) for academic excellence at Southern University in New Orleans, USA - 1991 to 1993.
  • Certificate of Honorary Colours from the student representative council on behalf of the student Community of the University of Pretoria - 1999.


  • A departmental liaison for Tirisano Centre offering short learning programmes.
  • A departmental liaison for a short learning programme in Refugee Law and Humanitarian Support.
  • Involved in a community engagement project on improving learners’ school performance and educators’ motivation in teaching - in selected Soshanguve high schools.