Siyathokoza Mtolo

Siyathokoza Mtolo is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow within the University of the Witwatersrand’s African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) where I am researching how walking as a form of mobility for immigrants affects their experience of places – predominantly host spaces. This research is done to document what is likely to be the possible future politics of African countries as related to immigration. Currently, I am researching how immigrants in Johannesburg (South Africa) experience (un)safety within their dwelling places and how this experience affects their – as the late French theorist Henri Lefebvre would put it – “spatial practice”. How safe or unsafe immigrants feel within a particular site and situation is an understudied phenomenon that may have insights that may explain why immigrants may or may not be found engaging certain practices of theirs (from their native countries) or in consequential numbers in certain areas.