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Margaret Ntombizodwa Mbelle

Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa

Margaret Ntombizodwa Mbelle

Margaret Ntombizodwa Mbelle, MA ELT, MPH, MAP, Ethics Cert.
Chief Research Manager, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa

I am South African citizen. I obtained a 4 year teaching degree at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa, and further studied at Thames Valley University, now called, University of West London, UK, and obtained a MA in ELT. I then studied at the Medical University of South Africa for Masters in Public Health, focusing on epidemiology, bio statistics, health systems, qualitative and quantitative methods in health research. I also obtained MAP post graduate certificate from Witwatersrand University, South Africa, and post graduate certificate in Ethics in Vaccine research and Institutionalizing ethics review in health research at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. I have served as the Director of Health Research and the Acting Cluster Manager at the South African National Department of Health, a Senior Research Manager and Chief Research Manager in the HIV and AIDS, STIs and TB unit of the Human Sciences Research Council. I also led a large team of professionals from different disciplines including medical, legal, communications, education and community teams as Project Manager at the South African Medical Research Council. As part of a research team, I have served as Project Manager, Project Director and Principal Investigator in large national surveys on HIV, STIs and TB. I have also been involved in the SARRAH project as the Country representative, working with the UK organizations. Currently, I am involved in the 5th National HIV survey which targets 60 000 participants; behavioural and bio-markers are collected for laboratory testing, analysis and reporting on HIV prevalence, incidence, Viral load, ARV presence and ARV resistance. I am also a member of the HSRC Ethics Committee which reviews an average of 120 proposals/protocols a year from a wide variety of sectors. My main aim for attending the SRHS program is to gain further knowledge and skills on SRH, particularly among adolescents and to establish a SRH sub-unit with the HAST unit.


  • N Phaswana-Mafuya, O Shisana, C Tabane; A Davids ; M Mbelle, Perceptions of teenage pregnancies in South Africa
  • G. Setswe S. Ramlagan, N. Mbelle, A. Davids, N. Zungu, And S. Pezi, The Role of Parents and Peers in Young People Initiating Sexual Debut in South Africa, 2014
  • O Shisana, A Davids ; C Tabane, M Mbelle, G Matseke, M Banyini & Q Kekana, Perceptions of Sugar mommy practices in South Africa, Nancy Phaswana-Mafuya; 2014
  • K. Zuma, G. Setswe, T. Ketye, T. Mzolo, T. Rehle, N. Mbelle, Age at sexual debut: a determinant of multiple partnership among South African youth; HSRC, African Journal of Reproductive Health 06/2010; 14(2):47-54. pp.47-54
  • L. Simbayi, N. Mbelle, O. Shisana, South African National HIV Prevalence, HIV Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey, 2005
  • L. Simbayi, S. Jooste, K. Mwaba, A.Managa, K. Zuma, N. Mbelle, Behavioural Risks and HIV Sero-Status (BSS) Household Survey in the Klerksdorp District of South Africa, 2006
  • K. Peltzer, L. Simbayi, S. Kalichman, S. Jooste, A. Cloete and N. Mbelle, Drug Use and HIV Risk Behaviour in three Urban South African Communities, HSRC and University of the Free State, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa
  • O. Shisana, T. Rehle, L. Simbayi, W. Parker, S. Jooste, V. Pillay-van Wyk, N. Mbelle, J. Van Zyl, South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour, and Communication Survey, 2008: A Turning Tide Among Teenagers? 2009
  • Mbelle N, Setswe G, Sifunda S, Mabaso M, Maduna V (2015). HIV and AIDS related knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of students and staff at South Africa‚Äôs technical and vocational education and training colleges, 2014.Pretoria: HEAIDS. ISBN: 978-0-620-66087-7. Available at www.heaids.co.za
  • Setswe G, Mabaso M, Sifunda S, Mbelle N, Maduna V and Mthembu J (2015). HIV/AIDS awareness levels of TVET students. HSRC Review, 13, 3, July-September: 18-21
  • G Setswe, L Simbayi, K Zuma, S Jooste, J van Zyl, N Mbelle, G Matseke, HIV prevalence among employees working for a provincial government in South Africa: a cross-sectional survey; 2015
  • G Setswe, N Mbelle, J Chikovore, Y Ntsepe, M Mabaso, T Chauke, S Sigida, S Msweli, Y Naidoo Impact Evaluation of The First Things First Campaign of The Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS (HEAIDS) Programme, 2016 (available at www.heaids.ac.za)
  • Zuma, K., Simbayi, L.C., Rehle, T., Mbelle, N., Zungu, N.P., Mthembu, J., North, A., Van Zyl, J., Jooste, S., Moyo, S., Wabiri, N., Maduna, V., Mabaso, M. Naidoo, I., Chasela, C., Chikovore, J and the Educator Survey II Study Team (2016), The Health of Educators in Public Schools in South Africa (available at www.education.gov.za)
  • G Setswe, N Mbelle, J Mthembu, M Mabaso, S Sifunda, V Maduna (2017) HIV knowledge, attitudes and behaviours: The situation at technical, vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in South Africa: (available at www.education.gov.za)