Contact Info

Phone: +27 35 902 6720

Prof AT Nzama


Office A15, Block A


B.Paed, STD, B.Ed, BA (Hons) (UNIZULU), Med (UOVS), MA (UNIZULU), MSc (SIU-C Illinois); PhD (SIU-C Illinois)


Prof Thandi Nzama was born at Kwa Wosiyana a rural area located at Ndwedwe Municipality in KwaZulu Natal. She passed her Matric at Montebello High School now called the Lady of the Rosary. She enrolled for a B Paed Degree at the University of Zululand which allowed her to teach Biology and Geography at various High Schools around Empangeni while pursuing her postgraduate studies. She then joined the University of Zululand as a lecturer in the Department of Didactics (now called Curriculum Studies) in 1990 where she taught, among others, the method of Teaching Geography. Teaching within the Faculty of Education encouraged her to do two Masters Degrees; MEd (University of Free State) and MA (Geography) (University of Zululand) and later an MSc she completed in Illinois, USA. Armed with a Phd also from the USA and her passion for starting new things led her to accept a new position in the Faculty of Arts as a Coordinator of the Centre for Recreation and Tourism in 2000. The Centre grew and offered both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and later became the Department of Recreation and Tourism. She moved up the ranks and became a Senior lecturer and HOD of this Department for 14 years after which she became Deputy Dean Teaching and Learning and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts in 2018. Her passion for pursuing new challenges has led her to accept the responsibility of coordinating the new Diploma programme that will be offered for the first time in 2021 at the Richards Bay Campus.

Professional Membership

  • She is a member of the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research (ATLAS).
  • IGU

Research Interests

  • Cultural Heritage Tourism
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Community Based Tourism
  • Tourism and the environment