Dr Nontando Hadebe

Dr Nontando Hadebe is a lay woman theologian. She points out that she is, too, very definitely an African theologian, of  mixed African heritage – her late mother was from Botswana, her  father Zimbabwean,  and her grandfather South African.

Nontando Hadebe has a doctorate in theology from St Augustine College, having previously completed undergraduate and post graduate degrees at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Her first studies were in law, in Zimbabwe, where she specialized in the Law and Administration of Deceased Estates at the High Court of Zimbabwe, before turning to theology. Her doctoral dissertation at St Augustine was dedicated to A Trinitarian theological response to gender challenges in the context of HIV/Aids in Southern Africa.

She is a member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians as well as the TCCRSA Women’s Caucus comprising catholic women theologians in Africa. Raised as a Catholic, her spiritual journey subsequently took her to the Baptist and Anglican/Lutheran churches, and thence back to the Catholic Church. A common feature is that all the churches sent her to study theology, giving her a comprehensive theological education that includes Evangelical, Liberal protestant and Catholic theologies!

She has recently returned from the USA, where she was Visiting Fellow at the Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University (Aug-Dec 2014) and Fulbright scholar in residence at Emmanuel College, Boston (January-May 2015).

Before that, she had taught undergraduate studies fulltime at St Augustine for some years. She has resumed part-time position at the College in January 2016. Apart from being a Senior Lecturer in Theology, she is also the College Chaplain.

In February 2016 she has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of South Africa where she will be participating in a groundbreaking research with Prof Marilyn Naidoo on gender and theological education in South African institutions.