Professor R Simangaliso Kumalo is Dean of the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg. He is the Director of the Centre for Constructive Theology in Southern Africa. He is also the Co-founding Editor of the Critical Investigation on Humanitarian AID in Africa (CIHA). He is also the immediate past-President of the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (2016-2018).

His research focus is on Religion and Governance, Religion and the Environment, Church and Politics and Public Theology and the Social History of Methodism in Southern Africa. He has written six books and over 60 chapters in books and academic journals.



Kumalo, R.S. 2003. From Forests to Deserts: A Model of Ministry in Communities of the Poor. Pretoria: UNISA CBPowell Publishers.

Kumalo, R. S. Methodists with a White History and a Black Future: The People Called Methodists in KwaZulu-Natal. Johannesburg: Upper Room Ministries.

Kumalo R.S. 2012. Pastor and Politician: Essays on the Legacy of John L. Dube the First President of the African National Congress. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications.

Kumalo, R. S. An Approach to African Political Theology: The Contribution of JB Mzizi to Religion, Culture and Politics in Swaziland. Cluster Publications

Kumalo R.S African Legends of Methodism: Life Stories of some African Leaders Formed by the Methodist Church of Southern Africa

John, Nokutela and Angelina Dube: Pioneers of Education for self-reliance, liberatory religion and democratic politics in South Africa