Dr. Salimah Valiani

Author of The Future of Mining in SA
I am thrilled to be marking Mama Winnie’s defiance on what would have been her 85th birthday. Tekano’s combining of gender, political economy and health issues is very much in spirit with Mama Winnie’s ways of thinking and struggling — a spirit that also drives my work.

Dr Salimah Valiani is an independent researcher, activist and poet. She is the author of the research monograph, Rethinking Unequal Exchange: the global integration of nursing labour markets (University of Toronto Press: 2012), and authors’ editor of The Future of Mining in South Africa (Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection: 2018). She has published a range of policy papers and articles on mining, development, healthcare and economic justice. She has served as a researcher and economist in unions and nongovernmental organisations in Canada and South Africa since 2001. In 2012 she received the Feminist Economics Rhonda Williams Prize – an award recognising feminist scholarship and activism in the spirit of the African American economist and advocate, Rhonda Williams. She has also published 5 poetry collections, including the just released, 29 leads to love (Inanna: 2021).