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Primrose Bimha


What makes you interesting?

I identify myself as a nomadic southern African, considering that I have lived in South Africa, Zimbabwe, eSwatini and Lesotho, over the past decade.

  • Bio

    Primrose holds a Master of Social Science degree in International relations from the University of Cape Town (UCT). She has served as a Teaching Assistant for Global Governance and Gender & the Politics of Development. Outside academia, Primrose worked as a Policy Research and Communications officer for Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (MoFAIT), from January 2018 to June 2019. She also served a Regional Analyst at Political Economy Southern Africa (PESA), from June 2017 to December 2017. She is experienced in conducting research on foreign policy, conflict, land issues and gender justice.
  • Title and Summary of PhD Project

    A study of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and South Africa’s approaches to the resolution of post-election conflicts in Lesotho (1998) and Zimbabwe (2008).

    The study examines the efficacy of diplomacy as a tool for promoting democracy through the resolution of electoral conflicts. By revisiting SADC and South Africas’ responses to post-election conflicts which occurred in Lesotho in 1998 and Zimbabwe in 2008, the study focuses on identifying areas that require improvement. My aim is to develop an electoral conflict management framework which incorporates aspects of political-elite diplomacy and TRACK II diplomacy for future interventions. Considering that Lesotho and Zimbabwe remain susceptible to political breakdowns and disputed elections are becoming increasingly popular in the region, it is important to work on developing conflict management strategies based on past experiences.

  • Publications 

    1. Bimha, H. & Bimha, P.Z.J. (2018). Impediments to Effective and Efficient Management of the South Africa-Zimbabwe Beit-Bridge Border Post during Peak Periods. IOSR Journal of Business and Management. 20(3): 13-23.
    2. Bimha, P.Z.J. & Mutombo, I. (2018). Mauritius land reform and rural transformation overview. Political Economy Southern Africa (PESA).
    3. Bimha, P.Z.J. & Mampuru, T. (2018). Botswana land reform and rural transformation overview. Political Economy Southern Africa (PESA).
    4. Bimha, P.Z.J. & Pisirai, P. (2018). eSwatini land reform and rural transformation overview. Political Economy Southern Africa (PESA)
    5. Bimha, P.Z.J. and Chadwick, R. (2016). Making the childfree choice: Perspectives of women living in South Africa. Journal of Psychology in Africa. 26 (5): 449-456.
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

    Do what you can, with what you have, wherever you are.