From: South Africa
Mikovhe Maphiri is an Attorney of the High Court in South Africa, and specializes in corporate governance and sustainability issues relating to mining companies in South Africa. In 2015, Maphiri Graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Cape Town, her research focus was in Business rescue and its practical application toSmall Micro Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa. In 2016, Maphiri was the first Dean Fellow to Professor Penelope Andrews, the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town (UCT) where she provided academic and social support to law students. In July 2017, Maphiri represented UCT at the Visions for The Future Global program as an ambassador for UCT and Africa, where she worked with academic experts from the University of Cambridge and consultants from the Institute of Sustainability and leadership in Cambridge on issues relating to the “future” drawing on beliefs, astronomy, medicine, climate change, scientific discovery, international relations and development, financial crises, disease, war and space travel. Inpursuing her career in Academia, She has received scholarships from, the National Research Foundation, the Wilfred Kramer Law Grants and the Hans Middleman Open Society scholarship to name a few.
Maphiri’s research project is entitled “A critical analysis of Internal Corporate Social Responsibility (ICSR) as a mechanism for reducing corporate exposure to labour unrest in South Africa: A legal perspective” funded by the Harry Crossly Foundation. Maphiri’s research analyses the place for ICSR as a mechanism for reducing corporate exposure to labour unrest in South Africa by comparatively looking at the relationship between ICSR, internal stakeholder risk management, director’s duties and company law in the United States and the United Kingdom. She argues that despite the apparent need for CSR in promoting socio-economic development in South Africa, the tick- box practice of CSR in companies is in need for a review as CSR can also be used more successfully in mitigating internal stakeholder risks in the form of labour unrest.