Bernard K. Mbenga is head of History at the University of Northwest. He has a M.A. in History from the University of York in England and a PhD from Unisa. His research interests include the role of black communities in the South African War (1899 – 1902), acquiring of land by black communities in the Transvaal, as well as the role of missionaries and black chiefdoms. He also lectures local knowledge systems.
Mbenga has delivered papers at international conferences in South Africa, the US, England and Australia. He is co-editor and co-author (with Carolyn Hamilton and Robert Ross) of the forthcoming Cambridge History of South Africa, Vol.1, c.200 AD to 1886 AD. He is a member of the editorial boards of the South African Historical Journal, The Journal of African History and the online e-journal History Compass.