Spiwo Xapile

Joined AIAIA Board: 2019


  • Diploma in Theology: Federal Theological Seminary, 
    Pietermaritzburg 1980

  • Bachelor of Divinity Honours - University of Aberdeen, 
    Scotland 1989

  • Master of Arts: University of Cape Town - 1994
    (Christian Studies)

  • Doctor of Theology: University of Stellenbosch - 1999 (Church History and Church polity)

Career Summary:

  • Professor, University of Stellenbosch’s African Centre for the management of HIV/AIDS in the world

  • Co-Founder, Stories Move Mountains

  • Pastor, JL Zwane Presbyterian Church

  • Trustee, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR)

  • Trustee, Institute for Healing of Memory 

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Winner of the State President Award (received from former President Mr Nelson Mandela) for the best community outreach programme forthe Eastern Cape Region.

  • Spiwo has served as a member of the Board of the Institute for Healing of Memory

  • Spiwo along with Ariella Tilsen (of vitaledgeconsulting.com) started a program called Stories Move Mountains whose aim is to bring together grassroots leaders (and their community partners) to explore personal and communal stories and to reclaim their identities as communities and as leaders.