Professor Makama Andries Monyeki, holds a PhD degree from the Faculty of Medicine of the Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Nertherlands (2006), and is a program leader for Physical Activity group within the Physical Activity, Recreation and Sport Research Entity in the Faculty of Health Sciences of the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). For his PhD at the Vrije University was done through a scholarship of PhD staff development program for research collaboration between University of Limpopo (previously, University of the North) and the Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is the past program leader for Human Movement Science within the School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science. In 2008, he received a Y-rating from NRF of which in 2015 he was upgraded to a C-rating as an established researcher by the National Research Foundation (NRF). Prof. Monyeki plays numerous roles in the NWU structures. Before joining North-West University in 2002, he respectively lectured at the University of Limpopo (previously, University of the North) and Mokopane College of Education. He has over 20 years of teaching and research experience at university and College of Education levels, published 96 peers reviewed national and international journals as well as 80 conference presentations in the areas; such as body composition, underweight, overweight/obesity, blood pressure, physical activity. He supervised 17 MA and MSc degrees in South Africa, co-supervised one MA degree from Hoskolan Dalan University, Sweden and 10 PhD with three in progress. Additionally, supervised one MSc Internship student from the Vrije University in 2010. Professor Monyeki examined 17 Ms, 7 PhDs in NWU and 34 external postgraduate degrees (i.e. 24 Ms and 10 PhDs) from Universities across South Africa, and abroad. Since 2003 to date, he has been a constant reviewer or subject editor for a total of 16 national and international journals. He is a recipient of Janssen-Cilag Award (2003) for the best research article, Medical Research Council of South Africa (MRC; 2014) Silver Medal for Emerging Scientist awards.
Professor Monyeki was appointed as a chairperson of Academic Advisory Panel in the Ministry of Sport and Recreation South Africa, 2012, 2014, 2017; and also acted as an academic editor for the THINKSPORT Journal (Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa, 2013). Professor Monyeki participated in the drafting of a strategic document towards the prevention and management of obesity in SA (2015-2020), which was organised by the National Department of Health (30 July 2014). He also served as an expert advisor for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2012 for research project RAF6042 on applying nuclear techniques to design and evaluate interventions to reduce obesity and related health risks consultative meeting/workshop on harmonizing project implementation and methodologies for 10 African countries. He is a member of advisory team Sport and Exercise Technology Advisory Committee, Faculty of Health Science Tshwane University of Technology (2015 - ).
Professor Monyeki was a principal investigator in the MRC and NRF funded project titled “Physical Activity and Health Determinants Longitudinal Study in adolescents” (PAHLS, 2010-2014). Currently, he is a principal investigator for a project funded by MRC and IAEA, aimed at Determining Body Composition by Isotope Techniques and Objectively Assessing Physical Activity in 6 to 8 Year-Old Children so that children who are overweight can be identified and strategic intervention be proposed.