Olebeng Mahura

Lecturer, Speech & Language Therapy



Teaching area

Speech and language difficulties in children

Teaching courses

Child speech; Seminars in communication sciences

Research Interests

Speech sound development in children acquiring Setswana

Current research

Supervision of undergraduate and master's research projects, with a special focus on developing resources and normative data for indigenous languages spoken in South Africa.

Awards & Honours

NRF Grant recipient




Research Gate

Pascoe, M., Mahura, O. & Le Roux, J. (2018). South African English speech development: Preliminary data from typically developing pre-school children in Cape Town. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 10.1080/02699206.2018.1510985.

Pascoe, M., & Mahura, O. (2017, December). Acquisition of South African English by three-to five-year-old children in Cape Town. In International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech 2017 (p. 234).

Pascoe, M., Mahura, O., Le Roux, J., Danvers, E., de Jager, A., Esterhuizen, N., Naidoo, C., Reynders, J., Senior, S. & van der Merwe, A. (2017). Three-year-old Children Acquiring isiXhosa and English in South Africa. In Babatsouli, E., Ingram, D., & Müller, D. N. (Eds.), Cross-linguistic Encounters in Language Acquisition: Typical and Atypical Development. Channel View Publications.

Mahura, O. O., & Pascoe, M. (2016). The acquisition of Setswana segmental phonology in children aged 3.0– 6.0 years: A cross-sectional study. International journal of speech-language pathology18(6), 533-549.

Pascoe, M., Le Roux, J., Mahura, O., Danvers, E., de Jager, A., Esterhuizen, N., & van der Merwe, A. (2015, December). Three-year-old children acquiring South African English in Cape Town. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech (pp. 277-287).