Rhodes University: A case for African languages in the legal system
In August 2017, African Language Studies Section of the School of Languages and Literatures at Rhodes University reported that they were developing a new Honours module to ‘address the classism and language-based discrimination of our legal system’. At the time, there were only a small number of African academics... Read more
Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study appoints new Director
The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study has appointed Professor Edward K. Kirumira as its new Director. He will succeed Professor Hendrik Geyer who completes his final term as STIAS Director at the end of 2018. Prof Kirumira joins STIAS from the beginning of November 2018 and will assume official... Read more
National Research Foundation: UCT scientists shine at NRF awards
The University of Cape Town’s top scientific minds dominated at this year’s National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards ceremony, accounting for 11 of the 37 academics honoured at the prestigious annual event. Together with fellow Western Cape academic institutions Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape (UWC), which scooped three and... Read more
Madonsela ‘breaking the back of poverty and inequality’
Prof Thuli Madonsela, the Law Trust Chair of Social Justice in the Faculty of Law at Stellenbosch University (SU), will lead discussions at the first Social Justice M-Plan Expert Roundtable to take place on 27 October 2018 in Stellenbosch. The ultimate outcome of the roundtable is to work towards... Read more
UKZN Sociologist certified by Association for Applied & Clinical Sociology
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) sociologist from the School of Social Sciences, Dr Mariam Seedat-Khan was recently accredited by the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS). She is now one of only 25 certified Clinical Sociologists in the world, making her one of three women in South Africa to... Read more
The political economy of child marriage in Africa
The practice of marrying young girls continues in Africa and other parts of the world despite efforts to end the tradition. Why haven’t these interventions been more successful? Emmily Kamwendo, a UCT doctoral researcher, believes that the idea of ‘readiness for marriage’ needs to be understood and interrogated in... Read more
Prof Russel Kaschula: Celebrating love, humanity and multilingualism
Prolific writer, multilingual scholar and the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Senior Research Awardee, Professor Russel Kaschula, recently presented a lecture titled “One Language, One Love, One Humanity”. With over three decades in academia, Prof Kaschula shared the tale of his love for languages through song and images. In line with... Read more
Data Science topic included in annual Schroders Essay Competition
Caption: Prof Andrie Schoombee (Department of Economics, Prof Niel Krige, Mr Carel van der Merwe (Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science), Kesley Kaps, Prof Ingrid Woolard (Dean: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Jacob Kenyon, Sechaba Mokobane, Jannes Reddig, James Njuguma, Daniella Griffiths, Bianca Peters, David Rodwell, Clio von... Read more
New research initiative to reduce SA’s coastline vulnerability to global change
South Africa’s oceans play a vital role in Southern Africa’s climate and weather patterns, and also influence the climate globally. However, ongoing pollution, climate change and other factors are threatening these oceans. In a bid to lessen the risk and vulnerability of the coastal zone to climate and global... Read more
Nelson Mandela University: Research helping rural community
A guesthouse in the remote Riemvasmaak conservancy area in the Northern Cape now has cost-effective access to water. This is thanks to a solar pump station developed by Nelson Mandela University’s Advanced Mechatronic Technology Centre, in collaboration with the merSETA (Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training).... Read more