The HSRC is the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development. We host regular public seminars which everyone can participate in:www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events. Most seminars are recorded and uploaded here.
International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry
Part 1: Speaking, Wednesday, 26th May
Intersectionality helps us to recognise that people experience the world differently based on social identities— such as gender, sexuality, age, race, class, and disability, among others. For many marginalised people, these mutually reinforcing identities create unique experiences of oppression and discrimination. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a spotlight on these inequalities. Poetry provides a vehicle for expressing and seeing how unfair exclusion and unearned inclusion are embodied, expressed in the silences we inhabit, in the ways we are in(visible) to self, others, community and our environment.
Poetic Inquiry to render voice and visibility: Opening talk by Canadian Dr. Monica Prendergast who played a pivotal role in the establishment of poetic inquiry as a research method. Followed by a discussion moderated by Yvonne Sliep with Duduzile Ndlovu and Heidi van Rooyen (all South African researchers and poetic inquirers).
Poets traverse intersections of silence and (in)visibility: A poetry performance and discussion moderated by Raphael d’Abdon (writer, scholar, editor and translator) with three incredible young South African poets Maneo Mohale, Mjele Msimang and Pieter Odendall.
More information: https://www.poeticinquiry.ca/2021-ispi-webinars.html
Professor Pearl Sithole, Vice-Principal of the University of the Free State, delivers this year’s lecture under the theme, Lessons from Mafeje’s theories and positionality of Africans on Science and Innovation.
Objectives of the lecture are:
•To explore Africanity as a means to respond to Africa’s diverse challenges through decolonising and promoting science and innovation.
•To reflect on Africa’s response to pandemics and interpretations thereof;
•To provide recommendations on how African institutions can participate in the science revolution through pedagogy and practice.
The event also features an address by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Buti Manamela.
Dr Awino Okech
Reader in Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London.
Panel Session Chairperson
Prof Puleng Lenka-Bula
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of University of South Africa
Archie Mafeje and the significance of his work in the education landscape
Dr Mpho Tshivhase
Senior Lecturer, University of Pretoria and Stanford University Fellow
The quest to explore interdisciplinary inquiry through Mafeje’s ideologies
Prof Adebayo Olukoshi
Director, International Institution for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, West Africa and West Asia
Archie Mafeje and the agenda to decolonise knowledge in Africa
Prof Edith Phaswana
Associate Professor & Head of Academic Programmes at the Thabo Mbeki African School of Public & International Affairs
Reflection on Archie Mafeje’s quest to decolonise knowledge and its relevance for public and international affairs in Africa.
For more information: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/media-briefs/general/archie-mafeje-memorial-lecture-press-release#ArchieMafejeMemorialLecture2021
Making Institutions Work in South Africa recognises that institutions are the pillars of a constitutional democracy they evolve through the actions of persons and as organisations they form structures of dynamic, shared social patterns of behaviour. The book offers interdisciplinary critical commentary by scholars, analysts and experts regarding strategic thinking, structural and functional impediments and facilitators to institutions.
Danelle Plaatjies, LLB (UCT) LLM Candidate (UCT)
Stephen Porter, Evaluation Strategy Advisor, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank
Neil Cole, Executive Director, Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative
Chen Tseng, Head Research Financial and Fiscal Commission
Isaac Moroe, Former banned and banished journalist, Member of the NEC of MK National Council
For more information: https://www.rienner.com/title/Making_Institutions_Work_in_South_Africa
15 April 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has had far-reaching effects on urban lives and livelihoods. Some of these are likely to prove temporary as the vaccine is rolled out and the recovery gathers momentum. However, there are bound to be more profound changes too, depending on the shape and speed of the recovery. In the future, will dense economic nodes and large cities struggle to compete against outlying centres and more dispersed urban regions? Will digital technologies reinforce many of the existing urban divides? Or can opportunities be created to rethink and reinvent our cities to be more inclusive and productive? In short, how will the urban landscape be altered in the period ahead?
In this webinar, world renowned economic geographer Michael Storper discusses the impact the pandemic and its economic, fiscal, social and political fallout on metropolitan areas. His paper, co-authored with Richard Florida and Andrés Rodriguez-Pose, analyses the effects of Covid-19 on countries at the intra- and inter-regional geographic scales. They look at four main forces: the social scarring caused by the pandemic; the lockdown as a forced experiment; the need to secure the urban built environment against future risks; and changes in the urban form and system. At the macro scale, they argue that Covid-19 is unlikely to alter the winner-takes-all economic geography and spatial inequalities of the global city system. At the micro scale, however, they suggest that it may bring about a series of short-term and some longer-running changes in the structure and morphology of cities, suburbs, and metropolitan regions. The extent of these changes will depend on the severity and duration of the pandemic.
After the talk two prominent South African urbanists, Mr Kuben Naidoo and Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina, offer reflections and implications for South Africa.
PROFESSOR MICHAEL STORPER
Distinguished Professor of Regional and International Development at UCLA, Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics, and Professor of Economic Sociology at Sciences Po in Paris.
Kuben Naidoo, Deputy Governor, South African Reserve Bank
Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina, Wits University
Prof Ivan Turok, SARCHI Chair in City-Region Economies at UFS and HSRC
For more information: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/seminars/cities-in-a-post-covid-world
24 March 2021
In order to manage the spread of COVID-19 and protect the healthcare sector, South Africa has been in various levels of lockdown for a whole year. This has impacted on many aspects of life in the country including, amongst others, human rights, economy, education and lifestyle. While the real impact of the lockdown will become evident in time, the Human Sciences Research Council and the University of Johannesburg have conducted various surveys over the past year looking at public sentiment towards various issues.
As South Africa commemorated Human Rights Day 2021, the HSRC and UJ shared findings of how South Africans feel about human rights and the limitation of freedoms during the pandemic. The findings have critical policy and social implications that need to be considered and built into an effective strategic and regulatory response, that minimises risk, promotes recovery, all the while considering public needs and preferences.
Adv Tseliso Thipanyane, CEO of the South African Human Rights Commission
Mark Heywood, Human Rights and Social Justice Activist
Dr Rachel Adams, Chief Research Specialist, HSRC
5 March 2021
Join us in this inaugural seminar series on the AfCTA, jointly organised by the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) in the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Tshwane University of Technology’s Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI). In this seminar, the panelists, discussants and audience will interrogate four issues, namely:
The prospects for viable economic integration in Africa: Prof Mario Scerri, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI), TUT.
What goods and services can initiate greater intra-Africa trade? Dr Nkisang Moeti, President, Moeti Practicum Institute, Botswana.
Off the beaten track: a new economic development orthodoxy for Africa? Prof Francis Nwonwu Director - Research and Development Consulting (Pty), Pretoria and Honorary Research Fellow, Human Science Research Council (HSRC), Pretoria.
Tackling the present and future global crises without compromising the Africa development agenda. Dr Michael Ehis Odijie, Research Fellow, University College London.
Prof Busani Moyo, College of Economic and Management Sciences. School of Economic and Financial Sciences. Department: Economics. University of South Africa
Dr Mamello Nchake, Senior Research Fellow: Trade Industry and Private Sector Development. Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis
Dr Precious N. Ndlovu, Senior Lecturer Mercantile and Labour Law Department, Faculty of Law. University of the Western Cape
Dr Vuyo Mjimba, Chief Research Specialist HSRC-AISA
For more information: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/seminars/continental-free-trade-area
17 February 2021
Overview: How South Africa lifts itself out of the pandemic-induced macroeconomic crisis is a societal debate with knock-on effects that are likely to last for years if not decades to come. The depth and scale of the macroeconomic contraction (with SA 2020 growth rate expected to average at - 7,5%) will not only cut fiscal resources available for equitable socioeconomic priorities. Recent National Treasury statements also warn of a looming sovereign debt crisis that call for rethinking long-term adjustments in how the state allocates its limited fiscal resources. What are the implications of a prolonged Covid-19 depression for government’s latest economic crisis response plan (Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan) and the longer-term National Development Plan (Vision 2030)? What policy options exist for sustainable and equitable macroeconomic reconstruction and recovery beyond Covid-19?
This event is part of a new HSRC initiative which promotes evidence-informed solutions to diverse macroeconomic puzzles that hinder transformational development in South Africa, our continent and beyond. The Dialogues also aim to strengthen cooperation with policy practitioners, academia and non-governmental stakeholders.
Policy Dialogue Panel:
Dr Alexis Habiyaremye former Senior Research Specialist in Inclusive Economic Development (IED), HSRC
Dr Seeraj Mohamed is a Macroeconomics Expert on Financialisation
Dr Gilad Isaacs is a Director at the Institute for Economic Justice
Discussant: Prof. Fiona Tregenna holds the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, and is a Professor of Economics at the University of Johannesburg
For more information: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/seminars/policy-options-beyond-covid19
26 January 2021
Overview: The COVID-19 crisis has forced us all to work remotely, from home or from anywhere. While many have been flirting with this concept for the past decade or two, the pandemic has accelerated our practice and thinking. This webinar asks: Is it time to cut the cords of attachment to physical offices? What do we gain from Working from Anywhere (WFA), and what do we lose? Who should work from anywhere and who should be office-based?
As organisations recognise this pivotal moment in working arrangements, we seek to explore issues relating to the consequences of WFA including productivity, enabling onboarding of staff to company culture and promoting collegiality, while we grapple with the financial implications of this change.
Beyond the economic considerations, the questions of inequality are central in South Africa. How will workers contend with this changing dynamic, given that not everyone lives in similar socio-economic conditions? With the blurred boundaries between home and work life, Is the parent more productive at home, and how can they be better supported for such a change? During this symposium, hear from practitioners in the science, research, legal, human resources and the tech sectors about their perspectives pertaining to the pivot to WFA, focusing on both the economic and social concerns affecting workers. We also amplify the voices of workers on how WFA has impacted their lives. The symposium helps us understand what WFA means for how we work now and in the future and offers recommendations which contribute to developing WFA policy.
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
Prof Sharlene Swartz - HSRC Inclusive Economic Development Divisional Executive (Symposium Chairperson)
KEYNOTE ADDRESS – OUR WORK-FROM-ANYWHERE FUTURE
Prof Raj Choudhury - Harvard Business School, Associate Professor of Business Administration
RESPONDENT – THE SOUTH AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE
Mr Krish Chetty - HSRC, Chief Researcher
Mr Andile Mabindisa - CSIR, Group Executive: Human Capital and Communication
Guiding principles for the development of a WFA policy for the CSIR
Adv Anton Boswel - Anton Boswel & Associates, Owner
Employment Contracts & Occupational Health and Safety
Mr Danny Tuckwood - METACO, Operations Director
The Psycho-Social Perspective
Mr Themba Mnisi - HSRC, IT Business Relationship Manager
Ms Shirin Motala - HSRC, Chief Research Manager
BREAKAWAY SESSIONS - MOVING TOWARDS DEVELOPING NEW WAYS OF WORKING
Lead facilitator - Ms Shirin Motala
REPORT BACK FROM BREAKAWAY SESSIONS
For more information: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/seminars/wfa and http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/hsrc-review-march-2021/working-from-anywhere
18 November 2020
Overview: Backyard housing is booming across many South African townships. Enterprising households and small-scale developers are investing in solid single- and double-storey flats. This is boosting the supply of decent rental accommodation and offering opportunities to kick-start the recovery and create jobs from the bottom-up. Yet, the informal and unregulated character of these developments creates risks for public infrastructure, neighbourhood stability and sustainable environments. This webinar organised by the HSRC brings together key role players to debate the main policy issues arising from this new phenomenon: How can backyard real estate be leveraged to bolster township economic development? How can backyard developments contribute to more live-able township environments, rather than overcrowded and insanitary conditions? The Covid-19 crisis demands urgent efforts to bolster township economies and increase the supply of affordable housing. Presenters will discuss ways of strengthening linkages across the housing value chain, scaling-up construction activities, widening access to external finance, streamlining onerous regulations and increasing the skills and capacity of township enterprises. The webinar will also explore the desirability of precinct-based approaches, mixed-use developments and formalisation strategies to maximise the public benefits and transform townships into more liveable and sustainable neighbourhoods. The webinar will conclude by reflecting on the lessons learnt and provide suggestions for the way forward.
Mr Jak Koseff, Office of the Premier, Gauteng Provincial Government
Mr Charles Rudman, City of Cape Town
Ms Claire du Trevou, Bitprop
Mr Zama Mgwatyu, Development Action Group
Mr Paul Jackson, TUHF (TBC)
Mr Neville Chainee, National Department of Human Settlements
Prof Ivan Turok, Dr Andreas Scheba, Dr Justin Visagie, HSRC-UFS SARChI Chair collaboration
For more information: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/seminars/backyard-real-estate-webinar
24 November 2020
Overview: This webinar is hosted by the HSRC and its collaborators from the University of Cape Town’s AIDS and Society Research Unit in partnership with the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and UNFPA. As we approach the fourth decade of the HIV pandemic, there are still glaring gaps in the evidence-base regarding the mode of transmission, health, behaviours, sexual practices and lived experiences of adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV) in South Africa. The HSRC and the UCT’s AIDS and Society Research Unit implemented a project to further understand the context and lived experiences of adolescents aged 10-19 years living with HIV in South Africa. The project was also aimed at informing the SAMRC's Social Impact Bond (SIB) initiative that focuses on HIV interventions to support adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in South Africa. This was a mixed methods study with different components. The groups analysed secondary data from two data sources – the South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Surveys 2005-2017 and the South African Mzantsi Wakho study which is a longitudinal study on HIV treatment and sexual health among ALHIV (in operation since 2013). Findings were contextualised with a review of the literature on ALHIV in sub-Saharan Africa with an emphasis on South Africa.
CHAIRS: Prof. Khangelani Zuma (HSRC) and Ms Koketso Rathumbu (AGYW)
PRESENTERS: Dr N Zungu (HSRC) Ms A Davids (HSRC) Dr I Naidoo (HSRC) Dr R Hodes (UCT) & the ALHIV project team
For more information: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/seminars/being-alhiv
13 November 2020
Overview: The presentation draws from a study undertaken with MerSETA called the Lived Livelihoods Study which aimed to understand the way(s) in which young people from two urban townships in Port Elizabeth are making their livelihoods in engineering related areas in the informal sector. The findings challenge our understandings of entrepreneurship, occupations, skills and what has become known as education to work pathways. It suggests that engaging with the implications of COVID – 19 for TVET colleges will demand tackling the implications of the fourth industrial revolution for these sectors. It would also mean engaging with how we understand the notion of skills, what we define as an occupation, what we understand when we talk about the tools of particular trades and how we understand pathways from school to TVET and from TVET to work. Mainly, and importantly, it compels and propels us towards opening debate on what it might mean to talk about a responsive TVET college in the South Africa context.
Dr Lesley Powell, Research Chair: Youth Unemployment, Employability and Empowerment, Nelson Mandela University
Dr Francis Muronda, Researcher to the Research Chair: Youth Unemployment, Employability and Empowerment
Ms Shawn Tini, Junior Researcher to the Research Chair: Youth Unemployment, Employability and Empowerment
For more information: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/seminars/future-of-work-and-implications-sa-tvet-colleges
10 November 2020
Overview: The rapid and emergency purchases to address the global pandemic, has exposed vulnerabilities in procurement systems that were already prone to fraud and corruption. Significant amounts of money have been flowing through global financial systems in the form of debt relief, loans from multilateral institutions and government stimulus packages with a reduction of oversight in emergency and fast-tracked public procurement procedures. This webinar is part of an SME acceleration research project which aims to examine the local and national governance mind sets regarding work ethics, accountability, corruption, entitlement, and Local Economic Development oversight. It also aims to assess the capacity of national governments and local economies to facilitate effective smart globally competitive African SME’s in the post COVID-19 era. South Korea is relevant to this critical study as it maintains a strong record of SME growth, and has remained a constructive development partner to the African continent.
PROGRAM CHAIR: Professor Narnia Bohler-Muller, Human Sciences Research Council
OPENING AND WELCOME Professor Aggrey Ambali, Director, Technical Cooperation and Program Funding, African Union Development Agency – New Partnership for African Development
ACADEMIC ADDRESS Professor Sope Williams-Elegbe, University of Stellenbosch
KEYNOTE ADDRESS H.E. Dr. Jong-dae Park, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to South Africa
Chair: Francis Ikome, Chief of the Regional Integration Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Professor Jaehoon Lee Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Advocate Gary Pienaar Human Sciences Research Council
CLOSING REMARKS: Mrs Florence Nazare, Head of Technical Cooperation and Partnerships, African Union Development Agency – New Partnership for African Development
For more information: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/seminars/impact-corruption-on-sme-growth-in-africa
HSRC & NMU Seminar: Remote Teaching and Learning at TVET colleges: A COVID-19 challenge
Re-Imagining TVET: The Implications of COVID-19. Webinar series hosted by Nelson Mandela University.
2 October 2020
Overview: Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in the declaration of the State of National Disaster by the President and an extended recess for TVET Colleges’ students, the use of online learning has since taken centre stage. The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology have also mandated institutions to move their programmes online to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Online learning involves the offering of educational programmes through internet platforms. Different approaches are followed when facilitating learning online which include distance learning and blended learning modes. This session focuses on the preparedness of public TVET Colleges in South Africa to facilitate teaching and learning online.
Speaker: Ms Vongani Sharon Mboweni, Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
Moderators: Mr Thivhudziwi Walter Vele, Director: TVET Curriculum Development and Support, Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
For more information: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/seminars/remote-teaching-tvet
HSRC Seminar: Dealing with Uncertainty - Systems Dynamics Approach for Modelling South Africa Response to COVID-19
20 August 2020
Overview: This seminar discusses a systems dynamic model developed for the COVID-19 infection in South Africa. The key purpose of developing the model was to assess the extent to which a systems dynamics model can forecast the COVID-19 infections in South Africa and be a useful tool in evaluating government interventions to manage the epidemics through ‘what if’ simulations.
Prof Charles Hongoro: Strategic Lead, PaSS - Developmental Ethical and Capable State (DCES) HSRC
Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller: Divisional Executive, Developmental Ethical and Capable State (DCES) HSRC
SETTING THE SCENE
Dr Martin Kaggwa: Executive Director, Sam Tambani Research Institute (SATRI)
MODEL OF SOUTH AFRICA’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Dr Shingirirai Savious Mutanga: Senior Research Specialist, PaSS - Developmental Ethical and Capable State (DCES) HSRC
Prof Charles Wambebe: President of International Biomedical Research for Africa
Dr Martin Kaggwa, Dr Shingi Mutanga, Dr Mercy Ngungu, Ms Fhulufhelo Tshililo
Dr Mercy Ngungu: Data Manager, Developmental, Capable & Ethical State (DCES) HSRC
Ms Fhulufhelo Tshililo: PhD Intern, PaSS - Developmental Ethical and Capable State (DCES) HSRC
Dr Emmanuel Sekyere, Ag. Research Director, PaSS - Developmental Ethical and Capable State (DCES) HSRC
For more information and presentations: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/seminars/uncertainty-modelling-covid
HSRC Seminar: What’s Trust Got to Do With It? UJ-HSRC COVID-19 Democracy Survey Round 2 Public Launch
19 August 2020
Overview: This webinar addresses some of the main new findings of the online multilingual Covid-19 Democracy Survey conducted by researchers from the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Social Change (CSC) and the Human Sciences Research Council’s Developmental, Capable and Ethical State division (DCES). Round 1 of the survey covered the early hard lockdown period and early part of level 4 between 13 April to 13 May 2020. During the webinar, the first presentation of follow-up findings from Round 2 of the survey is presented, looking at patterns of change among South Africans from a social sciences and humanities perspective.
Prof Dumisani Moyo, Vice Dean: Teaching and Learning, UJ
Dr Yul Derek Davids, DCES HSRC
Prof. Kate Alexander, Chair of Social Change, UJ: Masks, Schools and Social Dynamics
Prof. Narnia Bohler-Muller, and Dr Ben Roberts, DCES HSRC: A growing trust divide: Confidence in government’s Covid-19 leadership and policy choices
Kelebogile Afrika, UJ, and Ngqapheli Mchunu, HSRC
For more information and presentations: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/seminars/whats-trust-got-to-do-with-it
HSRC Seminar: Is COVID-19 threatening breastfeeding and early childhood development?
18 August 2020
Overview: Nutrition is vital for Early Childhood Development especially in the first 1000 days. Breastmilk has all nutrients and containts antibodies that enhance the infant's immune system. COVID-19 resulted in confusion and mixed messages on whether it could be transmitted to infants through breastmilk. A Global Virtual Collaborative Network of Milk Banks (GAMBA) have formulated suggested responses to ensure that donor milk remains a safe and essential part of the newborn care.
Prof. Finn Reygan, Human and Social Capabilities Division, HSRC
Prof. Anna Coutsoudis, School of Clinical Medicine, UKZN; Global Virtual Collaborative Network of Milk Banks (GAMBA); World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action; Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
Dr Penny Reimers
International Lactations Consultants Association; Lactation Consultants of Great Britain; Global Virtual Collaborative Network of Milk Banks (GAMBA)
Dr Wiedaad Slemming
Division of Community Paediatrics, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Dr Ntombizodumo Mkwanazi
Human and Social Capabilities Division, HSRC; DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Ms Kamesh Flynn
International policy advisor and analyst
For more information and presentations: www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/seminars/is-covid-threatening-breastfeeding
HSRC Seminar: Archie Mafeje Memorial Lecture - Land and Agrarian Reform in South Africa: Lessons from Other Parts of the Continet
4 September 2020
Overview: The Mafeje Memorial Lecture provides a platform to highlight Prof Mafeje’s contribution to our understanding of the Agrarian question, discuss current debates on the land question and to learn from the experiences of other African countries. In Africa most subsistence farmers in communal areas have been facing challenges relating to infertile arable land thereby predisposing themselves to food insecurity and poverty. Land restitution exercises, such as the Fast Track Land Reform Programme undertaken in Zimbabwe, has led to the distribution of land to previously marginalised black majority, however, the exercise also resulted in a plethora of socio-economic and political problems. Land tenure rights for women have been an issue since the colonial themes. Women still own less land, whether solely or jointly, than men. It is important to have a narrattive that addresses the plight of women in South Africa and other African countries emanating from this Archie Mafeje Memorial Lecture.
Thokozani Simelane, Research Director, AISA-HSRC
Prof Jimi Adesina, DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Social Policy, College of Graduate Studies, UNISA
Dr Godwin Murunga, Executive Secretary, CODESRIA
INPUTS FROM THE MAFEJE FAMILY
Ms Dana Mafeje, Daughter of Prof Mafeje
Mr Sandile Swana, Family Representative
PANEL 1: ARCHIE MAFEJE’S SCHOLARLY CONTRIBUTIONS
Prof Lungisile Ntsebeza, National Research Foundation (NRF) Research Chair in Land Reform and Democracy in South Africa AC Jordan Chair in African Studies at the University of Cape Town Archie Mafeje: the making of an engaged scholar and insights of his work for current debates on land reform
Dr Bongani Nyoka, Research Fellow, Ali Mazrui Centre for Higher Education/Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study, University of Johannesburg The lifetime and work of Archie Mafeje
KEY FINDINGS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY PANEL ON LAND REFORM AND AGRICULTURE
Dr Vuyo Mahlati, Chairperson of the Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform and President of the African Farmers Association of South Africa
PANEL 2: LAND AND AGRARIAN REFORM IN AFRICA
Hon Dr Mathole Motshekga, MP (Chair: Ad hoc committee on the alignment of Sec 25 of the constitution) Parliament of the Republic of South Africa Constitutional options on land ownership in a democratic South Africa
Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi Key issues emerging from the land and agrarian question in South Africa, what is missing and constitutionally permissible
Prof Patricia McFadden, African Feminist Activist and Scholar (Swaziland)
Gendered Access to Land In Southern Africa
Advocate Rachel Shibalira Women’s Land Rights in Africa: Progress and Stagnation
Dr Walter Chambati, Executive Director, Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies, Zimbabwe Land Reform in Zimbabwe: Lessons for South Africa
Dr Blessing Masamha, Post Doctoral Fellow, AISA The intersection between Land Reform and Food Security
Prof Cheryl Hendricks, Executive Head, Africa Institute of South Africa, HSRC
For more information: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/events/memorial-lecture-archie-mafeje
2 June 2020
Overview: Traditional Oslo innovation surveys provide a useful empirical tool to assess the innovation performance of economic sectors, through the lens of firm-level activity. However, to the extent that innovation in the cultural and creative industry takes place outside of the formal sector - in highly contingent, informal settings - are traditional approaches sufficient to create an evidence base appropriate to the South African context?
Presenter: Gerard Ralphs, Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII), HSRC
For more information: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/seminars/measurement-of-innovation-methodological-challenge
HSRC Seminar: Impact of China's Belt and Road on the African Free Trade Agreement and infrastructure under the new normal
6 August 2020
Overview: The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AFCTA) has become critical in fast tracking regional economic integration which requires continental infrastructure development. China, has already begun extensive infrastructural development in Africa through the Belt and Road (BRI). The BRI is increasingly seen as a catalyst for infrastructure development and free trade. This e-symposium series assesses BRI strategies that can accelerate AFTCA infrastructure development. Key questions taddressed, amongst others, are whether planned BRI projects under the new normal will be successful; and best practices the African Union should consider on implementing the AFTCA in collaboration with the BRI.
His Excellency Robert Lisinge, Chief, Energy, Infrastructure and Services Section, Private Sector Development and Finance Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA),
His Excellency Minister Counsellor LI Nan, Charge d'Affares ad Interim, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in South Africa,
His Excellency Yu Yunquan, President of the Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies,
Dr Cobus Van Staden, Senior China-Africa Relations Researcher, South Africa Institute of International Affairs,
Liu Naiya, Director of Division for Social and Cultural Studies, The China-Africa Institute, and
Dr Vuyo Mjimba, Chief Research Specialist, Human Science Research Council
For more information and seminar presentations: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/events/belt-road-new-normal
HSRC Seminar: Township Economy
4 August 2020
Overview: Book launch - Township Economy provides a unique insight into township informal business and entrepreneurship. It is set in the post-apartheid period, in the third decade of Africa’s democracy and draws on evidence collected from 2010-2018 in 10 township sites, nine in South Africa and one in Namibia. The book focuses on micro-enterprises, the business strategies of township entrepreneurs and the impact of autonomous informal economic activities on urban life.
Dr Andrew Charman, Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation NPC
Dr Leif Petersen, Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation NPC; Extraordinary Senior Lecturer Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), UWC
Thireshen Govender, Graduate School of Architecture, UJ and UrbanWorks
Prof. Ivan Turok, HSRC
Dr Vimal Ranchhod, School of Economics, UCT
For more information and seminar presentations: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/seminars/township-economy
HSRC Seminar: Fighting for freedom - The Charter 65 years on
25 June 2020
Overview: This seminar, which commemorates the 65th anniversary of the Congress of the People, includes a discussion of the history of the Freedom Charter and engages key questions such as its relevance today and its impact on post-apartheid society.
Chair: Prof. Crain Soudien, CEO, HSRC
Ms Baleka Mbete Chairperson of the Archives Sub-Committee of the NEC of the ANC
Key note address on the Freedom Charter
Prof. William Gumede, Director of the Democracy Works Foundation
How do we build a post covid-19 economy based on the Freedom Charter
Dr Ismail Vadi, Ahmed Kathrada Foundation
The analysis of the campaign for the Congress of the People and the Freedom Charter
Dr Joleen Steyn Kotze, HSRC
Deconstructing freedom: Reflections on the Freedom Charter and the meaning of freedom
For more information: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/seminars/fighting-for-freedom
HSRC Seminar: HSRC-USAf Dialogue Series: The Impact of COVID-19 on Different Student Groups
22 June 2020
Overview: The first in the new HSRC-USAf Dialogue Series celebrates Youth Month by focusing on the impact of universities’ COVID-19 response on different groups of students. Following the welcome to the new series by the respective Heads of the HSRC and USAf, Prof. Crain Soudien facilitates five distinct inputs on the impact of universities’ COVID-19 responses on different groups of students. What have been the various responses? How have their impacts on different student groups been mitigated? What is the emerging post-lockdown plan? These short presentations are followed by a question and answer session and a discussion to explore the key higher education policy takeaways and best practices at institutional and system levels. .
Prof. Crain Soudien, CEO, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Prof. Tawana Kupe, Vice Chancellor, University of Pretoria
Dr Sizwe Mabizela, Vice Chancellor, Rhodes University
Dr Angelique Wildschut, Senior Manager: Research and Policy, National Student Financial Aid Scheme
Prof. Thierry Luescher, Research Director, HSRC
Siphesihle Msomi, ISRC President & Mthatha Campus Premier, Walter Sisulu University
Prof. Ahmed Bawa, CEO, Universities South Africa (USAf)
For more information: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/seminars/launching-hsrc-usaf-dialogue-series
HSRC Seminar: The COVID-19 Pandemic: Class, Mental Health and Human Rights
4 June 2020
Overview: This webinar addresses some of the main findings of the online multilingual Covid-19 Democracy Survey conducted by researchers from the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Social Change (CSC) and the Human Sciences Research Council’s Developmental, Capable and Ethical State division (DCES). Phase 1 of the survey covers the days from 13-18 April, Phase 2 from 18-27 April, and Phase 3 from 27 April to 13 May 2020. Members of the research team share insights on class, mental health and human rights gained from the survey, which is a valuable contribution to the COVID-19 research effort from a social science and humanities perspective.
Chair: Prof Carin Runciman, UJ
Opening: Prof Crain Soudien, CEO of HSRC - The role of social sciences and humanities in COVID-19 research
Context and methodology: Prof Mark Orkin, Associate Research Fellow, Centre for Social Change, UJ
Prof Kate Alexander, Chair of Social Change, UJ - Class, schools and masks: What the data is telling us
Dr Benjamin Roberts, Research Director, HSRC - Not in the mood: How lockdown has affected the mental health of South Africans
Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller, Divisional Director, HSRC - The Paradox of human rights in a Pandemic
Wrap-up: Dr Yul Derek Davids, Research Director, HSRC
For more information: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/events/seminars/webinar-covid-pandemic
HSRC Seminar: Coronavirus - Lessons in remote learning from China and Europe
7 April 2020
Overview: Is the quality of online teaching comparable to classroom teaching? Does the virus expose the challenges of the digital divide? This webinar offers an opportunity to hear first-hand from scholars managing these efforts in China. We also contrast the Chinese experience to those of sociologists in Italy and Germany, where the virus has forced governments to introduce unprecedented restrictions on movement in a bid to ‘flatten the curve’. Sharing knowledge and experiences will help South Africa respond to the virus and introduce appropriate measures to limit the spread of the virus. Will it be possible to replicate some of these solutions in South Africa’s uniquely unequal context?
Presenters: Mr Joshua Kobb -Vice Dean of Zhejiang International Business School (Hangzhou, China); Arch Paolo Motta – Member of European Institute of Political, Economic and Social Studies – BRICS Centre (Malaga, Italy); Prof Peter Herrmann – Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center. Law School of Central South University (Changsha, China/Berlin, Germany); Prof Ilaria Pitti – Senior Assistant Professor - University of Bolgna (Bologna, Italy)
Discussant: Mr Krish Chetty – Chief Researcher, Inclusive Economic Development, HSRC
Chair: Prof Sharlene Swartz – Divisional Executive, Inclusive Economic Development, HSRC
For more information: bit.ly/coronalessons
YouTube recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUer5RTCoFY
HSRC Seminar: On democracy and authoritarianism: Systems, ideologies, freedom and vulnerabilities in the era of COVID-19
15 April 2020
Overview: How do constitutional democracies such as South Africa deal with COVID-19? Do or should states facing national disasters or emergencies hold on to human rights and constitutional obligations; and if they choose to limit rights and responsibilities, on what grounds do they do so and how do we test the fairness and reasonableness of the measures taken? This seminar engages with key questions on governance and the future of participatory democracy in an era of COVID-19.
Presenters: Prof Joleen Steyn-Kotze, SRS, DCES, HSRC; Prof Kate Alexander, Chair of Social Change, UJ; Prof William Gumede, Executive Chair for Democracy Works Foundation
Chair: Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller, Divisional Executive, DCES, HSRC
For more information and to download seminar presentation: bit.ly/demoauthocovid-19
YouTube recording: https://youtu.be/iGeQOCJuqyA
HSRC Seminar: Refracted Economies: Reimagining youth livelihoods in an age of technological innovation
23 April 2020
Overview: The future of work in a technological age is topical, especially in the context of wide-scale youth unemployment. Current conversations centre on helping young people enter existing professions, become entrepreneurs or enhance (often science) skills development with a view towards salaried employment. Often missing are more nuanced conversations, including how entrepreneurship, skills, knowledge, formality, sustainability, permanence, and dignity exist along a continuum when it comes to describing ‘work’. Also missing is how work as we know it - full-time, permanent and along a single trajectory - is unlikely to be the norm as we fully enter the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). Should we not begin to differentiate between gigs, jobs, careers, livelihoods, and employment? Might we not help young people think differently about work: where it might be available and how it might change?
Presenters: Prof. Sharlene Swartz, Mr Krish Chetty and Ms Seipati Mokhema, Inclusive Economic Development (IED), HSRC
Discussants: Mr Imraan Patel, Deputy Director-General, Department of Science and Innovation; Dr Tashmia Ismail-Saville, CEO, Youth Employment Service
Chair: Dr Glenda Kruss, CeSTII, HSRC
For more information and to download seminar presentation: bit.ly/refraeconomies
HSRC Seminar: Transgender women and HIV in South Africa
26 May 2020
Overview: Transgender women (TGW) constitute an extremely vulnerable, stigmatized and hidden community in South Africa. Stigma and transphobic responses make transwomen more vulnerable, so they constitute a key population for HIV infection. Internationally, the prevalence of HIV amongst the transgender community is considerably higher than the general community. The material for these presentations was drawn from the Botshelo ba Trans sero-prevalence survey of TGW in South Africa, together with qualitative interviews that preceded the survey. The research was done, using a participatory approach, in the cities of Cape Town, Pretoria and East London. The work was all done in collaboration with transinclusive organisations and with the CDC.
Presenters: Dr Donald Skinner and Dr Allanise Cloete, Human Sciences Research Council
Chair: Leigh Ann van der Merwe, founder of the Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa (SHE)
For more information and to download seminar presentation: bit.ly/transgendersemi
HSRC Seminar: Water innovation in South Africa
5 May 2020
Overview: South African scientists have been among the significant contributors to new knowledge creation in the water innovation domain, especially in water treatment technologies. This innovation dynamism has however not been translated into a large-scale uptake of new technologies to avert the looming threat of water shortage. This study takes a close look at the challenges and opportunities in the adoption and diffusion of water-related innovations to meet the growing demand for water resources in the context of a changing climate. Our research findings indicates that financing constraints, technical validation and cost factors are among the main hurdles limiting the ability of innovators to scale up their inventions for commercialisation.
Presenter: Dr Alexis Habiyaremye, HSRC/ University of Johannesburg
Chair: Dr Sikhulumile Sinyolo, HSRC
For more information and to download seminar presentation: bit.ly/waterinnov
HSRC Seminar: The Role of Research in Harnessing Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) for Rural Transformation and Technological Innovations in South Africa
28 May 2020
Overview: Indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) are gaining currency as new strategies for Africa’s development. IKS is a unique system of knowledge owned, inherited or developed by close groups, communities or individuals of common historical or genetic origin. For generations past and present, IKS have driven healthcare, food and nutritional, safety and security, housing construction, and ecosystem management practices in Africa’s rural communities. Yet, colonialism and religion have labelled IKS as fetish, cultic, primitive and superstitious practices. This seminar explores nuances that would reverse the rapid demise of IKS; exploit the synergy between research and IKS; and interrogate how IKS and research interface would provoke technological innovations for rural transformation in South Africa.
Presenter: Prof. Francis O.C. Nwonwu, HSRC
Chair: Carol van Wyk, Department of Science and Innovation
For more information and to download seminar presentation: http://bit.ly/iksseminar
HSRC Seminar: Getting children back to school safely - What the medical experts say
29 May 2020
Overview: Following a nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on 19 May 2020, the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshegka announced that schools will re-open, in a phased manner, from 1 June 2020. This seminar, from paediatric medical experts, discusses the risk levels for school going children through three questions: (1) Do children get Covid-19?, (2) Are children Covid-19 super-spreaders?, (3) How can we make schools relatively safe?
Presenters: Prof. Refiloe Masekela and Dr Moherndran Archary, University of KwaZulu-Natal ; Prof. Sithembiso Velaphi, University of the Witwatersrand
Chairs: Dr Vijay Reddy, HSRC and Dr Nic Spaull, University of Stellenbosch
For more information and to download seminar presentations: bit.ly/childrensemi
HSRC Seminar: Blue Economy for Women's Economic Empowerment
4 November 2019
HSRC Building Pretoria
Overview: This seminar discusses the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and research on the extent of women’s inclusion in the Indian Ocean’s Blue Economy sectors, as well as recommendations to facilitate an enabling environment and creative policy thinking and development for women’s economic empowerment through the Blue Economy.
Presenter: Prof. Joleen Steyn Kotze, Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES), HSRC
Chair: Dr Michael Cosser, Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES), HSRC
Note: DCES is the new name for the Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD) programme at the HSRC.
For more information and to download seminar presentation: http://bit.ly/blueseminar
HSRC and partners to embark on a joint HIV and TB pilot study
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and its partners will be conducting a joint TB and HIV pilot study in KwaZulu-Natal between the 26th of August and the 20th of September.
The purpose of the pilot study is to determine the feasibility of conducting a larger joint Tuberculosis and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (TB/HIV) survey. The project will:
• determine survey uptake of combined HIV and TB testing
• assess data quality of collected interview and biomarker measures
• estimate the costs of a (scaled-up) joint population-based TB/ HIV impact assessment (PHIA) survey
• document operational lessons learned to inform scale up of future joint TB-HIV surveys.
The survey will be taking place in 2 communities (called clusters for the purpose of the study) in Kwa-Zulu-Natal, namely Marburg and The Ridge (Umgayi).
There will be 2 phases to the project:
1. Household phase, where all eligible individuals up to 500 adults (≥ 15 years as per the South African TB prevalence survey), plus their accompanying children (300 children < 15 years per cluster) will be asked to participate by answering a questionnaire. In each cluster, all households will be selected for inclusion into the pilot survey. The people who will be invited to participate will be people of all ages who have slept in that respective household for at least five nights of the previous two weeks.
2. Hub phase, where all participants who are potentially at risk of having TB will be asked to participate by having various health checks including a TB and HIV test. Where participants need to be referred to treatment and support, they will be linked to a local clinic.
The survey will be anonymous, meaning that all personal identifiers will be delinked once the survey has been completed. The study aims to reach a total of 1,600 people in Kwazulu-Natal.
Field workers will visit specific homes to invite members of households within the selected areas, to participate in the survey. They will also provide more information about the exact venue, date and times that the survey will be in your area.
This pilot survey is very important to South Africa, as it will give an indication if HSRC and its partners can implement a larger survey in order to support efforts to find the best methods to fight TB and HIV. Community members are requested to welcome field workers, identified by their branded bibs and name tags, into their homes, and to support them in this process.
For further information call:
Team Leader: Ms Tsatsi Mkhombo: 081 848 9985
Project Director: Mr Shandir Ramlagan: 082 355 2379
Project PI: Dr Sizulu Moyo: email@example.com
For media enquiries or to set up interviews, please contact Adziliwi Nematandani (HRSC), 0827659191, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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HSRC's Advocate Gary Pienaar's interview on NewzRoomAfrika on Sunday 21 July 2019
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he would seek a judicial review of the Public Protector's findings against him. NewzRoomAfrika interviewed the HSRC’s Advocate Gary Pienaar about this issue.
HSRC's Advocate Gary Pienaar's interview on NewzRoomAfrika on Sunday 21 July 2019
2/3 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he would seek a judicial review of the Public Protector's findings against him. NewzRoomAfrika interviewed the HSRC’s Advocate Gary Pienaar about this issue.
HSRC's Advocate Gary Pienaar's interview on NewzRoomAfrika on Sunday 21 July 2019
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he would seek a judicial review of the Public Protector's findings against him. NewzRoomAfrika interviewed the HSRC’s Advocate Gary Pienaar about this issue.