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Social Housing, Spatial Transformation and Upward Mobility - HSRC Seminar
Social housing is a powerful tool for integrating divided cities. It can also help low income households to get on in life and thrive by providing a secure home base with good access to jobs and amenities. The HSRC recently completed a study of social housing’s contribution to spatial transformation and upward social mobility in South Africa. The purpose of this webinar is to share the findings and to stimulate discussion about the next steps for policy and practice. A mixed picture emerged from the research, both in terms of location and upward mobility. Although social housing has a unique mandate to promote urban integration, over the last 27 years there has been a ‘spatial drift’ of new projects away from inner cities towards outer urban areas. This has been most apparent in Johannesburg, and least common in Tshwane. The pressure to accelerate delivery is partly responsible, along with the cost of well-located land. Another important conclusion is that insufficient attention has been devoted to supporting household advancement and finding the most effective pathways to improve people’s life chances. The discussion will test the veracity of these findings and consider what needs to be done to improve the location of social housing and increase the contribution it makes to upward mobility. INTRODUCTION: Agence Française de Développement & EU Delegation PRESENTERS: Ivan Turok, Andreas Scheba and Justin Visagie (HSRC/UFS) DISCUSSANTS: Representatives from SHRA, NASHO, NHFC, Public Works and DBSA. FACILITATOR: Helen Rourke (DAG) For more information:
August 26, 2021
4IR and Youth Unemployment: Harnessing the 4th Industrial Revolution to COVID-19 game-changers - HSRC Seminar
In keeping with the spirit of 1976 Soweto Uprising, Women in Science in partnership with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Impact Centre held a dialogue to commemorate the role the youth played in the events surrounding the historical day. The dialogue looked at developing activities and reflecting on the history, present realities and future of young people in the country.  It focused on the unemployment crisis in the country particularly the youth who are most acutely affected. The idea was to conceptualise an innovative research approach to confront the challenges and prospects associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which has raised contentious debates about its role in job creation.  Gloomy statistics  The 2021 quarterly labour force survey showed that the unemployment rate increased substantially compared to the last quarter of 2020. Furthermore, in an expanded definition that includes job seekers, unemployment is at 43.2%. According to Statistics South Africa, the unemployment rate is the highest amongst people aged 15 to 34. Thus, youth unemployment under the expanded definition is 74.7%.  South Africa is one of the countries with the highest inequalities, and the year-on-year rise in unemployment points to the need for rigorous engagement on policy, innovation and the industrialisation trajectory as touted in the country’s pathways to economic recovery and job creation. The aforementioned interventions are conceptually targeted at creating employment for youth, stimulate the economic climate and reduce inequalities.  Strategic plan  Through knowledge co-creation, innovative solutions can be crafted in order to understand domestic challenges experienced by youth especially in marginalised communities. The strategic plan of the HSRC includes utilising the national, regional and global leadership in the production and use of targeted knowledge to support the eradication of poverty, the reduction of inequalities and the promotion of employment. Through this dialogue, the Partnerships Directorate in the Impact Centre anticipated that the debate will enrich ideas, and build up relations that can identify creative pockets in the public communities.  The objectives of the dialogue were to engage on the following:  • To understand the underlying challenges facing the youth in the current economic climate, especially considering the future of work;  • To establish a mechanism to support skills planning, identify capacity gaps in preparation for the labour market; and  • To ensure the youth is adequately prepared for a technology driven economy that requires young people to be proficient in science, technology and digital literacy.  More information:
August 16, 2021
Year of the Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want - Diplomatic conversation
Inspiration or Aspiration? Organised by the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) in the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), this Diplomatic Conversation will address the theme chosen by the African Union (AU) for 2021 – Year of the Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want. Launched during the 34th AU Assembly under the leadership of the current Chairperson of the African Union, H.E. President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the theme is a declaration at a continental level for Member States to invest more resources in African cultures and heritages as a vehicle for promoting and achieving the national economic and social development goals outlined in Africa’s Agenda 2063. The AU declaration of 2021 as the year of African cultures, heritages and arts may also be seen as an extension of sort of the 2020 focus on ending conflicts through ‘silencing the guns’, since culture plays a leading role in sustainable peace. The speakers look at the position of the arts, culture and heritage sector within the national agendas of African countries, and the efforts made towards building the Africa We Want through cultural and creative industries. What can Africa do to ensure that this AU theme does not fall on deaf ears and that there are decisive steps undertaken to respond to it? How can the AU Member States use the arts, culture and heritage as levers of sustainable development? The ultimate question is whether that ‘imagined’ Africa is just an aspiration or a possible projection for a near future. For more information:
August 12, 2021
Addressing the Marginalization of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Foreign Workers in South Africa - HSRC Seminar
The South African government is committed to fighting xenophobia and providing a welcoming environment for documented migrants living in the country, despite the devastating impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on countries’ fiscal resources throughout the world. Among other things, the pandemic has forced countries to close their borders to manage rates of infection and redirect scarce national resources to meeting the needs of citizens who have already been affected by the lockdown situations. 

While the availability of vaccines have been positive for the economic recovery of many countries, there are new concerns emerging including the impact of “vaccine passports” on the free movement of people.  National vaccination programmes will also not mean an automatic recovery of the economy, which has contracted by 7% and is predicted to only be likely to return to pre-Covid-19 levels by 2023/24. Unemployment figures announced by Statistician-General Risenga Maluleka earlier this month indicate that, at 32.6% it is at the level last seen 13 years ago.  What then does a shrinking tax base and fewer fiscal resources mean for how South Africa fulfils its international obligations to fight xenophobia? How will our nation protect refugees, asylum seekers and foreign workers from discrimination? CHAIR:  Dr Konosoang Sobane (HSRC Impact Centre) PANEL:    Dr Steven Gordon (HSRC DCES) Ms Danaline Franzman, Chief Director: Social Justice and Participatory Democracy, Department of Justice and Correctional Services Mr Amir Sheikh, Chairman of the Somali Community Board Ms Sharon S Ekambaram, Manager, Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme, Lawyers for Human Rights For more information:
July 30, 2021
The impact of innovation on productivity in South African manufacturing and services businesses: New empirical evidence - HSRC Seminar
The South African manufacturing and services sectors remain squarely in the crosshairs of economic and industrial policy makers and, equally, business leaders and sector analysts. Whether to stimulate much-needed growth, as in the case of the manufacturing sector, or to adapt to widespread technological change, as in the case of services firms, the argument for a reimagined industrial strategy could not be more compelling or urgent. In this context, innovation is centrally positioned as both a key engine of development and a catalyst for growth. However, little is known about the impacts of innovation on productivity in manufacturing and services businesses in South Africa, with studies focussing mainly on the role of R&D. Showcasing new econometric modelling, using data from the South African Business Innovation Survey, 2014-2016, the seminar delves into relationships between different types of technological and non-technological innovation and business productivity. Policy issues and questions for discussion with national and sector stakeholders include: what factors or firm characteristics influence the decision to innovate? What support mechanisms incentivise innovation? Is the relationship between innovation and productivity always positive? Presenters: Dr Atoko Kasongo and Dr Amy Kahn, Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators, HSRC Moderator: Godfrey Mashamba, Deputy Director-General: Evaluation, Evidence and Knowledge Systems, Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) Discussant: Saul Levin, Director: Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) For more information: 
July 21, 2021
Migrants, Thinkers, Storytellers - Book launch
Migrants, Thinkers, Storytellers develops an argument about how individual migrants, coming from four continents and diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, are in many ways affected by a violent categorisation that is often nihilistic, insistently racial, and continuously significant in the organisation of South African society. The book also examines how relative privilege and storytelling function as instruments for migrants to negotiate meanings and shape their lives. It employs narrative lifestory research as its guiding methodology and applies various disciplinary analytical perspectives, with an overall focus on social categorisation and its consequences. The featured stories stress how unsettled, mutable and in flux social categories and identities are – just as a messy pencil sketch challenges clear definitions. MODERATOR: Leslie Bank, Deputy Executive Director of the Economic Development and Performance Unit at the HSRC. Adjunct Professor at Walter Sisulu University and University of Fort Hare. Author of Migrant Labour after Apartheid: The inside story (edited with Dorrit Posel and Francis Wilson, 2020), Covid and Custom in Rural South Africa: Culture, healthcare and the state (with Nelly Sharpley, 2021), Home Spaces, Street Styles: Contesting power and identity in a South African city (2011) and other books. PANELISTS: Oswald Kucherera, Cape Town-based storyteller, human rights activist and educator. Author of The Exodus Down South (2016) and Washing Dishes and Other Stories (2018). Angelo Martins Junior, Research Associate at the University of Bristol's School of Sociology, Politics & International Studies (SPAIS) and coordinator of the Research Challenge ‘Control, Conflict, Resistance’ at the Migration Mobilities Bristol Research Institute (MMB). Author of Lives in Motion: Notebooks of an Immigrant in London (2015) and Moving Difference: Brazilians in London (2020). Faith Mkwesha, Researcher and Visiting Scholar at the Swedish School of Social Science Subunit, University of Helsinki. Chief Executive Director and Founder of Sahwira Africa, an anti-racist organisation. Author of Rasismi, valta ja vastarinta: Rodullistaminen, valkoisuus ja koloniaalisuus Suomessa (Racism, power and resistance: Racialization, whiteness and coloniality in Finland, edited with Suvi Keskinen and Minna Kristiina Seikkula, 2021) and Zimbabwe Women Writers from 1950 to the Present: re-creating gender images (PhD Thesis, 2016).  Alice Ncube, Senior Lecturer at the Natural and Agricultural Sciences; and Senior Lecturer and Programme Director at the Disaster Management Training and Education Centre, University of the Free State. Author of The socio-economic coping and adaptation mechanisms employed by African migrant women in South Africa (PhD Thesis, 2017). In conversation with the editors of Migrants, Thinkers, Storytellers - Jonatan Kurzwelly (University of Göttingen and University of the Free State) and Luis Escobedo (University of the Free State) and other book contributors. For more information: 
July 06, 2021
Human rights and the fourth industrial revolution in South Africa - Book launch
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is having a major impact on all aspects of life, both in South Africa and globally. The chief technological developments associated with the 4IR offer much promise for human development and improvements in quality of life. Yet, as this book explores, these technologies are a double-edged sword, bringing both benefits and drawbacks, particularly in relation to the realisation and enjoyment of fundamental human rights and freedoms. 

This book constitutes the first major investigation of the real and potential human rights implications of the 4IR in South Africa, following the work of the South African Human Rights Commission in this area. Addressing issues such as unemployment, poverty, development and local government in the 4IR; bias, discrimination and the digital divide; internet rights and responsibilities; privacy and cybersecurity; and predictive policing, surveillance and digital justice, this book offers an in-depth review of the current and emerging regulatory frameworks relating to human rights and 4IR-related technologiesin South Africa. With contributions from social scientists, ethicists and human rights experts, and a Foreword from the SAHRC CEO, Advocate Tseliso Thipanyane, this book will be of wide interest to policy-makers, academics and the public interested concerned with the future of South African constitutionalism. SPEAKERS Adv. Tseliso Thipanyane, Chief Executive Officer, South African Human Rights Commission Prof Sizwe Snail ka Mtuze, Member: Information Regulator; Director, Snail Attorneys @ Law Inc Dr Rachel Adams, Chief Research Specialist: Science in Society, Impact Centre, Human Sciences Research Council Mark Gaffley, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town Nokuthula Olorunju, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town For more information:
July 06, 2021
AI Narratives in Sub-Saharan Africa: Workshop 3 - Afro/African-futurisms
The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (University of Cambridge) and the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa, are delighted to announce a series of three virtual workshops entitled ‘Global AI Narratives: Sub-Saharan Africa’.  Different cultures see Artificial Intelligence through very different lenses: diverse religious, linguistic, philosophical, literary, and cinematic traditions have led to diverging conceptions of what intelligent machines can and should be. The Global AI Narratives: Sub-Saharan Africa workshops are part of a series of events dedicated to the dissemination of these diverse AI narratives around the world.  Funded by DeepMind Ethics and Society and the Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc., the Global AI Narratives Project aims to establish new connections between academics, artists, writers, designers and technologists working on AI in different regions of the world.  Workshop 3 - Afro/African-futurisms Meeting Chair:             Dr Rachel Adams 14:00 – 14:05:              Welcome, opening and introductions - Dr Rachel Adams 14:05 – 14:10:              Opening remarks - Dr Stephen Cave 14:10 – 14:25:              Dr Ralph Borland: Dubship I and Digi-Dub Club: Telling Tales  with Technology 14:25 – 14:40:              Dr Nedine Moonsamy: Notes on Conceptualising the African Technoscientific Imaginary through African Science Fiction 14:40 – 14:55:              Dr Divine Fuh: Revenge of the Nerds: AI, Ethics and Masculinities 14:55 – 15:05:              Discussant: Dr Buhle Khanyile              15:05 – 15:50:              Open discussion and Q&A - Moderator: Rachel Adams 15:50 – 16:00:              Closing Remarks – Dr Kanta Dihal For more information:
June 23, 2021
International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry - Part 1: Speaking
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:
June 18, 2021
Archie Mafeje Memorial Lecture 2021
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.  
SPEAKERS 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:
June 11, 2021
Making Institutions work in South Africa - HSRC Book Launch
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. 
HOST Danelle Plaatjies, LLB (UCT) LLM Candidate (UCT) READERS 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:
May 31, 2021
Cities in a post-covid world - HSRC Seminar
Online seminar 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. DISCUSSANTS:  Kuben Naidoo, Deputy Governor, South African Reserve Bank Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina, Wits University FACILITATOR:  Prof Ivan Turok, SARCHI Chair in City-Region Economies at UFS and HSRC For more information:
May 26, 2021
Who is willing to sacrifice human rights in the context of COVID? - HSRC Seminar
24 March 2021 

Online seminar 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.

 PANELISTS: Adv Tseliso Thipanyane, CEO of the South African Human Rights Commission Mark Heywood, Human Rights and Social Justice Activist CHAIR:  Dr Rachel Adams, Chief Research Specialist, HSRC
May 19, 2021
Opportunities and challenges in implementing the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement - HSRC Seminar
5 March 2021

 Online seminar 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.  DISCUSSANTS:  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 CHAIR:  Dr Vuyo Mjimba, Chief Research Specialist HSRC-AISA For more information:
May 10, 2021
Macroeconomics of Reconstruction and Recovery: Policy Options Beyond Covid19? - HSRC Seminar
17 February 2021 

Online seminar 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:
April 20, 2021
Working from anywhere - views, evidence, experiences and recommendations - HSRC Seminar
26 January 2021

 Online seminar 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  PANEL DISCUSSION 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 IT Enablement Ms Shirin Motala - HSRC, Chief Research Manager Panel Synthesis  BREAKAWAY SESSIONS - MOVING TOWARDS DEVELOPING NEW WAYS OF WORKING Lead facilitator - Ms Shirin Motala REPORT BACK FROM BREAKAWAY SESSIONS For more information: and
March 29, 2021
Backyard Real Estate: Harnessing the Potential for Township Development - HSRC Seminar
18 November 2020 Online seminar  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.  PRESENTERS  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  FACILITATORS  Prof Ivan Turok, Dr Andreas Scheba, Dr Justin Visagie, HSRC-UFS SARChI Chair collaboration  For more information:
March 04, 2021
Being ALHIV: What do we know about Adolescents Living with HIV in South Africa? - HSRC Seminar
24 November 2020  Online seminar  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:
March 04, 2021
The Future Of Work And The Implications For South African TVET Colleges - HSRC Seminar
13 November 2020

  Online seminar  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.  Speaker:  Dr Lesley Powell, Research Chair: Youth Unemployment, Employability and Empowerment, Nelson Mandela University  Moderators:  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:
February 23, 2021
The impact of corruption on SME growth in Africa - HSRC Seminar
10 November 2020

  Online seminar  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  SCHOLARS PANEL:  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:
February 04, 2021
Remote Teaching and Learning at TVET colleges: A COVID-19 challenge - HSRC & NMU Seminar
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

 Online seminar 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:
December 09, 2020
Systems Dynamics Approach for Modelling South Africa Response to COVID-19 - HSRC Seminar
HSRC Seminar: Dealing with Uncertainty - Systems Dynamics Approach for Modelling South Africa Response to COVID-19 20 August 2020

 Online seminar 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. PROGRAMME DIRECTOR
 Prof Charles Hongoro: Strategic Lead, PaSS - Developmental Ethical and Capable State (DCES) HSRC OPENING REMARKS 
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 RESPONDENT 
Prof Charles Wambebe: President of International Biomedical Research for Africa DISCUSSION
 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 CLOSING REMARKS
 Dr Emmanuel Sekyere, Ag. Research Director, PaSS - Developmental Ethical and Capable State (DCES) HSRC For more information and presentations:
November 11, 2020
What’s Trust Got to Do With It? UJ-HSRC COVID-19 Democracy Survey Round 2 - HSRC Seminar
HSRC Seminar: What’s Trust Got to Do With It? UJ-HSRC COVID-19 Democracy Survey Round 2 Public Launch 19 August 2020

 Online seminar 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. CHAIR: Prof Dumisani Moyo, Vice Dean: Teaching and Learning, UJ OPENING: Dr Yul Derek Davids, DCES HSRC PANEL: 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 DISCUSSION: Kelebogile Afrika, UJ, and Ngqapheli Mchunu, HSRC For more information and presentations:
October 02, 2020
Is COVID-19 threatening breastfeeding and early childhood development? - HSRC Seminar
HSRC Seminar: Is COVID-19 threatening breastfeeding and early childhood development? 18 August 2020

 Online seminar 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. CHAIR: Prof. Finn Reygan, Human and Social Capabilities Division, HSRC 

PRESENTERS: 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:
September 22, 2020
Archie Mafeje Memorial Lecture - Land and Agrarian Reform in South Africa - HSRC Seminar
HSRC Seminar: Archie Mafeje Memorial Lecture - Land and Agrarian Reform in South Africa: Lessons from Other Parts of the Continet 4 September 2020 

Online seminar 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. PROGRAM DIRECTOR: 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 
 Ms Dana Mafeje, Daughter of Prof Mafeje     
Mr Sandile Swana, Family Representative 

 PANEL 1: 
 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 

 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      

CLOSING REMARKS Prof Cheryl Hendricks, Executive Head, Africa Institute of South Africa, HSRC For more information:
September 11, 2020
Measurement of Innovation in the South African Cultural & Creative Industries - HSRC Seminar
2 June 2020

  Online seminar  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:
September 10, 2020
Impact of China's Belt and Road on the African Free Trade Agreement - HSRC Seminar
HSRC Seminar: Impact of China's Belt and Road on the African Free Trade Agreement and infrastructure under the new normal 6 August 2020 

Online seminar 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. Speakers: 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:
September 04, 2020
Township Economy - HSRC Book Launch
HSRC Seminar: Township Economy 4 August 2020

 Online seminar 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. Presenters:        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 Chair:                  Dr Vimal Ranchhod, School of Economics, UCT Book: For more information and seminar presentations:
August 20, 2020
Fighting for freedom - The Charter 65 years on - HSRC Seminar
HSRC Seminar: Fighting for freedom - The Charter 65 years on 25 June 2020

 Online seminar 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 Speakers: 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:
August 18, 2020
The Impact of COVID-19 on Different Student Groups - HSRC-USAf Dialogue Series
HSRC Seminar: HSRC-USAf Dialogue Series: The Impact of COVID-19 on Different Student Groups 
22 June 2020 

Online seminar 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. . Chair:     Prof. Crain Soudien, CEO, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Speakers:     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 Discussant:     Prof. Ahmed Bawa, CEO, Universities South Africa (USAf) For more information:
August 17, 2020
The COVID-19 Pandemic: Class, Mental Health and Human Rights - HSRC Seminar
HSRC Seminar: The COVID-19 Pandemic: Class, Mental Health and Human Rights

 4 June 2020
Online seminar 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 Panel: 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:
August 14, 2020
Coronavirus - Lessons in remote learning from China and Europe - HSRC Seminar
HSRC Seminar: Coronavirus - Lessons in remote learning from China and Europe
 7 April 2020
 Online seminar 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: YouTube recording:
July 16, 2020
On democracy and authoritarianism - in the era of COVID-19 - HSRC Seminar
HSRC Seminar: On democracy and authoritarianism: Systems, ideologies, freedom and vulnerabilities in the era of COVID-19 

15 April 2020
 Online seminar 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: YouTube recording:
July 08, 2020
Refracted Economies: Reimagining youth livelihoods in an age of tech innovation - HSRC Seminar
HSRC Seminar: Refracted Economies: Reimagining youth livelihoods in an age of technological innovation
 23 April 2020 Online seminar 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:
July 06, 2020
Transgender women and HIV in South Africa - HSRC Seminar
HSRC Seminar: Transgender women and HIV in South Africa 
26 May 2020

 Online seminar 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:
July 01, 2020
Water innovation in South Africa - HSRC Seminar
HSRC Seminar: Water innovation in South Africa 5 May 2020

 Online seminar 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:
July 01, 2020
The Role of Research in Harnessing Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) - HSRC Seminar
HSRC Seminar: The Role of Research in Harnessing Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) for Rural Transformation and Technological Innovations in South Africa 28 May 2020 
Online seminar 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:
June 18, 2020
Getting children back to school safely - What the medical experts say - HSRC Seminar
HSRC Seminar: Getting children back to school safely - What the medical experts say 
29 May 2020 Online seminar 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:
June 10, 2020
Blue Economy for Women's Economic Empowerment - HSRC Seminar
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:
May 13, 2020
Dr Saahier Parker on Channel Islam International: Covid-19 awareness survey - HSRC Interview
The HSRC's Dr Saahier Parker is interviewed on Channel Islam International about the Covid-19 awareness survey being undertaken by the HSRC. For more on the survey:
March 31, 2020
HSRC interview 3/3: Language Rites - Language practices in Higher Education Institutions
Language Rites: A symposium on language practices in South African Higher Education Institutions Dr Alude Mahali On SAFM3
September 11, 2019
HSRC interview 2/3: Language Rites - Language practices in Higher Education Institution
Dr Alude Mahali On SAFM discusses Language Rites: A symposium on language practices in South African Higher Education Institutions
September 11, 2019
HSRC interview 1/3: Language Rites - Language practices in Higher Education Institution
Dr Alude Mahali On SAFM3 discusses Language Rites: A symposium on language practices in South African Higher Education Institutions
September 11, 2019
HSRC Interview: Dr Sizulu Moyo On VumaFM - Joint HIV and TB pilot study
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: For media enquiries or to set up interviews, please contact Adziliwi Nematandani (HRSC), 0827659191, email: Join the conversation: South Africa MUST end TB and HIV #itsinourhands #endTB #endHIV # ourSouthAfrica Knowledge through research = Action
August 21, 2019
HSRC Interview 1/3: Adv Gary Pienaar interview on NewzRoomAfrika - judicial review
1/3 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.
July 22, 2019
HSRC Interview 2/3: Adv Gary Pienaar interview on NewzRoomAfrika - judicial review
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.
July 22, 2019
HSRC Interview 3/3: Adv Gary Pienaar interview on NewzRoomAfrika - judicial review
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.
July 22, 2019
HSRC interview: Dr Vijay Reddy on Classic FM - improving the education system
HSRC's Dr Vijay Reddy interviewed on ClassicFM.
July 09, 2019