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Human Sciences Research council hosts strategies on South Africa's AU chairship

Interview with Dr Scheba

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HSRC's 50/90 Commemoration 2018-2020

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In 2019, the HSRC commemorates its 50th anniversary and is undertaking a series of critical engagements around the social and human sciences in the period April 2018 to May 2020. The engagements will enable documentation, the building of the HSRC archive, reflection, learning, appreciation, promotion in the public domain, and critical debate on the relationship between social and human science research, the state and society at large. Read more about the Commemoration.

Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller discusses election satisfaction survey

Social cohesion: The missing link in overcoming violence and inequality?

The aim of this study is to understand the importance of strong social cohesion in the cities of Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro, which suffer from high levels of inequality, poverty, and violence. More info.


5 June 2020 | Citizens who trust Ramaphosa willing to sacrifice human rights to curb Covid-19 spread, survey finds

South Africans, who have trust in President Cyril Ramaphosa, are more likely to sacrifice their human rights in order to curb the spread of the corona....

5 June 2020 | Government cops flak from tripartite alliance for 'heavy handed' lockdown

The tripartite alliance is warning the government that the lockdown’s legitimacy is at risk given the unintended consequence of favouring some p....

5 June 2020 | SA citizens willing to sacrifice human rights in COVID-19 fight, study finds

A study conducted during the ongoing lockdown has found that many South Africans are willing to sacrifice their human rights on order to counter the s....