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

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HSRC's 50/90 Commemoration 2018-2020

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In 2019, the HSRC commemorated its 50th anniversary undertaking a series of critical engagements around the social and human sciences in the period April 2018 to May 2020. The engagements enabled 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.

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.


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Cash-strapped consumers face tough times as food prices increase, petrol prices rise and a looming hike in the cost of electricity is on the cards. M....

1 March 2021 | Depression, anxiety increased among South Africans

The council has conducted a number of major population representation surveys to determine the social and psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemi....

1 March 2021 | Fake news hurting vaccination roll-out: Nzimande

Speaking during a virtual conference aimed at dispelling myths about vaccines and coronavirus variants earlier this week, Nzimande said the discussion....