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South African National HIV Survey (SABSSM V) is on the road

16 March 2017  | Latest News  | HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) fieldworkers are currently out on the road across the country to visit 60 000 South Africans to request their participation in the country’s fifth HIV and Health study. Professor Leickness Simbayi, Deputy CEO for Research at the HSRC and overall Principal Investigator of the study, says field workers will be visiting selected households across South Africa.

Multimillion rand grant for land use and needs assessment study

Government wants rural land users to adopt fit-for-purpose land use practices. This requires, for example, that the best farmland be used - with care - for crop and livestock farming into the distant future. A recent law, the Spatial Planning Land Use Management Act (2015), sets out the rules for ideal land uses. How many rural land users are following the prescripts of this law? Policymakers find it hard to answer this question without accurate knowledge about actual land uses in rural municipalities. Policy-relevant evidence is needed to fill this information gap.

EPD Research Director Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Grant

Peter Jacobs has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Fulbright Grant for research scholars. The grant allows him to consolidate more than a decade of his studies on land reform into a book manuscript. For the six months of the Fulbright fellowship, which begins at the end of January 2017, he will be based at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to complete his new book project.

''Are you going to die, Mom? Research shows that talking to your young children about your HIV status helps them cope better

1 December 2016  | Latest News  | HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB

New scientific research from South Africa strengthens international evidence that children whose parents have a life-threatening disease such as HIV can benefit from their parents communicating with them about their illness and possible death.

Release of trends in international mathematics and science study results

28 November 2016  | Latest News  | Education and Skills Development

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will release the results of the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) study on 29 November 2016. TIMSS is a cross-national assessment of the mathematics and science levels of learners from the various participating countries. TIMSS was developed by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) to allow participating nations to compare learner educational achievement across borders.

Inaugural HSRC Medal for the Social Sciences and Humanities to leading scholar tonight

25 November 2016  | Latest News  | General

The HSRC will present the inaugural Medal for the Social Sciences and Humanities to a leading scholar tonight. The awards ceremony for the first Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Medal for the Social Sciences and Humanities will be awarded at the HSRC’s Pretoria office tonight.

Opening address - Inaugural Restitution Conference, Castle of Good Hope

10 November 2016  | Latest News  | Human and Social Development

The first even restitution conference in South Africa was hosted by the HSRC.

The conference was attended by 320 people from 46 organisations which included civil society groups as well as universities.

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