Economic Performance and Development

EPD PhD Intern Presents Research Findings at AERC Workshop

Bhekiwe Fakudze (EPD PhD Intern) participated in a Thesis Dissemination Workshop on 30th January 2019 in Mbabane, Swaziland. The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, hosted this event as part of its Collaborative Masters in Agricultural and Applied Economics (CMAAE) programme. Experts from the University of Swaziland and other stakeholders ranging from farmers, financiers and policy makers also attended this postgraduate training workshop.

Turning East London into a university town of 'new of opportunities'

EPD’s Professor Leslie Bank recently received funding from the Buffalo City Municipal Development Agency (BCMDA) to look at ways of maximising opportunities afforded by the rust-belt city of East London. This is part of the broader placemaking and development theme within in EPD. On Friday the 16 November 2018 Leslie chaired a workshop with stakeholders from local, provincial and national government and local business and education representatives.

EPD to explore the innovation landscape of the great Karoo region

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in partnership with the Technology Innovation Agency, has tasked the Economic Performance and Development unit to appraise and map out the innovation landscape (i.e., innovation infrastructure, actors, their networks and relevant institutions) of the Karoo region.

Phase 1 of this two-phased innovation mapping exercise, is set to start in January 2019 and run for a year, covering 16 local municipalities across 4 districts in the Karoo, at a cost of R2 million. The Karoo region is vast and covers about 78 local municipalities in 16 districts across four provinces: the Northern Cape, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Free State. Phase 2 of the project, which will focus on the remainder of the municipalities, is expected to start towards the end of Phase 1 in late 2019.

Prof Leslie Bank's book entitled "Anchored in Place"

Professor Leslie Bank's book entitled "Anchored in place" is now available. For more details about the book please see information below.


Tensions in South African universities have traditionally centred around
equity (particularly access and affordability), historical legacies (such as
apartheid and colonialism), and the shape and structure of the higher
education system. What has not received sufficient attention is the
contribution of the university to place-based development.

Young researcher helps secure innovation research funding

Dr Sikhulumile Sinyolo, or Skhu, as he is affectionately known by his colleagues, began working at the HSRC in February 2017 after completing his PhD at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Fresh from university, he was employed as a Research Specialist in the Economic Performance and Development (EPD) research unit and was immediately tasked with the responsibility of managing two large projects in the area of rural innovation and development.

Can the budget help transformation?

The SABC interviews the HSRC's Dr Peter Jacobs on what a transformative budget would look like.

Economic Performance and Development young researcher enjoys two career achievements in as many months

28 September 2018  | Economic Performance and Development

Economic Performance and Development young researcher enjoys two career achievements in as many months

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