The Department of Science and Technology has announced its intention to introduce the Africa Institute of South Africa Act Repeal Bill during 2013. The bill repeals the Africa Institute of South Africa Act (2001) and disestablishes the Africa Institute while providing for the transfer of its assets, liabilities, rights and obligations.
The bill also provides for the transfer of employees from the institute into the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and ring fences the institute's budget within the HSRC.
South Africa is hosting the BRICS Summit (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in Durban from 26 to 27 March 2013. Prior to this meeting the officials of these countries are coming together to participate in various related activities. One of these activities is a consortium of BRICS think tanks.
A conference will be held to commemorate "The Life and Times of Neville Alexander", thinker, scholar, political prisoner and revolutionary. The Conference will take place at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth on the 5-8th July 2013 (inclusive) and will be hosted jointly by the University and its Centre for Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD).
The conference is intended to stimulate critical reflection, debate and discussion, on the life and work of Neville Alexander and its relevance to contemporary local and global issues focusing on both the intellectual and practical challenges facing society.
The HSRC is involved in several satellite sessions at AIDS 2012. The International Social Science Council will host a satellite session on 22 July 2012 titled: Rethinking the role of Social Sciences in the context of HIV/AIDS...