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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.

Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis visits the HSRC

21 November 2018  | Office of the CEO  | Latest News

Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis visits the HSRC to meet with members of the executive leadership.

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.

Are criminal justice institutions continuing to entertain the violation of rape victims' rights?

More and more people feel unsafe in South Africa. Crime statistics indicate that South Africans do not feel safe in their homes, communities and work place. According to the Victims of Crime Survey aggregate crime levels increased by 5% (over 5 million) in 2017/18 compared to 2016/17.

The first of its kind outside Gauteng: A community-owned non-communicable disease screening service in Sweetwaters

2 November 2018  | Human and Social Development  | Latest News

Since 2015, Dr Alastair van Heerden from HSD and his colleague Laurie Bruns at the UCLA Center for World Health have worked with MBA teams from UCLA on an initiative to develop a sustainable, non-donor funded and profitable non-communicable disease (NCD) focused risk-screening programme in the community of Sweetwaters.

Indian Ocean Rim Association meets in Durban

The HSRC's Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller represented South Africa along with Mr Selby Modiba from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), to report to the senior officials of the Indian Ocean Rim Association on the work done by the regional Academic Group, chaired by Prof Bohler-Muller.

Monitoring and responding to political violence in SA

Prof Mia Swart, Research Director at the Human Sciences Research Council, talks about violence in different spheres of South African life and strategies can be employed moving forward. The HSRC and partners held a workshop to identify evidence based interventions.

Vice President of Madagascar's Parliament visits AISA in the HSRC

17 October 2018  | Latest News  | Africa Institute of South Africa

As part of its mandate to continue seeking solutions to Africa’s developmental challenges, the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) in the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) held a briefing session with the Vice President of Madagascar’s Parliament, Dr Freddie MAHAZOASY.

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