A new HSRC book, Imonti Modern: Picturing the Life and Times of a South African Location by Leslie Bank (EPD) and Mxolisi Qebeyi, a community activist from Duncan Village, East London, was launched at the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) conference in Port Elizabeth on the 8th March 2018. The Minster of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, who opened and attended the conference, responded positively to the book and encouraged the production of more volumes of this kind in South Africa.
Hearing loss is not simply a medical matter, but more a communication impairment with social ramifications that have a significant impact on your personal life and career. Tim Hart, a senior research project manager at the HSRC, spoke to the HSRC Review about the sacrifices and positive choices that he has made to live with profound hearing disability.
New book announcement
Written by the HSRC's Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller, Dr Michael Cosser and Gary Pienaar is now available from Pretoria University Law Press (PULP), an open-access publisher based at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.
The first South African integrated biological and behavioral survey on HIV in transgender women will be supported by various South African and international academic and civil society partners and will commence in January 2018.
The HSRC’s Dr Firdous Khan has been selected to be part of the Ship for World Youth programme, a mostly ship-based international youth exchange programme sponsored by the Cabinet Office of the Japanese Government.
The Democracy Governance and Service Delivery research programme has launched the longitudinal study, South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS). This is a survey on opinion among the South African population covering topics on a wide range of social matters such as communications, politics, education, unemployment, and the problems of the aged and inter-group relations.
The World Bank has contracted the Economic Performance and Development unit to appraise and strengthen the National Rural Youth Service Corps (NARYSEC) Exit Strategy. The NARYSEC programme is a flagship youth development intervention of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), which started in September 2010. Through this programme, the Department recruits thousands of unemployed youths in resource poor rural districts, where youth unemployment levels are very high, and equips them with the necessary skills that can be ploughed back into sustainable socio-economic initiatives in their communities.
On 20-21 November 2017 AISA organised a writing retreat for emerging scholarsat the HSRC Building in Pretoria. Indeed, as the organisers and participants, we are indebted to HSRC and its AISA division for supporting this programme which is consistent with the South African Government’s new growth path of National Development Plan (NDP) to accelerate evidence-based innovation and support “to leave no one behind” at the local, national, and regional contexts.
The 2015/16 National Survey of Research and Experimental Development (R&D Survey) report released today shows that, despite the economic challenges, some institutional sectors have continued investing in R&D. South Africa's gross expenditure on research and development (GERD) in 2015/16 was R32,337 billion, an increase of 10,2% in nominal terms on the year before.
Professor Ivan Turok attended the inaugural meeting of the SHLC in Glasgow between November 13-15th. This is a major new research programme funded by the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund. The EPD unit of HSRC is a core member of the Centre.