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Voices of critical skilled migrants in SA

HSRC will release the results of the study on the Voices of critical skilled migrants in South Africa on Friday 22 June 2018.

New Honorary Research Associate, Dr Ian Goldman joins HSRC

Dr Goldman was deputy director general and head of evaluation and research at the South African Presidency’s Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation.

Dr Goldman has worked in 18 countries over the last 37 years, with NGOs, the private sector and governments across a range of development sectors including rural development, local governance, sustainable livelihoods, community-driven development, as well as action learning and evaluation.

Control of tobacco products and electronic delivery systems bill

Below is a summary from Professor  Priscilla Reddy in respect of the proposed amendments presented in the draft Tobacco Control Bill released by the Department of Health on the 9th may 2018.

(As introduced in the National Assembly (proposed section 76); explanatory summary of Bill published in Government Gazette No. 41617 of 9 May 2018)

1.            A zero-tolerance policy on in-door smoking in public areas (including the removal of designated smoking areas in restaurants)
2.      A ban on outdoor smoking in certain public areas;
3.      The removal of all signage on cigarette packaging aside from the brand name and warning stickers
4.      Cigarettes may no longer be publicly displayed by retailers.
5.      A ban on smoking in any motor vehicle when a child under the age of 18 years is present and there is more than one person present in that vehicle.
6.      An extension of these laws to not only cigarettes, but also any devices used in connection with tobacco products and electronic delivery systems such as pipes, water pipes and electronic devices.
7.      A ban on smoking in any enclosed common areas of a multi-unit residence.
8.      The Minister may prohibit smoking in any outdoor public place or workplace if they believe it would be in the public interest.
9.      Stricter rules on the depiction of any tobacco products – including a ban on the sale of any confectionery or toy that resembles or is intended to represent a tobacco product.
10.     Imprisonment or a fine depending on the severity of the offence.
For example, those caught smoking in banned areas will receive a fine or prison time up to 3 months, while those found guilty of manufacturing or importing tobacco products which do not meet the new requirements and existing standards could face a fine and imprisonment of up to 10 years.

Spatial inequalities and policies in South Africa: Place-based or people-centred?

Article by Alison Todesa and Ivan Turok

There is a renewed battle of ideas about the best way to tackle spatial inequalities within nations and regions (Barca, 2009; McCann, 2016; OECD, 2009; World Bank, 2009). The contest between different approaches has been spurred by heightened competition for investment in a context of economic volatility and geopolitical uncertainty. A popular backlash against globalisation in many lagging regions has added to the pressure for new solutions to uneven development, reflected in international commitments to ‘leave no-one behind’ in the Sustainable Development Goals and other agreements.

Economic Performance and Development (EPD) launches high-profile project on farmland reform

Limiting the size of landholding, through land ceilings and expropriation, has moved to the forefront of land reform debates as well as how to revive prosperous smallholders in South Africa. However, land ceilings have not only stirred up heated debates, but has also attracted some level of controversy, as key stakeholders hold conflicting positions, which are informed by different conceptions, analytical approaches and methodologies. The need therefore exists to bring clarity by scientifically establishing the appropriate agricultural land sizes for each agro climatic region of the country using robust methodologies

Economic Performance and Development (EPD) launches high-profile project on farmland reform

Economic Performance and Development (EPD) launches high-profile project on farmland reform

Limiting the size of landholding, through land ceilings and expropriation, has moved to the forefront of land reform debates as well as how to revive prosperous smallholders in South Africa. However, land ceilings have not only stirred up heated debates, but has also attracted some level of controversy, as key stakeholders hold conflicting positions, which are informed by different conceptions, analytical approaches and methodologies. The need therefore exists to bring clarity by scientifically establishing the appropriate agricultural land sizes for each agro climatic region of the country using robust methodologies.

A minimum wage: Much too low. What about a cap to executive income?

The current recommendation for a minimum wage of R3500 for South Africans is far too little. It should be at least twice that. In addition, we should also legally cap the income of company executives.

Inclusive Development in Africa: Transformation of Global Relations

This book addresses a fundamental developmental challenge for Africa: given all that we know about pertinent issues, what should be done to ensure effective development in Africa?

Take the survey: Worldwide study on "Researchers' International Mobility"

26 April 2018  | General  | Latest News

Why are doctoral students (Dr or PhD) and postdocs interested in conducting research abroad? What information needs do they have when going abroad?

New fellowship for early career women scientists - Call for applications

Call for Applications
The Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) fellowship is a prestigious award of up to USD 50,000 offered to women who have completed their PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and are employed at an academic or scientific research institute in one of the listed Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs). ECWS fellows will be supported to continue their research at an international level while based at their home institutes and to build up research groups that will attract international visitors.

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