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Moving to a city in search of work seems to pay off for many poor people in the countryside. Data that track changes over time indicate that as many as 385 000 people were lifted from poverty between 2008 and 2014 after moving from rural to urban areas – their poverty levels were halved together with a fall in unemployment. Government ambivalence about urbanisation should be replaced by a more positive and pro-active approach.
The Human Science Research Council’s (HSRC) Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), in collaboration with the University of South Africa’s Archie Mafeje Research Institute (AMRI) invites members of the media to the Annual Archie Mafeje Memorial lecture, to be held at Unisa, Kgorong Building on 28 March 2018.
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.
The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign will take place from 25 November to 10 December 2017. This year the campaign will be held under the theme: “Count Me In: Together Moving a Non-Violent South Africa Forward”.