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The HSRC will, on the margins of the 17th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers’ meeting being hosted by South Africa, lead the Academic, Science & Technology Cooperation forum. South Africa will host the IORA Council of Ministers’ Meeting from 14 to 17 October 2017 in Durban during which the country will also assume the chairpersonship of IORA.
The Department of Science and Technology, through its Innovation for Local Economic Development programme, hosted a seminar at the end of August to promote the ownership of innovation assessment tools among resource-poor local municipalities.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST), through its Innovation Partnership for Rural Development Programme (IPRDP), recently held a seminar in Polokwane to share experiences and learnings from the implementation of 525 Point-of-Use (POU) water filtration devices in two pilot communities in the Capricorn district.
The Economic Performance and Development (EPD) research programme of the HSRC, whose role in the project is to develop a fit-for-purpose monitoring and evaluation framework, attended and presented during the seminar. Other participants were from the DST, Department of Water and Sanitation, Water Research Commission, Centre for Public Service Innovation, Municipalities, the VulAmanz team, service providers, councillors and community members.
At the end of August 2017, the HSRC’s Economic Performance and Development research programme (EPD) completed a ten-month research and capacity building intervention for selected District Land Reform Committees in 10 districts across South Africa. Supported by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and the Belgian Technical Cooperation the project aimed at increasing the capacity of DLRCs to identify the land needs and use of the poorer segments of local land seekers in their districts.
To deepen insights into the nature and extent of land hunger in rural South Africa, the Economic Performance and Development research unit created a programme where young emerging scholars and ethnographers from universities across South Africa were funded on a competitive basis to join HSRC’s research teams in district municipalities. The post-graduate students, recruited through the academic networks of Anthropology Southern Africa, were asked to use their own initiative and apply ethnographic techniques, including in-depth interviews, life histories, observation and case studies to shed new light on land needs and hunger. A day of training took place prior to fieldwork, which was conducted during July and August 2017.
On 27 and 28 September, leading scholars will meet at the University of Cape Town (UCT) to take forward an initiative started by the HSRC and the Mandela Initiative at UCT to explore the legacies of migrant labour in South Africa.
Ms Crystal Abdoll is the Group Executive Shared Services as well as CFO of the HSRC.
Ms Abdoll has previously occupied the position of Chief Audit Executive (CAE) at PetroSA (SOC) Ltd where she managed an effective Internal Audit department.
Professor Sharlene Swartz has been appointed as the Deputy Executive Director of the Human and Social Development programme within the HSRC as from 01 September 2017.
Grandparents in South Africa have come to play a major role in sustaining their grandchildren's generation. HSRC researchers were involved in this international peer-reviewed effort at exploring grandparenting in cultural contexts.
The HSRC is part of the Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (CSHLC), an international research consortium that will look at urban economic and social change. The CSHLC will be administered at Glasgow University with partners located in South Africa, China, Tanzania, Rwanda, India, Bangladesh and Philippines.