From HSRC Press

Connected Lives

Families, households, health and care in contemporary South Africa

Authors:      Edited by Nolwazi Mkhwanazi and Lenore Manderson
Pub month and year:     February 2020
ISBN (soft cover):     978-0-7969-2585-5
ISBN (pdf):    978-0-7969-2586-2
Format:     TNC 235mm x 160mm
Extent:     280pp
Soft cover or hard cover:    Soft


Connected lives: Families, Households, Health and Care in South Africa explores the household as a site for the production of health and care. This volume illustrates the changing constitution and the variability of households, fluid understandings of family, and the impact of these in the context of life changes and health problems.

Through 29 case studies of people of diverse backgrounds in terms of ethnicity, class, sex and gender, of varying ages and from urban and rural backgrounds, Connected Lives considers how these factors influence everyday life, health, wellbeing and care in contemporary South Africa.
This book will interest those in global public health, anthropology, psychology, sociology, community health, population and demography studies.


Lenore Manderson is a distinguished professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology in the School of Public Health at Wits, with affiliations with Brown and Monash Universities. Her research and publications focus on chronic and infectious disease and social circumstance, with attention to how access to technology unequally interacts and impacts on chronic conditions. She also works on questions of climate change, adaptation and advocacy.

Nolwazi Mkhwanazi has a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge (2005). She is a senior lecturer in Anthropology at Wits and a senior researcher and director of the Medical Humanities programme at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research. Her research interests revolve around youth, gender and reproductive health issues.

Opening the South African Economy

Barriers to Entry and Competition
Volume editors:      Thando Vilakazi, Sumayya Goga and Simon Roberts
Pub month and year:     March 2020
ISBN (soft cover):     978-0-7969-2589-3
ISBN (pdf):    978-0-7969-2590-9
Format:     240mm x 168mm
Extent:     272pp
Soft cover or hard cover:    Soft


What does it take for entrepreneurs to be effective competitors? What are the factors affecting entry and participation in sectors where there are historically strong incumbent firms? Opening the South African Economy brings to light the challenges of concentration, inequality and exclusion in different sectors of the South African economy.

The book begins with an assessment of the current state of the economy. Detailed case studies then recount the experiences – good and bad – of well-known South African entrant firms in sectors that are critical for facilitating economic growth, including retail, food, fuel, telecommunications, airlines and banking. Important cross-cutting chapters reflect on the role that government policies can play in achieving a more open, inclusive and competitive economy and the use (and misuse) of policy tools such as competition law, black economic empowerment and state procurement. It concludes with a set of concrete recommendations for opening up the South African economy, improved coordination among state institutions and inclusive industrial development.

‘Accessible and practical, Opening the South African Economy will appeal to a broad readership of business people, policy-makers, students and academics.

‘A persuasive book …. The authors offer an agenda to meet the urgent challenge.’
–    Eleanor M Fox, Walter J Derenberg Professor of Trade Regulation at New York University School of Law
‘ … compelling economic research and a fascinating read.’
–    Frederic Jenny, Professor of Economics at ESSEC Business School in Paris and Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee
‘ … a timely review of South Africa’s journey to opening up markets … ‘
–    Mondo Mazwai, Chairperson, Competition Tribunal of South Africa 


Thando Vilakazi is a director and Sumayya Goga, a senior researcher at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED). Prof Simon Roberts is a professor in the University of Johannesburg’s School of Economics and the lead researcher at the CCRED.