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Rape stats unreliable

South Africa has the highest rape numbers in the world

Too much book learning, too little work for matrics

There are not enough decent mid-level jobs to tempt more young South Africans into vocational training, a Wits seminar has heard.

Archives of the non-racial: Get on the bus

What do you get when you put 60 intellectuals from all over the world on a bus for 47 hours on a mission to think and unthink history?

Frameworks on land rights need to evolve and be updated

A Wiser panel has highlighted how old traditional barriers still exist for issues surrounding land reform and ownership in South Africa.

Local government needs residents to get involved

Service delivery protests are emblematic of a crisis of representation in municipalities and will only stop when citizen participation is embraced.

Police must work with communities, not political elite – Wiser debate

Panelists at a Wits debate say the SAPS need to work with communities to be perceived positively so that protesters stop getting hurt and killed.

Wiser’s Burns responds to roundtable criticism

Following an article criticising a Wiser panel discussion's lack of black women on its panel, the institute's Catherine Burns has penned a response.

African studies reach out across the pond

A cross-Atlantic programme is bridging schools of thought that are often at odds with one another.

Plagiarism case kept under wraps at Wits

The university has kept quiet about an academic's dismissal last year for 'too perfect paraphrasing'.

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Traditional healers need new spaces

Proper facilities supported by well-researched cultural principles will go a long way to improving the image and perception of the practice of traditional medicine

Limpopo big-game farmer accused of constant harassment

A family’s struggle against alleged intimidation and failure to act by the authorities mirrors the daily challenges farm dwellers face

Zondo tightens his grip with criminal complaint against Zuma

The state capture commission’s star witness now faces a criminal complaint and another summons

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Land reform still a hot potato

The land has got to belong to all the people of South Africa, and many believe that there’s no other mechanism for that except expropriation

UP chemical pathology scientists develop ground-breaking nanobodies for Covid-19 detection and therapy

Nanobodies are smaller than conventional antibodies and easier to work with so they are ideal for good cheap sensitive rapid tests for Covid-19

Inclusion as learned experience in higher education

Understanding the complexity of intersections between oppressions relating to race and gender is key to any commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and social justice

Local government in crisis: how it can be fixed

Local governments are supposed to promote non-racial development, in a decentralised manner, but the reality does not match up

Covid-19 accelerates adoption of technology by the African property sector

It’s not the technology itself that is valuable, it’s the opportunities that it creates: this may be the perfect time for reinvention


From 23 to 30 November 2020, simply purchase any BMW bearing the number “8” and you could be one of eight lucky people to drive off with R80 000

Introducing Sabinet Judgments

A well-rounded view of reported and unreported judgments supplemented by an advanced system to enable users to rapidly find the information they require

The Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support Research and Publication Interventions

The project places emphasis on rolling out a standardised package of occupational health services and mining safety standards across four countries