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Friday, 3 April 2020
UCT ranked First in the World for HIV/AIDS Research

Since the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, South African scholars have worked relentlessly to investigate and understand the epidemic, and to ameliorate its catastrophic effects. At UCT, researchers within the Health Sciences modelled the clinical and epidemiological impacts of the epidemic, while economists focused on its fiscal implications. Within the Humanities and the Social Sciences, researchers explored the social meanings of the epidemic; its medical history; and its consequences for South Africa’s democratic polity. 


Publication Date:
Thu, 28 Nov 2019 - 10:15
The Politics of Social Protection in Eastern and Southern Africa

The Politics of Social Protection in Eastern and Southern Africa has been published (by Oxford University Press). The book – edited by Sam Hickey and Tom Lavers (University of Manchester), Miguel Niño-Zarazúa (UNU-WIDER) and Jeremy Seekings (University of Cape Town) - represents a collaboration between the three institutions, presenting research conducted through the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) programme at Manchester and the Legislating and Implementing Welfare Policy Reforms (LIWPR) programme at Cape Town, with assistance from UNU-WIDER. 

Publication Date:
Mon, 18 Nov 2019 - 12:15
An exciting set of papers based on research conducted within FaSRU has been published in the journal Critical Social Policy, November 2019.

The set of papers, edited by Elena Moore and Jeremy Seekings, examines ‘Social Protection, Intergenerational Relationships and Conflict in South Africa’. In their introduction, Elena and Jeremy review the ‘Consequences of Social Protection on Intergenerational Relationships in South Africa’. Former CSSR student and post-doctoral researcher Gabby Kelly’s article on ‘Disability, cash transfers and family practices in South Africa’ examines conflicts over access to and use of disability grants. ‘Conflict and negotiation in intergenerational care: Older women’s experiences of caring with the Old Age Grant in South Africa’ – by CSSR doctoral student Kirsty Button and fieldworker Thobani Ncapai – examines the relationships between old-age pensioners and younger kin. Elena’s article on ‘Who has a duty to support? Care practices and legal responsibilities in South Africa’ examines how the responsibilities of kin have been defined in court cases involving the Road Accident Fund. In his article on ‘The conditional legitimacy of claims made by mothers and other kin in South Africa’, Jeremy analyses data from survey experiments on who is considered deserving of assistance from both the state and kin. The final paper, on ‘Parental absence: Intergenerational tensions and contestations of social grants in South Africa’ by Ziphora Kearabetswe Mokoene and Grace Khunou of the University of Johannesburg) examines conflict between grandmothers (who often provide child care) and mothers (who receive the child support grants for the children).


Publication Date:
Tue, 01 Oct 2019 - 13:15
Do joint police-military crackdown operations actually reduce violent crime?

Any crime reduction effects from the current crackdown operation in Cape Town are likely to be short-lived unless a holistic and realistic plan to reduce crime and violence is devised, writes Guy Lamb. News 24 

Publication Date:
Wed, 24 Jul 2019 - 09:45