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Associate Professor Mzikazi Nduna will be a visiting researcher at the AIDS and Society Research Unit (ASRU) in 2020
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 - 17:30

ASRU is delighted to announce that Associate Professor Mzikazi Nduna will be spending part of her sabbatical with us from January 2020. Mzi holds a PhD in Public Health, and has 24 years of experience in the field of sexual and reproductive health and human rights.

Mzi’s overarching philosophy as a researcher is that of engaged scholarship. She serves on Boards of the following NPOs: National Shelter Movement, Sonke Gender Justice, IRANTI and SisterLove. 



UCT ranked First in the World for HIV/AIDS Research
Thu, 28 Nov 2019 - 10:15

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. 


The Politics of Social Protection in Eastern and Southern Africa
Mon, 18 Nov 2019 - 12:15

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. 

An exciting set of papers based on research conducted within FaSRU has been published in the journal Critical Social Policy, November 2019.
Tue, 01 Oct 2019 - 13:15

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).


Do joint police-military crackdown operations actually reduce violent crime?
Wed, 24 Jul 2019 - 09:45

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 

Discussion on: Understanding Polygamous Marriages in South Africa, Elena Moore on radio 702
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 - 11:00

Elena Moore was part of a discussion on ‘Understanding Polygamous marriages in South Africa’ on the Aubrey Masango show on 702. If you are interested and want to hear more, here is the podcast: Radio 702 Show Talk


Siyanai Zhou, first-year doctoral student at Department of Statistics and AIDS and Society Research unit,received an award.
Thu, 20 Jun 2019 - 10:30

Siyanai Zhou, first-year doctoral student at Department of Statistics and AIDS and Society Research Unit, received an award for his presentation at the 8th Southern African AIDS Conference in Durban on June 14, 2019. Zhou presented his work titled “A data-driven approach to estimate putative pulmonary TB among adolescents living with HIV/AIDS:  use of self-reported TB symptoms”, using data from the Mzantsi Wakho cohort study (www.mzantsiwakho.org.za).

Oxford University Press have just published a new book by Nicoli Nattrass and Jeremy Seekings.
Tue, 04 Jun 2019 - 12:30

Oxford University Press have just published a new book by Nicoli Nattrass and Jeremy Seekings. Their book - Inclusive Dualism: Labour-Intensive Development, Decent Work, and Surplus Labour in Southern Africa - examines the importance of labour-intensive industrialisation in job creation and development in Southern Africa, with a particular focus on the clothing industry. Drawing on the work of W. Arthur Lewis, the founding father of development economics, they argue that inclusive forms of dualism should be embraced, not rejected.


New FaSRU publication
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 - 10:15


Moore, E. (2019) My husband has to stop beating me and I shouldn’t go to the police”: Family meetings, patriarchal bargains and marital violence in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Violence Against Women https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1077801219840440