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Saturday, 9 December 2023

Sharpeville: new research on 1960 South African massacre shows the number of dead and injured was massively undercounted

Our new research retells the story of Sharpeville, about 70km south of Johannesburg, from the viewpoint of the victims themselves. As experienced historians who have undertaken archival research in South Africa since the 1970s we based our research on interviews with survivors and investigation into government records in both the polic...

By Nancy L Clark - Dean and Professor Emeritus, Louisiana State University. William H. Worger - Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, Los Angeles. 11 days ago

South Africa and renewable energy: a 12-year-old programme offers insights for countries moving to cleaner power sources

Based on our findings we point to ways to get closer to the country’s key targets. These include increased capacity, decarbonisation, local development, and addressing energy poverty among lower-income households.

By Aalia Cassim - Visiting Researcher, Southern Centre for Inequality Studies, University of the Witwatersrand. Imraan Valodia - Pro Vice-Chancellor: Climate, Sustainability and Inequality and Director: Southern Centre for Inequality Studies., University of the Witwatersrand. Julia Taylor - Researcher: Climate and Inequality, University of the Witwatersrand. Professor Rod Crompton - African Energy Leadership Centre, Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand 12 days ago

South Africa, China and BRICS on Gaza

Six days after South Africa referred Israel to the ICC, on 21 November 2023 Ramaphosa, as BRICS chair, convened the (virtual) BRICS Extraordinary Joint Meeting of BRICS Leaders and Leaders of invited BRICS Members of the situation in the Middle East. On the same day, the South African parliament voted on a motion proposed by South Afri...

By Emmanuel Matambo, Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS), University of Johannesburg 13 days ago

South Africa’s immigration proposals are based on false claims and poor logic – experts

Since the Refugees Act was passed in 1998, only about 300,000 people have been granted refugee status. Many of these have since left South Africa or needed to reapply (so they may have been counted more than once). Of these 300,000, only a small percentage have become permanent residents, let alone citizens.

By Loren B Landau - Co-Director of the Wits-Oxford Mobility Governance Lab, University of the Witwatersrand and Rebecca Walker - Research Associate at the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand 15 days ago