University of the Witwatersrand

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, also known as Wits University, is a leading, internationally-ranked, research-intensive university located in Johannesburg, South Africa, the economic heartland of Africa. Committed to academic and research excellence and social justice, Wits generates high level scarce skills for a globally competitive world, while addressing local social and economic development. At the forefront of a changing society, Wits is a social leader, dedicated to advancing the public good.

Wits is known for its work in deep level mining, science, health sciences, accountancy, law, governance, and the humanities, amongst others. It houses five faculties which comprise 34 schools. Wits offers approximately 3 600 courses to about 32 500 full-time students, of whom about a third are postgraduate and 55% are female. Almost 65% of all doctoral candidates and about half of all enrolments are in the Science, Engineering and Technology fields. Wits has developed about 130 000 graduates in its 93 years of existence. It has a proud record in that about 87% of all publications are in accredited international journals.

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Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa. There are renewed calls for citizens to directly elect their president and other representatives. Reuters/Sumaya Hisham

South Africa needs electoral reform, but president’s powers need watching

Changing the South African system to allow for direct election would require the country to look carefully at how a directly elected president should be held accountable to parliament.
Six major dams make up 99.6% of the volume of water in Cape Town’s water supply. Shutterstock

Cape Town’s water crisis: driven by politics more than drought

The water crisis in South Africa's Cape Town teaches us there's more at play than just rainfall. Disasters like droughts means the issue must be seen from many different perspectives, like politics.
Anglophone Cameroonians want to secede from the Francophone part of the country. Erin Alexis Randolph/Shutterstock

Is it Cameroon’s turn to be suspended from US trade pact with Africa?

Cameroon's Anglophone crisis that's pitted its English speaking citizens against the central government could result in the country being denied preferential trade agreements with the US.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, with presidential contenders Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

The ANC leadership race will go down to the wire: here’s why

The race for the presidency of South Africa's governing ANC will go down to the wire. Exact calculations for the frontrunners are impossible and the result is likely to be known by 17 or 18 December.
The political troubles of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe comes with lessons for his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Lessons for South Africa’s Jacob Zuma in Robert Mugabe’s misfortunes

The unfolding misfortunes of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe hold key lessons for his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma who faces the possibility of a forced exit.
Informal settlements in Cape Town only use 4.7% of the city’s water. Flickr/Blackwych

Cape Town water crisis: 7 myths that must be bust

There are a number of myths surrounding Cape Town's drought, one of them being that the city saw the crisis coming but didn't prepare for it.
South African President Jacob Zuma. Mounting allegations of corruption at home are having international repercussions. Reuters/Mark Schiefelbein

South Africa shows why collaboration is key to tackling global crime networks

There are disturbing questions around the complicity - witting or unwitting - of UK global financial institutions in the transnational network set up by President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family.

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