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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Members from a local church mourn near a site where miners were killed during clashes at the Marikana mine in 2012. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

How ‘Marikana: the Musical’ has contributed to cultural amnesia

It is five years since the Marikana massacre in South Africa - a related musical unfortunately contributes to the amnesia about the traumatic incident.
Two male Moschops are fighting using their ornamented head as a weapon. (Artwork by Alex Bernardini, SimplexPaleo)

New insights into the survival techniques of a prehistoric beast

The Moschops fossil was discovered in South Africa in 1911 and a new study of a complete skull shows how its dense braincase protected the brain and sense organs during head-to-head combat.
The motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma displayed tension between party and conscience. REUTERS/Mark Wessels

Lessons from South Africa: parliamentary conscience and the courage to rebel

The motion of no confidence against South Africa's President Jacob Zuma showcased tension at the heart of South Africa’s democracy. Should MPs have the right to vote according to their conscience?
Le port et la rade de Lorient, aquarelle anonyme, vers 1800. Parti de Lorient il y a trois siècles, François Renier Duminy a transmis à sa descendance en Afrique du Sud une affection héréditaire de la peau. Musée de la Compagnie des Indes

Il y a 300 ans, un navigateur breton apportait une étrange maladie en Afrique du Sud

L’érythème kératolytique hivernal, maladie de peau affectant les mains et les pieds, est plus répandue en Afrique du Sud qu’ailleurs. Les personnes touchées descendent toutes d’un marin français.
South Africa’s Karoo has shale gas and could be the location for fracking exploration. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Explainer: unpacking the issues around fracking in South Africa

South Africa has been considering shale gas development in the Karoo region. The gas, will be expensive to explore and extract, will be used as part of the country's energy mix.
Stable food prices are a central issue for South Africa’s Reserve Bank. But should it be doing more to protect the poor? Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa needs a sensible debate about its Reserve Bank. Here’s a start

There's a raging debate in South Africa about the role of its central bank. This is inevitable given that so much is changing in the world of central banking and in economic life.

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