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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Community members in Zandspruit west of Johannesburg block roads after their illegal electricity connections were removed. EPA/Kevin Sutherland

Ramaphosa should focus on inequality rather than squeezing poor people

A clandestine system of transfer payment, with roots in apartheid-era boycotts, has developed into routine behaviour on which many family budgets now depend.
Ilustrasi yang menggambarkan evolusi gajah. Dari kiri ke kanan, Moeritherium (30 juta tahun), Deinotherium (5 juta tahun) dan gajah modern Afrika. Alex Bernardini (Simplex Paléo) and Sophie Vrard (Creaphi).

Perubahan iklim pengaruhi pertumbuhan evolusioner ukuran otak gajah

Perubahan iklim beserta dengan kerusakan lingkungan lainnya dan juga serangan dari pesaing dan predator baru tampaknya berperan penting dalam pembentukan kembali otak gajah purba.
Debate about SA Reserve Bank’s mandate must be done in a more considered manner, informed by evidence. Shutterstock

Evolution of ANC economic policy sheds light on squabble over the central bank

The debate about the mandate of the South African Reserve Bank must be located within a clearly articulated political vision and social compact on the kind of society South Africans aspire to.
With so much research, data and evidence in the world, it’s tough to pull it together in a useful way. Shutterstock

Technology can make collecting and analysing evidence for policy easier

With accessible software tools and workflows, machines can be left to do the laborious work so that people can focus on planning, thinking and doing.
Artistic view of the evolution of elephants. From left to right, Moeritherium (30 million years old), Deinotherium (5 million years old) and a modern African elephant. Alex Bernardini (Simplex Paléo) and Sophie Vrard (Creaphi).

How did elephants evolve such a large brain? Climate change is part of the answer

A shift in climate, along with other environmental disruptions and the invasion of competitors and new predators all likely played an important role in reshaping ancient elephants' brains.
The price of bread has been one of the drivers of inflation in South Africa. Shutterstock

People have skewed views on inflation. Why this matters

Most South Africans think prices are rising much faster than is actually the case. This makes the central bank's job of managing inflation expectations much harder.

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