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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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HIV among older South Africans in rural areas: big study shows there’s a problem that’s being neglected

A significant number of older adults in rural South Africa are HIV-positive. Awareness programmes and self-testing would reduce cases.
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Money and ageing: South African study shows cash grants help people live longer and have better memory function

Nearly half of South Africa’s 60 million people receive social grants. Health experts say they improve cognitive health among the elderly.
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3D scanning: we recreated a sacred South African site in a way that captures its spirit

One criticism of current 3D models of archaeological sites is that they are presented devoid of human traces and history.
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Stressed out? Why mindfulness and meditation help us cope with the world

Mindfulness, being in the present moment, is often achieved through meditation, the practice of sitting still and focusing on the breath. Both help relieve feelings of anxiety and depression
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South Africa and renewable energy: a 12-year-old programme offers insights for countries moving to cleaner power sources

South Africa’s experience with renewable energy procurement provides valuable insights – what to do and what not to do – about management of the climate transition.

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