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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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Poor retention in health services is one of the most important reasons people interrupt HIV treatment. Stephane de Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images

HIV treatment in South Africa: how to help people stay on ARVs when life gets in the way

When antiretroviral therapy is working effectively, HIV cannot be transmitted. This allows people with HIV to live fuller lives without the fear of infecting others.
Members of the Nigerian Institute of Building during a walk against building collapse in Lagos in March 2022. Adekunle Ajayi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Five steps Nigeria must take to stop buildings collapsing in Lagos

Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital city, is notorious for frequent building collapses. A risk reduction expert offers five recommendations on how to prevent these disasters.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma appearing in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in 2020 on charges of corruption. Photo by Kim Ludbrook/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma is taking a top reporter to court. The verdict could affect journalists’ rights

Former South African president Zuma is trying to turn the contestation of a court hearing into an all-out war and chill those who pursue justice against him.
A copy of the VOC’s registers for April 1789. These daily registers contained rich detail - including about the weather. Tracing History Trust

Climate change: colonial diaries in South Africa are helping scientists reconstruct weather patterns of the past to protect against future events

A project to transcribe Dutch colonial records of the weather in Cape Town can benefit modelling of future climate scenarios and assist in forecasting weather now.
Survivors face ongoing disability and increased mortality risks beyond treatment completion. PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP via Getty Images

Tanzanian TB patients have a lower quality of life than people who haven’t had the disease

To understand the perceptions of TB patients about their quality of life, it’s useful to have a comparison with “apparently healthy” people.
Tritylodon, seorang terapis, direkonstruksi sebagai hewan berdarah panas yang tinggal di malam hari. Perhatikan uap yang keluar dari paru-parunya. Diilustrasikan oleh Luzia Soares

Peneliti pecahkan misteri kapan nenek moyang mamalia menjadi berdarah panas

Berdarah panas adalah kunci dari apa yang membuat mamalia seperti sekarang ini. Itu sebabnya berolahraga ketika muncul pada nenek moyang mamalia penting.

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