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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ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has been the subject of much scrutiny during his rise to the party’s top position. GCIS/GovernmentZA/Flickr

South Africans are trying to decode Ramaphosa (and getting it wrong)

The study of Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's deputy president and new head of its governing party, is generating a great deal of heat, and not much light.
Cyril Ramaphosa, the new president of South Africa’s governing party, the ANC, and potentially the country’s future president. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

The ANC has a new leader: but South Africa remains on a political precipice

South Africa's ruling ANC has a new leader - Cyril Ramaphosa. But this doesn't mean that the country is out of the woods. Political instability remains a real possibility.
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.

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