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Herman Wasserman new chair of Journalism at SUhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9294Herman Wasserman new chair of Journalism at SUStellenbosch University / Universiteit Stellenbosch<p>​Stellenbosch University has appointed renowned media scholar Herman Wasserman as professor and chair of its Department of Journalism as of January 2023.</p><p>Wasserman is currently professor of Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, where he served as director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies from 2015 to 2020. He previously held positions at Rhodes University as well as the United Kingdom-based universities of Sheffield and Newcastle. </p><p>He is an alumnus of Stellenbosch University, where he obtained the degrees BA (1992), BAHons (1993), BHons (Journalism) (1995), MA (1997) and DLitt (2000). He also taught in the Department of Journalism from 2002 to 2007, first as Rykie van Reenen fellow and later associate professor. Before starting his academic career, he worked as a journalist for Media24. </p><p>Wasserman's work has received wide international acclaim. He is a fellow and board member of the International Communication Association, a former section head of the International Association for Media and Communication Research and an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. Other accolades include a Fulbright fellowship, the Georg Forster research award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, and the Neva prize from St Petersburg State University. Locally, he has been awarded the Stals prize for communication science and journalism from the Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns. In addition, Wasserman is editor-in-chief of the journals <em>African Journalism Studies</em> and <em>Annals of the International Communication Association</em>, associate editor of <em>Communication Theory</em> and the <em>International Communication Gazette</em>, and serves on the editorial board of several other journals. </p><p>He has been a visiting professor at the University of Houston (United States), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Munich) and Tsinghua University (Beijing).<br></p><p>Wasserman's research centres on issues of media, democracy and society. As a member of international research teams, his work has been funded by, among others, the International Development Research Centre (Canada), the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council (both in the United Kingdom), the European Union, the British Academy, the Academy of Finland, the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the South African National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a widely published scholar with 16 books (monographs and edited volumes), 86 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 55 book chapters to his name.</p><p>His current work focuses on media and disinformation, and he has worked with organisations such as the World Health Organisation, UNESCO, Digital Public Square and Africacheck on issues such as the Covid-19 'infodemic', media freedom and development, media literacy in schools, and online disinformation. He recently led a major international study on information disorder in the global south, supported by the Canadian International Development Research Centre, and the book <em>Disinformation in the Global South</em>, which he co-edited, was published by Wiley-Blackwell earlier this year.  </p><p>“Stellenbosch University is delighted to welcome back Prof Wasserman to his alma mater," said Prof Wim de Villiers, Stellenbosch University's Rector and Vice-Chancellor. “Our Department of Journalism, accredited as one of the best schools of journalism on the continent, has a long history of teaching and research excellence. This is in addition to focused and practical training for journalists who need to operate in a world that is increasingly hostile to objective and fair reporting. Prof Wasserman is ideally suited to be handed the important baton of taking the Department into a challenging, but exciting future." </p><p>Equally pleased with the appointment, Prof Anthony Leysens, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, home of the Department of Journalism, said the Faculty welcomed the fact that someone of Prof Wasserman's academic stature in the field of media studies would be joining the Department. “I can think of no one who is better qualified and experienced to lead the Department and address the challenges and seize the opportunities in a radically changed digital media landscape," Prof Leysens said. “His work has managed to straddle and bring together various disciplines to focus on issues such as culture, democracy, disinformation and power in the media of the global south. I look forward to working with him."</p><p>Prof Lizette Rabe, outgoing chair of the Department, commented: “The Department of Journalism is excited that a media academic with the global standing of Prof Wasserman will be leading it into a completely new digital era – especially at a time when the tenets of traditional journalism, irrespective of platform, including technologies that are yet to be discovered, will become more and more important to serve our publics and help them distinguish between verified, independent, trusted information and the disinformation, misinformation and malinformation that are so overwhelmingly abundant and convincing." </p><p>Wasserman looks forward to joining the University at a time when study of the media has become increasingly relevant. “Journalism and media studies provide the opportunity for students to develop career-oriented skills, while reflecting critically on the role of the media in almost all aspects of politics, society and everyday life," he said. “While journalism internationally is currently experiencing crises of authority, trust, relevance and economic sustainability, the challenge for journalism education is to imagine ways in which journalism can reconnect with audiences, collaborate with communities, reinvigorate democratic participation and foster critical citizenship. This has to be done at a time when political pressures and attacks on freedom of expression are on the increase across the world, and the rise of disinformation has heightened the need for independent, trustworthy and informed journalism. I look forward to contributing to the growth and flourishing of this area of study, research and practice at Stellenbosch University."​<br><br></p><p>Image: Migal Vanas Photography<br></p>
GNU should prioritise child-headed households http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10745GNU should prioritise child-headed households Corporate Communication and Marketing/Korporatiewe Kommunikasie en Bemarking [Alec Basson]<p>​If there is one thing that South Africa's new government of national unity should prioritise, it is child-headed households. Children from these households are being deprived of their constitutional rights to family or parental care, alternative care, adequate shelter and social security. There is also an expectation that they should care for and protect their families. <br></p><p>This is according to Dr Niccoh Diago who heads the Men's Intervention Programme at Community Cohesion, a non-profit organisation (NPO) in Hout Bay, Cape Town. He recently obtained his doctorate in Social Work at Stellenbosch University.<br></p><p>“Because these children do not have caregivers, they are at risk of being exposed to violence, different forms of abuse and crime. Child-headed households are dysfunctional because the children do not have access to social services and support," says Diago. <br></p><p>“Child-headed households have also been overlooked and have become normalised in many communities, while legislation has not been properly applied and adequate resources have not been allocated to address their situation. It's clear that these children needed emotional support and nurturing households as well as counselling services."<br></p><p>To help shine a light on the plight of children in child-headed households, Diago interviewed social workers and social worker supervisors from specific child protection NPOs in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape, as well as a designated person from one of these provincial departments of social development (DSD). As to why he focused on these three provinces, Diago says an analysis of child-headed households in the 2017 General Household Survey revealed that about three quarters of these households can be found here. KwaZulu-Natal also has a high number of child-headed households.<br></p><p>“I interviewed these people because they have a specific role in protecting the rights of child-headed households and their reflections on the delivering of social services to child-headed households are important in order to gain an understanding of the scope of services that are available and should be delivered to this vulnerable group."<br></p><p>He points out that there is no existing research on the delivery of social services to children living in child-headed households, especially regarding their rights to care and protection. <br></p><p>“The findings of my study show that children in child-headed households were experiencing emotional difficulties because they were living without the care of parents and had to take on adult responsibilities," says Diago. <br></p><p>“They had minimal support from extended family and community members resulting in them being left alone to fend for themselves and becoming socially burdened without any support, such as an adult to attend school meetings and sign school forms. <br></p><p>“Some of these children dropped out of school because they would become pregnant or engage in illegal activities to make ends meet. This infringed on their right to parental care, basic education, and to be protected from neglect or being degraded. <br></p><p>“Of all the different services listed in section 150(3) of the Children's Act (No 38 of 2005), only counselling services were rendered meaning that there is a huge gap between social services delivered by social workers and services that should be delivered to children of child-headed households in terms of the Act. In addition, no adult caregiver was appointed to supervise the children as outlined in section 137 of the Children's Amendment Act (No 41 of 2007)." <br></p><p>The dire situation of these children is exacerbated by the fact that social workers find it increasingly difficult to deliver the required services to them because of, among others, high caseloads, staff shortages, transportation shortages and limited funding, according to Diago.  <br></p><p>“The shortage of social workers impedes the ability of child-welfare NPOs to meet the increasing demands for social services. Furthermore, limited funding makes it difficult for social workers to conduct home visits and assist children and families in need.<br></p><p>“Sufficient funding must be made available to designated child-welfare NPOs, more social workers should be employed, and both the Children's Act and Children's Amendment Act should be revised to ensure that effective social services are delivered to children living in child-headed households."<br></p><p>Diago says the findings of his study could assist NPOs and the DSD in developing strategies that would focus on responding to the needs of child-headed households, thereby ensuring that the rights of these children to care and protection are protected.<br></p><p>As regards further actions on this issue, he recommends a national study with social workers and social worker supervisors employed by the DSD about the rights of child-headed households to care and protection, as well as research about the implementation of existing legislation to give effect to certain rights of children as contained in the Constitution. <br></p><p>​<br></p>
Donor leaves R50 million to Stellenbosch Universityhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10730Donor leaves R50 million to Stellenbosch UniversityDevelopment & Alumni Relations<p></p><div>The future looks bright for talented undergraduate and postgraduate students at Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Faculty of Theology and the Department of Music, thanks to a staggering R50 million that was bequeathed to the University in a donor’s last will and testament.<br></div><div><br></div><div>“We always talk about the transformative power of giving and here we have it in action,” says Karen Bruns, Senior Director: Development and Alumni Relations at SU. “The donor opted to remain anonymous and though we would have loved to publicly name and honour a person with such foresight, we will respect their wishes,” says Bruns. “We are however incredibly grateful. This wonderful gift of education will undoubtedly leave a legacy.” <br></div><div><br></div><div>According to Hugo Steyn, Acting Director: Principal Giving at SU, the R50 million is specifically earmarked for bursaries allocated to financially disadvantaged undergraduate and postgraduate students within the Faculty of Theology and the Department of Music. <br></div><div><br></div><div>“The funds will be invested and create a sustainable annual income stream, benefitting countless theology and music students for years to come. The first round of funds will be available soon and we should be able to award bursaries from 2025,” explains Steyn. <br></div><div><br></div><div>“Bursary programmes are crucial for providing access to higher education. These programmes bridge the financial gap for talented students, ensuring their potential is not hindered by economic constraints,” he adds. <br></div><div><br></div><div>Says Prof Reggie Nel, Dean of the Faculty of Theology: “Religious communities continue to play a decisive role on our continent and specifically to pursue the calls for justice, peace and healing. At times it failed this call by merely serving its own interests. This donation will ensure that the rigorous study of these communities and the formation of its leaders takes place in dialogue with all the various sciences and different worldviews, to serve the common good. The donor is to be commended for leaving this legacy for generations to come. It will leave a footprint in our country and on our continent.” <br></div><div><br></div><div>According to Prof Mario Nell, Chair of SU's Department of Music, bursaries for study in music are crucial. "They help to remove financial barriers, promote equal opportunities, and assist in fostering excellence in the musical arts. They can provide support to committed students towards unlocking their full potential, and ultimately enrich the broader community with their talent, contributing to societal cohesion through cultural activity – a vision which we hold as essential at the SU Music Department."<br></div><div><br></div><div>Prof Wim de Villiers, SU’s Rector and Vice-Chancellor, expressed his appreciation for the donor's generosity. “This gift to our institution will allow talented students to pursue their theological and musical goals free from financial worries. This donor’s vision and unwavering commitment to higher education in South Africa is an inspiration.” <br></div><p>​<br></p>
Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela named the 2024 Templeton Prize Laureatehttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10679Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela named the 2024 Templeton Prize LaureateCorporate Communication and Marketing / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie en Bemarking<p>The 2024 Templeton Prize has been awarded to Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, the SARChI Chair for Violent Histories and Historical Trauma and the Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of the Afterlife of Violence and the Reparative Quest (AVReQ) for her exemplary contributions to scholarship and advancing knowledge in the field of forgiveness and processes of repair in the aftermath of trauma violence. <br></p><p>The <a href="https://www.templetonprize.org/">Templeton Prize</a> is awarded annually and honours individuals whose work draws from the scholarly disciplines to explore the deepest questions about humanity and the universe, making it “the world's most interesting prize<em>."  </em></p><p>In the press release, the Templeton Prize said about Gobodo-Madikizela: <em>“</em>Her career as a scholar and a public figure is distinguished by her effort to repair ruptures created by past violence and to build a path toward healing and restoration in an ongoing process she calls 'the reparative quest.'" The president of the John Templeton Foundation, Heather Dill, added: “Her achievements mark her as a leading figure in understanding and confronting the deeply rooted psychological scars borne by those who experienced unimaginable loss."</p><p>Gobodo-Madikizela said she felt a deep sense of gratitude to receive the prize. She referred to it as a “rare gift" that offers an opportunity to fund new research projects at AVReQ, especially on questions of violent histories and repair. “I am interested in how violent histories so often play out transgenerationally in new forms, and on deepening our understanding of complex processes of repair. In my work, I have always pursued new avenues of inquiry, seeking ways of contributing to new frontiers of knowledge. I am hoping that as a team of scholars, researchers, and our network of partners affiliated with AVReQ, we will continue to rise to this critical intellectual challenge in these challenging times," Gobodo-Madikizela said. "I am excited that I can use the Templeton Prize to help fund our postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows at a time of reduced funding all-round. </p><p>Gobodo-Madikizela has pledged to donate a total of R8million to Stellenbosch University, which will be allocated as follows: R5m toward an endowment scholarship in the name of her parents, Nobantu and Tukela Gobodo; R1m to the SUNRISE (Stellenbosch University Research and Innovation Strategic Excellence programme) to support future professors; and R2m to AVReQ. She said that her hope is that the donation to AVReQ will attract additional co-funding to help postdoctoral fellows to advance to leadership in the knowledge economy, and to support postgraduate students so that they do not have to take on additional work, and can graduate within the funding period of their scholarships. </p><p>Gobodo-Madikizela explained that at its core her work is guided by humanist values and aims to address in new ways the fundamental questions about the transgenerational impact of historical trauma, and “what are the conditions of psychological and moral imagination for repair that might open the possibility for social solidarity and building new futures."  </p><p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RZ60blkjWqM?si=ZZtE59kXUVHIZp25" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0"></iframe>  </p><p>Her first book, <a href="https://bookscouter.com/book/9780618446599-a-human-being-died-that-night-a-south-african-woman-confront"> <em>A Human Being Died that Night</em></a>, was recently reprinted as a Mariner Books classic. “This book has played a big part in the trajectory my work has followed," she said. “It has certainly contributed to my winning this prize. In it I grapple with the tension between of the horror and the humanity, and I try to explain what's going on in a way that deepens the complexity." </p><p>Gobodo-Madikizela works with a global interdisciplinary network of scholars, with some of whom she has collaborated as co-author, editor, and co-editor of several books on trauma narratives, transgenerational repercussions of historical trauma, and the conditions for interrupting these traumatic repetitions of history. The Templeton Prize is the second prestigious award that Gobodo-Madikizela has won. In 2020, she was awarded the Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship award, which at the time was the most prestigious award of the Oppenheimer Trust. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Prof Wim de Villiers, SU's Rector and Vice-Chancellor, warmly congratulated Prof Gobodo-Madikizela on this exceptional award and expressed his sincere appreciation to her and the Templeton Foundation for the profound gesture of generosity towards SU which he described as deeply affirming and humbling.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Stellenbosch University has again shown how it can be an enabling environment and how it can contribute to world leaders in many fields," says Prof De Villiers.<br></p><p>Prof Sibu Moyo,<strong> </strong>the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Study said about Gobodo-Madikizela's prize: “I am delighted that Prof Gobodo-Madikizela's contribution has been recognised in this special way. Her plans to donate some of her prize to Stellenbosch University is really humbling and shows her passion for the work she does and dedication to support the next generation of scholars. I hope that her winning the award will inspire the next generation of scholars and set a high bar for excellence in research with the full set of values that she espouses – excellence, compassion, accountability, respect and ethics." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I am absolutely delighted to personally, and on behalf of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, offer my heartiest congratulations to Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela," adds Prof Anthony Leysens, Dean of the SU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. “The Templeton Price is on the level of the Nobel Prize awards, but in the sphere of significant humanist contributions at the intersection of spirituality, religion and science. The list of recipients is impressive. Prof Gobodo-Madikizela's work has inspired and continues to inspire those who, through their research, believe in the power of the humanities to bring about change with the emphasis on mutual understanding, caring, forgiveness and reconciliation. This award recognises her achievements and her contribution to the humanist ideal. As South Africans we should all be proud."<br></p><p>​<br></p>
​Stellenbosch criminologist to serve on new INTERPOL Future Councilhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10687​Stellenbosch criminologist to serve on new INTERPOL Future CouncilArticle by Asanda Alex Plaatjies and Dr Guy Lamb<p>​Dr Guy Lamb of the Department of Political Science at Stellenbosch University has accepted an invitation to serve on the Future Council of the International Criminal Police Organisation, commonly known as INTERPOL. <br></p><p>This follows the passing of a resolution at INTERPOL's General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, at the end of 2023 to create a high-level expert council who could ensure that further implementation of the organisation's Vision 2030 meets the law enforcement needs of INTERPOL's member countries. The Future Council will comprise up to eight crime prevention and policing experts from across the globe. This is a significant development, considering that police organisations generally prefer to seek advice from within their own ranks rather than to engage with outside experts. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“As a South African, I am deeply honoured to have been invited to serve on the INTERPOL Future Council," says Dr Lamb. “It signals an acknowledgement by INTERPOL that South Africa has been facing complex crime problems for years, and that our country has built significant academic expertise across disciplines to devise realistic solutions to our problems in conjunction with the police and policymakers." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over the past decades, the South African government and civil society have pursued various methodologies to combat, reduce and prevent crime and violence in the country. Government also realised that to deal with crime effectively, it needed a whole-of-society approach. This ultimately led to the compilation of the Integrated Crime and Violence Prevention Strategy (ICVPS), which Cabinet approved in 2022. Dr Lamb has been a key player in these efforts. As a member of the National Planning Commission (NPC), he is currently working with government and non-governmental organisations to establish the most appropriate way to implement the ICVPS. </p><p>Although their names have yet to be announced, the other members of the Future Council will likely include experts from the Americas, Europe and Asia. A formal public launch of the structure is anticipated to take place in July 2024. The fact that INTERPOL is including academics such as Dr Lamb in this advisory structure is a recognition that the police need to draw on the expertise of researchers and scholars who can provide evidence-based insights into crime and its prevention.</p><p>Dr Lamb's inclusion in the Future Council also presents valuable opportunities for South Africa's fight against crime. “The discussions of the Future Council and its associated networks will be extremely valuable, as the diverse perspectives I will engage with will broaden my understanding of crime prevention issues and solutions in other countries," Dr Lamb explains. “I will then be able to use those insights in my research and policy-related work back home, especially through my involvement with the NPC." </p><p>INTERPOL's vision is to connect the global law enforcement community to ensure a safer world. This includes harnessing the latest smart technologies as well as proactive policing to counter and prevent crime through international cooperation. The Future Council will offer INTERPOL advice and recommendations on how to achieve this vision as effectively as possible.<br></p><p><br></p>
SU again among leading universities on QS subject rankingshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10562SU again among leading universities on QS subject rankingsCorporate Communication and Marketing/Korporatiewe Kommunikasie en Bemarking<p>​​​​Stellenbosch University (SU) is once again among the leading higher education institutions globally in the broad subject areas of Life Science and Medicine, Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Management, and Engineering & Technology. This is according to the <a href="https://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">2024 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject</strong></a><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"> </strong>released on Wednesday (10 April 2024).<br></p><p>For the 2024 edition, 1,559 institutions have been ranked across 55 individual subjects in the abovementioned five broad subject areas.</p><p>SU is ranked in the top 250 in Life Science and Medicine, top 350 in Arts and Humanities, top 450 in Natural Sciences, top 400 in Social Sciences and Management, and top 500 in Engineering & Technology. </p><p>SU improved in three of the five broad subject areas in South Africa. It occupies the second position in Life Science and Medicine, and Arts and Humanities, the third spot in Natural Sciences, and the fourth place in Engineering & Technology (the same as in 2023) and Social Sciences and Management (the same as in 2023).</p><p><strong>SA's best in Agriculture, Theology</strong></p><p>As far as specific subject categories are concerned, SU is still the leading tertiary institution in South Africa in Agriculture & Forestry (top 100 globally) and Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies (top 140 in the world). It is also among the top three in Development Studies (top 100), English Language & Literature (top 250), Engineering (Chemical – top 350, Electrical & Electronic – top 530, Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing – top 400), Biological Sciences (top 350), Environmental Sciences (top  250), Mathematics (top 550), Economics & Econometrics (top 400), Education and Law (both in the top 350). Overall, SU improved in four subject categories, kept the same position in seven, and moved down in five.</p><p><strong>Indicators</strong></p><p>The QS subject tables use academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper, H-index and international research network (IRN) to rank universities. The first two of these are based on global surveys of academics and employers that are used to assess an institution's international reputation in each subject. Research citations per paper measures the average number of citations obtained per publication, and is an estimate of the impact and quality of the scientific work done by universities. The H-index assesses the stability of impact and quality of the work published by an institution's academics. The IRN is a measure a university's efficiency of establishing stable research collaborations in each of the five broad subject areas.</p><p>Over the last few years, SU has been consistently ranked among the best tertiary institutions globally on the <a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9049"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"><strong>QS World University Rankings by Subjec</strong><strong>t</strong></span></a>, the <a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8646"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings</strong></a>, and <a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9329"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects</strong></a>.<br></p><p>​<br></p>
SU alumnus wows audienceshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=3419SU alumnus wows audiencesWayne Muller<p>An alumnus of Stellenbosch University (SU), the actor Marlo Minnaar, will perform in the acclaimed one-man show, <em>Santa Gamka</em>, in the Baxter Theater in Rondebosch, Cape Town, from Monday, 1 February.</p><p>The piece is based on Eben Venter's novel by the same name, and Minnaar reworked it into a theatre play himself. He is also the producer.</p><p><em>Santa Gamka</em> received the Kanna Awards for Best Debut Work, the Herrie Prize for Best Ground-breaking Work and for Best Director (Jaco Bouwer) at the 2015 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK). </p><p>Marlo Minnaar was also nominated for Best Actor for his performance as Lucky Marais. The production also received three KykNET Fiësta nominations – for Best Solo Performance, Best Newly-created Afrikaans Production, and Best Director. (Winners will be announced in February.)</p><p>In recent years Minnaar was seen in productions such as <em>Blood Brothers</em>, <em>Balbesit</em> and <em>Die Kortstondige Raklewe van Anastasia W.</em> </p><p><em>Santa Gamka</em> tells the story of a young coloured man from the Karoo, who navigates his way through life in a rather unusual way. Driven by his fear not to fall back into poverty, he becomes a rent boy.</p><p>Lucky tells the audience about his seven greatest adventures – better known as his seven customers: a woman who lost her son in a car accident, the mistress of the local hotel owner and olive farmer, his high school English teacher, the municipal manager, the farmer and his father's employer who continues to oppress Lucky's parents, his aunt, as well as a young German man.</p><p>However, his white lies start catching up with him and he finds himself in a furnace of hell. Suddenly the Karoo has become too hot for him. His time is up. He only has seven minutes left to live and he is now faced with the dilemma of having to review his short life.</p><ul><li><em>Santa Gamka</em> is performed in Afrikaans in the Baxter Theatre's Golden Arrow Studio from 1 to 19 February at 20:15 daily.</li></ul>
Nelson Mandela colloquium on 30 Marchhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=3732Nelson Mandela colloquium on 30 MarchLynne Rippenaar-Moses<p>The Nelson Mandela Museum, in cooperation with the Stellenbosch University Museum, cordially invites you to the Nelson Mandela Colloquium.</p><p><strong>Keynote speakers:</strong></p><p>Prof Xolela Mangcu, professor of sociology, University of Cape Town</p><p>Prof Amanda Gouws, distinguished professor of political science, Stellenbosch University (SU)</p><p>Mr Bradly Frolick, SU Student Representative Council, Transformation portfolio</p><p>DATE:  30 March 2016<br><br>TIME: 18:00</p><p>VENUE: Stellenbosch University Museum (Sasol Art Museum), Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch</p><p>RSVP: Mrs Nwabisa Moshenyane at nmoshenyane@sun.ac.za or  on 021 808 3691.</p><p><em>Refreshments and wine will be served after the discussions. </em></p>
TRU to expand its research on democracy in Africa with study of new data setshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=3963TRU to expand its research on democracy in Africa with study of new data setsLynne Rippenaar-Moses<p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>​</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">The Transformation Research Unit (TRU), a unit focused on research projects dealing with transformations from autocracy to democracy and the reverse, conditions for the persistence of democracy, and the quality of the democratic process, will soon be expanding its research on democracy in Africa by utilising new data sets at its disposal to do so.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">TRU was officially established at Stellenbosch University at the end of 2014 and is based at the Centre for International and Comparative Politics in the Political Science Department. The Unit focuses on examining democracy comparatively across cultures from an economic, political and social perspective. Within the regional context South Africa is being examined comparatively with Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The wider global viewpoint is provided by   the comparative study of the culturally vastly diverse cases of South Korea, Chile, Poland, Turkey, Germany and Sweden. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We have decided that the project we are currently working on and which is centred on South Africa within the global political and economic environment should be used as a stepping stone to a study we want to implement in the future" said Prof Ursula van Beek, the Head of TRU, following a recent four-day workshop where researchers from Africa and the rest of the world shared some of their preliminary findings on democracy in the sub-Saharan region. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Our future research will be centred more on the Southern African region and will draw on new data sets. So far we have relied primarily on the World Values Survey and on our self-generated data on elites and economic factors. We intend to expand the individual data sources by the inclusion of the Afrobarometr data while the proposed utilisation of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) datasets will allow us to examine the connection between individuals and their political institutions."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to Van Beek, the V-Dem dataset comprises data on political institutions going back to 1900. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"That is over a hundred years of data! This data can for instance show us how countries move into democracy, how some might regress into autocracy and then move back into democracy again. Essentially, the V-Dem data allows us to see how democracies are born and how they die. V-Dem data is considered globally to have taken the comparative assessment of democratic institutions to a new level because of its theoretical openness, its conceptual clarity, and its thorough measurement. The V-Dem project has been developed jointly by the Kellogg Institute at the Notre Dame University, USA, and the Department of Political Science at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The V-Dem Director at the latter institution, Prof Staffan Lindberg, is keen to see the establishment of an institutional home for V-Dem data utilisation in Africa, and more specifically, at Stellenbosch University.        </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In combination with the Afrobarometer that has surveyed 37 countries in Africa since the 1990s, the two additional datasets will assure that in its research TRU will draw on arguably the most comprehensive data collection on democracy in South Africa, if not on the African continent.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The project TRU is currently focusing on is called <em>Global democracy: Political institutions and cultural contexts. It </em>investigates the key factors likely to obstruct a successful long-term democratic consolidation in countries like South Africa, Poland, Chile, South Korea and Turkey. This project, says Van Beek, is important because it highlights how South Africa is faring on its road to a democratic consolidated society in comparison with other younger democracies in the region and in the world. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"In South Africa we are facing various problems, especially the problem of government failing to deliver services to the people and citizens that are unhappy with the status quo.  A good way to understand the shortcomings of South African democracy is to study the political culture of the elite and the citizens of this country.  Such analyses tell us how both the South African leaders and the people perceive democracy. Their respective attitudes, values and beliefs with regards to democracy can reveal whether they do or do not support the system, and therefore, whether it will or will not succeed," says van Beek.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>Photo: Researchers and academics from Africa and the rest of the world recently met during a four-day workshop to share some of their preliminary findings on democracy in the sub-Saharan region. In the back row from the left are Dr Krige Siebrits (SU), Prof David</em><em>  </em><em>Sebudubudu (University of Botswana), Mr Jerry Mathega (HSRC), Mr George Ott (SU), Prof Vello Pettai (University of Tortu, Estonia), Prof Yilmaz Esmer (University of Bahcesehir, Turkey), Prof Christer Jönsson (Lund University, Sweden), Prof Dirk Berg-Schlosser (Marburg University, Germany), Prof Henning Melber (Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden), Prof Pierre du Toit (SU), Prof Hennie Kotze (SU). </em><em>In the front row from the left are </em><em>Prof Hans-Dieter</em><em>  </em><em>Klingemann (WZB, Berlin), Ms Annemie Parkin (SU), Dr Nicola de Jager (SU), Prof Ursula van Beek (SU), Ms Nsisima Ncube (SU), Prof Ursula Hoffmann-Lange (Bamberg University, Germany), Dr Catherine Musuva (AU), Ms Heike Morkel (SU), Ms Helen Kroes (SU), Prof Lloyd Sachikonye (University of Zimbabwe), Ms Reinet Loubser (SU), Dr Marisa von Fintel (SU). (Anton Jordaan, SSFD)</em><em>   </em> </p>
Women still fighting for equalityhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4148Women still fighting for equalityCorporate Marketing / Korporatiewe Bemarking<p>On Tuesday (9 August 2016), we celebrated National Women's Day. In a few opinion pieces by staff and students at Stellenbosch University, the spotlight falls on women's continued struggle for equality, justice and recognition. Click on the links below for the respective articles.</p><ul><li><p>Ms Monica du Toit (<a href="/english/Documents/newsclips/MduToit_Women%27s%20Day.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">Transformation Office</strong></a>)</p></li><li><p>Dr Ubanesia Adams-Jack (<a href="/english/Documents/newsclips/Adams-Jack_%20Women%27s%20Day%202016.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">Political Science</strong></a>)</p></li><li><p>Ms Farai Mubaiwa (<span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="line-height:115%;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:11pt;text-decoration:underline;"><a href="/english/Documents/newsclips/FMubaiwa_TheNewAge_Aug2016.pdf"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">The New Age</strong></a></span>)</p></li><li><p>Prof Lindy Heinecken<strong> </strong>(<a href="https://theconversation.com/military-women-need-to-trouble-gender-relations-and-roles-for-peaces-sake-63360" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">The Conversation</strong></a>)<br></p></li></ul><p> </p>