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Can South Africa turn crisis into opportunity? Fellows' seminar by John Matisonn

Can South Africa turn crisis into opportunity? Fellows’ seminar by John Matisonn

“The three years 2016 to 2019 will change South Africa more significantly than any other time since the dawn of democracy in 1994. The bookends of that process are the 2016 local elections at which the ruling African National Congress lost control of three of the country’s major cities, and the mid-2019 general election, at … [Read more]

Telling the untold stories - Fellows' seminar by Mignonne Breier

Telling the untold stories – Fellows’ seminar by Mignonne Breier

“There have been moments in the history of the liberation struggle when, as Bishop Desmond Tutu famously put it to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ‘things went horribly wrong’. The violence in Duncan Village, East London, in 1952, at the height of the African National Congress (ANC) Defiance Campaign, could be counted among such moments,” said Mignonne Breier. … [Read more]

Delving deep to understand the relationship between statutory law and indigenous customary law across Africa - Fellows' seminar by Jan Erk

Delving deep to understand the relationship between statutory law and indigenous customary law across Africa – Fellows’ seminar by Jan Erk

“In most parts of Africa, traditional leaders and indigenous customary law enjoy a degree of legitimacy, influence and power that analyses using formal indicators miss,” said Jan Erk. “Despite the role this plays in development and democracy at the local level, no comprehensive picture of the relationship between modern and traditional legal systems exists.” STIAS … [Read more]

The multi-faceted and thorny issue of land restitution in South Africa - Public lecture by Olaf Zenker

The multi-faceted and thorny issue of land restitution in South Africa – Public lecture by Olaf Zenker

“Conceiving land restitution as an exemplary site, at which the moral modernity of the new South African state is contested, renegotiated and made, the lecture thus comes to a qualified conclusion: restitution has been more successful than its public reputation suggests, but can and must be improved to live up to public expectations,” said Olaf … [Read more]

Energy storage for a cleaner planet - Fellows' seminar by Michael Thackeray

Energy storage for a cleaner planet – Fellows’ seminar by Michael Thackeray

Reflections on the commercialisation of science through the lens of lithium battery development Battery-powered communication connects the world. Most of us can’t get through a day without our laptops, tablets and mobile phones, and we take them so for granted that we rarely think about the science that has gone into their development – specifically … [Read more]