Participants of the Agricultural Transformation Roundtable at STIAS in Stellenbosch. Photo by Anton Jordaan.

Feeding the region: towards a healthy food basket for southern Africa

“Roundtables are the start of discussion,” says Maud Olofsson (Minister for Enterprise and Energy from 2006 to 2011 and Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden from 2006 to 2010). “We know we can do things better – create more profitable agribusiness, use all our resources, knowledge, engagement and time. If we work hard, we can make … [Read more]

A tribute to Simon Marais

A tribute to Simon Marais

The 1986 theoretical physics graduate group and lecturers at Stellenbosch University: Back: Evan de Kock, Fritz Hahne, Jean Joubert, Frederik Scholtz, Hendrik Geyer, Chris Engelbrecht, Cecile Thom, Jan Engelbrecht and Jacqueline Marais Seated front: Pierre Lacock and Simon Marais It was with shock that we learned about the passing last week of Dr Simon Marais, … [Read more]

JM Coetzee

JM Coetzee to work on an anthology of world poetry at STIAS

JM Coetzee, South African novelist and recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature will be spending time at STIAS in April. He will be working on the compilation of an anthology of world poetry, 51 Poets: an Anthology of World Poetry, for a Latin American publisher.

Dr Peter Wallenberg passes away

Dr Peter Wallenberg passes away

Peter Wallenberg signs the visitors’ book in the STIAS Boardroom at the opening of the Wallenberg Research Centre – 15 November 2007 Peter Wallenberg 29 May 1926 – 19 January 2015 It is with great sadness that we received this morning the news that Dr. Peter Wallenberg (88), the great benefactor and staunch supporter of … [Read more]

Humankind in period of historic transition – Manuel Castells

Humankind in period of historic transition – Manuel Castells

A highlight at STIAS and in Stellenbosch this year was a public lecture early in June by renowned sociologist Manuel Castells who, among other things, cast light on the recent rise of social movements across the globe. Looking back at that lecture now provides useful context to what should surely be considered one of South … [Read more]

Four of the team members (from left): Janos Bogárdi, Lucas Gakale, Richard Sikora and Eugene Terry.

Working to replenish southern Africa’s food basket

“Agriculture in the southern Africa region is faced with major constraints affecting the region’s ability to provide sufficient and nutritious food to both urban and rural populations in the near future. Rapid urbanisation, population increases, soil degradation, limited access to improved (modern) and appropriate production technology, reduced water availability, pre- and post-harvest pest losses and … [Read more]

Athol Fugard at the 26th Praemium Imperiale Awards Ceremony

Athol Fugard at the 26th Praemium Imperiale Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday, October 15th, HIH Prince Hitachi, honorary patron of the Japan Art Association, presented the Praemium Imperiale Awards at a formal ceremony in Tokyo to this year’s Laureates; internationally renowned artists who have shown extraordinary achievements in the fields of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music, and Theater/Film. Among the five laureates was STIAS Fellow Athol … [Read more]

STIAS Fellow Paul Vlek awarded the 2014 World Agriculture Prize

STIAS Fellow Paul Vlek awarded the 2014 World Agriculture Prize

STIAS Fellow Paul Vlek, a world-renowned soil scientist from Bonn University, was recently awarded the 2014 World Agriculture Prize during ceremonies in Nanjing, Jiangsu province of China. The prize is awarded jointly by the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for the Agricultural and Life Sciences and Nanjing Agriculture University and in 2014 recognised “Paul … [Read more]

Christof Heyns's STIAS Lecture – Autonomous Weapons Systems: Coming to a theatre near you?

Christof Heyns’s STIAS Lecture – Autonomous Weapons Systems: Coming to a theatre near you?

Christof Heyns delivering the STIAS lecture   “Do we really want to live in a world where robots make decisions over life and death?” ​This was the question Christof Heyns, Professor of Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, posed and examined on … [Read more]

STIAS Fellow Michael Ruse receives Honorary Doctorate from University College London

STIAS Fellow Michael Ruse receives Honorary Doctorate from University College London

Michael Ruse, a current STIAS fellow working on the project Apocalyptic themes in the global warming debate, recently travelled to London where he received an honorary degree  from University College London (UCL). The degree Doctor of Science was conferred on him by President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur at the UCL graduation for the Faculty … [Read more]