2016

We Don’t Need Another Hero

In a 2008, post-Polokwane missive to ANC president, Jacob Zuma, declaring his refusal to campaign for the African National Congress (ANC) in the upcoming 2009 general election, recently-deposed South African President Thabo Mbeki famously declared: “… I find it strange in the extreme that today cadres of our movement attach the label of a “cult … [Read more]

Global Citizenship and the Practice of Being Human. South African Visions and the legacy of Enlightenment

This project addresses the idea of global citizenship and common humanity in South Africa today. These ideas were powerful in Enlightenment Europe, where they promised a new regime of justice in opposition to despotism, exploitation, and slavery. But they were also highly problematic, since they tended to obscure cultural difference and impose European values on … [Read more]

Distributed Renewable Economy for Africa’s Transformation

Human history over the millennia has been shaped by major social transformation processes. These transformational processes redefined the key features of socio-economic relationships both within communities and across nations. But they have also fundamentally redefined our relationship with the natural environment. Outcomes of major studies conducted by global research groups, including International Panels such as … [Read more]

The use of shear wave elastography in patients with homozygous beta thalassemia

Patients with homozygous beta thalassemia have complex clinical complications due to the need for blood transfusions and iron overload. Liver pathology due to the latter and a high prevalence of hepatitis C infections is a major problem and can result in cirrhosis and/or hepatocellular carcinoma. Early detection of fibrosis plays an essential role in the … [Read more]

DOHaD and SDGs: Moving towards Early Implementation

The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease & Sustainable Development Goals: Moving Towards Early Implementation The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) paradigm provides us with a new and exciting way to think about causation of illness while at the same time providing us with both personal and population-level instruments for avoiding harm and … [Read more]

“Historical geography’s contributions to understanding South Africa.”

Part of a larger study evaluating the contributions of historical geographers to understanding the settler colonies of the British Empire, the work at STIAS will focus on historical geography in South Africa, beginning with the work of NC Pollock and S Agnew (1963), and focusing in particular on the contributions of AJ Christopher, Professor Emeritus at Nelson Mandela … [Read more]

Wildness

In this project, I engage with the concept of ‘wildness’, initially in the very problematic ways in which it is often used, but then more substantially in its possibilities for (re)thinking human, plant and animal identities, including in ways which decentre the human. The terms ‘wildness’ and ‘wilderness’ are very closely associated, whether in the … [Read more]

“Sustainable Cities in South Africa: A Legal Appraisal”

The 11th of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals adopted on 25 September 2015 (the new sustainable development agenda), focuses on the pursuit of cities that are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. ‘Sustainable cities’ in a broad sense refer to cities that are environmentally, socially and financially smart and that are efficient and inclusive, with sound … [Read more]

Constitution-building in Africa: Decentralisation and constitutionalism in Africa

Under the broad theme of constitution-building in Africa, the focus of this project will be on the issue of decentralisation and constitutionalism in Africa. One of the important aspects of the transition to multi-party democracy grounded on fundamental principles of modern constitutionalism has been the efforts towards formal and substantive decentralisation in all African countries. … [Read more]

“We Don’t Need Another Hero”

In a 2008, post-Polokwane missive to ANC president, Jacob Zuma, declaring his refusal to campaign for the African National Congress (ANC) in the upcoming 2009 general election, recently-deposed South African President Thabo Mbeki famously declared: “… I find it strange in the extreme that today cadres of our movement attach the label of a “cult … [Read more]