Professor Segal and Dr Kani lauded for outstanding service
Wits University has awarded honorary doctorates to two distinguished South Africans for advancing humankind through their respective fields.
New MOOC: Mining for development - The taxation linkage
Free, online WitsX/edX learning platform offers "Mining for Development - the taxation linkage" course.
Covid-19 Update 34 – Phase 2: The return of students to campus
Students who are scheduled to return as part of phase 2, will return in mid-July.
Wits Jazz lecturer premieres album at virtual National Arts Festival
Dr Jonathan Crossley launches 433 Eros with his band, Deep Spacer, at the 2020 virtual National Arts Festival (vNAF).
Top nuclear physicist to lead Wits
Professor Zeblon Vilakazi appointed as the Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal from 1 January 2021
Covid-19 update (33) - Secure gateway enables teaching and learning
Students and staff members who have not already done so, must complete the student survey or staff survey before 8pm on Thursday, 11 June 2020.
Pure ethos, the ultimate sacrifice and the pursuit of justice
It’s been 30 years since Nelson Mandela walked out of prison towards democracy but justice still eludes the late Neil Aggett.
Climate change, biodiversity loss and other global ills share root causes
By identifying the roots of global ills there's an opportunity for coordinated action as countries lay new pathways for a post-Covid world.
Witsies selected to attend Economics Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
Two Wits Master’s students from the School of Economics and Finance will attend the prestigious Lindau meeting.
Covid-19 (Update 32) - Wits Screening APP goes live
Self-screening form on the app is for staff members with permits to be on campus, and students who have been invited to return to campus only.
Wits thanks SA Post Office for delivering laptops to students
SA Post Office enables online learning through the delivery of almost 5 000 laptops to Wits students across the country.
Covid-19 Update (31) - The phased return of students and staff to campuses
Information regarding the staggered approach adopted for a phased return to ensure wellbeing and safety of students and staff.
Long-term Data Access for 2020 - Wits partners with Vodacom
New initiative provides students with data to access selected URLs through the Wits network.
Covid-19 Update (30) - Wits Prepares for the return of some students
Final year students and other identified groups of students expected to return to campus from 8 June 2020.
Support for Professor Glenda Gray
Statement of Support for Professor Glenda Gray and the Principle of Academic Freedom of Speech.
Juggling work and family during lockdown
Three staff members from the Faculty of Science share their experiences of lockdown.
Dr Dalia Saad awarded prestigious FLAIR fellowship
School of Chemistry researcher, Dr Dalia Saad, is a recipient of the 2020 FLAIR research fellowship.
Covid-19 Update (29) - Students to receive an additional 15GB of data for next 15 days
The four telecommunications companies agree to extend the provision of data to students for another 15 days.
Africa Day in the time of Covid-19
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Adam Habib is part of a panel discussion commemorating Africa Month.
Taco Kuiper Award winners announced
Journalists Pieter-Louis Myburgh and Pauli van Wyk took top honours at this year’s Taco Kuiper Investigative Journalism Awards.
Covid-19 Update (28) - Wellness services for students and staff
A reminder to all students and staff about Wits' mental health and wellbeing services that are available to you during the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.
First online admission in Gauteng of new attorney
A member of staff of the Wits Law Clinic is the first attorney in Gauteng to be admitted to the high court online.
The buzz on Wits mosquito scientist and her African Union research award
An entomologist in the Wits Research Institute for Malaria has received the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Award for Scientific Excellence.
Wits Covid-19 Screening Tool
Information pertaining to the screening of staff and students entering University campuses and premises.
WITS COVID-19 UPDATE 27 – FINAL YEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS RETURN TO CAMPUS
Final year medical students will return to Wits on Monday, 11 May 2020.
Moya wins Best Student Film at SAFTAs
A group of Wits Film and TV students scooped the Best Student Film Award for their film, Moya.
Communities, not government, can and are fighting COVID-19
The heavy-handed, top-down approach during the lockdown has not worked; NGOs, coalitions and community networks have.
Complaints against SANDF
The SANDF and SAPS should not enforce the COVID-19 lockdown at the expense of undermining human rights, personal dignity and common sense.
SA faces food riots and breakouts from the lockdown
Getting food to the vulnerable, needy and poor during the COVID-19 lockdown is now increasingly urgent.
Saluting all Witsies combating the COVID-19 pandemic
These Wits heroes represent just a fraction of the clinical, academic, professional and administrative staff, alumni and students responding to this disaster.
Wits adopts global ethics code to make research more equitable
Wits University has adopted the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings (GCC) to curtail the practice of ethics dumping.
[COVID-19 UPDATE 25] Wits VC wishes students well as online learning begins
Video: Professor Adam Habib wishes students well as they begin their online learning journey.
COVID-19 Update 24: Data access: All four major mobile service providers on board
Students will get 30GB of data if registered on MTN, Vodacom, Cell C or Telkom.
COVID-19 Update 24: How to access your data
COVID-19 Update 23: Wits opens online on Monday, 20 April 2020
Wits will commence with emergency remote online teaching and learning from Monday, 20 April 2020.
Process to apply for mobile computing devices
This communique outlines the process through which students who require assistance with a loan device can apply.
Wits switches to remote online teaching and learning from 20 April 2020
Wits institutes an emergency remote teaching and learning programme as one measure to help minimise the time lost in the academic project.
Wits engineers make face shields to protect healthcare workers
A team of innovative Witsies is using their design and engineering skills to create face shields in aid of the fight against COVID-19.
“Test, test, test!” says Wits academic
Best way to tackle COVID-19 remains physical distancing, substantially increased testing and quarantining.
COVID-19 UPDATE 21 – POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
Message from Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Postgraduate Affairs.
Centre for Deaf studies breaks the silence on COVID-19
The Centre for Deaf Studies (CFDS) at Wits is contributing to society by keeping the Deaf community informed about the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 UPDATE (20) – WELLNESS UPDATE
The University’s wellness support services are here to help staff, students and the Wits community in dealing with the disruption of our normal lives.
COVID19 Testing Station opens at Wits
A new COVID-19 Testing Station at Wits, managed by Gift of the Givers, is open to patients who fit NICD criteria and are referred by a doctor.
Hay’khona Corona! Spreading the word, not the virus
A poster series to action South Africans on how to care of themselves and others.
COVID-19 UPDATE (19) – TEACHING AND LEARNING (STUDENTS)
Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic regarding the resumption of the academic programme.
COVID-19 UPDATE (19) – TEACHING AND LEARNING (STAFF)
Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic on the resumption of the academic programme.
How to support your children during Covid-19
Strategies for parents to engage with their children at home during Covid-19 lockdown.
Wits School of Molecular and Cell Biology lends a hand with glove donation
The Wits School of Molecular and Cell Biology has donated medical gloves for frontline healthcare workers at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.
'You can do more,' economists tell SA government
50+ economists and others from Wits are part of a group of more than 78 who wrote an open letter urging President Cyril Ramaphosa for more significant action.
Wits Covid-19 Update (18)
The role of essential staff during the national lockdown.
Wits COVID Update 17 (Students): Wits to reopen on 20 April
Prof. Habib speaks on living through the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Senior Executive Team’s (SET) decision to go into early recess and to evacuate residences.
Wits COVID Update 17: Staff Appreciation and Reopening
Prof. Adam Habib addresses staff on living through the COVID19 pandemic and expresses his appreciation to staff for their contribution during this period.
Wits heroes confront COVID-19
Amongst the best in their fields, Wits experts are at the frontlines and behind-the-scenes against COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.
Official government regulations for #21DaysLockdownSA
Government has released the early directives following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on Monday night.
Wits COVID-19 Update (16): Ways to learn and work from home
Message from the Senior Executive Team of Wits University.
Wits COVID-19 Update (15): Wits prepares to go online
Wits from the Senior Executive Team of Wits University.
Wits researchers launch most comprehensive COVID-19 dashboard in South Africa
The dashboard is aimed at informing government, scientists, the media and general public with quick, easy-to-understand information on the current situation.
Gag the spreaders of disinformation, not the scientists
In times of a health crisis, such as the corona virus pandemic, health scientists should be encouraged to speak out.
Wits COVID-19 Update (14): Most students have left residences
Message from the Wits Senior Executive Team.
Wits COVID-19 Update 13: Students urged to go home
Message from the Wits Dean of Student Affairs.
Wits COVID-19 Update 13: Working conditions for staff from 20 to 30 March 2020
Message from the Senior Executive Team of Wits University on the working conditions for staff members during the recess.
Court dismisses application to halt residence evacuation
The High Court (Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg) dismissed the urgent application by two students to extend the period for the evacuation of residences.
Who should test for COVID-19
Answers to common questions asked by the Wits community.
Wits announces early recess
Wits University will be in recess from Tuesday, 17 March 2020, four days earlier than scheduled.
All contact teaching postponed for Monday, staff to continue with work
Wits announces measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Student tests positive for Covid-19 and Wits reaches out to affected class
Wits University has just been informed that the medical student who has been quarantined since last Wednesday has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19)
Wits acts to manage Covid-19 exposure
Wits acts swiftly to manage student who came in contact with COVID-19 carrier.
Leading African and European unis call for investment in African research
EU budget for Africa-EU Partnership should ring-fence at least €1bn per year for strengthening African research unis, in partnership European unis
African languages for sustainable development
A national strategy for mother tongue languages will guide action and address deeply held beliefs about African languages, writes Professor Makalela.
Language diversity a key feature of the Wits community
New MOOC: What do Architects and Urban Planners do?
Wits University has added a new course to its free, online WitsX/edX learning platform.
Professor Adam Habib to step down from Wits at the end of the year
Habib to join the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK, from 1 January 2021.
Joy as hope is restored to bright student
When classes started on Monday, Triphin Mudzvengi was sitting attentively among the studious first-year engineering students.
First years share their hopes as they start university
Wits’ newest cohorts are looking forward to mingling with one another.
Exciting chapter for first years
The start of a new year always brings with it new energy and the assurance of a promising future as the University welcomes first year students.
Another NRF rating for Wits School of Mining
The value of research conducted by the School has been further recognised with the award of an NRF rating to a fifth member of staff.
Aspiring academic wins Best Student paper
Curiosity ignited an interest in electrical engineering for aspiring academic, Hlengiwe Mnisi.
Witsies vie for top spot in battle of minds
Three Wits students are aiming to secure top positions in a national competition for economics students.
Romario Ferrao – scoring on and off the field
Third-year Electrical Engineering student, Romario Ferrao is drawing attention on and off the field.
Registration for new and returning students
All successful applicants and returning students can register online from home.
Students explore Africa by Bus
It was a week of discovery for a group of students who travelled from Johannesburg to Namibia for a cross-cultural experience.
Debate around the contentious Copyright Amendment Bill
Deep polarisation still marks a bill that is heading into its fifth year in various draft iterations and awaiting to be signed into an act by the president.
Prof. Andrew Crouch appointed as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University
Message from the Chairperson of Council, Mr Isaac Shongwe.
No means no: Zero tolerance for gender-based harm
The Wits community speaks out on gender-based harm.
Wits mourns the passing of Sir Donald Gordon
Statement from Wits University on the passing of Sir Donald Gordon.
Visitors flock to architecture exhibition
The Solomon Mahlangu concourse has been transformed into a platform for visionary works.
Scholarships enable postgraduate research with impact
Funding postgraduate studies enables TATA Africa to continue upholding its commitment to uplifting communities.
Soccer boots made for township diski
Young entrepreneur in the spotlight during Global Entrepreneurship Week running from 18 – 24 November 2019.
Outcome of the investigation into the Educ226a Life Skills Exam
Report from the University regarding concerns around the Life Skills examination paper.
Maptek donates laser scanner to keep Wits at leading edge
The new laser scanner adds to the modern technology available to mining engineering students at Wits.
Student volunteerism and leadership celebrated
They go about their lives like all other students but stand out for touching lives and leading for a better society.
Wits real estate doctoral student bags German scholarship
Oluwaseun Damilola Ajayi, a real estate PhD candidate, has been awarded a scholarship to pursue doctoral research in Germany.
Wits wins widely
Wits academics – both established and emerging – have won widely over the past month, in fields as diverse as philosophy, entomology, pharmacy, and engineering.
Nobel laureate and awarded Cameroonian journalist to address Global Investigative Journalism meeting
Joseph E. Stiglitz will deliver the keynote address and Mimi Mefo, the Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture.
Vice-Chancellor honours outstanding Wits staff
Staff members reap the benefits of their labour at the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards.
Staff reflect on Wits’ 97th Birthday
Wits is more than just a place of work – it is a place of inspiration, a place of growth and where bonds run deep.
The best of 2020 applicants at Wits
Wits University hosted would-be top matriculants for a day on campus.
Wits Humanities ranked top in Africa
The Faculty of Humanities provides the best education in Africa, according to a global survey zooming in on the work of leading universities across the globe.
Wits Targeting Talent Programme offers inspiration
The Targeting Talent Programme (TTP) has academically and psychologically enriched learners across South Africa to ensure they are prepared for university.
Donate your body and change a life
The body donation programme in the School of Anatomical Sciences is the foundation of educating future medical researchers and healthcare professionals in SA.
Wits Transformation Update
The update is a summary of progress made in the eight priority areas identified as key to transformation.
Men just have to get their act together
So said Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Habib, a champion of HeForShe in conversation with fellow champion, Mr Sim Tshabalala, Chief Executive of Standard Bank.
Witsies appointed to Ramaphosa's Economic Advisory Council
Four Wits academics appointed to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Economic Advisory Council.
Maths whizkid bags scholarship to study at Wits
Talented Grade 12 learner Phila Mahlangu was awarded a scholarship to study at Wits at the 2019 Wits Maths Competition prize giving.
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
The School of Oral Health is celebrating national Oral Health Month by offering staff and students free oral health screenings and oral education tomorrow.
Witsies mingle and let loose
It was a time for fun, laughter and a chance to offload for staff members during Staff Wellness Week.
Does CA training hinder or enable entrepreneurship?
Celebrating 30 years of teaching, research and social impact at the Wits Rural Campus
The Wits Rural Campus has enabled impactful interdisciplinary research, student training and community engagement in rural Bushbuckridge for 30 years.
The Wits School of Anatomical Sciences hosts an exhibition at Maropeng from 23 September to 5 October 2019 in honour of the School's centenary.
Is the NHI Bill good or bad for your health?
Experts shed some light on the debate over the recently published National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill.
Meaningful transformation through learnership pipelines
Over 120 Wits staff members have completed the next level of their Learnership in Business Administration (NQF levels 2, 3 and 4).
Wits among Top 200 universities worldwide
Wits University has been ranked among the top 200 universities in the world.
Recapturing memories with a Swedish writer
Per Wästberg, an acclaimed Swedish writer and friend of Nadine Gordimer and of South Africa took guests down memory lane during his talk at Wits.
Wits calls for action and dedicates Monday afternoon to solidarity activities
Wits calls for action to be taken against gender-based harm (gbh), xenophobia and afrophobia - all university activities for Monday afternoon to be rescheduled.
Engineering innovations at Open Day
Students at the 2019 School of Electrical and Information Engineering Open Day presented their engineering innovations for solutions to everyday challenges.
Call by VCs for a meeting with the President of SA to discuss the scourge of gender-based violence
Statement issued by Universities South Africa on behalf of the Vice-Chancellors of the 26 public universities in South Africa
Healthy and motivated staff bring success
Motivated and happy staff are the force behind great universities says Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Adam Habib.
Wits condemns violence
Statement from the office of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal
What's in a name?
The name of the staff wellness initiative, Mpil'enhle Programme – itlhokomele, that launches on 2 September offers insight into Wits values.
Witsies part of #InspiringFiftySA
Women’s Month ends on a high note as two female academics make it to the 2019 #InspiringFiftySA list.
New beginnings for staff wellness at Wits
Wits will step into spring with the launch of a new staff wellness programme, set to reshape the understanding of wellness in the University.
International partners shake hands on finding clean energy solutions
Witsies wow as Women in Science
Female Wits academics and students were recognised at the annual South African Women in Science Awards.
Top physicist joins Wits
Professor Nithaya Chetty has been appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Science from 1 December 2019.
Appointment strengthens African research
A Wits alumnus and CARTA Fellow has been appointed as the inaugural director of the African Population and Health Research Center West Africa regional office.
Decolonising SA’s copyright law
In amending South Africa’s 40-year-old copyright law, reform has to be broad, innovative and adaptive.
Wits superheroes at Sasol TechnoX 2019
What do you need to become a superhero? Certainly not superpowers, we can all be superheroes according to a team of Witsies.
Wits hosts National Science Week
Scores of high school learners from around Gauteng will be hosted by Wits for National Science Week 2019.
Prof. Lynn Wadley elected as Fellow of the British Academy
Wadley has been made a Fellow of The British Academy in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of archaeology.
Walking in Madiba’s footsteps
Wits staff members uphold Madiba’s values of humanity and generosity by donating food and toiletries to the Wits Food Bank.
Homo naledi and Australopithecus sediba to be exhibited in Perot Museum
South Africa's greatest fossil discoveries in modern times to be showcased for the first time to a global audience.
Huawei awards bursaries to Wits postgraduate students
Huawei South Africa has donated almost 2 million in scholarships to ICT and Engineering postgraduate students at Wits.
Johnny Clegg – a symbol of unity
A man who defied racial barriers and whose life exemplifies what it means to be human.
Building real world solutions in Minecraft
Students in the School of Therapeutic Sciences and the School of Education at Wits competed to build a world in online game, Minecraft.
Witsies dominate M&G Top 200 list
Over 40 Wits alumni, students and staff members were included in the 2019 Mail and Guardian Top 200 supplement.
Legitimation Code Theory Conference a success
The third international LCT (Legitimation Code Theory) conference hosted at Wits was huge success with 160 delegates in attendance and 98 papers presented.
Happy one hundred for Health
Birthdays are milestones and the health sciences at Wits celebrated a significant one on 1 July when it marked 100 years of teaching excellence.
Africa’s youth can drive economic prosperity
Young people in Africa have the potential to drive economic prosperity on the continent says US Diplomat, Ambassador Tibor Nagy.
Witsies win at Science Oscars
Professor Alex Quandt and the Wits Communications team have won in their categories at the NSTF-South 32 Awards, dubbed the ‘Science Oscars’.
Building an inclusive circular economy: Recycling with reclaimers
A Johannesburg-based pilot will formally integrate reclaimers (waste pickers) into the recycling economy of South Africa for the important service they provide.
China beckons Limpopo fellow
Spreading his wings through international exposure - Thabiso is the first Witsie to be awarded the prestigious scholarship.
Another architectural award for Wits Rural Facility
Some 480 kilometres from the Wits campus in Johannesburg, bordering a national nature reserve, lies the Wits Rural Facility.
Department of Health and academia partner to advance public health
A consortium of universities with health sciences faculties has won a Department of Health tender to contract healthcare professionals.
Help for women in fraudulent marriages
The Law Clinic calls on women trapped in fraudulent marriages to come forward as it prepares legal action against the state.
Equipping Wits’ ICT students for future jobs
Leading Chinese telecommunications company injects more than R1 million towards student funding at Wits.
Historic partnership between universities and the City
The City of Johannesburg has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with three of South Africa’s top universities - Wits University, Unisa and UJ.
Accounting stars celebrated
The School of Accountancy celebrated the excellent results of its top students.
Wits Dining Halls wrap-up Africa Month
Flavours from the continent have featured more prominently on the plates of students this month in celebration of Africa Month.
Wits Prof advises Ebola vaccination strategy update to account for DRC insecurity
An advisory group of the World Health Organization has issued new recommendations to address vaccination challenges in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the DRC.
Software licence donation advances Geosciences
Petroleum Experts Ltd has donated an academic software licence worth R25m to the School of Geosciences.
Professor Lulama Makhubela to speak at Africa Day celebrations at Wits
The Wits Faculty of Humanities hosts renowned academic and advocate for women empowerment, Professor Lulama Makhubela to speak at the Africa Day celebrations.
Gauteng Province releases prime property to Wits for development
The Gauteng Provincial Government has signed a Memorandum of Intent with Wits for the release of properties to meet student housing and research needs.
Wits academics bestowed with National Orders
Professors Yosuf (Joe) Veriava and Thokozani Majozi are amongst the recipients of the 2019 National Orders.
Top 20 newbies
Recipients of the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship a delightful mixed bag.
PhD in sight for student who speaks through jazz
A blind jazz music student in the Wits School of Arts has been awarded a PhD scholarship worth R130 000 from the Arts Research Africa (ARA) project.
Wits Maths Connect Project connecting across Africa
Wits Maths Connect Secondary Project shares a home-grown resource for secondary maths teaching with educators from the SADEC region.
Dr Tshepo Madlingozi appointed Director of Wits Centre for Applied Legal Studies
White-collar crime and corruption reporting win investigative journalism award
Journalists from News24 and amaBhungane are joint winners of the 14th Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism.
New NRF ranking for mining school
The National Research Foundation has bestowed another accolade on the School of Mining Engineering by awarding a C2 rating to Professor Rudrajit Mitra.
Another move up world rankings for Mining Engineering
The global standing of the School of Mining Engineering has been boosted by another step up in the QS World University Rankings – to 13th place in 2019.
Wits Choirs sing to #SaveADegree
The 2019 Wits Choirs’ Welcome Concert will lend a hand in the #SaveADegree fundraising campaign.
Father of Green Chemistry an Honorary Royal Fellow
The Royal Society of Chemistry has admitted Professor Roger Sheldon as an honorary fellow.
Show us your science
Do you have what it takes to explain a scientific concept in three minutes?
Wits flutist wins international scholarship
Wits flutist and music tutor Khanyisile Mthetwa will perform at the 47th Annual National Flute Association Convention as part of winning the scholarship.
Another award in the bag for Drama for Life
Wits University’s Drama for Life won a bronze award at the Gauteng Premier’s Service Excellence Awards.
Rebels and Rage
Professor Adam Habib launches new book where he reflects on the #FeesMustFall movement.
Top spots for Witsies
Wits students win the country’s premier budget speech competition for the second consecutive year.
A life invested in language and literacy education
Multi-award winning Education Professor Emerita, Hilary Janks, reflects on language and power, and offers insight into the poor literacy levels in South Africa.
#4IRSA Digital Economy Summit 2019 dates announced
The Fourth Industrial Revolution Partnership for South Africa (#4IRSA) hosts a Digital Economy Summit in Johannesburg in June 2019.
Wits hosts unique e-Science teaching platform
Wits is the hub of a unique cross-disciplinary postgraduate e-Science training platform.
Future economists set to impress
Witsies are poised to impress at the country’s premier competition for budding economists.
New WitsX course: Postgraduate Academic Literacy for Management and Business Students
This new online course teaches you how to critique, compare and apply academic resources and research.
Wits’ supercomputing students win big
Our teams excel in Centre for High Performance Computing Student Cluster Competition.
Protests called off at Wits
SRC calls off protests after reaching agreement with University management.
Statement on campus disruptions
Senior Executive Team's statement on disruptions on campus on Thursday.
So you think you can pharma? Wits Pharmacy students pitch solutions
PharmApprentice is a curriculum innovation where Wits Pharmacy students develop entrepreneurial skills in a competition enabled by Aspen Pharmacare.
Diversity a hallmark at Wits
Wits welcomed 5200 first-year students on Sunday, 27 January in a ceremony that reflected the vibrancy of the University.
Call for digital photographers to enter the GCRO’s Urban Gaze Photographic Competition.
Notice: Accepting your offer
Attention applicants: Important information regarding accepting your offer.
Alert: Student system traffic
No applicant or student will be prejudiced because of current delays with our online systems.
Wits’ is prepared and ready to enrol successful applicants and returning students in January 2019.
L'Oréal Foundation awards Wits students fellowships
Wits PhD students, Harshna Jivan and Olaperi Okuboyejo have received fellowships from the L'Oréal Foundation.
Organ donor? Tell your tribe!
The world-first living donor liver transplant by the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre on 4 October got the world talking about transplants.
Witsie set to fly SA flag high at AU Youth Council
Dr Shakira Choonara is among eight young leaders from across Africa appointed to the inaugural African Union (AU) Youth Advisory Council.
No more tea-makers
This year marks the centenary of Albertina Sisulu, an iconic activist, humanitarian, and a nurse.
Accolades and international exposure for Wits physiotherapist
A Wits physiotherapist brings skills from professional UK football clubs to a new sports clinical programme at Wits.
Wits graduates snapped-up by industry
97% of employed Wits graduates found employment within 6 months of completion.
Wits senior lecturer wins National Teaching Award
Music educator, Dr Susan Harrop-Allin has been recognised for teaching excellence.
Wits human rights lawyer to be knighted
Professor Bonita Meyersfeld is being honoured for her efforts to promote human rights and fight gender-based violence.
World Bank President worried about SA
Stunted growth in children, high broadband costs and human capital investment in South Africa worries the World Bank.
New Chancellor praises lionesses of Africa and calls for greater recognition of female leadership
Wits' newly installed Chancellor, Dr Judy Dlamini, has taken a strong stand for women in leadership positions in South Africa, during her acceptance speech.
Pravin Gordhan’s road map to a stable South Africa
Minister of Public Enterprises presents his ideas on how to create a resilient South Africa for all its citizens in the next 10 years.
Protect and safeguard Wits
Justice Dikgang Moseneke passes pearls of wisdom as Wits University bids him farewell.
China Africa bonds
China not interested in being a new colonial power but seeks to develop win-win partnerships in Africa.
VC shows appreciation to staff
Wits Vice-Chancellor celebrates the service excellence of sterling Professional and Administrative Services (PAS) members of staff at the University.
Making maths cool
Innovative and engaging teaching methods can make mathematics comprehensible and ‘cool’.
The struggle against sexual violence
Nobel Peace Centre's Professor Liv Tørres will discuss sexual violence perpetuated during war and steps required for the future.
Siemens launches Digital Mining Incubator
Digital technologies to boost skills and transform South Africa’s mining processes.
Making SA’s techentrepreneurs future ready
Why we should stop chasing the Silicon Valley dream and rethink what Africa needs, especially in the incubator space.
2018 Wits Sport Awards bows to greatness
The University’s exceptional sporting talent was celebrated at the 2018 edition of the annual Wits Sport Awards.
Africa is changing, radically, and digitisation is playing a pivotal role
The outcomes from the 2018 Fak’ugesi Festival and collaboration with the Wits Art Museum will be shown on Digital Imaginaries: Africas in Production in Germany.
Witsies write books for children
Witsies among authors who are creating books relevant to African children.
Improving the world with materials science
Grade 10 learners from across Gauteng explore material sciences in a quest to improve the world.
Wits scientist advises WHO on Ebola outbreak in DRC
The World Health Organization has appointed Wits Professor Helen Rees to its Emergency Committee on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Unlocking information for all
Wits has embraced Open Access, which refers to the practice of providing unrestricted access to peer-reviewed research journal articles via the internet.
Wits and Perot Museum launch virtual reality app of Dinaledi cave
Free virtual reality experience provides global access to the Dinaledi caves to researchers, students and amateur explorers.
Journos need to fall in love again
Award winning journalist Niren Tolsi has called on journalists to use their power responsibly and to return to the values of the profession.
Wits crowned champions of the first Varsity Basketball tournament
Wits crowned champions after defeating the best in the country.
The Entrepreneurial Wayz director a Global Goodwill Ambassador
The director of a unit in Wits Enterprise has been named as one of just six Global Goodwill Ambassadors in South Africa.
IsiZulu Sami Nawe deepens appreciation for language
IsiZulu language learners and educators now have an updated reference book to help them get a proper grasp of the language.
TATA Africa sculpts future for Witsies
The future is beaming bright for 20 academically and financially deserving students who have received scholarships from TATA Africa.
Ruth First Memorial Lecture
Niren Tolsi, a multi-award-winning freelance journalist will share his views on why South African journalism needs a defibrillator.
VC rewards sterling Witsies
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib awards outstanding Witsies for flying the Wits flag high.
Be more like Madiba
Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe urges South Africans to follow in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps towards peace and reconciliation.
Vote in the SRC elections
In just four days, Wits students will vote for new student leaders who will be their voice in all matters of student life.
The science of light illuminated
Learners’ imaginations take flight during Wits Optics Student Chapter’s IONS South Africa 2 conference.
Matrics urged to follow own career
Matriculants have tough tasks ahead of them and this includes sitting for the matric exams and choosing their future academic home.
Stimulating economic growth in local government
Collective professional and technical skills can stimulate economic growth in local government says Dr Zweli Mkhize.
Learn to speak Spanish at Wits
Spanish, one of the most spoken languages in the world is now offered through the new Mexican Studies Centre at Wits.
WitsX launches new online course: Digital Transformation and the IT team
Wits University’s has released a new online course aimed specifically at IT and business professionals.
Science, art and social cohesion play clinches BASA award
All From One, which has toured SA, Kenya and Tanzania shines at the Business and Arts South Africa Awards.
New MOOCs for agents of change
Wits University has added two new courses to its free, online WitsX/edX learning platform.
Wits Team eFundanathi and eZone in Learning Idols
A lecturer in the Wits School of Therapeutic Sciences was in the top three vying in Learning Idols at the Learning Innovation Africa Conference 2018.
Bootcamp for startups
IBM SA and Wits’ Tshimologong Precinct launch six week acceleration bootcamp for startups.
Engineering solutions for tomorrow
Final year engineering showcased their design-and-build projects which provided solutions to everyday life challenges.
Charlize Theron speaks to Wits students
South African born and Academy Award winning actress, Charlize Theron says it is "time to be brave".
Kofi Annan: the Ghanaian man who was born to be a leader
The passing of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan provides an opportunity to reflect on what makes great men great.
Unpack the source code of your African Identity
Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival announces its 2018 line-up.
Absa unlocks opportunities for Wits students
Absa has donated R5.6 million towards student funding at Wits University.
Wits Enterprise launches new unit to develop entrepreneurs
Wits Commercial Enterprise has launched The Entrepreneurial Wayz unit to drive entrepreneurialism and benefit South Africa.
Enabling youth to power the digital economy
Hundreds descended upon Wits to hear the legendary Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, address entrepreneurs, students and policy makers.
Reviewing Obama's Mandela Lecture
What were the key themes and the significance of Obama's Nelson Mandela lecture?
Wits maths fundi equates to global maths advocate
Former Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Loyiso Nongxa has been elected as a Vice-President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU).
Witsies win big in travel innovation competition
A cash prize of $10,000 has been awarded to Wits students for their winning travel idea.
Wits announces new Chancellor
Dr Judy Dlamini elected as the new chancellor of Wits University.
Witsies celebrate #Mandela100
The intellectual home of Nelson Mandela, Wits University, used innovative ways to celebrate the values of the global icon and founding father of South Africa
Mandela and the treasure in the Blombos Cave
Many Norwegian researchers had a close relationship with Nelson Mandela but few as close as Christopher Henshilwood, also of Wits ESI, did.
Argumentative Witsies win championships
Wits debaters left little room for argument as the University team once again confirmed their prowess.
China commits to preserving Africa’s wildlife
The Chinese government reiterates its commitment to fighting poaching of rhinos and other animals in Africa.
Reflections on the presidential legacies of Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama.
Lend a hand to students
Starting university was a dream come true for Talent Marange who spent years at home after completing matric.
Wits theatre takes a bow at National Arts Festival 2018
Wits play Devil at the End wins awards at the National Arts Festival and returns home for the 969 Festival starting next week.
Largest symposium in almost 50 years
School of Geosciences congratulated on “one of the best” International Platinum Symposiums ever.
Family is everywhere at Wits
Her parents might not have been able to attend her graduation but Sarah Blessed-Sayah was beaming next to her Wits ‘mom’.
Cranium of a four-million-year-old hominin shows similarities to ours
The “virtual” revisiting of a fossil described as “the oldest evidence of human evolution in South Africa” shows surprising results, compared to modern humans.
Wits prepares for 2018 USSA tournaments
Wits will host three sport codes, while hoping to impress away from home in seven codes during the University Sport South Africa tournaments in July.
Aspirations of a Just City
Could radicalism be a way to tackle historical injustices in cities?
Achille Mbembe scoops the 2018 Gerda Henkel Award
Acclaimed Wits historian, Professor Achille Mbembe has been recognised for his sterling scholarly achievement.
The US-Africa relationship
Wits experts respond to questions around the relationship between the US and Africa.
Think twice before downing that energy drink during exams
Energy drinks are popular 'go-to fuel' for university students, especially during exams. But what lurks behind the kick?
Gauteng maths giant set to rise from its slumber
Gauteng schools are gearing to reclaim their reputation as maths whizkids.
Population growth: The impact on health and societies
We have a “golden moment” and “unique opportunity” to spur economic development, says Professor Mark Collinson.
Students promote gardening on campus
Witsies stand together against food insecurity on campus.
Taking African mobilities to Munich
Dr Mpho Matsipa, researcher at the Wits City Institute is curating an architectural exhibition at the architectural museum in Munich.
Vice Chancellor’s scholarships represent pinnacle of excellence
The 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards celebrate the elite of excellence.
Talking about sensitive topics with kids
Renate Gericke, a clinical psychologist offers guidelines on how to talk to children about sensitive topics without scaring them.
Young digital entrepreneurs showcase cool innovations
Entrepreneurs at the Wits Digital Tshimologong Precinct show Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Herman Mashaba how creative they are.
Wits University joins programme to expand Africa’s paediatric workforce
The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health in the School of Clinical Medicine at Wits has joined the African Paediatric Fellowship Programme (APFP).
Clean sweep for Wits at international data science competition
Four Witsies learn about cloud computing, then go on and beat the global competition in the field.
Wits Research Chair is first African president of global public health association
Professor Laetitia Rispel has been elected as the President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA).
Wits digital startup CEO chosen for Obama's team
Lesley Williams‚ CEO of the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct‚ has been selected as a member of the Obama Foundation Leaders:Africa programme.
African ownership and redefining democracy
Kenyan Pan-Africanist Advocate Patrick Lumumba spoke at Wits on May 4 ahead of Africa Day at the invitation of the Wits School of Education.
Wits-NRF Digitisation Initiative launched
The Wits-NRF Digitisation Capacity Development Initiative aims to build capacity, enable knowledge sharing and contribute to skills development.
Making Braam and Parktown safer for all
Additional measures to improve safety and security around Wits campuses.
The Wits physiotherapist and Team SA at the 2018 Commonwealth Games
A Wits lecturer was amongst the physiotherapists who treated SA’s athletes at the 2018 Commonwealth Games held at the Gold Coast, Australia, from 4-15 April.
Wits University denounces disruption of healthcare services
The Senior Executive Team of Wits University has issued a statement denouncing the major disruption of healthcare services caused by industrial action.
The academic of the future
Programme for Early-Career Academics helps to improve skills by doing, reflecting and sharing knowledge.
Professor Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba to speak at Africa Day celebrations at Wits
The Kenyan scholar, pan-Africanist and advocate will deliver the Africa Day keynote talk at Wits this Friday, 4 May 2018, at 12:30.
‘Aluta continua’ for economic freedom
The struggle for economic freedom in South Africa continues, says American Civil Rights leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson.
Wits celebrates its rated researchers
The Wits Research Office has recognised scholars at the University whom the National Research Foundation (NRF) has rated or re-rated.
Award for Sol Plaatje book
Wits Press book on Sol Plaatje and the land issue scoops the Non-fiction Edited Volume category at the 2018 HSS awards.
JSE listing for Wits developed Funds
Wits made history when two Exchange Traded Funds developed at the University were launched on the JSE.
Hamba kahle Mama Madikizela-Mandela
Statement: A political stalwart in her own right, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela gave of herself in the fight for gender equity and social justice.
Wits, Sibanye-Stillwater join hands to make mining digital
The launch of DigiMine advances the application of digital technologies in support of safer and more efficient mining operations.
Research collaboration to embrace resilience of deaf youth in SA
Wits University partners with the University of Manchester for an innovative research collaboration to embrace the resilience of deaf youth in SA.
New African Centre to study the US
A new Centre at Wits University has been established to serve as an intellectual hub for the study of the United States.
Wits Oral Health sinks its teeth into World Oral Health Day
In South Africa, over 60% of primary school children suffer from dental decay and more than 80% of these children remain untreated for the disease.
#GuptaLeaks team wins SA’s biggest journalism award
The team that exposed the extent of state capture in South Africa has been awarded the country’s biggest investigative journalism award.
When great minds meet
Professor David Block accompanied Stephen Hawking to meet former President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg.
First executive programme in Digital Business
Wits Business School (WBS) is excited to have launched its first executive education programme in Digital Business, the first of its kind in South Africa.
Is Ramaphosa's ANC managing the challenge from the EFF?
The EFF may be more politically adept, but its track record is as populist, corrupt and administratively incompetent as the Zuma camp ever was.
Tata in Africa continues to advance education
Tata Africa awards more postgraduate scholarships to Wits students.
Targeted talent empowered by BPSA sponsorship
Over 60 Wits students are able to pursue their ambitions due to sponsorship by the BPSA Education Foundation.
Water wise learners
Gauteng grade 11 learners tackle SA’s water crises.
Register today! New MOOC on forced labour and slavery
This new free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a collaboration between WitsX, edX and Beyond Trafficking and Slavery (a partnership with openDemocracy).
FameLab, “Pop Idols of Science” back at Wits
Wits University will once again be hosting the international Famelab science competition in March.
Witsies in Black Panther and The Color Purple
Wits graduates feature in two prominent productions that are dominating international cinemas and local theatres.
Wits dispatches oncologists to cancer care critical KZN
South Africa is confronted by a quadruple* burden of disease, which includes cancer. The province of KZN faces serious challenges in providing cancer services.
Eight questions first-years in Health Sciences ask
What happens when you fail? Can Wits stop me being lazy? I come from Zimbabwe – can I feel free at Wits? Did I make the right choice coming here?
Wits Library staff shine bright
The Library Division recognises staff members for their sterling service during the Staff Achievement and Recognition (STAR) Awards.
DAM students open doors
The Disability Awareness Movement was honoured at the Student Leadership Awards for their role in promoting the interests of disabled students.
History enthusiast and Wits graduate, Keyan Jardine is the first recipient of the FirstRand Oxford African Studies scholarship.
The legend lives on – RIP Bra Hugh Masekela
The University of the Witwatersrand extends its sincere condolences to the friends, family, fans, colleagues and comrades of Dr Hugh Masekela.
Wits appoints independent panel to advise on matters pertaining to race at the University
Prof. Barney Pityana, Adv. Thuli Madonsela, Prof. Garth Stevens and Dr Mashadi Motlana to advise on future race and racism allegations at Wits.
Wits produces ‘ready-for-work’ graduates
Wits graduates voted most employable in SA by directors and recruiters.
VC’s 2017 year-end message
Professor Adam Habib extends his appreciation to staff, friends, alumni and donors of the University for their efforts in making Wits successful in 2017.
Pravin Gordhan joins Wits School of Governance
The former Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan has been appointed as a Visiting Professor in the Wits School of Governance as from 1 December 2017.
New Energy Leadership Centre another first for Africa
Wits Business School has launched a new African Energy Leadership Centre (ELC), a first for South Africa and the continent.
Wits committed to transformation
Wits University committed to transformation but won’t compromise on the quality of education.
Successes recorded in initiatives implemented to address the University’s transformation challenges, although there is still a long way ahead.
Wits Transition Maths 1 course reaches 100
More than 100 maths teachers have now completed the Transition Maths 1 (TM1) course since its inception in 2012.
L'Oreal-Unesco awards doctoral fellowship to Wits student
Olawumi Sadare, a Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering PhD student at Wits has been awarded a doctoral fellowship by L'Oreal-Unesco.
A great teacher who inspired the average student
A new laboratory honours the late Professor Peter King, admired for his rapport with students and for pioneering work in metallurgical engineering.
New Centre at Wits to tackle inequality
Wits launches first Centre for inequality in the southern hemisphere.
ANC faces third threat
The ANC faces its third most serious threat and its members are at the core of the conflict.
Wits students produce award winning short film
“The Milk Man” impresses at the 48 Hour Film Project.
USAf’s response to SA Presidency
Statement from Universities SA in response to Fees Report release without government response:
Gigaba offers no solutions
Finance minister admits SA faces grim economic situation but offers no significant change in government direction.
Trade is good for development
The European Union and South Africa are forging stronger partnerships that promote fair trade and inclusive growth.
Cutting-edge visual tech at Global Investigative Journalism Conference
Cutting-edge visual tech on display in virtual reality showcase hosted by Emblematic Group and presented by award-winning film producer Cassandra Herrman.
A final farewell from where it all began
Wits will host Johnny Clegg’s final performance in 2018 in a revival of the 1971 Free People’s Concert.
Nobel laureate and human rights attorney to address world's muckrakers
A Nobel Prize-winning economist and a human rights attorney are keynote speakers at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference at Wits in November.
Learners display their creativity with strong materials
Creativity prevailed among Grade 10 learners at the Material Science Poster Competition this year.
Wits outranks others in quality education
Wits University is amongst the top 1 percent of universities globally for the quality of education and training offered to students.
Wits Excellence Awarded
Several Witsies were recognised for their exceptional service to the University at the annual Vice-Chancellor’s Awards.
Wits advances in scientific papers ranking
The latest university ranking indicates that Wits is on an upward trajectory, especially when it comes to research output.
Global Investigative Journalism Conference programme released
Pulitzer Prize winners, data journalism pioneers and the investigative reporters behind the Panama Papers are amongst the speakers at #GIJC2017.
Wits will not renew KPMG contracts
Media release about the decision by the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand:
Wits appoints new CEO for Tshimologong
Lesley Williams will head up the tech precinct and help it to achieve its full potential.
Witsies named top sportswomen
Two excel at Gauteng Sports Awards on Sunday.
Wits offers new post graduate courses in e-Science
Programme will create opportunities for students in a variety of fields to gain an interdisciplinary perspective on the emerging fields of Data Science.
Diversifying the academy
Plans to transform the academic staff profile bear fruit.
KPMG: What lessons have we learnt?
Auditors, accountants and lawyers came under fire for their role in corruption and state capture during a debate looking at lessons from the KPMG saga.
Neonatologist to head Wits School of Clinical Medicine
Professor Daynia Ballot, a lifelong Witsie, takes the reins as Head of the School of Clinical Medicine at Wits from 1 October 2017.
AfriQueer: a dreamscape of queer masculinities tours Africa and Europe
Drama for Life presents AfriQueer, an international tour which opens up a space for reflection, compassion and understanding of queer identities,
Solutions to achieve gender equality
Professor Adam Habib joined a panel to share ground-breaking solutions on how to achieve gender equality as part of UN Women’s HeForShe movement.
Teaching and learning goes 21st century at Wits
The launch yesterday of a high-tech eZone, eFundanathi – "Learn with Us", is set to revolutionise teaching and learning at Wits.
Robert Sobukwe immortalised at Wits
The University of the Witwatersrand has officially renamed Central Block to Robert Sobukwe Block.
Promoting a work-life balance
Staff Wellness Week kicked off on Monday with the focus of promoting health, nutrition and fitness among Wits staff members.
Humanities hold their own in rankings
The Faculty of Humanities has been placed in the top 200 world-wide in 2018 Times Higher Education Arts and Humanities rankings.
Discipline problems in South African Schools
“Fixing the discipline and behavior problem also fixes school performance”, says Professor Ruksana Osman.
Wits and government tackle student accommodation crisis
A residence for Wits students who require temporary emergency accommodation has been made available to the University by the Gauteng Provincial Government.
Cheers to Wits Brewers
Wits students crowned as the 2017 SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing Champions.
Wits Property Studies student chapter honoured
Property Studies students make their mark in the property sector.
Unlocking the truth
Is it time to free the apartheid archives?
Top investigative reporters to meet at Wits in November
A Pulitzer Prize winner, data journalism pioneers, and the Panama Papers media sleuths are part of the 10th Global Investigative Journalism Conference at Wits.
Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) acknowledges Drama for Life
Drama for Life’s strategic partners nominated for the 20th annual Business and Arts South Africa Awards.
A patient has just come in. His name’s Alan. His sister said he’s an asthmatic and when he woke up, his chest was really tight and he couldn't breathe.
Witsie raises the bar in beauty products
Witsie Vuyisile Zondi began her entrepreneurship journey two years ago.
Wits hosts top future Witsies
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib has urged top matric learners to think deeply about their education and their future academic home.
Moral constitution and dissent
SA's popular dissenters strive to uphold their Constitutional mandates and moral principles.
Universities key in sport transformation
The Wits Sport Transformation Fund will support talent and contribute to the national pool of African athletes.
Wits among top 300 in the world
The University retains top spot in Africa in the latest ShanghaiRanking.
Statement from the Senate of the University of the Witwatersrand
Senate's statement on the Conduct of the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training.
Sibanye reaffirms commitment to education
Sibanye, a top ten global gold mining company has extended its partnership with Wits by investing R15 million into the Wits School of Mining Engineering.
Review of the implementation of the Accelerated Transformation Programme
A critical evaluation of the accelerated transformation programme adopted by Wits.
JAMLAB accelerates with first meet up
Through stories of innovation and media startups, JAMLAB focusses on innovation in journalism entrepreneurship.
AfricaArray advancing Geophysics in Africa
AfricaArray Field School upskills geophysical talent throughout Africa in response to the growing demand for highly trained geoscientists and researchers.
The role of history in knowledge production
"History, more than any other discipline played a key role in imagining a new South Africa", says Professor Noor Nieftagodien.
Andy Warhol exhibit brings more than 15 minutes of fame to WAM
The Warhol Unscreened exhibition broke all attendance records at the Wits Art Museum (WAM) when it opened there on Wednesday evening, 26 July.
Ten years of targeting talent
The Targeting Talent Programme (TTP) at Wits this year celebrates 10 years of grooming talented high school learners.
Wits hopes to impress in Varsity Football
Wits hopes to rise to the top of this tournament before some players join the national team at the world student games.
Wits Choir’s tour of Europe a success
The Wits Choir has returned home after a 21 day tour of Europe.
Mandela Day a lifestyle for Witsies
Wits staff members and students celebrate Mandela Day, by giving back to their own – the Wits community.
Lesedi Job: 969's Helen of Troyeville Director
Award winning Wits alumna, Lesedi Job returns to Wits for the 969 Festival with Helen of Troyeville which she directs.
WJP journalist honoured
Wits Justice Project’s Carolyn Raphaely receives honorable mention in coveted 2017 WJP Anthony Lewis Prize.
I am a Witsie – New insourced workers come on board
Cheers of jubilance reverberated through the Matrix and Reith Hall dining halls this week as the University welcomed new Witsies.
Witsies recognised in M&G’s 200 Young South Africans 2017
More than 25 Witsies are included in this year’s Mail & Guardian list for the most notable young SAs under the age of 35.
French for International Relations and Diplomacy
The Department of French and Francophone Studies at Wits recently co-hosted a successful Winter School in French for International Relations and Diplomacy.
Nhlanhla Nene appointed as interim Director of the Wits Business School
The former Finance Minister will lead the prestigious business school until a new Head of School is appointed next year.
ICT shutdown due to network upgrade
All Wits ICT systems will be shutdown this weekend due to Project Quantum.
Victory for community activist victimised by mine
Court overturns cost order sought against community activist by West Coast Resources.
Hockey World League on Wits turf
Wits University is proud to have been selected as the site for the upcoming 2017 Hockey World League Semi-Finals.
SA government should support UN resolutions now
Civil society calls on government to support resolutions currently before the UN Human Rights Council to address violence against women and end child marriage.
WITSReview wins international award
Alumni magazine judged to be “gorgeous and substantial” by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Statement from Wits University on the passing of Lord Joel Joffe
Wits University mourns the passing of one of its most distinguished graduates, Lord Joel Joffe CBE.
Wits academic leads Society of Neuroscientists of Africa
Professor Amadi O. Ihunwo was elected as the Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA).
Absa helps Wits students prosper
Absa Bank has donated over R15m to Wits University in aid of student funding.
Rockefeller writing residency for Rising from the Rubbish
Dr Melanie Samson has been awarded one of the most sought after writing fellowships to work on her book, "Rising from the Rubbish".
Entries now open for innovative Witsies
Wits IT teams stand a chance to win US$10 000 innovation prize.
Finding collaborative solutions in food security
Wits partnered in a project focusing on building capacity and on gender in food security.
Ten to 20 South African children die of starvation every day
Tens of thousands of children under the age of five are admitted to hospital each year for severe acute malnutrition, says Dr Tracy Ledger.
Tshimologong's first accelerator programme now open for applications
The Journalism and Media Accelerator (JAMLAB) will be home to innovators who want to develop new forms of journalism.
A boost for student food programme
Wits alumni have donated a quarter of a million rand to the Wits Food Programme.
Taking theatre to the kids
Drama for Life unveiled the world of theatre to children and young people at the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival in Cape Town.
Three awards and the Presidency for Wits Anatomy
Wits academics scooped three awards at the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa Conference and Wits' Head of Anatomical Studies was re-elected as President.
The South Africa of our dreams
The South Africa of our dreams lies in our collective hands.
Embracing new opportunities
At the age of 54, Nana Mashego is excited to be resuming her studies and has bundles of energy for what lies ahead.
Parents must talk to protect children from HIV/AIDS
Divorce can lead children to make life impacting decisions, parents told during the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial at Wits.
This century’s most important South African book
Everyone should read “Apartheid Guns and Money – A tale of profit”, says Professor Achille Mbembe.
Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer through the eyes of Advocate George Bizos
George Bizos last night delivered the Nadine Gordimer Lecture entitled: Nadine Gordimer - student, writer, activist: Through the eyes of Advocate George Bizos.
Nurturing talent at Wits
Providing full first-year bursaries and investing in high school programmes ensures a stream of excellent results for Wits.
French honours leading Wits cities researcher
Emeritus Professor Alan Mabin has been awarded the French National Order of Merit.
It is rocket science
His plan to mine asteroids secures big win for alumnus Jonathan Lun.
From cockroach races to dung beetle brawls
Yebo Gogga Yebo amaBlommo 2017 celebrates AP&ES' centenary in Biology research.
Professor Helen Rees chairs Republic of South Sudan’s National Health Summit
Wits Professor Helen Rees chaired the third National Health Summit hosted by the Ministry of Health of South Sudan.
Wits student selected for prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany
Wits PhD student Funeka Nkosi, is among five young SA scientists nominated to participate in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany.
Wits to offer students Huawei certification
IT students at Wits will gain ICT technology knowledge and practical training experiences through the Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academy.
Professor Adam Habib on graduations and other developments
Professor Adam Habib reflects on the first cluster of the 2017 graduations and on several other developments in the latest VC's post to staff and students.
Direct funding advances students in financial services sector
FirstRand Bank awards bursaries to students in the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics.
Professor Adam Habib appointed for a second term at Wits University
Following consultations with various constituencies, the Council of the University agreed to a five-year renewal of Professor Habib’s contract.
Wits ranked second in the world for Area Studies
The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) has placed two of Wits’ subjects in the top 10 of Subject Rankings globally.
Wits cements ties with esteemed economist
British economist and managing editor of the International Review of Applied Economics joins Wits.
Research in Africa rising
Inaugural conference identifies collaboration themes and strengthens pan-African networks.
Woman of stature
Shakira Choonara, a PhD Research Fellow in the School of Public Health, has been named Woman of the Year in Healthcare.
Old Mutual donates R3m to support students
The funds will be allocated to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying commerce, mathematics, engineering, information technology and law.
Witsies ace CA exams
Aspirant chartered accountants from the School of Accountancy dominate external board exam.
Three wins for Wits University Press
The works scooped top positions in their categories at the Humanities and Social Sciences Book Awards.
Vice-Chancellor's 2017 Report for Council
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib's 2017 report to the Council of the University.
Hamba Kahle Uncle Kathy
Statement: Ahmed Kathrada’s legacy will continue to inspire us and future generations.
Taco Kuiper award winners announced
The story of how over 94 mentally ill patients died after being moved to unregistered facilities has won the Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism.
Celebrating 120 years of excellence in service to mining
The Wits School of Mining Engineering marked 120 years of excellence in service to mining in 2016 and celebrates this momentous milestone today.
Transformation: Is it a bitter pill to swallow?
The late Steve Biko once said, “When you are dead, you don’t care anyway, but your method of death can itself be a politicizing thing.”
Language at the centre of decolonisation
Knowledge of mother tongue is power, the lack of is enslavement says legendary author Ngugi wa Thiong'o.
South Africans, take heart from the budget
Gordhan’s budget strikes the right balance. His fiscal rectitude will enable South Africa to retain a degree of policy sovereignty.
Witsies claim top positions
Wits students scooped all the available positions in the undergraduate category of the Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition.
Laying the foundation for BRICS cities research
“BRICS Cities Facts & Analysis” is a 395-page book of data about more than 30 cities in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS).
Wits students vying for national title
Wits students are in the seat of Parliament to defend their ideas on how the budget can best resolve our challenges.
Another Witsie for Miss SA?
Will another Witsie reign as Miss SA this year?
Wits nets a victory over Central University
FNB Wits rugby silences Central University of Technology with a string of scores.
Calling all aspiring digital entrepreneurs
Are you up for Wits’ first Digital Innovation Challenge? Do you have the smarts and skills in location technology?
Provincial bests at Wits
Wits has once again attracted some of the country’s top achievers.
Verdict on sexual misconduct case
Wits dismisses professor found guilty of sexual misconduct.
Fifty years of medical ethics at Wits
In June 1966, Professor Henry Beecher of Harvard published a shocking article in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled "Ethics and Clinical Trials".
First, do no harm – the Hippocratic Oath endures at Wits
More than 600 students took a modified Hippocratic Oath on Friday 27 January 2017 in a packed Linder Auditorium on Wits Education Campus, Parktown.
Less about a tax and more about saving lives
Wits’ PRICELESS SA tells Parliament how fiscal measures could ease SA’s public health burdens.
Wits pair in US Boeing internship
Two Witsies have joined an elite group of international interns at the world’s largest aerospace company.
Wits welcomes insourced workers
There was a lot to celebrate when the first cohort of insourced workers reported to work as official Wits employees in January 2017.
Student funding and registration
Details on NSFAS, gap funding for the missing middle, historical debt and registration.
Wits team flying high
Engineering students reach the top 50 in Airbus global aviation competition.
Engineer-cum-Facilities Manager occupies Chief Operations post
Fana Sibanyoni holds a position rarely found in South African universities but the time for which has come, given the winds of change in the sector.
A bumper 2017 lies in store at Wits
Wits Sport launches a state-of-the-art gym and prepares to host major varsity tournaments.
Funding applications for missing middle introduced
The gap funding will be granted only to South African citizens and permanent residents who study towards undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in 2017.
Students who sign Acknowledgement of Debt can still graduate in 2017
Students must ensure that the Acknowledgement of Debt is signed by 28 February 2017.
Wits scientists pioneer new HIV drugs, delivery
HIV infection remains pandemic in SA but advances in drug treatment and access, led largely by Wits Faculty of Health Sciences researchers, reduce mortality.
WBS immerses Young Global Leaders in African experience
Wits Business School hosts YGLs for special education module.
Double GCRO vignette on #FeesMustFall
The Gauteng City-Region Observatory provides a brief account on the recent #FeesMustFall protests on South African campuses and the many issues it raised.
The bones know best – Human identification and variation at Wits
Forensic anthropology is the analysis of human remains. A new unit at Wits studies the ancient and modern deceased as a service to society and to science.
Greedy publishers behind knowledge inequality
Publishers of academic journals make more profit than pharmaceutical companies.
Chairman and CEO of Henry Schein awarded Wits’ highest honour
Wits alumnus Stanley Bergman has been recognised for his achievements in business, philanthropy and support for the arts and education.
Wits' 2016 achievements
[LETTER] Dear colleagues, students and friends of the University:
Winners of prestigious VC’s Awards announced
Several Witsies were honoured for their outstanding service at the 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Awards.
Deaf MA grad a Wits first
First Deaf student graduates with Master of Arts in South African Sign Language.
Biostatistician measures up as new Head of School of Public Health at Wits
Associate Professor Tobias Chirwa has been appointed as Head of the School of Public Health at Wits, effective 1 February 2017.
Moseneke on a restless South Africa
It is wrong to approach the transition as a total sell out arrangement. It would be an under representation of history, says former ConCourt judge Moseneke.
Twinkle Twinkle - a new children’s hospital
A new hospital to cater for the needs of children is just what the continent needs.
Wits fee increase for 2017
Statement from the Senior Executive Team:
Wits completes 2016 academic year, ready for 2017 intake
All examinations were concluded successfully yesterday, without disruption. Supplementary and deferred examinations will now be written in December and January.
Update on the implementation of Wits’ Transformation Plan
The University announced an accelerated plan to advance transformation through a number of key strategies.
Wits excels in THE BRICS rankings
The University has ranked eighth in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2017.
World Aids Day at the Adler Museum of Medicine at Wits
The Adler Museum of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences hosts a programme of events to commemorate World Aids Day on December 1.
Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital to open its doors
The launch of the hospital on Friday is a milestone towards honouring Madiba’s dream.
Levels of violence against women in Diepsloot represent a state of emergency
56% of the men interviewed, reported they have either raped or beaten a woman in the last year.
Students walk the talk in aid of fellow students
15 Wits students are set to walk 1000km to raise funds for bursaries.
Accolades for Professor Alys Young at the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards 2016
Centre for Deaf Studies visiting Professor wins Times Higher Education award for outstanding research student supervision.
Innovative HIV self-testing study empowers young women in rural South Africa
A Public Health research unit at Wits University is leading a study that enables young women in rural South Africa to test themselves for HIV.
Transition Maths Course 1 continues to breed success
Mathematics teachers improve their teaching skills to inspire and motivate their learners through the Transition Maths Course 1.
HIV vaccine fundi appointed Assistant Dean in Wits Health Sciences
Professor Maria Papathanasopoulos has been appointed Assistant Dean: Research and Postgraduate Affairs in the Faculty of Health Sciences from January 2017.
Hat trick of awards for Wits medical anthropologist
A Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology at Wits has earned a National Research Foundation A-rating as well as local and international accolades.
Wits’ Gabi Ngcobo to curate Berlin Biennale
The Fine Arts lecturer will head the 10th Biennale taking place in Germany next year.
Big award for ‘ace of the IT industry’
Professor Barry Dwolatzky honoured by his peers for his outstanding contributions to ICT sector.
Gasa report feedback
Statement from Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib:
SETA funding extends hope for Deaf adults
SETA funds Deaf adults for a six month Deaf Mentor Training course through the HI HOPES Early Intervention Programme.
The passing of ProfessorThomas Hamilton Bothwell
Wits University will pay a tribute to outstanding scientist, Professor Thomas Hamilton Bothwell who died on 12 November 2016.
Wits finalists dominate budget speech competition
Wits University once again leads with the highest number of finalists in the Nedbank Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition.
Editing genes to treat liver disease
Gene silencing and gene editing are trail-blazing technologies against the hepatitis B virus, which infects 240 million people worldwide and kills thousands.
Statement from Professor Habib pertaining to rape case at Wits Junction residence complex
The rape complaint at the Wits Junction Residence has made national headlines in the last few days.
Fellow of light
Andrew Forbes elected as Fellow Member of a leading international optics and photonics association.
Wits management and student leaders reach agreement on examinations
There will be two sittings for the examinations – the current sitting and a second sitting in December/January, depending on the Faculty.
Location, location, location
Winners of GeoJozi Challenge will help solve Jozi’s street address problems and improve service delivery.
Gender Equity Office is assisting complainant and investigating alleged rape
Statement of the Senior Executive Team:
Reframing the Africa-China conversation: Journalists speak
The Africa China Reporting Project hosted a forum on November 10 for African and Chinese media to share perspectives on Africa-China reporting.
Symposium in Honour of Dikgang Moseneke
Scholars and lawyers to shine the lens on Moseneke ‘the Activist Judge’ and ‘the Intellectual Judge’.
How junk food industries damage your health and taxes protect it
Public health experts have revealed how global junk food corporations undermine health and proposed how taxes can protect it.
Examinations are underway
Statement from the Senior Executive Team (11:00):
Two-million-year-old African 'pebble of many faces' in UK exhibit
A little stone said to represent the earliest appreciation of art is on display in the British Museum.
Examinations went ahead as planned today
Students who feel traumatised or unprepared to write examinations due to the recent protests are advised to apply for deferred examinations.
Attempted interdict against examinations dismissed
Exams to go ahead as scheduled with the University's normal rules around exams and accommodation in place.
Tutoring app is having an impressive year
Thanks to the #Hack.Jozi Challenge, Tuta-Me, an on-demand tutoring service, has seen great growth in user numbers.
Wits University mourns the passing of Dr Lindiwe Makhunga
Makhunga was an extremely gifted and inspirational teacher, mentor and scholar. She will be deeply missed by her family, colleagues, students, and friends.
Examinations to continue as scheduled
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:00):
Warning against scam phone calls
University warns students against anonymous calls, threatening students with expulsion.
HIV/ AIDS exhibition now on at Adler Museum – precursor to World Aids Day
The globally acclaimed HIV/AIDS exhibition, Through Positive Eyes, opens today at the Adler Museum of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits.
Wits Health Sciences cracks top 100 globally in clinical subjects of THE ranking - locally lauded
Wits University has entered the top 100 globally in ranking by subject, placing 77th in the Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health subject area for 2016-2017.
Reports of intimidation to sign a petition
Statement from the Senior Executive Team (17:00):
Senior Executive Team (10:00):
Examination procedures for students
Statement from the Senior Executive Team (17:00):
Is the claim that university ‘Fees Must Fall’ at odds with the democratic project?
Wits Chancellor, Justice Dikgang Moseneke, calls for an Education Codesa on FeesMustFall impasse.
Wits Council calls on SA president to address higher education sector crisis
Statement from the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand:
Wits completes lectures for 2016
Message from the Senior Executive Team (09:00):
Free mobile data for students
Telkom, Cell C, Vodacom and MTN have agreed to provide mobile data services for students to access academic material until the end of the year.
Absa bank donates R10 million towards supporting Wits' “missing middle”
The University will allocate the funds towards supporting a minimum of 250 students.
Wits jumps 62 places in global ranking
Latest US News Best Global University rankings was released this week.
Access cards are for students and staff use only
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:00):
University is reviewing 2016 Medium Term Budget announcement
Update from the Senior Executive Team (17:00):
Wits bus set alight in Braamfontein
Bus services run with additional security and pick-ups and drop-offs will occur within campus perimeters.
Minor incidents reported as all lectures went ahead today
Protestors urged to keep to designated areas of protest.
Tech transfer from Wits’ work at CERN breaks open new high-tech possibilities in SA industry
Design and production of new 16-layer electronics board, produced in South Africa for CERN, showcased to Science and Technology Minster, Naledi Pandor.
Counselling services offered to students after protests
Academic programme going ahead as scheduled.
Calm day on Wits campuses
Peaceful demonstration by students with disabilities and workers the only protest action today.
Nighttime restriction of movement on campus relaxed
No major incidents reported over the weekend.
Classes and exams disrupted but academic programme resumes on Monday
Students who have been identified as having violated the University’s rules are being suspended.
Impact of protests on Wits community
UPDATE FROM THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE TEAM (10:00):
Students injured in protests
95% of all classes went ahead as scheduled across all campuses.
Fire in the Wartenweiler Library
About 100 books were damaged and a high-level investigation is underway by Wits Security and the police.
University committed to peaceful negotiations to find solutions
Wits stays committed to solving issues, which can only be resolved at national level.
Update: Incidents in Braamfontein overnight
No major incidents on the Braamfontein or Parktown campuses reported.
Update: Student in court and concerned black staff protest
Academic programme goes ahead with no reports of disruptions.
Class attendance growing amidst protests
Update on incidents on campus and list of study venues open at night.
University activities continue through day without disruptions
Study venues and computer labs on campus that stay open after 10pm announced.
Researchers collaborate to develop bird's eye view of rural community health
A network of health and demographic surveillance sites will enable understanding of how poverty, inequality and unemployment impacts rural South Africans.
Update on incidents and restrictions on campus
Senior Executive Team update on incidents on Wits campus.
Update on incidents and arrests over the weekend
Classes to resume as normal tomorrow.
Summary of incidents on campus Friday night
Summary of incident report from Campus Control:
Wits condemns Friday night's violence on campus and in Braamfontein
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:00):
Measures to curb violence on campuses at night
Update from the Senior Management Team (17:00):
Eight students suspended, 11 arrested
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:00):
All University activities go ahead today
Update from the Senior Executive Team (06:30):
Academic programme continues on Friday
Update from the Senior Management Team (18:00):
Mediators say student leaders won't attend meeting
Update from the Senior Executive Team (17:00):
Management reiterates its complete commitment to negotiations
Update from Senior Executive Team (14:00):
Agreement to open dialogue
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:00):
Academic calendar and graduations
Update from the Senior Executive Team (16:30):
Classes continue today
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:30):
Academic programme will continue on Wednesday
Update from the Senior Executive Team (17:00):
Lectures continued today
Update from the Senior Executive Team (13:30):
Classes on track at Wits
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:00):
Wits remains open on Tuesday
Update from Senior Executive Team (18:00):
Statement on disruptions and classes today
Update from the Senior Executive Team (13:00):
Students urged to return to class to save academic year
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:00):
Wits classes to resume on Monday, 10 October 2016
Statement from the Senior Executive Team (22:00)
Update from the Senior Executive Team (15:30)
Statement from SET to clarify the chain of events as they occurred today:
Draft pledge on access to higher education
[READ] Draft pledge that Wits University would have made at the General Assembly (postponed) today.
General Assembly postponed
Urgent announcement from the Statement from the Senior Executive Team (08:30):
General Assembly of the University of the Witwatersrand
Here follows the details for the General Assembly to be held on Friday:
Agreement reached on these three conditions
Update from the Senior Executive Team (11:00) on agreement reached, academic programme and General Assembly:
Agreement reached - Academic Programme to resume on Monday, 10 October 2016
Update from Senior Executive Team - 04.10.16 (22:00)
Classes resume at Wits tomorrow
Talks to reach a negotiated settlement with protesting students ongoing.
Management trying to engage protesting students
Update from Senior Executive Team (13:00):
Lectures are underway
Update from Senior Executive Team on University opening (09:00):
Work with me to try to save the 2016 academic year - Habib
Letter from Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal:
Wits staff to return on Monday, academic programme to resume on Tuesday
Phased opening of the University follows several engagements with a range of stakeholders, including students.
Preliminary staff poll results
Wits SET announcement on preliminary staff poll results.
SET position on quality, free higher education
Wits SET clarifies its position on quality, free higher education.
#WitsPoll: Majority of students support going back to class on Monday
The University is still waiting for auditors to verify the staff poll and will make results available as they come through.
In-depth interview with Wits VC Adam Habib: 'We are reaching a point of no return'
Vice-Chancellor speaks on the student protests, the poll on whether Wits should resume lectures, and the consequences of a shutdown.
#WitsPoll to take place on Thursday
Students and staff are strongly encouraged to participate in a poll regarding the resumption of the academic programme.
Details of electronic poll for staff and students
Update from the Senior Executive Team (17:00) on Thursday's poll:
Condolences from Wits University
It was with great sadness that the University learnt about the passing of Mr Celumusa Ntuli.
Wits extends sympathies to worker's next of kin
The University has received a report that an employee of one of our service providers who worked in a residence passed away last week.
Wits to poll staff and students
Update on academic activities from the Senior Executive Team (15:00):
Response to letters and calls from concerned Wits community
Here follows the response from the Senior Executive Team to messages from concerned students, parents and staff:
Letters from concerned students, staff and parents
Following the suspension of University activities, Wits has received hundreds of emails and calls:
Message from the Senior Executive Team - 20:00
Petrol bombs found on campus
Update from the Senior Executive Team - 17:00
"The University will resume normal activities once we can guarantee the safety and security of staff, students and property."
Wits extends suspension of University activities
Notice from the Senior Executive Team (13:30):
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:00)
The University remains calm this morning without incident.
Wits named one of the best
University makes top 200 list in World University Rankings for the first time.
Statement on violence in Braamfontein
Wits condemns the acts of violence that led to arrests and injuries.
University suspends all activities
Statement from the Senior Executive Team:
Statement from Wits University - 16:00
Update from the Senior Executive Team on the situation on campus on Tuesday:
Surgery can save more lives than some diseases take
A Zambian surgeon has driven the adoption of a World Health Organization resolution to make surgery accessible as a component of universal health coverage.
Update from Senior Executive Team
Update from the Senior Executive Team on the situation on campus during student protests.
Wits academic programme continues
Business as usual at Wits after the announcement by Minister of Higer Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, regarding fee increases.
Statement from Wits University in response to Minister's announcement on 2017 fee increment
The University of the Witwatersrand notes the announcement made by Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education and Training today.
Academics honoured for turning research into commercial enterprises
Researchers make an impact on society, not just with research and teaching, but also in turning their work into much-needed products and services.
Is ethics pivotal to transformation?
Professor Justice Dikgang Moseneke was a judge of other judges who spent 40 years testing ethics against normative behaviour.
Taking Physics to the heart of Venda
The Wits School of Physics reached out to learners in Venda during National Science Week.
Civil Society must confront new challenges
The absence of civil society during upheavals in communities and competition within the sector featured strongly in an address by Judge Mokgoro at Wits.
Wits congratulates 2016 NRF awards winners
Two Wits academics were honoured with awards at the NRF awards ceremony on Thursday night, while eight received NRF A-ratings.
#ResearchForHealth and the importance of mentors
The Faculty of Health Sciences hosted a Research Day and Postgraduate Expo on 1 September 2016.
Linguists vital in averting conflict
Linguistics enable us to read between the lines, to argue persuasively and to expose underlying or hidden meanings.
Tshimologong - Jozi's new digital playground
Wits is transforming Braamfontein into a young, vibrant precinct for its notable tech-savvy and innovative community.
Celebrate the word in all its forms
Discover the magic of words and local books at the 2016 Jozi Book Fair.
From Small to Extra Large, architecture across scales
Leading local and international architecture professionals will delve into the challenge of ‘scale’ at this year’s AZA16 conference.
Innovation ecosystem opens door
New #IBMResearchWITS partnership to focus on big data, cloud computing and mobile tech.
Jozi Book Fair Guest Authors
Award-winning artists Kemang Wa Lehulere and Mohale Mashigo are special guests at the 2016 Jozi Book Fair, co-hosted by Khanya College and Wits University
Making economies work for women in the South: What will it take?
How do we make economies work for women in the South?
Africa’s top research university encourages postgraduate study
The Postgraduate Recruitment Fair at Wits took place at the Science Stadium on Tuesday, 16 August 2016.
Discussing particles face-to-face
ATLAS experiment Spokesperson commends “enthusiastic” SA physics students.
Wits and Academic Partnerships agree to educate online
Wits signs a MOU with Academic Partnerships to increase access to education through online learning.
Wits to lead national e-science consortium
DST awards University a project to develop teaching and training platform for postgraduates.
Wits Professor to chair Advisory Panel on the National Minimum Wage
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa appoints Professor Imraan Valodia to chair advisory panel on the national minimum wage.
Wits tops global research rankings on the continent
The University has leaped into the top position in Africa in the latest Shanghai rankings.
2016 GeoJozi Developer Challenge
Partnering with Wits University, the City of Joburg launches a developer challenge to address issues.
Wits submits report on higher education funding
The University today made its submission to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education Funding.
Noise in learning environments
Noise is increasingly becoming a problem in schools and affects the audibility of speech.The effects of noise hamper learning opportunities for learners.
Election setback proves that Zuma’s scandals do matter
Unless leaders take the hard decision to remove the president, the party could lose the character that made it one of Africa’s great liberation movements.
Electoral tremors are shaking South Africa’s ANC. How will it respond?
For the first time in the country’s democratic era since 1994, the governing ANC has ceased being an untouchable liberation movement.
Fantastic time for election
David Everatt says for the first time the question is being asked: Is the ANC going to lose (certain municipalities/metros)?
Wits students called to rise to the challenge
The call to rise to the challenge and respond to the challenges facing South Africa has come at a time requiring guts and conviction for three students.
Mandela Institute at Wits School of Law makes history
In the week of Madiba's birthday, the Mandela Institute at Wits School of Law hosted the first international conference in SA on court annexed mediation.
Musa Manzi wins international Earth and Oceans science award
American Geophysical Union award pays special tribute to outstanding contributors to the advancement of Earth and space sciences.
Youth would rather protest than vote
A study by Masters’ student, Lauren Tracey, found that young people feel elections are no longer an effective way of changing or improving the country.
Poems to remember the struggle
Mainly written in exile while FitzGerald served as a full-time revolutionary, struggle themes are artfully threaded in the book.
International presidency for Adler
Professor Jill Adler has been appointed president of a leading international maths research organisation with 94 member countries.
Trans-continental university research strengthened
African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) appoints first Secretary General.
Mandela Day Food Bank Challenge: A call to action
Wits University staff members take on the Mandela Day Food Bank Challenge in celebration of Mandela Day.
Software skills survey highlights ongoing reality of South Africa’s skills gap
JCSE survey once again identifies six leading Information and Communication Technology priorities with Information Security emerging as the clear leader.
Of bicycle lanes and running water
Vying for hearts, minds, and some #WitsVotes at the #WitsDebate in the Great Hall.
Wits education and graduates ranked top in SA
Two separate surveys have ranked Wits in the top 0.8 % worldwide with Wits graduates commanding top salaries.
Drama for Life awarded the 2016 Adelaide Tambo Award for Human Rights
Drama for Life receives award in honour of its innovative methods for arts as activism, development, therapies and education.
The best of Grahamstown at 969 festival
The 969 Festival kicks off today, 13 July 2016 with an exciting theatre lineup, which includes standout productions hot off the Grahamstown stages.
Wits Chancellor Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke receives Archbishop’s Award
Justice Moseneke awarded with the Archbishop’s Award for Peace with Justice.
Teacher smashes stereotypes
The Wits Business School graduate and Soweto teacher, is eyeing the country's top post in education.
The African experience of Doctors without Borders at Wits
Wits hosted the MSF Scientific Day Southern Africa 2016 in association with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctor Without Borders Southern Africa.
Mining disciplines unite to prepare the industry for the 21st century
Innovative technology solutions for the struggling mining sector are the focus of a new unit at Wits University.
Wits drama in Grahamstown
Wits is showcasing its artistic talent at the iconic National Arts Festival currently underway in Grahamstown.
The link between public violence and xenophobia in South Africa
South African media recently published an unsettling interview with Mandla Matikinya, a branch leader of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League.
How a deep dive into people’s lives helps to separate fact from fiction
Election year. Political rhetoric. Sweeping statements... Separating fact from fiction.
Thokozani Majozi wins NSTF award
Majozi was one of six Wits academics who were nominated as finalists in their categories.
Results of the GCRO's 2015 Quality of Life Survey
New data from the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) shows that satisfaction with municipalities declined slightly.
Students win international supercomputing competition
Four students from Wits and two from Stellenbosch University represented South Africa at the International Supercomputing Conference in Germany.
Justice Dikgang Moseneke joins Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics
The former Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court has been appointed as Honorary Professor of Bioethics.
Wits is first university in Africa to offer MOOCs on edX
Wits University has developed a suite of online course offerings that will be made available over the next three years to enhance access to higher education.
Berger named as National Geographic's Explorer of the Year
Paleoanthropologist wins the award for the discovery of Homo naledi.
Super products produced at Wits
A new product has hit the shelves of Gauteng shops following a technological innovation by a team of Wits staff and students.
South Africa and Cuba celebrate collaboration
Two countries share 20 years of medical cooperation.
Monitoring online hate speech in Ethiopia
Wits Media Studies Lecturer, Dr Iginio Gagliardone spoke to BBC about social media monitoring in Ethiopia.
Sexual predators are everywhere
The School of Public Health recently hosted a dynamic discussion on gender-based violence and rape culture on campuses.
Global benchmarking research wins Best Article Award
Research on the practice of global benchmarking receives award from the British International Studies Association.
Equality and equal access to health care
A new clinic at Wits University’s Empilweni Services and Research Unit (ESRU) will provide high quality research, training and medical services.
South Africa’s EFF: excellent politics of props and imagination
With local government elections coming up in August 2016, South Africa’s biggest political parties recently launched their manifestos at mass rallies.
Political freedom and economic rights go together
Political freedom means very little without economic freedom.
Students debate their way to greatness
Wits students debated their way to greatness when they took on students from Cornell University and Midrand Graduate Institute during a week-long debate camp.
Should women celebrate Africa Day?
Reports state that 78% of global conflicts take place in Africa and women bear the brunt of exploitation under conditions of fragility, war and conflict.
Disruptions at dining hall and Matrix
Senior Executive Team statement: Security has been reinforced on campus and police are on standby.
Let’s take action
Calls for concrete action to address gender-based violence and rape culture on South African campuses.
Thank you, Deputy Chief Justice
Statement: Justice Dikgang Moseneke’s service to the nation has been second to none, says Professor Adam Habib.
Africa’s first Chair in Digital Business established at Wits
Telkom and Wits Business School partner to advance research in the field of digital business.
A decade of service to deaf babies and their families celebrated
HI HOPES celebrates its ten year anniversary in a "HI Tea" breakfast with powerful speakers.
Politics of rage puts our gains in danger
Amid the growing protest turmoil on our campuses and in our towns, SA’s leaders seem to have abandoned Madiba’s legacy of reason in rage.
Wits pays tribute to Wits7
We must all remember that we are one family and lend each other a shoulder to cry on - Professor Adam Habib
You do have a maths brain
Maths lecturer, Abdul Hamid Carrim, tells 702 how our brains are designed to take in maths.
GP Health Department and Wits sign MOU
Wits University and the Gauteng Department of Health have committed to greater co-operation to address health care challenges in the province.
No Place - an Exhibition by Jean Brundrit
The Wits City Institute is jointly hosting the Cape Town artist's exhibition with the Wits Anthropology Museum.
TAP shine like stars at Naledi Awards
TAP graduates, alumni and lecturers scooped numerous awards at the Naledi Theatre Awards.
A blueprint for bringing local economies to life in South Africa
South Africa needs a radical change in its approach to local economic development, to generate medium to long-term revenues.
How and why life evolved from single-cell organisms to multicellular life
Multicellular life evolved from single cells numerous times, but explaining how this happened is one of the major evolutionary puzzles of our time.
No mountain too high for medical students on quest to change lives
The Wits Students' Surgical Society has launched Kilimanjaro Challenge 2016 to raise funds in aid of the Smile Foundation.
Wits delegation met with families
Message from the Vice-Chancellor's Office.
Update on students involved in an accident
Wits delegation remains in Mokopane where they are receiving families of the seven deceased students.
Wits community mourns seven students who died in accident
The University flag has been lowered and is flying at half-mast in honour of the memory of students who passed away.
Wits students pass away in accident
Students were returning from prayer meeting in Limpopo.
National Orders for four Witsies
Wits congratulates all those honoured, and especially those Witsies who have made a mark in our society.
Thabo Mbeki Foundation, Wits join forces
Thabo Mbeki Foundation and Wits University have joined forces to address Africa’s biggest challenges.
Court order now final
The South Gauteng High has made court interdict final on 25 April 2016.
Lee Berger on TIME 100 list
Wits palaeoanthropologist honoured as one of the most influential people in the world.
Wits remains an African powerhouse
Wits University has been placed in the top two of the Times Higher Education’s snapshot ranking of the best universities in Africa 2016.
Canteen Kopje saved from further destruction
High Court grants final court order to protect oldest dated archaeological site from mining company.
Professor Vishnu Padayachee inducted into the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars
Award honours former university staff who gained marked distinction elsewhere in their fields.
Response from the Senior Executive Team to education students
Wits management commits to working with student representatives to resolve funding issues.
Wits proposals to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into higher education funding
Proposals on the question of financing the higher education sector and free education are now welcomed.
A highlight of the evening launch was the historical redress and handover of a plaque with the names of the BSS student leaders.
No longer a little office somewhere
Wits' new Disability Rights Unit, will no longer be "a little office somewhere."
Disruptions on education campus
The situation is contained and protesters have dispersed.
Update: New security systems in place
Statement from the Senior Executive Team on measures to curb unlawful activities.
Naming committee recommends Senate House be renamed Solomon Mahlangu House
Notice from Professor Tawana Kupe, Chairperson of the Naming Committee:
VC awards incredible students
The exceptional intellectual capacity of 20 students was celebrated at the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Awards breakfast on Sunday, 3 April 2016.
Former Wits SRC leaders launch fund to improve access to higher education
The South African Student Solidarity Foundation for Education (SASSFE) is a network for all universities’ alumni to support students in need.
What transformation looks like to SA vice-chancellors
South African vice-chancellors discussed transformation at their universities and how these challenges relate to the country.
University management update [11:30]
Statement from the Senior Executive Team on actions taken following disruptions on Monday:
Wits condemns disruptive and illegal behaviour [19:30]
Tuesday classes continue as normal after politically orchestrated protests disrupted campus activities.
Update: No student is deregistered for not paying fees [15:30]
Statement from Senior Executive Team: Police asked to intervene and arrest individual for criminal acts.
Update: Protest and criminal acts [14:30]
Statement from the Senior Executive Team: University activities continue.
What to do if disruption occurs
Guidelines for how to respond when faced with disruptions, violence or threats:
Update: Disruption of University activities - 10:00
Senior Executive Team statement on protest violating court order.
Wits debating team displays the edge again
Debating team reached semi-finals in top international tournament.
Our boys are back in the Varsity Cup
Wits University rugby team soars to victory in Varsity Shield tournament.
One Day Leaders at Wits
Two Wits students, Zareef Minty and Thamsanqa Pooe, are contestants in the fourth season of One Day Leader.
Scientists fight to save Canteen Kopje
Urgent High Court interdict obtained to stop unlawful mining at heritage site.
“Tall Stories” writer wins investigative journalism award
Winner of richest investigative journalism award announced.
Meet Tapiwa Shendelane: 15 year old Engineering Student
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.”
Facial reconstruction: What skulls can tell us
British anthropologist Professor Caroline Wilkinson had South African audiences at the edges of their seats with her fascinating work in facial reconstruction.
Gravitational Waves: What? Why? How?
Wits physicists to explain the significance, relevance and impact of the discovery of Gravitational Waves.
YouTube: the perfect ice-breaker
Sir Martyn Poliakoff explains why he loves making videos of chemistry.
Statement from the Senior Executive Team on 2016 fees
Clarification on the payment of fees due by end of March 2016.
Wits cyclists raise funds for deaf babies
Deaf babies given hope through the Cape Cycle Race fundraising initiative.
Structured Light Laboratory launched at Wits
People from business and industry were treated to the fascinating work undertaken at the Structured Light Laboratory which was launched on 4 March 2016.
Political Theory to grow in SA
Professor Lawrence Hamilton has been recently awarded a SARChI chair.
Wits and Erasmus University launch new PhD in law
The joint programme departs from traditional studies that simply examine the content and implementation.
Statement: Events on the Wits Library Lawns pertaining to Israeli Apartheid Week
Wits' Senior Executive Team explains the University's decisions and actions taken in demonstrations.
Hearing loss can be prevented
Deafness on campus brought to the fore on International Ear Care Day.
Universities are ‘heritage’ sites
Universities are custodians of invaluable national resources and should be protected.
First demonstration of quantum interference in high dimensions
Researchers in South Africa and Scotland have demonstrated a new approach to quantum state engineering that requires only a beamsplitter.
Scholarships for TTP graduates
BP SA Education Foundation Trust awards scholarships to TTP graduates to study at Wits.
Budding economist does it again
Wits Economics student faced tough candidates in the honours category of the Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech competition
Devastating economic growth projection
If South Africa sticks to Minister Gordhan’s budget it is most likely that the country will avoid being further down-grade.
Blackness and racial divisions
The clamour for economic freedom and transformation of higher education reflect a society searching for sustainable social equilibrium.
Safety and Security at Wits
The University will take action against anyone involved in acts of violence on our campuses, in line with our rules, policies and procedures.
Update on arrests and suspensions
Police are investigating various charges against the individuals arrested on Friday, 19 February 2016.
Societal response required to address challenges facing the higher education sector
Protests have been hijacked by small groups that are using increasingly violent methods to show anger at what they call the systemic oppresion of black people.
14 individuals arrested on campus today
About 14 individuals were arrested and taken to the Hillbrow Police Station on Friday for violating a court order obtained by the University earlier this year.
University continues to operate as usual
The Wits Senior Executive Team assures staff and students that University continues to operate as usual.
Attempted occupation of Senate House
An update on yesterday's attempt by students to unlawfully occupy the Concourse of Senate House.
Statement on burnt bus at Wits
The University confirms that a bus was set alight just after 11pm last night outside the Knockando Halls of Residence in Rockridge Road in Parktown.
Business as usual is dead: A new business model is emerging
Philippe Joubert, a senior advisor and special envoy for energy and climate for the WBCSD believes we need to find a new way to do business.
Wits attracts postgraduate students
Postgraduate students get connected with Wits and its resources at the annual Postgraduate Welcome Day.
From test tube to YouTube
Megastar scientist, Sir Martyn Poliakoff, to lecture at Wits about becoming a YouTube phenomenon by making videos on chemistry.
Senior executive statement on food and accommodation.
The Office of the Dean of Students, together with internal stakeholders, is proactively addressing students' food and accommodation needs.
Wits is fast-tracking the NSFAS appeals process
Senior Executive Team statement on appeals process.
#SONA2016: Live Wits debates
Wits academics and analysts will provide in-depth analysis on issues ranging from education to politics, health and the environment.
Clarity on “top up allowance” that applies to workers of service providers
Senior Executive Team statement on Insourcing Task Team (ITT).
Academics support #Access
The Academic Staff Association of Wits University (ASAWU) approved in a majority poll by 87%, a proposal to donate R100 000 to the #Access campaign.
Offensive graffiti on campus
Senior Executive Team statement at 14:30:
Finding identity in conflict
Exploring the identities of communities through pictures with Svea Josephy
Gates Foundation grant to help Wits support SA Health Department
PRICELESS SA will benefit from a generous Gates Foundation grant for the International Decision Support Initiative.
Interim court order extended
The interim court order, issued 15 January 2016, will remain in effect until 25 April 2016 when the matter will be heard on the opposed roll.
Wits, SRC to raise R10 million
The Wits Students’ Representative Council and the University are embarking on a campaign which aims to raise R10 million for the 'missing middle'.
Graphene sets the scene for Grade 10 learners
Class of 2015 Grade 10 learners receive prizes for material science posters.
University Seminar 2016
Freelance journalist Hans Pienaar interviewed Achille Mbembe on the new politics of the SA student.
Insourcing Task Team feedback
Update from the Senior Executive Team regarding insourcing:
Education Minister, VCs meet to discuss way forward
Statement by the Ministry of Higher Education and Training following a meeting with 26 vice-chancellors and rectors:
Management and SRC agreement
Wits University Management and the Wits Students’ Representative Council have reached agreement on a range of issues that are summarised here:
University management, SRC reach agreement
Message from the Senior Executive Team at 08:00:
Gauteng VCs call on leaders to help stabilise higher education
Media briefing: Statement by the vice-chancellors and rectors of the public universities in Gauteng at 15:00:
Response to critique of campus safety and security arrangements
Open letter by Professor Adam Habib on behalf of the Senior Executive Team:
Wits brings in additional security, obtains court order
Senior Executive Team statement at 16:00:
Notification of Interim Court Order
The University obtained an Interim Court Order in the South Gauteng High Court on 15 January 2016.
Wits denies allegations that students were assaulted
Senior Executive Team statement:
Update on student protest and registration
Senior Executive Team statement at 09:00:
Registration update for students/guardians
Senior Executive Team statement at 13:30:
First fee payment and historical debt
Senior Executive Team statement at 13:00:
Management engaging with student groups
Senior Executive Team statement at 09:00:
Top honour for Wits International Relations academic
Wits' Dr David Hornsby will sit on the governing council of a premier organisation for scholars and practitioners of international studies.
2016 Process for first fee payment
Statement on the 2016 process for first fee payment.
If you are in Cape Town on New Year’s Eve, don’t miss Wits physicists’ high performance laser shows at the V&A Waterfront.
Surgery can prevent up to 15 percent of deaths – Smith
Professor Martin Smith says that the role of surgery in achieving universal access can no longer be sidelined.
South African organisations selected to address HIV/AIDS globally
Media release: Wits RHI is one of two organisations selected by USAID to tackle HIV/AIDS challenges.
South African entrepreneurship PhDs to receive vital funding boost
Media release: R4 million funding awarded to the SASIE Programme and Network project.
Siemens boosts search for sustainable energy
Wits and Siemens enter in a partnership to establish a microgrid laboratory.
Witsies crowned 2015 African debating champs
Media release: Mighti Jamie and Nonhlanhla Masanabo were crowned overall winners at the Pan-African Universities Debating Championships.
Presidential task team's recommendations on student funding
Task Team statement: Presidency commits R6.5 billion to resolve challenges around student funding.
Committed to the quest for access to quality higher education
Joint statement: VCs, Principals and Rectors welcome R6.5 billion made available to address higher education funding challenges.
Vice-Chancellor honours Witsies' outstanding achievements
Recipients of Vice-Chancellor's awards for Teaching, Research and Academic Citizenship honoured at function.
Witsies share their holiday reading lists
What’s missing on your night table? Some must-reads for the festive season.
National Orders for Witsies
Father of rock art archaeology among recipients of prestigious Order of the Baobab (gold).
Gender and food security
Food insecurity for women goes hand-in-hand with economic, political and cultural policies and attitudes.
Wits in 6th place in BRICS rankings
University moves up the ranks.
China not in land grabs in Africa
It is a myth that China is using Africa as a food farm.
Bringing academic project on track
Statement from the Senior Executive Team:
Wits, Limpopo and Venda join hands
Long-term relationships and joint projects between universities bearing fruit.
Rediscovering the thrill of radio drama
Arts student's play takes home SAfm radio drama prize.
ACTION plan for obesity
The new African Centre for Obesity Prevention will provide a repository of the most effective obesity prevention policies and programmes available in Africa.
Generous donation for Wits
The Sheiham’s gift will initially be used to support a programme in the Wits School of Public Health to research the social determinants of health inequalities.
Final Memorandum of Understanding
The final Memorandum of Understanding between the University of the Witwatersrand management, outsourced workers and students was reached on 13 November 2015.
New exam timetables released
Statement from the Registrar:
Looking back, going forward
Circular 16 from the Vice Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib:
Wits agrees to insourcing in principle
Notification of Interim Court Order
The University obtained an Interim Court Order in the South Gauteng High Court on 29 October 2015.
Notice: Postponement of final examinations.
Update on protest
Statement from Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal:
Exam timetable out on Friday
All University activities at Wits are continuing today, 29 October 2015.
Report on first day of lectures
Message from the Executive Management:
Police to secure entrances
Message from Executive Management:
Important notice to staff and students
Notice from the Senior Executive Team:
Wits campusses are open
Statement from the Senior Executive Team:
Safety and security
Message from Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal:
Update: Clarity on 0%
Wits re-opens on Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Message from the Senior Executive Team, 27 October 2015:
Update on protest: Resolution reached
Message from Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal on behalf of the Senior Executive Team:
Update on protest: 26 October 2015
The University will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, 27 October 2015.
Update on student protest – 24 October 2015
Message from Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal:
Statement on Union Buildings meeting
Statement from Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal:
Wits supports students’ demands
Senior Executive Team statement:
We support students - Habib
Message from Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal:
Student funding explained
Chief Financial Officer, Linda Jarvis, explains the University's funding model.
University closed until Monday, 26 October 2015
Advisory: In light of the current student protests, Wits University has suspended all University activities until Monday, 26 October, 2015.
Summary of Council proposals
Summary of Wits Council proposals on how it plans to address the fee increase challenge:
University closed on Tuesday
Notice: Academic programme suspended.
Notice to staff and students in Senate House
Notice to staff/students from Council of the University of the Witwatersrand, 19 October 2015 at 14:15.
Council statement, Mon 19/10 at 13:30
Council statement: Response from the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand on the agreement reached between Council EXO and students.
University will be closed on Monday, 19 October 2015
Notice to staff/students.
Wits Council Exco and students sign agreement
Agree on process to be followed to determine student fee increases for 2016.
Update: 16 October 2015
Update on protest: Notice issued
Message from the acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal.
Latest update on protest
University activities suspended for Friday, 16 October 2015.
Message from acting Vice-Chancellor
Message from the acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Crouch.
Update on student protests - 15 October 2015 -11:00
Message from the acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Crouch.
Message from the Vice-Chancellor's Office.
University update on student protests
Statement from the Executive Management of Wits University
Media statement on protests by students
All lectures and academic activities suspended.
Why fee increases are necessary
Statement from Linda Jarvis, Chief Financial Officer: Wits University.
Nature of politics in Africa is changing
Dr Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Africa, delivered the 2015 Harold Wolpe Memorial Lecture.
Restoring pride in African people
The 2015 accolade goes to Professors Christopher Henshilwood and Frederick Raal, co-winners of the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award.
Being gay in academia
Professor Robert Balfour spoke candidly about his experience and being referred to as ‘the gay dean’.
Top students tour Wits
The VC’s Top 100 event gives learners the opportunity to see what Wits has to offer.
Drones in healthcare
Emeritus Professor Barry Mendelow delivered the AJ Orenstein Memorial Lecture.
Wits Maths project a success
One teacher shares how this project has helped her to be a better maths teacher.
SA’s rich is too rich, says Piketty
Very limited data is available on wealth in SA and the country needs to be more transparent about income and wealth dynamics.