Why we should stop chasing the Silicon Valley dream and rethink what Africa needs, especially in the incubator space.
Uncivil and spectacle politics fan ethnic and racial hatred, deepen divides in our society, continuously violates the rights of others, and turn violent.
It was a modest, soft-spoken US Catholic nun, Sister Janice McLaughlin, who exposed the “protected villages” set up by the Rhodesian government in 1977.
The University’s exceptional sporting talent was celebrated at the 2018 edition of the annual Wits Sport Awards.
Dr. Nolubabalo Unati Nqebelele has been awarded a PhD in nephrology. She is the first black woman to earn a PhD in internal medicine at Wits University.
An 82-year-old engineer at Wits has received an A-rating from the National Research Foundation for the fifth time.
Despite the challenging economic conditions, the GCRO’s 5th Quality of Life Survey (2017/2018) show the overall quality of life in Gauteng continues to improve.
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.
The World Social Forum’s “Thematic Forum on Mining and Extractivism” convenes this week in Johannesburg,
Johannesburg was always a much photographed place from its earliest days. It was a city that grew up with photographers and their cameras.
Present indications are that South African voters are not gearing up to “do a Brazil” in the face of a mounting economic crisis and high levels of corruption.
Stone tools from the Middle Stone Age in South Africa shows that different communities were connected over long time periods over vast geographical areas.
Witsies among authors who are creating books relevant to African children.
From Maboneng in Jozi to Bandra in Mumbai, Neukölln in Berlin to Gulou in Beijing, and Crown Heights in Brooklyn to Hackney in London, hipsters are everywhere.
Across many parts of Africa homosexuality is often referred to as “unAfrican” - a western imposition that will undermine a traditional African.
The South African Reserve Bank placed VBS, a small mutual bank, under curatorship in March this year against a backdrop of a serious liquidity crisis.
Grade 10 learners from across Gauteng explore material sciences in a quest to improve the world.
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.
Universities need to find ways to assist students who are passive in seeking help.
It is common cause that the performance of South Africa’s government, led by the African National Congress (ANC), has been worse than abysmal.
In the last week of October each year, libraries and open access activists around the world celebrate Open Access Week.
Bolsonaro is a slavery-denialist, who claims that the Portuguese never set foot in Africa and that Africans themselves “delivered” slaves to Brazil.
Wits has embraced Open Access, which refers to the practice of providing unrestricted access to peer-reviewed research journal articles via the internet.
Free virtual reality experience provides global access to the Dinaledi caves to researchers, students and amateur explorers.
Award winning journalist Niren Tolsi has called on journalists to use their power responsibly and to return to the values of the profession.
As elsewhere in the world, migration is increasingly at the centre of South Africa’s public and political debate.
Wits crowned champions after defeating the best in the country.
A reflection on the media: consolidation and convergence – or shrivelling and sinking?
The director of a unit in Wits Enterprise has been named as one of just six Global Goodwill Ambassadors in South Africa.
IsiZulu language learners and educators now have an updated reference book to help them get a proper grasp of the language.
The future is beaming bright for 20 academically and financially deserving students who have received scholarships from TATA Africa.
Niren Tolsi, a multi-award-winning freelance journalist will share his views on why South African journalism needs a defibrillator.
The complex relationship between Africa and China has become even more complicated this year.
Wits physiologists and cardiologists have established the Cardiovascular Pathophysiology Research Unit at the Mayo Clinic in Gauteng.
Giving communal land to individual households, rather than mostly corrupt traditional overseers, will unlock real value, energy and entrepreneurship.
The latest reshuffling of South Africa’s finance minister may have negative origins but it brings with it some positive energy.
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib awards outstanding Witsies for flying the Wits flag high.
Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe urges South Africans to follow in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps towards peace and reconciliation.
In just four days, Wits students will vote for new student leaders who will be their voice in all matters of student life.
The climate situation is already worse in southern Africa than in most other regions, the region having crossed the 1.5°C warming level some years ago.
If politicians see only personal advantage from other's 'weakness’ – defined here as honesty, seeking forgiveness, repentance – then the future is bleak.
We have a new Finance Minister. Again.Tito Mboweni takes over amidst a recession and with a tricky political tide ebbing and flowing precariously.
Learners’ imaginations take flight during Wits Optics Student Chapter’s IONS South Africa 2 conference.
Matriculants have tough tasks ahead of them and this includes sitting for the matric exams and choosing their future academic home.
The Academy for Science SA (ASSAf) awarded Berger its Gold Medal for excellence in the application of outstanding scientific thinking in service to society.
GCI Director Barend Erasmus gives insight into the latest alarming IPCC Special Report on Global Warming.
Collective professional and technical skills can stimulate economic growth in local government says Dr Zweli Mkhize.
Spanish, one of the most spoken languages in the world is now offered through the new Mexican Studies Centre at Wits.
Protecting research universities is key to growing the higher education sector and making South Africa globally competitive.
Wits University’s has released a new online course aimed specifically at IT and business professionals.
We have heard it said many times before: the SA electoral system does not provide a sufficient link between the citizen and the elected representative.
This is how TripAdvisor reviews provide insight into tourists’ experiences of weather, from which adaptation plans can be successfully implemented.
The key ethical issues doctors grappled with in the world's first liver transplant from HIV+ living donor to negative recipient.
Wits doctors transplanted the liver from a mother living with HIV to her critically ill HIV negative child, who had end-stage liver disease.
Dancing to a corporate tune didn’t turn out to be the kind of legal professional Safia Mahomed wanted to be.
An understanding of the interaction of humans with technology and technology with humans are key to grasp the impact of the fourth industrial revolution.
Wits University is the co-host of the International Conference on Physics Education, which is being held at the Misty Hills Hotel this week.
It is with great sadness that the University announces the passing of Professor Sergio Colafrancesco, a scientist and member of the School of Physics.
A team of international scientists, led by Professor Jonah Choiniere from Wits, described a new species of a giant dinosaur that has been found near Clarens.
The National Research Foundation has recognised Wits researchers for advancing their fields.
Automatic control is a technology that modern society cannot live without.
All From One, which has toured SA, Kenya and Tanzania shines at the Business and Arts South Africa Awards.
Public Lecture series to celebrate Heritage Day will focus on the earliest fossil hunters in Southern Africa and their findings.
Dr Thobeka Nkomo, the new Head of the Department of Social Work, has always known that she wants to be in a field that improves the lives of others.
Wits University has added two new courses to its free, online WitsX/edX learning platform.
Connecting the dots differently to grasp the impact of climate change on people, and specifically, on public health.
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.
Editorial: This year marked the centenary of a remarkable leader who transformed our world and left a legacy difficult to emulate.
Opinion: Advocate George Bizos SC is proud to call Nelson Mandela his life-long friend.
Nelson Mandela embodied kaleidoscopic reconciliation in 1994, but what is the prism fracturing his legacy in 2018?
Blaming Nelson Mandela for our current faults conveniently shifts introspection from the mistakes that the ANC and leaders subsequently made in power.
Three brothers captured Nelson Mandela shortly before he became South Africa’s first democratically elected President in 1994.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela married Nelson Mandela on 14 June 1958, just six years before he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
The oeuvre symbolising the life of Nelson Mandela is expansive. These are a selection of the most evocative.
A patriot at heart, Dr Lindelwa Dalamba is enchanted by South Africa’s cultural history.
In Nelson Mandela’s personal office in Houghton, there is a stately wooden desk covered in brightly coloured cattle figurines.
Based at Wits University, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is a true icon of the legacy that South Africa’s favourite son has left behind.
Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama are widely seen as two of the greatest leaders in the world in modern history. What are their legacies?
From “dangerous” black anti-apartheid fighter to iconic leader hailed the world over, to bitter ex-husband and “sell out”.
Taking a closer look at the documentary record of his father’s life and Mandela’s recollection in A Long Walk to Freedom.
To win the hearts of millions, Nelson Mandela paid dearly – with the hearts of those he loved most.
Nelson Mandela is among Wits University’s most famous alumni, but he is not a graduate of the University.
20 years since South Africa's military intervention into Lesotho - an opportune moment to consider the Mandela's position on the use of military force.
Creating a collective memory in a country with a fragmented past and persistent inequality needs money, skills and political will to preserve its history.
Sello Hatang, Head of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, shared some intimate moments with Madiba, and nostalgically shares what he beliefs is Mandela's legacy.
From his name and image, to quotes, pictures, voice and artefacts, the Brand Mandela and the legacy of the ‘father of the nation’ is complicated to manage.
The following excerpt from the book, “Dare Not Linger”, shows Mandela’s belief in education as the liberator of the human spirit.
Nelson Mandela and his colleagues walked a minefield strewn with political, economic and social traps to prevent civil war and set our democratic path.
Mandela recognised we live in a world that is, and not in a world we wish existed. To truly honour him we must be responsive to his entire political legacy.
South Africa has the best anthem in the world, a product of a negotiated settlement intended as a measure of reconciliation for a new South Africa.
Drawing on a piece of silcrete found in Blombos Cave in South Africa predates previous human-made drawings by at least 30 000 years.
Global water crises, and drought, desertification, water shortage and pollution, in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent, are not new.
The call by students to “decolonise science” still rings in many South African academics’ ears.
IBM SA and Wits’ Tshimologong Precinct launch six week acceleration bootcamp for startups.
Social justice, advocacy and transformation are words that resonate with Dean of Student Affairs, Jerome September.
Few dispute that the South African economy is in serious trouble but how do we fix it?
It will be a lengthy and costly process to find out just how deep the state capture rot is and what the detritus is that former President Zuma has left behind.
The 1% point increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) rate this year has raised important questions about how the tax system can and should address inequality.
A breakthrough by Wits scientists could see patients with Alzheimer’s use a nasal spray to slow down the progression of the disease, the main cause of dementia.
Google the word “seascape”, and you’ll find pictures of an aquamarine ocean, possibly with a touch of perfect coast line.
Foreign nationals have, yet again, been attacked, displaced and had their shops looted in South Africa.
The contemporary turn towards decolonial thinking is frequently cited in literature from the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 13·5% of the global population but less than 1% of global research output.
Wits, UJ, Fort Hare and Telkom to develop a national response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution that could shape the futures of South Africa.
Distinguished Professor Lenore Manderson created WATERSHED: Art, Science and Elemental Politics, a programme to provoke new thinking about water.
What does a polluted river sound like? How does sand-filtered water taste? Will acid mine drainage scald your skin? Do oceans echo?
Four scientists in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits last night won South African Medical Research Council Scientific Merit Awards.
A week of telling snapshots of combat between capture and recovery. The Zondo Commission hearings go to the heart of the answer to this question.
Two events on Twitter in recent weeks gave me the political chills.
The dire state of municipal governance in South Africa has been in the news for much of this year.
On the EFF's motion regarding the Reserve Bank and the South African Reserve Bank Amendment Bill.
After more than two decades in power, South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) is in severe trouble.
A Health Market Inquiry into South Africa’s private health care sector has established that the market is dominated by a few players.
A Wits University haematologist is the lead author in research set to revolutionise the treatment of haemophilia, a genetic blood disorder.
Dr. Brian House is a visiting fellow in Digital Arts and the History of Art at Wits. His background in computer science and noise music informs his research.
Final year engineering showcased their design-and-build projects which provided solutions to everyday life challenges.
Kofi Annan served as United Nations Secretary-General during a pivotal decade in modern world history – from 1997 to 2006.
South African born and Academy Award winning actress, Charlize Theron says it is "time to be brave".
The passing of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan provides an opportunity to reflect on what makes great men great.
Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival announces its 2018 line-up.
New fossils from north China shed light on the incremental evolution of insect-eating dinosaurs.
Is Nelson Mandela still a relevant guiding spirit for South Africans in 2018? Curiosity’s latest issue explores Madiba's life and legacy.
The multi-lingual Dr Constance Khupe is ideally positioned to help Wits students from rural South Africa adapt to university life and succeed.
No author in contemporary times more wilfully damaged his reputation with cantankerous observations as did VS Naipaul.
South Africa needs to intervene to persuade Zanu-PF and the MDC Alliance leadership to secure peace through a coalition government.
The MOU is part of the Museum’s new focus on human origins, plans to increase research, produce traveling exhibitions, and cultivate scientific communications.
Until recently, southern Africa’s political and economic outlook seemed to be moving in a promising direction.
If land reform is hijacked by the ANC for the purposes of winning the 2019 poll, South Africa could be on a slippery slope.
Absa has donated R5.6 million towards student funding at Wits University.
Wits Commercial Enterprise has launched The Entrepreneurial Wayz unit to drive entrepreneurialism and benefit South Africa.
There are three broad approaches to which the land issue is debated – the instrumental, the functionalist and the symbolic.
Hundreds descended upon Wits to hear the legendary Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, address entrepreneurs, students and policy makers.
A pioneer of storytelling and activism in South Africa, Ntshona died on 2 August this year.
Wits pulmonologists and partners launched the Lung Laboratory Research and Intervention Centre on World Lung Cancer Day on 1 August 2018.
Kenya is weighed down by swelling public debt and faces the possibility of a debt crisis (where the government can’t repay what it owes).
Technological advances are reshaping our lives, and our policies should be designed to enhance its creative and empowering potential.
What were the key themes and the significance of Obama's Nelson Mandela lecture?
Former Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Loyiso Nongxa has been elected as a Vice-President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU).
How is it possible that we can have a society with so much wealth and so much poverty?
A cash prize of $10,000 has been awarded to Wits students for their winning travel idea.
“I am no longer in nursing, but nursing is in me,” says Professor Judith Bruce, head of the School of Therapeutic Sciences at Wits.
Dr Judy Dlamini elected as the new chancellor of Wits University.
Explainer: How competitive is South Africa’s private health care sector?
It is World Hepatitis Day on 28 July. Two research entities at Wits University are part of the International Coalition to Eradicate Hepatitis B Virus (ICE-HBV).
Wits scientists share humanity’s common heritage with Heads of State during 10th BRICS Summit.
Zebra stripes, leopard spots and the troubled king of the political jungle.
The story of South Africa’s switch from Taipei to Beijing.
Identifying the deceased is a mammoth task for forensic specialists in South Africa.
In the past 20 years there has been a massive global push for mothers to exclusively breastfeed their newborns for the first six months of their lives.
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
Many Norwegian researchers had a close relationship with Nelson Mandela but few as close as Christopher Henshilwood, also of Wits ESI, did.
Wits debaters left little room for argument as the University team once again confirmed their prowess.
The Chinese government reiterates its commitment to fighting poaching of rhinos and other animals in Africa.
South Africa’s fast approaching 2019 benchmark of 25 years of democracy is one that will be celebrated with circumspection.
Reflections on the presidential legacies of Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama.
Starting university was a dream come true for Talent Marange who spent years at home after completing matric.
Unique Wits-researched UN report maps out key areas for African cities to attract Foreign Direct Investment.
What are the connecting threads between Mandela and Obama with regards to their failures and shortcomings?
Wits play Devil at the End wins awards at the National Arts Festival and returns home for the 969 Festival starting next week.
It is life-changing, say discipline experts, about a programme for lecturers.
The new Director of Services at Wits, Israel Mogomotsi is committed to rendering excellent services.
Former US President Barack Obama will aim high with his Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg on 17 July.
School of Geosciences congratulated on “one of the best” International Platinum Symposiums ever.
Advertising guru, Peter Vundla, wished his co-graduands "what they deserve" when addressing them after being awarded an honorary doctorate degree.
Justice Zak Yacoob reissues the call to uphold the Constitution and for universities to play a bigger role on this mission.
Since 1994 South Africa has invested substantial resources in health care services. As a result, it’s has made significant health gains.
In South Africa about 78% of people over the age of 60 suffer from hypertension but only 24% are on treatment.
Education enables social mobility. This is particularly true in a context of high inequality and high unemployment, such as South Africa.
South Africa’s Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has finally gazetted the bill detailing an ambitious plan to roll out National Health Insurance.
Researchers from the Wits School of Geosciences were involved in locating the fall area of the meteorite in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
Dr Thifheli Luvhengo told Faculty of Health Sciences graduates that they are the key to the future and that they are the product of the people around them.
Her parents might not have been able to attend her graduation but Sarah Blessed-Sayah was beaming next to her Wits ‘mom’.
Dr Thifheli Luvhengo is a Lecturer and the Clinical Head of the Department of Surgery at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.
Professor Hlonipha Mokoena addresses graduands in Humanities.
Wits academics Prof. Ian Jandrell, Dr Musa Manzi and Prof. Stephen Tollman have won prestigious NSTF-South32 Awards, the “Science Oscars” of research.
As it crafts its 2019 elections manifesto the African National Congress faces a prolonged “moment” of truth.
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 Enterprise takes top honours at the annual DST/SARIMA Excellence Awards.
I am not a great fan of the EFF. I believe that it is a proto-fascist movement, one prone to racism, militarism and the politics of hatred.
Following the corporate scandals around KPMG and Steinhoff International, the legitimacy of business has fallen to levels not seen in recent history.
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.
Could radicalism be a way to tackle historical injustices in cities?
Five things you didn’t know about Rivonia trial lawyer Joel Joffe, lawyer extraordinaire.
Kenya is perceived as one of the world’s most corrupt countries, ranked 143 out of 180 on Transparency International’s 2017 corruption perception index.
Using predictions on a regular basis in engineering, as a civil engineer I’m fascinated by predictions of who will win the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.
Acclaimed Wits historian, Professor Achille Mbembe has been recognised for his sterling scholarly achievement.
Wits experts respond to questions around the relationship between the US and Africa.
As a modern apex preditor, the crocodile's mode of attack - its mouth - had humble beginnings
The prerequisite for successful African decolonisation is to put value on every individual African life.
Energy drinks are popular 'go-to fuel' for university students, especially during exams. But what lurks behind the kick?
Gauteng schools are gearing to reclaim their reputation as maths whizkids.
We have a “golden moment” and “unique opportunity” to spur economic development, says Professor Mark Collinson.
Researchers take a deep look into a diamond to see how the atoms in its platelet defects are arranged in the hardest natural material known to man.
Witsies stand together against food insecurity on campus.
Researchers map out regions where exoplanets can exist within triple star systems.
Some observers of China’s global rise conclude that its influence is limited to military and economic capabilities.
The gunning down by the Israeli army of protesting Palestinians at the Gaza border in May has drawn international condemnation.
Fossils of two new species of these four-legged vertebrates also evolved in polar regions, and not just in the tropics as previously believed.
Dr Mpho Matsipa, researcher at the Wits City Institute is curating an architectural exhibition at the architectural museum in Munich.
“What has changed?” could be the question as Jacob Zuma makes his way towards his next court appearance in the Durban High Court this week.
In 2014, the South African government announced a new direction in housing policy.
The new Senior Director of Academic Affairs at Wits tasked with quality enhancement is a scientist, academic entrepreneur and Tai Chi fundi who speaks French.
The 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards celebrate the elite of excellence.
Wits physicists and engineers team up to tackle Africa’s digital divide with home grown technologies
Renate Gericke, a clinical psychologist offers guidelines on how to talk to children about sensitive topics without scaring them.
Students rub shoulders with Minister of Science and Technology and the Head of the Mission of South Africa to the United Nations in Geneva.
Entrepreneurs at the Wits Digital Tshimologong Precinct show Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Herman Mashaba how creative they are.
The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health in the School of Clinical Medicine at Wits has joined the African Paediatric Fellowship Programme (APFP).
Four Witsies learn about cloud computing, then go on and beat the global competition in the field.
Professor Laetitia Rispel has been elected as the President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA).
Wits PhD student finds a way to control the spin transport in networks of the smallest conductor known to man.
Lesley Williams‚ CEO of the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct‚ has been selected as a member of the Obama Foundation Leaders:Africa programme.
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.
Cyril Ramaphosa’s rise to power has been greeted enthusiastically by most South Africans.
The Wits-NRF Digitisation Capacity Development Initiative aims to build capacity, enable knowledge sharing and contribute to skills development.
Editorial: Future world wars will be fought over water – a resource that is scarce in many parts of the world, including sub-Saharan Africa.
Lessons from Cape Town’s water shortage.
Water security is a complex challenge. Rain both alleviates drought but causes floods. David Olivier and Paulose Mvulane seek the silver lining.
Column: Water problems are in large measure problems of people and organisation, not problems of engineering.
Column: We have had some tyrants in our time but not until the last century or so have we ever come up with the idea of taking a dump in our own drinking water.
Mining is a key contributor to South Africa’s economic development but its effect on the environment could spell disaster.
The effect of water on rock art is a major concern, particularly due to climate change.
Wits researchers are using high-tech imagery and biological agents to save our water resources and economy from invasive alien plants.
WATERSHED is a programme that enmeshes the arts and science to provoke new thinking about water.
A social sciences course on Empire and the Crisis of Civilisation contextualises water, food and climate crises as systemic and demanding activist solutions.
South Africa’s hydrocolonisation of Lesotho.
The history of water inequality in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, shows that the colonisation of land cannot be separated from the colonisation of water.
Satellite data helps to track changes in groundwater storage.
Finding ways to explore water and oceans differently requires a new kind of fluidity, the kind proposed by Oceanic Humanities.
Access to sufficient water is a human right but failures of government often compel people to access this through law.
Diarrhoea is one of the leading causes of sickness and death in children under five in South Africa.
Column: Lessons unlearnt from a week in dry Cape Town.
The story of why rainfall at Wits dispenses to the Atlantic and Indian Oceans respectively is a tale as old as Africa itself.
Q&A with Professor David Block from the Wits School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics.
From slow sand filters and to towers that measure energy and gases.
Profile: As a photographer, swimmer and researcher, Dyani Jeram’s life is all about water.
Recent actions by US President Donald Trump’s administration are severely straining relations with SA’s new government led by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Bruce Mellado, National Contact Physicist of South Africa at the ATLAS experiment at CERN, says there are future plans for a bigger, better LHC.
Society seeks to increase its funding to South African students doing research in the country.
The human-like features of Homo naledi's brain surprised the research team that examined the fossil's brain imprints.
In a lab in Joburg, a crack team of Wits scientists led the investigation into the ubiquitous Listeria bacteria that stick like glue and thrive in the cold.
Politicians and the media expend inordinate amounts of energy debating migration, often using nativist, populist and xenophobic rhetoric.
It is common when municipal workers go on strike in South Africa to resort to upturning garbage cans and strewing litter around city centres.
Additional measures to improve safety and security around Wits campuses.
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.
The Senior Executive Team of Wits University has issued a statement denouncing the major disruption of healthcare services caused by industrial action.
Twenty four years since the advent of democracy, land remains a stark and visible symbol of dispossession and racial and income inequality.
Programme for Early-Career Academics helps to improve skills by doing, reflecting and sharing knowledge.
The Mooi River protests could serve as a reminder of South Africa’s vulnerability to arterial occupation protests generally.
Humans are facing a #Watershed moment in our efforts to secure a collective future.
The Kenyan scholar, pan-Africanist and advocate will deliver the Africa Day keynote talk at Wits this Friday, 4 May 2018, at 12:30.
A recent exchange on Twitter between South African TV personality Sizwe Dhlomo and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, is worthy of close examination.
College supported with five-year grant by Robert Bosch Stiftung and include partner institutions from Ghana, Kenya, the UN and the University of Cape Town.
Twenty-four years into SA's ‘miracle’ democracy, it is clear that 1994 and the constitutional settlements of 1993 and '96 were mere starting points.
It was just four and a half months ago that Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa won the presidency of the African National Congress (ANC) that governs South Africa.
The issue of expropriating land without compensation has been hogging headlines but it has pushed other critical dimensions of land reform into the background.
Around 260 million years, the earth was dominated by mammal like reptiles called therapsids.
A Master's graduate has produced research that impacts health policy in the field of cervical cancer, which is one of the top five cancers that kill women.
Reliant on heavy industry and coal-fuelled electricity, South Africa is one of the most carbon intense economies in the world.
Many internationally renowned artists have faced campaigns to convince them not to perform in Israel in solidarity with the Palestinian liberation struggle.
Women frequently remain the primary caregivers and only a third of children in South Africa live with their biological fathers, research shows.
In the wake of the rush to claim pieces of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the landscape of South Africa’s present has been reshuffled.
Highly leveraged economies need to change tack and pursue stability and growth strategies.
The struggle for economic freedom in South Africa continues, says American Civil Rights leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson.
Professor Lawrence Hamilton is the first political scientist in the history of the National Research Foundation (NRF) rating system to receive an A-rating.
The Wits Research Office has recognised scholars at the University whom the National Research Foundation (NRF) has rated or re-rated.
Companies need to escape the circle of having PR campaigns prop up their image until people have an exaggerated expectation of their ethical performance.
To what extent does the Ramaphosa-Zuma contest (and to the extent that it has not been won yet) embody the real radical in South African society?
Much recent news and public discourse might seem to indicate that South Africa’s non-racial rainbow is fading.
Compared globally, South Africa has an unusually low share of employers and self-employed people in the labour force.
The influenza virus circulates every year and has the potential to turn into global epidemics.
For a long time, zoologists assumed that there were only two species of elephant: one Asian and one African.
The behaviour of the Steinhoff board, since the scandal exploded in December last year, confirms my early suspicions. The rot runs deeper.
Wits robotics researcher awarded Africa’s only grant in the 2017 round of the Google Faculty Research Awards.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s death and departure from South African politics leaves a bridge-building void that will be filled with difficulty.
Wits Press book on Sol Plaatje and the land issue scoops the Non-fiction Edited Volume category at the 2018 HSS awards.
Wits made history when two Exchange Traded Funds developed at the University were launched on the JSE.
Research by Wits scientists shows that pregnant women vaccinated against influenza also have less pertussis infection.
No other woman – in life and after – occupies the place that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela does in South African politics.
Dr Yvonne Kabeya Saini from the Wits Business School is one of the speakers at the 2018 Emerging Market Marketing Conference.
Statement: A political stalwart in her own right, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela gave of herself in the fight for gender equity and social justice.
The launch of DigiMine advances the application of digital technologies in support of safer and more efficient mining operations.
Wits staff members Johannes Mogotsi and his wife, Elizabeth Mogotsi graduate with Bachelor of Arts degrees during same graduation ceremony.
South Africa’s new President is presently receiving numerous plaudits on how he’s handling the transition from the troubled Jacob Zuma presidency.
Professor Chika Sehoole shares his insights with graduates.
"Doing your job means that when you start climbing the ladder, help others along their way," Advocate Michelle le Roux tells graduands.
Wits – in the champion’s league of archaeology – hosted the first African Conference on Experimental Archaeology.
Wits University partners with the University of Manchester for an innovative research collaboration to embrace the resilience of deaf youth in SA.
The "Climate Crisis" highlights the importance of advancing a deep and just transition that decarbonises society.
South Africa is bracing itself for the first increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) in many years.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that kills more people due to a bacterial infection than any other disease in the world.
“Go out and experiment, take risks, be an entrepreneur. Better still, be a social entrepreneur,” Professor Eddie Webster tells graduates.
“Take time to reflect on our experiences and to learn new skills that improve your ability to interpret and analyse the world,” Michael Sachs tells graduands.
Yasmin Carrim tells graduating students they must be equally apprehensive and excited about entering the legal profession.
Hilary Joffe shares her family's remarkable connection to the University.
The most likely alternative to VAT the Treasury would have taken would have been further cuts in expenditure - a move that would have cost the poor a lot more.
A new Centre at Wits University has been established to serve as an intellectual hub for the study of the United States.
Biography: Ian Russell is a corporate leader who has spent decades in the boardrooms of major blue chip companies in South Africa.
Mark Burnett’s profile is intricately linked with geosciences, mining, the Witwatersrand, and this University.
An educator, an athletics coach, an author, a corporate and social leader, Wits alumnus Tony Frost speaks at graduation.
Almost 5 000 students to be capped during the 2018 March graduation season.
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.
The team that exposed the extent of state capture in South Africa has been awarded the country’s biggest investigative journalism award.
The National Minimum Wage Research Initiative at Wits raises concerns over serious shortcomings of the Bills.
The South African Reserve Bank has placed a small bank – VBS Mutual Bank – under curatorship.
The structure of the South African economy is often overlooked as a factor of small business and entrepreneurship.
Celebrating the research of the new Sibanye-Stillwater Digital Mining Laboratory (DigiMine) at Wits University.
LiDAR, was used to “redraw” the remains of the city, along the lower western slopes of the Suikerbosrand hills near Johannesburg.
Professor David Block accompanied Stephen Hawking to meet former President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg.
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.
The last year also saw a rise in the intimidation and harassment of journalists in South Africa.
He remains a luminary for those of us who study gravity for a living for his deep physical insights.
The EFF may be more politically adept, but its track record is as populist, corrupt and administratively incompetent as the Zuma camp ever was.
Three key elements essential to protecting and defending democracy are now crucial in containing Trump’s threats to democracy.
Snakes are probably not the first creatures that spring to mind when you think about caring parents.
Each year UNESCO releases a World Water Assessment Report, a document that explores potential solutions to the globe’s water problems.
Tata Africa awards more postgraduate scholarships to Wits students.
Female South African pythons are the first ever egg-laying snake shown to care for their babies - at great cost to themselves.
Many of these projects fail due to cultural insensitivity and misplaced communication strategies.
Wits students contribute to the upgrade of the high-tech software and hardware at the CERN ATLAS detector.
Over 60 Wits students are able to pursue their ambitions due to sponsorship by the BPSA Education Foundation.
Ramaphosa will have to take control of the economic, justice, security and intelligence, infrastructure, mining and energy clusters of the cabinet.
South Africa needs to do more to support people living with disabilities who want to run their own businesses.
Catch these Wits researchers at South Africa’s National Science Festival that kicks off in Grahamstown today.
Will the new political dynamics of early 2018 still hold by the time South Africa gets to Election 2019, somewhere between April and June next year?
US President Donald Trump promised in late January that his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would make an “extended” visit to Africa in March.
Professor Adam Habib explains how free education will be further rolled out in future in his first video message to students and staff for 2018.
Declining subsidies and fees coupled with increasing demands for higher remuneration could jeopardise the future sustainability of universities in South Africa.
Study conducted by the School of Geosciences reveals how platinum-bearing chromite layers form in the crust of the Earth.
The story of Dr Trudy Thomas, a pioneer of community health care in South Africa.
Scientists have pioneered a process to detect TB bacteria by adding a molecule to the bacteria's own armour that lights up under fluorescent light.
Professor Marissa Rollnick is admired for her efforts in unlocking more creative teaching practices among science educators.
Gauteng grade 11 learners tackle SA’s water crises.
This new free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a collaboration between WitsX, edX and Beyond Trafficking and Slavery (a partnership with openDemocracy).
Wits University will once again be hosting the international Famelab science competition in March.
Analysis: Unpacking the tax proposals in the 2018/19 National Budget though publicly available data.
Construction work to upgrade the entrance at the Oppenheimer Life Sciences steps and to create the new Sutton Close entrance will commence on 7 March 2018.
A number of factors affect both the distribution and prevalence of disease and the effectiveness of interventions to prevent or reduce disease.
The flood of obituaries to the Zuma presidency are likely to stream in for some time to come.
Palaeontology, like much else in the cultural landscape, has a strong western influence and bias.
The ANC has made a dangerous habit of bringing post-apartheid South Africa to the brink of instability and the common ruin of all.
The country cannot mature into a full-blown democracy until major reforms are undertaken.
2018 Budget Speech: A unilateral increase on the least progressive tax component – VAT – will harm the poor and lower-income earners.
Wits graduates feature in two prominent productions that are dominating international cinemas and local theatres.
The City of Johannesburg is planning to provide 24-hour clinics in an attempt to increase access to health care. Why it is a good idea.
Cyril Ramaphosa’s first state of the nation speech restored dignity and decorum to parliament, and pressed all the right buttons.
South Africa is confronted by a quadruple* burden of disease, which includes cancer. The province of KZN faces serious challenges in providing cancer services.
What the new administration should do as a matter of priority to recover a state damaged by corruption and nepotism.
South Africa’s young democracy has emerged intact, albeit severely battered, from Jacob Zuma's tempestuous era.
Epilepsy affects more than 60 million individuals globally with at least 70% of cases found in low- and middle-income countries.
Addressing unacceptably high level of inequality should be the focus of President Ramaphosa’s economic policies.
How many Messiahs can one country take? What kind of president will Cyril Ramaphosa be?
The Conversation Africa asked academics what lessons can be learnt, and how the ANC can redeem itself in the post-Zuma era.
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?
The Library Division recognises staff members for their sterling service during the Staff Achievement and Recognition (STAR) Awards.
Fourteen years ago SA researchers first picked up rising rates of high blood pressure in the population that led to people dying earlier than expected.
Cyril Ramaphosa has unfairly been criticised by political commentators for his attempt to negotiate Jacob Zuma's resignation.
Cryptocurrencies originated as an alternative payment mechanism to traditional currencies.
Ndoni Mcunu, PhD-candidate at the Global Change Institute at Wits University and founder of Black Women in Science (BWIS), shares her personal journey.
Ramaphosa’s rise has sparked optimism, but work must be done to tackle inequality and grow the economy.
Experience around the world is that, more often than not, water laws aren’t the problem.
President Jacob Zuma's determination to stay put is being widely condemned by a range of South African voices.
Professors Bob Scholes and Shabir Madhi have been elected as Fellows of the prestigious The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).
She holds the SARChI Research Chair in Hydrometallurgy and Sustainable Development and is president of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
A Distinguished Professor of Biocatalysis at Wits, Roger Sheldon has published a paper on green chemistry in a prestigious high-impact research journal.
The Marang Centre for Mathematics and Science Education is advancing specialized knowledge in the field locally and through collaboration with the global north.
A leaf-feeding beetle is one of the most promising agents that help South Africa to control the spread of its worst invader plant.
The Disability Awareness Movement was honoured at the Student Leadership Awards for their role in promoting the interests of disabled students.
It is World Cancer Day on 4 February and Wits specialists are poised to challenge cancer and other non-communicable diseases.
Wits PhD student pieces together the mystery of how single cell life forms evolved into multicellular organisms.
Rich in proteins, fats, vitamins and nutrients - PhD-student unearths the benefits of edible termites in new study.
Rather than the future of ANN7, South Africans should perhaps worry about Multichoice having so much power, and using it so cynically.
A study of the tooth sockets of one of the world’s most famous fossil skulls, “Mrs” Ples, has made scientists think differently about “her” sex.
Cape Town water crisis: crossing state and party lines isn’t the answer and no political party should lead a response to an urban governance crisis.
History enthusiast and Wits graduate, Keyan Jardine is the first recipient of the FirstRand Oxford African Studies scholarship.
Achille Mbembe's “Critique of Black Reason” illuminates how the world can account for the construction and consequences of race and racism.
Expropriation assumptions reflect misunderstanding of Constitution.
New research shows after school clubs can be unsafe environments with opportunities for risky sexual behaviour and drug use.
Government ownership does not automatically imply government control.
South Africa’s power utility Eskom has seen a remarkable leadership shake up in the past few days.
The University of the Witwatersrand extends its sincere condolences to the friends, family, fans, colleagues and comrades of Dr Hugh Masekela.
The latest weapon in Cape Town’s water saving arsenal is a map that exposes private meter readings to public scrutiny.
Seven years after the popular uprising in Tunisia to oust President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisians are rising up again.
Why countries should break the crippling cycle of hosting big sporting events.
The large majority of South Africans, including members of the governing ANC, will be glad to see the back of Jacob Zuma as president.
Reactions from Africa were appropriately critical of President Donald Trump’s comments about not wanting immigrants from “shithole” countries coming to the US.
Prof. Barney Pityana, Adv. Thuli Madonsela, Prof. Garth Stevens and Dr Mashadi Motlana to advise on future race and racism allegations at Wits.
CT-scan study of Wits PHD student makes it possible to 3D print the skull of the dinosaur species Massospondylus that roamed South Africa 200 million years ago.
Interview with Lord Peter Hain about his efforts to bring British banks to justice for their alleged involvement in state capture.
Can we finally see beyond the hashtags, clever memes, and witty commentary that #StateCapture, the #Guptas and #EdwardsFather elicit?
South Africans are trying to decode Ramaphosa, and getting it wrong.
Capitalising on consumers' sweet spot has dangerous implications for public health.
Wits graduates voted most employable in SA by directors and recruiters.
What are the prospects for a free media in a captured state in 21st Century South Africa?
Let’s celebrate the work of investigative reporters in exposing state capture but also interrogate where they got it wrong, and how damaging this has been.
Public-private sector relationships should serve society broadly and when it starts serving the interest of a individuals it undermines our hard-won democracy.
Professor Zeblon Vilakazi’s editorial in the latest issue of Curiosity, Wits’ new research magazine:
Notice to new and current students: Important information pertaining to student fees and funding for 2018.
Wits palaeoanthropologist tops 25 300 others in a new study on highly visible scientists.
Assumptions that the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as the new leader of the African National Congress, will place South Africa on an even keel are misplaced.
A corporate scandal unfolding around one of the largest businesses coming out of South Africa, Steinhoff, has become a major cause for concern.
The debate about electoral reform in post-1994 SA has largely focused on the system used to elect MPs and their counterparts in the country’s nine provinces.
A matchbox-sized circuit board with a short aerial could save lives by transmitting the vital statistics and location of miners missing underground.
Professor Adam Habib extends his appreciation to staff, friends, alumni and donors of the University for their efforts in making Wits successful in 2017.
Cape Town, South Africa’s second most populous city, is hurtling towards “Day Zero”: the day taps run dry.
New Director of the WBS, Dr Sibusiso Sibisi, praised for his strong strategic, leadership and operational skills, as well as academic background.
Professor Wesahl Domingo appointed to head the School of Law as from 1 January 2018.
Research into optics and photonics by Wits physicists has been highlighted as some of the most influential in 2017.
It is widely accepted that SA is one of the most unequal societies in the world.
Cameroon has been a member of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) initiative since it was launched in 2000.
In the age of disinformation and the rise in populism and nationalism, journalists should stick with the Press Code and follow the Constitution.
The suspense is tangible as the African National Congress (ANC) – South Africa’s former liberation movement that’s turned into a tired governing party
Wits scientists and partners have sequenced the genomes of 24 South African individuals of different ethnolinguistic origins.
Internationally renowned paediatric bone health specialist and clinician, Professor John Pettifor, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by his alma mater.
Honorary doctorate awarded to stellar student who became an exception researcher and academic.
Wits University bestowed an honorary doctorate on Marjorie Manganye for her selfless, lifelong dedication and service to the ill, frail and elderly.
Wits University has awarded an honorary doctorate to Professor John Gear, who introduced the concept of primary health care at his Alma Mater in 1979.
Mosa Mabuza, Wits alumnus and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Geosciences urges graduands to seek knowledge and wisdom.
Holding down three demanding roles or more is a reality for many of the students pursuing higher degrees.
After 20 years of painstaking excavation and preparation, Professor Ron Clarke introduces the most complete Australopithecus fossil ever found to the world.
5 December is a historic day in South Africa and is associated with life events of major liberation leaders.
To advance transformation in our medical school, we changed our admissions processes three years ago, enabling special access for students from rural schools.
Last year SA became the first country in Africa to register the use of a drug that could be used as an oral pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention.
Many cultures and societies throughout the world turn to traditional healers to find out why they are ill and to seek treatment.
The Dean of the Faculty of Science at Wits University has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa.
South Africa has made tremendous advances in providing lifesaving antiretroviral therapy for HIV infected people.
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.
It is troubling in a constitutional democracy that laws exist allowing people to be deprived of their livelihoods without any inquiry at all.
Two scientists from Wits University are on the list of Highly Cited Researchers in the world.
Wits Business School has launched a new African Energy Leadership Centre (ELC), a first for South Africa and the continent.
South Africa has joined only a handful of countries in the world close to imposing a sugary drinks tax.
Robert Mugabe’s endgame in Zimbabwe holds various lessons for his South Africa's Jacob Zuma as he too considers his prospects towards the end of his presidency.
Wits University committed to transformation but won’t compromise on the quality of education.
Three-year funding will aim to further academic knowledge of mechanised mining and rock engineering in South Africa.
Successes recorded in initiatives implemented to address the University’s transformation challenges, although there is still a long way ahead.
The study shows that clinical interventions should take place at lower viral loads than those proposed by the current World Health Organization guidelines.
The act of giving by business, and wealthy and skilled individuals can make important contributions to solving our pressing problems.
Creative management of grazing through the use small fires can draw back herbivores to grazing areas that are avoided by animals.
The Wits-led African Innovation Laboratory Network (iLEAD) launched today with a mission to integrate and optimise laboratory systems to improve patient care.
Collaboration between Wits and the new CoE at University of Bergen is essential to answer some of the most fundamental questions about our ancestry.
More than 100 maths teachers have now completed the Transition Maths 1 (TM1) course since its inception in 2012.
Olawumi Sadare, a Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering PhD student at Wits has been awarded a doctoral fellowship by L'Oreal-Unesco.
South Africa has produced two must-read thrillers in the past week.
More accurate aging of teeth could hold the key to identifying health-compromised children in Africa.
One of South Africa’s biggest cities, Cape Town, is gripped by a rising panic.
A new laboratory honours the late Professor Peter King, admired for his rapport with students and for pioneering work in metallurgical engineering.
The Minister of Health has appointed Wits Professor Helen Rees to chair the Board of the South African Health Products Authority.
Professor Peter Hain talks to The Conversation Africa’s Charles Leonard about alleged illicit financial transactions centred around South Africa’s President.
Over the last 20 years Johannesburg has become an intense wholesale and retail centre for local hawkers and for traders from all over sub-Saharan Africa.
A global study of GBS, bacteria that cause stillbirth and infant death, shows that Africa has the highest incidence. Wits University is pioneering a vaccine.
The time to account has come for the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group.
Zimbabwe’s financial system increasingly resembles a house of cards
Wits Hockey coach Tsoanelo Pholo has become the first black female coach to go through the highest international qualification and score a distinction.
Wits launches first Centre for inequality in the southern hemisphere.
The ANC faces its third most serious threat and its members are at the core of the conflict.
“The Milk Man” impresses at the 48 Hour Film Project.
In celebrating his centenary, Oliver Tambo’s insights remain relevant for today's ANC and in South Africa.
"Wits and Vaccines: the impact and potential of vaccines for Africa” is the title of a lecture hosted by Wits Faculty of Health Sciences on 1 November, 17:30.
Statement from Universities SA in response to Fees Report release without government response:
The theory that humans emerged in Africa is often questioned. And that is good.
The ‘Brainternet’, robotic arm, mosquito repeller, adaptive digital hearing aid, leaf recognition software – our future engineers show their stuff.
Finance minister admits SA faces grim economic situation but offers no significant change in government direction.
The European Union and South Africa are forging stronger partnerships that promote fair trade and inclusive growth.
Cutting-edge visual tech on display in virtual reality showcase hosted by Emblematic Group and presented by award-winning film producer Cassandra Herrman.
Wits will host Johnny Clegg’s final performance in 2018 in a revival of the 1971 Free People’s Concert.
For 27 years Angola was gripped by civil war. Half a million human lives were lost and wildlife, too, was decimated to sustain troops.
A Nobel Prize-winning economist and a human rights attorney are keynote speakers at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference at Wits in November.
Why media freedom remains fragile in South Africa and the battle is not over.
There’s a great deal hanging on Gigaba's 2017 medium term budget policy statement on 25 October 2017.
Creativity prevailed among Grade 10 learners at the Material Science Poster Competition this year.
Fossil records near the lost Gondwanides mountains show that the Permian-Triassic extinction started 1 million years prior to what was previously believed.
Wits University is amongst the top 1 percent of universities globally for the quality of education and training offered to students.
Several Witsies were recognised for their exceptional service to the University at the annual Vice-Chancellor’s Awards.
Breakthrough paves the way for future Multi-Messenger astronomical observations
Seven scholars from Wits were inaugurated into the Academy of Science of South Africa at its annual Awards Ceremony held on 11 October 2017.
Dams in South Africa’s Cape Town are half of what they were this time last year as the city continues to battle drought.
The latest university ranking indicates that Wits is on an upward trajectory, especially when it comes to research output.
In September, the Wits Rural Facility became a ‘lab in the bush’ for a hands-on systems analysis thinking and modelling programme.
Two books, a decade apart, get very different public responses. Why?
French has been taught and learned in South African classrooms for decades, even though it isn’t one of the country’s official languages.
Fracking, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, has in the past few decades made available the gas in previously ‘tight’ shale geologies.
Africa’s leaders have waited eight months for US President Donald Trump’s administration to explain its Africa policy.
Compare the state of two political parties which share a close past connection but which today face distinctly different futures.
The goal of one united South African nation living prosperously under a constitutional democracy remains elusive.
Pulitzer Prize winners, data journalism pioneers and the investigative reporters behind the Panama Papers are amongst the speakers at #GIJC2017.
New study finds 'staying longer at home' was key to Stone Age technology change some 60 000 years ago.
Wits University and the University of Cambridge, UK, have announced an academic exchange programme in political theory.
It is 40 years since Black Wednesday when the apartheid regime unleashed its brutal violence against the press.
Media release about the decision by the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand:
Lesley Williams will head up the tech precinct and help it to achieve its full potential.
Two excel at Gauteng Sports Awards on Sunday.
“The struggle for liberty continues to rage, even in a free society,” Adam Habib tells Change/Exchange.
Programme will create opportunities for students in a variety of fields to gain an interdisciplinary perspective on the emerging fields of Data Science.
Plans to transform the academic staff profile bear fruit.
The bones of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, like every industrial revolution in the past, come from the dirt under our feet.
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.
We must have a public discourse on what justifiably is required for redemption.
Wits alumnus, Elash Mistry was elated when he became the first blind person in Africa to be admitted as a fellow of the Actuarial Society of SA in 2017.
Digital access itself does not untangle past inequalities. In many cases, it may even increase inequality.
Professor Daynia Ballot, a lifelong Witsie, takes the reins as Head of the School of Clinical Medicine at Wits from 1 October 2017.
The launch of a high-tech eZone, eFundanathi – “Learn with Us”, is set to revolutionise teaching and learning at Wits.
Tech advances are already impacting skilled white-collar and unskilled workers whereas the digital revolution affected mainly semi-skilled, blue-collar workers.
In 2011, a faceless, emotionless voice named Watson famously defeated two of the greatest champions of Jeopardy!, an American TV gameshow.
The outcome of the December conference will affect the ANC’s subsequent election prospects more directly than any of its six preceding meetings since 1991.
The South African arm of the international accounting firm KPMG has learnt the hard lesson: Don't break the 11th commandment - don’t get caught.
By resigning, the KPMG executives reinforced the principle of executive responsibility.
Drama for Life presents AfriQueer, an international tour which opens up a space for reflection, compassion and understanding of queer identities,
The skeletal anatomy of mammals’ early ancestors has been studied for more than 150 years.
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.
Technique paves the way for high-bit-rate secure long distance quantum communication.
The launch yesterday of a high-tech eZone, eFundanathi – "Learn with Us", is set to revolutionise teaching and learning at Wits.
More digital avenues are being added to South Africa’s museums – and now the country has its first full VR exhibit.
My blackness is supposedly visible only because I do not “look white”.
Africa has an extensive archaeological record, extending as far back as 3.3 million years ago.
Complex life, as we know it, started completely by chance, with small strands of molecules linking up, which eventually would have given them the ability to rep
The University of the Witwatersrand has officially renamed Central Block to Robert Sobukwe Block.
Benita Olivier is an Associate Professor in musculo-skeletal physiotherapy in the Physiotherapy Department at Wits.
The rise of big data and advances in information technology has serious implications for our ability to deliver sufficient bandwidth to meet the growing demand.
In a world controlled and dominated by robots, is there still space for humans?
Wits scientists have developed technology that ensures the efficacy of equipment that tests for tuberculosis (TB).
Nine researchers from Wits University were recognised by the National Research Foundation (NRF) at the 2017 NRF Research Awards in Bloemfontein last night.
Dr Tiisetso Lephoto from the School of Molecular and Cell Biology is an avid science communicator.
Shakira Choonara is a young leader, researcher and activist at the forefront of public health – both locally and internationally.
Professor Shabir Madhi has established an internationally recognised research unit in the field of epidemiology and vaccine preventable diseases.
One of Africa’s leading archaeologists, Professor Lynnette Wadley first worked as a teacher in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Professor Derk Brouwer from the School of Public Health started his professional career in the field of Occupational Hygiene in the Netherlands.
Professor Christopher Mathew’s genetics research is acknowledged particularly for work on inherited cancer syndromes and on inflammatory bowel disorders.
Professor Yevhen Zelenyuk from the School of Mathematics at Wits obtained his masters and PhD degrees from Kiev Shevchenko University in the Ukraine.
Nicole Falkof is an Associate Professor and of Department, Media Studies at Wits.
Dr Musa Manzi is a Senior Researcher and Director of the Wits Seismic Research Centre at Wits.
In research thought to be a world first, biomedical engineers at Wits are connecting a human brain to the internet in real time.
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa fell for old usual dirty game of electioneering.
Staff Wellness Week kicked off on Monday with the focus of promoting health, nutrition and fitness among Wits staff members.
Origin Centre's new Virtual Reality experience uses state of the art communications technology to tell the story of what makes us human.
The Faculty of Humanities has been placed in the top 200 world-wide in 2018 Times Higher Education Arts and Humanities rankings.
Is tech killing indigenous African languages? Prof. Leketi Makalela, head of Languages, Literacies and Literatures in the Wits School of Education talks back.
Biomedical engineers at Wits are researching how brainwaves can be used to control a robotic prosthetic hand.
There are over 300 tech hubs in Africa and maybe 52 or more in South Africa, one of which is the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein.
“Fixing the discipline and behavior problem also fixes school performance”, says Professor Ruksana Osman.
Hanli Geyser, head of Game Design in Digital Arts in the School of Arts at Wits, doesn’t like being called a 'gamer'.
A residence for Wits students who require temporary emergency accommodation has been made available to the University by the Gauteng Provincial Government.
Wits students crowned as the 2017 SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing Champions.
Property Studies students make their mark in the property sector.
Is it time to free the apartheid archives?
A Pulitzer Prize winner, data journalism pioneers, and the Panama Papers media sleuths are part of the 10th Global Investigative Journalism Conference at Wits.
One of the greatest compliments that an academic can receive is to be recognised by grassroot structures and the community that one serves.
BRICS is being battered by global crises: why this might not be a bad thing.
Drama for Life’s strategic partners nominated for the 20th annual Business and Arts South Africa Awards.
The GCRO to shift borders at first Seoul Biennale on Architecture and Urbanism.
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 Vuyisile Zondi began her entrepreneurship journey two years ago.
The former US President's record-setting tweet, surpassing 1.6 million retweets and 4.5 million "likes", has captured the imagination of world. But why?
Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, has clearly overstepped the mark with Reserve Bank case.
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib has urged top matric learners to think deeply about their education and their future academic home.
The Indaba will bring leaders in machine learning and artificial intelligence to Wits University to teach and mentor students, researchers and entrepreneurs.
SA's popular dissenters strive to uphold their Constitutional mandates and moral principles.
Professor Brian Armstrong appointed to head up WBS/Telkom Chair in Digital Business.
The Wits Sport Transformation Fund will support talent and contribute to the national pool of African athletes.
Commissions of inquiry are often nothing but cynical political tools to reestablish a form of normalcy after a nation’s traumatic event.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) has awarded an A1-rating to Professor Lyn Wadley.
Novel genetic techniques might be used to understand the effects of habitat transformation as well as to combat illegal trade of the animals.
The University retains top spot in Africa in the latest ShanghaiRanking.
Senate's statement on the Conduct of the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training.
Researchers have confirmed that transit-orientated development (ToD) is a good choice to ensure a spatially transformed Johannesburg in 2057.
It needs to be a socio-economic policy tool to effect a substantive change in wealth distribution.
Stolen or not, Associate Professor James Grant says SA courts have discretion whether to admit evidence.
City governments around the world are increasingly challenging nation states when it comes to development, human rights and governance.
On the evening of 26 July, over 5,000 people streamed into Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg to attend the opening of its latest exhibition, Warhol Unscreened.
Imagine a rhinoceros-like beast with a sprawling, lizard-like gait and you will picture quite a good portrait of what Moschops looked like.
Lessons from the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma in South Africa’s National Assembly.
Open letter to MPs on the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma taking place in Parliament on August 8.
South Africa’s governing African National Congress has got itself into one hell of a pickle.
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve and results in vision loss and irreversible blindness in some people.
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.
A critical evaluation of the accelerated transformation programme adopted by Wits.
Through stories of innovation and media startups, JAMLAB focusses on innovation in journalism entrepreneurship.
Has the Middle East – now beset by inter-nation, inter-Muslim and inter-ethnic conflict – been engulfed in a war without end?
AfricaArray Field School upskills geophysical talent throughout Africa in response to the growing demand for highly trained geoscientists and researchers.
Calling it “radical” is to invite politicking and point-scoring and take our eyes off the ball – the need for real economic transformation.
Fred Khumalo's latest novel, “Dancing the Death Drill”, is also about the present as much as it is about the past.
"History, more than any other discipline played a key role in imagining a new South Africa", says Professor Noor Nieftagodien.
The aardvark will become increasingly rare as the world warms and dries, and the consequences go well beyond a decline in aardvark safari encounters.
The Warhol Unscreened exhibition broke all attendance records at the Wits Art Museum (WAM) when it opened there on Wednesday evening, 26 July.
The Targeting Talent Programme (TTP) at Wits this year celebrates 10 years of grooming talented high school learners.
Early human's ability to survive through prolonged arid areas in southern Africa developed from their ability to innovate and adapt.
Wits hopes to rise to the top of this tournament before some players join the national team at the world student games.
A 9-year-old South African diagnosed with HIV at a month old who received antiretroviral treatment during infancy has suppressed the virus for almost 9 years.
The Wits Choir has returned home after a 21 day tour of Europe.
Hypertension is a rising global health problem. An estimated one billion people live with what is more commonly known as high blood pressure.
Pollen record of plant, that is currently being eradicated, extends much further back than the 100 years it is believed to be growing in the Lesotho Highlands.
[FACT SHEET] The state of South Africa’s prisons.
Economy will continue to flounder without honest reflection and genuine commitment to tackle inequality.
Wits staff members and students celebrate Mandela Day, by giving back to their own – the Wits community.
Award winning Wits alumna, Lesedi Job returns to Wits for the 969 Festival with Helen of Troyeville which she directs.
Wits Justice Project’s Carolyn Raphaely receives honorable mention in coveted 2017 WJP Anthony Lewis Prize.
[Explainer] The possibility of “fracking” in the Karoo, an arid part of South Africa that spans more than 400 000 square kilometres, has provoked heated debate.
Lancet calls research ‘extraordinarily flimsy’. What do we know about the safety of e-cigarettes?
Debates on monetary policy in South Africa over the last couple of decades seem to have come from a madhouse.
Fewer than 1 in 7 doctors examine the prostate gland for cancer, a new study finds.
The ruling party's leaders are too weak to lead, or too weak to take over.
Water shortages in Cape Town are here to stay. What the city can learn from others.
Investec CEO, Stephen Koseff, tells graduands that together, under the banner of a common purpose, there are no limits to what South Africa can achieve.
Wits researchers contribute to the new Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology Commission report on diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa.
Cheers of jubilance reverberated through the Matrix and Reith Hall dining halls this week as the University welcomed new Witsies.
Prof.Helen Rees, internationally renowned expert in HIV prevention, vaccines, and reproductive health urged graduands to be fearless and “do the right thing."
"Thinking of the ANC Women's League as a space for gender activism is a waste of time," says Professor Shireen Hassim.
Accomplished business leader, Jabulane Mabuza commended the Class of 2016 for their tenacious spirit in defying the odds.
Teaching and researching South African history is a privilege and an obligation.
More than 25 Witsies are included in this year’s Mail & Guardian list for the most notable young SAs under the age of 35.
Music icon Hugh Masekela tells graduands to "go out there and kick some booty’.
The Wits alumnus is among a select group, including seven Nobel laureates, who have received this honour.
The Department of French and Francophone Studies at Wits recently co-hosted a successful Winter School in French for International Relations and Diplomacy.
The former Finance Minister will lead the prestigious business school until a new Head of School is appointed next year.
All Wits ICT systems will be shutdown this weekend due to Project Quantum.
South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) enters its 2017 policy conference riven and weakened.
Academics from Wits won in two categories at the prestigious 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Awards held last night.
Court overturns cost order sought against community activist by West Coast Resources.
When G20 leaders meet in Hamburg in early July they face a problem not on their formal agenda: how to work around Donald Trump.
Wits University is proud to have been selected as the site for the upcoming 2017 Hockey World League Semi-Finals.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane sent shock waves across the country by calling for an amendment to the South African Reserve Bank’s constitutional mandate.
South Africa remains mired not only in corruption or the challenges to it, but also in past injustices and how to address them.
Baleka Mbete does have the power to call for a secret ballot but should she?
Civil society calls on government to support resolutions currently before the UN Human Rights Council to address violence against women and end child marriage.
Alumni magazine judged to be “gorgeous and substantial” by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Wits University mourns the passing of one of its most distinguished graduates, Lord Joel Joffe CBE.
The changing times of an Indian migrant milliner. Nothing brings together style, history and social organisation more than a hat.
New book reviews the current status and future trends in the recycling and reuse of mineral and metal waste.
Professor Amadi O. Ihunwo was elected as the Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer of the
Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA).
Few South Africans have contributed as much to the general financial health of higher education in this country as Professor Steele.
"Although it looks very dangerous it is actually not meant to kill anybody," says Professor Hlonipha Mokoena.
In an interview following his recent return as Prime Minister of Lesotho, Tom Thabane has blamed the army for the country’s chronic political instability.
Wits hosts the 15th Prestigious Research Lecture, "Practice changing advances in common cancers (breast and colorectal)", on 20 June 2017.
A study by Wits scientists and peers has revealed that South Africa has the highest prevalence of hypertension in southern Africa.
Absa Bank has donated over R15m to Wits University in aid of student funding.
South Africa recently launched a five-year plan to improve the country’s response to HIV, TB and sexually transmitted infections.
South Africa’s march into a democracy was greatly helped by a multiparty government of national unity established after the 1994 elections.
The new Director for the Wits Gender Equity Office (GEO), Crystal Dicks is “maatla – amandla (strength)” personified.
Dr Melanie Samson has been awarded one of the most sought after writing fellowships to work on her book, "Rising from the Rubbish".
In the biggest data dump in South African history, between 100 000 and 200 000 emails have been leaked by an anonymous source to journalists.
[WATCH] Lumkile Mondi says the country urgently needs moral leadership that speaks to the values of the Constitution.
The country's economic activity is declining and South Africa is in a technical recession. Here's what it means:
The victory of the National Party (NP) in 1948’s elections threw palaeontology into a crisis.
Wits IT teams stand a chance to win US$10 000 innovation prize.
Wits partnered in a project focusing on building capacity and on gender in food security.
Professor Lynn Morris received the prestigious Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award, arguably equivalent to the Nobel Prize, on 2 June 2017.
Tens of thousands of children under the age of five are admitted to hospital each year for severe acute malnutrition, says Dr Tracy Ledger.
Keratolytic Winter Erythema – more commonly referred to as KWE – is a genetic skin disease affecting the palms and the soles.
South Africa’s Constitution is clear on a number of issues related to the relationship between the country’s parliament and its executive.
Scientists have pioneered a technique to directly date prehistoric rock paintings in southern Africa, which reveals dates much older than previously thought.
Dr Robin Drennan, Director of Research Development at Wits, has been awarded by his southern African peers for his contribution to research management.
The Journalism and Media Accelerator (JAMLAB) will be home to innovators who want to develop new forms of journalism.
The 2017 French election was watched with great nervousness by millions across Francophone Africa.
Wits alumni have donated a quarter of a million rand to the Wits Food Programme.
Chinese President Xi Jinping made it clear at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos that the world should abandon protectionism.
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.
Wits researchers co-authored a state capture report produced by the State Capacity Research Project, an interdisciplinary, interuniversity research partnership.
Scientists who find 7.2-million-year-old pre-human remains in the Balkans makes claim that humankind originated in Europe.
Why the alcohol industry's expansion into underdeveloped countries is bad news for health.
Wits academics scooped three awards at the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa Conference and Wits' Head of Anatomical Studies was re-elected as President.
Wits researchers and their peers have awarded South African children a C-grade on the Healthy Active Kids South Africa Report Card for physical activity levels.
The South Africa of our dreams lies in our collective hands.
At the age of 54, Nana Mashego is excited to be resuming her studies and has bundles of energy for what lies ahead.
Divorce can lead children to make life impacting decisions, parents told during the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial at Wits.
The Eastern Cape is South Africa’s most conservative province when it comes to attitudes about homosexuality.
Dams and related water infrastructures are once again being recognised as key contributors to a prosperous and sustainable future.
About 70 percent of career paths need mathematics, says Professor Loyiso Nongxa.
Everyone should read “Apartheid Guns and Money – A tale of profit”, says Professor Achille Mbembe.
George Bizos last night delivered the Nadine Gordimer Lecture entitled: Nadine Gordimer - student, writer, activist: Through the eyes of Advocate George Bizos.
Young South Africans, today, have compelling reasons to read voraciously in the history of this continent.
Providing full first-year bursaries and investing in high school programmes ensures a stream of excellent results for Wits.
Emeritus Professor Alan Mabin has been awarded the French National Order of Merit.
It is not just a policy project but also an ‘ethical project’ and social mission.
His plan to mine asteroids secures big win for alumnus Jonathan Lun.
Economic scholars quiz Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, about the country's current economic landscape.
There are few things more exciting for a professional palaeontologist than discovering fossil remains.
Yebo Gogga Yebo amaBlommo 2017 celebrates AP&ES' centenary in Biology research.
Professor Leketi Makalela argued for the strategic use of more than one language as a transformative and decolonising pedagogy in his inaugural lecture.
Many would like to consign the polarising debate about “white monopoly capitalism” (WMC) in South Africa to the margins.
The way we work will be ground zero for waves of change, so South Africa must start making plans.
Several towns in the north-eastern region of Nigeria have been overrun by Boko Haram militants, who are engaged in violent clashes with authorities.
250 000 year old species from Rising Star Cave raises more questions about our origins.
New activism requires an urgent need to establish a political and socio-economic agenda that addresses inequality in our society.
Communique from the Senior Executive Team on protocols for protests.
Wits Professor Helen Rees chaired the third National Health Summit hosted by the Ministry of Health of South Sudan.
Scientists have discovered the genetic mutation that causes the rare skin disease, keratolytic winter erythema (KWE), or ‘Oudtshoorn skin’, in Afrikaners.
Wits Choir conductor, Dalene Hoogenhout has passionately trained and conducted the University Choir since 1994.
Wits PhD student Funeka Nkosi, is among five young SA scientists nominated to participate in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany.
Abandon the naive thought that, with the internet and free flow of information, governments are retreating from repression of the media.
The newly launched trade union grouping in South Africa promises to be a voice for the growing numbers of unorganised and marginalised workers in the country.
Across the world there are limited tools available for controlling mosquitoes.
IT students at Wits will gain ICT technology knowledge and practical training experiences through the Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academy.
Professor Achille Mbembe of the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research (WiSER) has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Caesarean sections have been lifesaving procedures for hundreds of thousands of women across the world who experience complications during labour.
TIME has named Glenda Gray, Full Professor: Research, in the School of Clinical Medicine at Wits, among the top 100 most influential people in the world.
STATEMENT FROM THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE TEAM ABOUT PROTESTS ON YALE ROAD NORTH RE: ACCOMMODATION ISSUES (09:00)
Wits University’s Journalism and Media Studies Department have just published their latest State of the Newsroom report.
South Africa has been wrapped up in public and parliamentary debates on the value of South Africa’s proposed sugar tax.
International scientists share knowledge with SA students and industry at a workshop, dedicated to the CERN electronics upgrade.
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.
The Wits Research Office last night recognised 67 researchers at the University whom the National Research Foundation (NRF) has rated or re-rated.
We may look back and say that it was this moment when it became manifest that Zuma’s faction of the ANC would be prepared to resort to violence.
When you think of the world’s bicycle friendly cities, Johannesburg probably doesn’t feature. That’s not for lack of trying.
New laboratory will work closely with the University of Johannesburg to offer southern African scientists a local solution for isotope analysis.
FirstRand Bank awards bursaries to students in the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics.
The “what if” game is popular with the media and the commentariat in South Africa.
Following consultations with various constituencies, the Council of the University agreed to a five-year renewal of Professor Habib’s contract.
The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) has placed two of Wits’ subjects in the top 10 of Subject Rankings globally.
President Jacob Zuma cost the ruling African National Congress millions of votes in the country’s local government elections in 2016.
SA is digesting the news of Standard & Poor’s (S&Ps) downgrade of its state debt held in foreign currency following President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle.
Generational rebellion is the dynamic through which societies renew themselves and move forward.
Exactly when did human beings start tipping their weapons with poison to hunt prey?
British economist and managing editor of the International Review of Applied Economics joins Wits.
Wits Justice Project and others help release two more wrongfully convicted men after 14 years in jail.
Inaugural conference identifies collaboration themes and strengthens pan-African networks.
Shakira Choonara, a PhD Research Fellow in the School of Public Health, has been named Woman of the Year in Healthcare.
The funds will be allocated to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying commerce, mathematics, engineering, information technology and law.
Aspirant chartered accountants from the School of Accountancy dominate external board exam.
The works scooped top positions in their categories at the Humanities and Social Sciences Book Awards.
Academics pen open letter asking Cabinet, the ANC NEC and Parliament to end “breathtaking” act of political arrogance.
It would seem that a simple vote of no confidence in the president is the easiest to pursue. But what are the chances of success?
Distinguished engineer and author of Pyrosim software, Dr Rodney Jones, shared his passion for continued professional development with Witsies.
The responsibility to make South Africa a great country lies with its people, not the politicians says business tycoon and philanthropist Patrice Motsepe.
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib's 2017 report to the Council of the University.
Regulatory changes aimed at encouraging very fast, technology-driven trading on the JSE may have some unintended consequences.
An honorary doctorate for seasoned activist and lecturer, Professor Eddie Webster, who pioneered the study of labour in South Africa.
SA enters a new political chapter that promises catastrophic outcomes after Jacob Zuma reshuffled his cabinet by firing the Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas.
Humanities graduands encouraged to belief in themselves and to set goals for themselves.
"The world is presumed to be about power, and the humanities is about talking the truth power," says Professor Dilip Menon.
Seven Wits staff members graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education [PGDipE(HE)] during the Faculty of Humanities graduation ceremony.
SCA Justice Carole Lewis tells graduates that besieged as we are by bad news daily and by crisis in government, we tend to forget how bad the old days were.
Ahmed ‘Uncle Kathy’ Kathrada, an unassuming, quiet man who has left South Africans with a legacy that’s immediate, not historical.
Wits School of Education praised for shaping future teachers and educators.
Former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, receives an honorary doctorate from Wits.
Professor Harvey Dale from New York University receives an honorary doctorate from Wits University.
Statement: Ahmed Kathrada’s legacy will continue to inspire us and future generations.
It’s remarkable how much of a shitstorm Twitter creates when in the hands of politicians – with serious costs for the rest of us.
Prof. Loyiso Nongxa, former Vice-Chancellor of Wits today delivered the keynote address at the Faculty of Science graduation ceremony.
Wits awarded alumnus, Adrian Gore, founder and CEO of Discovery Group, an honorary doctorate for his entrepreneurialism and contribution to healthcare.
Wits has awarded the University Gold Medal to SECTION27, a public interest law centre that works towards equality and social justice in South Africa.
It’s remarkable how a South African politician as intelligent as Helen Zille, premier of the Western Cape, did something so unutterably stupid.
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.
Professor Robin Crewe encouraged Science graduates to advance the science revolution and inspire upcoming scientists.
The University awarded the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) a Gold Medal for its sterling contribution to society.
Diagnosing TB in people who have HIV has been a challenge because they often have low levels of the bacteria in their system.
The Wits School of Mining Engineering marked 120 years of excellence in service to mining in 2016 and celebrates this momentous milestone today.
With its new Centre of Excellence status, the Centre for Early Human Behaviour will receive funding amounting to about R540 million over the next 10 years.
South Africa was rightly proud of its water supply achievements in the first decade of democracy after the 1994 elections.
Humans and animals need to do several things to pass on their genes: eat, avoid being eaten, reproduce and sleep.
Trump has shown little awareness so far of the history of cooperation between China, the US and Africa.
Professor Michel Verstraete is a Visiting Professor at the Global Change Institute at Wits with over 250 contributions published.
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.”
Dr Kendall Petersen joined his alma mater as the new Diversity, Ethics and Social Justice Manager in February 2017.
The national conversation about land, always simmering in South Africa, has come to the boil again.
A new malaria vector discovered in South Africa is not linked to the ‘Odyssean’ malaria cases reported in two provinces this week.
The Academy of Science of South Africa has identified Prof. Keith Breckenridge as the winner of its Humanities Book Award for his book on the Biometric State.
Mining industry is increasingly cited as a key sector that must yield “radical economic transformation” and help heal SA's deeply divided and unequal society.
Knowledge of mother tongue is power, the lack of is enslavement says legendary author Ngugi wa Thiong'o.
Services for people who are deaf can be very expensive.
How the first Master of Arts in South African Sign Language was supervised at Wits.
Researchers use “Fitbits” to track elephant sleep in the wild.
Puff adders uses two ways to entice its prey - a new study shows.
The AU's latest meeting was different. It showed the organisation is serious about finding practical, lasting solutions to contemporary continental problems.
South Africa’s budget: Lumkile Mondi and Jannie Rossouw to shed light on the the minister’s speech.
Gordhan’s budget strikes the right balance. His fiscal rectitude will enable South Africa to retain a degree of policy sovereignty.
Wits students scooped all the available positions in the undergraduate category of the Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition.
Rich people should bear a higher burden of taxes, because the “1%” ultra-wealthy have done extremely well since 1994.
“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).
Zuma’s call for radical economic transformation appears more like populist cheap politicking than effective economic policy.
Wits students are in the seat of Parliament to defend their ideas on how the budget can best resolve our challenges.
Will another Witsie reign as Miss SA this year?
The National Research Foundation (NRF) has awarded an A-rating to Professor Christopher Mathew.
The South African government pays dedicated care workers less than anyone else in its employ - as little as R500 (US$39) a month.
The South African government’s failure to fix a corrupted R10 billion social grant payment contract has caused a crisis.
Far beneath Mauritius’ inactive volcanoes lies an astonishing, important piece of the Earth’s history: a fragment of ancient continental crust.
The master signifier in fake news is power and politics.
Donald Trump’s February 13 calls to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma are his first signals of interest in sub-Sahara Africa.
There has been a southward shift in tropical cyclones in the region, studies show the last few decades show.
FNB Wits rugby silences Central University of Technology with a string of scores.
The form of the love letter is a useful way for us to think about romantic love in Africa.
[WATCH] Welcome address to all students and staff by Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib.
This competition is an exciting chance to enhance your communications skills, and, maybe, represent your country internationally.
Workshop included an overview of the exciting results coming from astrophysics and how future experiments can shed more light on these results.
This year's SoNA was not a reflection of the reality in South Africa.
Baron Franz Nopcsa, a particularly colourful figure in the history of palaeontology, was right.
Let’s face it. Over the last three years the annual State of the Nation address in South Africa has become embarrassing.
Are you up for Wits’ first Digital Innovation Challenge? Do you have the smarts and skills in location technology?
CT scans of fossils of the pre-mammalian reptile, Euchambersia, shows anatomical features, designed for venom production.
Social and business networks with other farmers, government and civil society are key spinoffs.
A few weeks before classes started, academics and support staff from 19 universities and 10 unions met in Johannesburg to debate solutions.
Research has shown that the process of writing can be used as a tool to stimulate and encourage deep learning approaches.
Pregnancy and childbearing reduces women’s income-generating potential and introduces a host of new expenses.
South Africa’s 2017/18 budget will have to be bold to pull the country out of the prevailing economic crisis.
Patient deaths show South Africa’s care for the mentally ill is in disarray.
Former senior manager arrested in the US for alleged money laundering.
Wits has once again attracted some of the country’s top achievers.
SA's high levels of poverty, racism and inequality can almost entirely be attributed to centuries of conflict between white settlers and indigenous Africans.
South Africa’s public broadcaster, the SABC, is in trouble. It has been for years. But things are a little more dangerous than before.
Wits dismisses professor found guilty of sexual misconduct.
In June 1966, Professor Henry Beecher of Harvard published a shocking article in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled "Ethics and Clinical Trials".
More than 600 students took a modified Hippocratic Oath on Friday 27 January 2017 in a packed Linder Auditorium on Wits Education Campus, Parktown.
One of Africa's iconic snakes, the puff adder use what is termed “lingual luring” to attract amphibian prey closer, and increase the odds of catching it.
Wits’ PRICELESS SA tells Parliament how fiscal measures could ease SA’s public health burdens.
A research report released by PRICELESS SA has revealed evidence that fiscal measures could address the burden on the healthcare sector.
Lava-covered piece of continent is an ancient remnant, left over from the break-up of the supercontinent, Gondwana, which started about 200 million years ago.
Welcome to Wits University, a place to call your own, and your home for the next few years.
Two Witsies have joined an elite group of international interns at the world’s largest aerospace company.
It is no surprise that poorly run municipalities are often home to failing endeavours rife with mismanagement.
In a world set on objectifying everybody and every living thing in the name of profit, the erasure of the political by capital is the real threat.
Sadly the top contender of the country's top position offers more of the same.
[The Star] Wealth disparities undermine the social and economic fabric of our society.
How selfies and family photos put 300 million years of evolution on display.
There was a lot to celebrate when the first cohort of insourced workers reported to work as official Wits employees in January 2017.
Professor Luke Chimuka in the School of Chemistry developed a method to produce an extract from the Moringa plant through pressurised hot water extraction.
Tuberculosis (TB) affects some 35-million people globally. In 2009 testing for TB using molecular diagnostics proved a game-changer for national TB programmes.
The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) is a partnership between Wits, the University of Johannesburg and the Gauteng provincial and local government.
Wits physicists show that real-time error correction in quantum communications is possible.
An outbreak of bird flu has been reported in Uganda where hundreds of birds were found dead on the shores of Lake Victoria. Some key facts about the virus.
How night club bouncers police the social order all over the world.
The history of science abounds with stories about discoveries made by chance but when it comes to big finds it is more than luck and chance.
There is an increasing global demand for food, water and energy. All three are inter-linked and increasingly the focus for policy makers and government.
The books of Prof. Robert Muponde illustrate how critical redress in cultures of representation can yield cross-disciplinary innovation in global humanities.
Professor Felix Maringe has since 2004 researched higher education markets in the context of international and global developments.
Professor Leketi Makalela chairs a research programme on complex multilingual encounters, a growing field attracting increasing numbers of PhD candidates.
Africa has occupied a more or less constantly insignificant position in both Republican and Democratic administrations in the US since the 1960s.
Oscar Manqaba, a Campus Control employee, is one of many unsung heroes at Wits University.
Could this resistance be mobilised into a global movement against Trump, perhaps drawing lessons from the victory against apartheid South Africa?
The CIA’s Global trends report provides a useful starting point to reflect on what’s in store for Africa over the next five years.
Details on NSFAS, gap funding for the missing middle, historical debt and registration.
Pumla Dineo Gqola is a Professor in the Department of African Literature. She is interested in how power works in contemporary societies.
Dr Nicole De Wet is a lecturer in demography and population studies at Wits. Her research is on adolescent health outcomes in South Africa.
Engineering students reach the top 50 in Airbus global aviation competition.
The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) aims to establish a vibrant African academy able to lead research that impacts public health.
Biostatistics is the analysis and interpretation of data generated in the biological and health sciences to inform clinical or health policy and practice.
Professor Ronald Wall is an economic geographer and urban planner and the Johannesburg City Chair in Economic Development at Wits.
Professor Dorrit (Dori) Posel holds the Helen Suzman Chair in Political Economics at Wits.
Professor Vishnu Padyachee in the School of Economic and Business Sciences at Wits holds the Derek Schrier and Cecily Cameron Chair in Development Economics.
Distinguished Professor in the School of Chemistry at Wits, Roger Sheldon is a globally recognised authority on Green Chemistry.
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.
Wits Sport launches a state-of-the-art gym and prepares to host major varsity tournaments.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma kicked off the new year by declaring that God was on the side of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
The South African government completed its term as lead-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in December 2016.
What you need to know about how your sugar intake over the holidays has impacted on your health.
The Conversation Africa’s education editor Natasha Joseph asked Associate Professor Elizabeth Walton to explain the results.
The Conversation Africa business and economy editor Sibonelo Radebe asked Thanti Mthanti to highlight key events and look at future prospects.
Discovery allows scientists to connect the last major vertebrate group to the tree of life.
Prakash Desai joined Wits as Chief Financial Officer in January 2017. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds BCom and BCom Honours (Accounting Science) degrees.
The gap funding will be granted only to South African citizens and permanent residents who study towards undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in 2017.
Receiving his honorary doctorate, Professor William Pick tells new doctors they have a much bigger role to play than keeping their patients healthy.
Students must ensure that the Acknowledgement of Debt is signed by 28 February 2017.
HIV infection remains pandemic in SA but advances in drug treatment and access, led largely by Wits Faculty of Health Sciences researchers, reduce mortality.
Wits Business School hosts YGLs for special education module.
The Gauteng City-Region Observatory provides a brief account on the recent #FeesMustFall protests on South African campuses and the many issues it raised.
US President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the US Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, publicly questions the existence of climate change.
Panashe is a 26-year-old Zimbabwean woman living with HIV. She works in a restaurant on the western peripheries of Johannesburg.
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.
Professor Cuthbert Musingwini urges graduands to continue learning and to remain relevant throughout their future careers.
Wits' Professor Peter Cooper urges graduates to make a difference in the health sector.
Researchers find a way to accurately identify the sex of the artists who created ancient rock art.
Many South Africans were outraged by the recent announcement that for 2016, pupils in Grades 7 to 9 could progress to the next grade with only 20% in Maths.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma narrowly escaped a call from some senior members of the governing party’s national executive committee for him to step down.
The Conversation Africa asked contributors to list five books, records, buildings and works of art, in their field that made a difference to them in 2016.
The first 1000 days of life – the period from conception to the age of two – are pivotal for any human being’s development.
Publishers of academic journals make more profit than pharmaceutical companies.
Humans living in South Africa in the Middle Stone Age used these techniques to vastly improve their living conditions during the era.
Wits alumnus Stanley Bergman has been recognised for his achievements in business, philanthropy and support for the arts and education.
[LETTER] Dear colleagues, students and friends of the University:
Several Witsies were honoured for their outstanding service at the 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Awards.
Professor Beric Skews honoured for his distinguished contributions to South African science and engineering.
Professor Crain Soudien urges graduands to use their education to overcome their fears.
First Deaf student graduates with Master of Arts in South African Sign Language.
Associate Professor Tobias Chirwa has been appointed as Head of the School of Public Health at Wits, effective 1 February 2017.
Enthusiastic young people should be given a chance, even if they don’t have the experience.
Towards the end of each year hundreds of thousands of people escape dark, cold, rainy winters in Europe and North America for a break in sunny South Africa“.
Credit rating agencies are dangerous institutions. Their mistakes can be catastrophic to investors and the broader economy.
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.
A new hospital to cater for the needs of children is just what the continent needs.
Statement from the Senior Executive Team:
African governments are understandably concerned about how Donald Trump’s surprise election as the 45th US president might affect their interests.
This reflection builds on my earlier analysis of the #FeesMustFall protests and reflecting strategically on the challenges facing higher education today.
"We must accept that although the notion of interracial friendship has sometimes threatened to overshadow the importance of black dignity."
A lot of what is being presented as radical economic transformation initiatives in South Africa is simply state capture by a corrupt elite.
The DRC is expected to go to the polls to elect a new leader to succeed President Joseph Kabila, whose mandate expires on 19 December.
All examinations were concluded successfully yesterday, without disruption. Supplementary and deferred examinations will now be written in December and January.
The University announced an accelerated plan to advance transformation through a number of key strategies.
The University has ranked eighth in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2017.
The Adler Museum of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences hosts a programme of events to commemorate World Aids Day on December 1.
Gates answers questions from several African academics, including academics from Wits, about HIV/AIDS on the continent:
Economics is a discipline that ought, at its best, to explain the world and its complexities. Unlike physics, it is not an exact science.
The launch of the hospital on Friday is a milestone towards honouring Madiba’s dream.
56% of the men interviewed, reported they have either raped or beaten a woman in the last year.
Wits to benefit from R1.2 million over five years, while DRDGOLD will benefit from Wits' research and consultation expertise.
15 Wits students are set to walk 1000km to raise funds for bursaries.
Centre for Deaf Studies visiting Professor wins Times Higher Education award for outstanding research student supervision.
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.
Mathematics teachers improve their teaching skills to inspire and motivate their learners through the Transition Maths Course 1.
Professor Maria Papathanasopoulos has been appointed Assistant Dean: Research and Postgraduate Affairs in the Faculty of Health Sciences from January 2017.
New research highlights radar’s development in SA and that first echo.
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.
The Fine Arts lecturer will head the 10th Biennale taking place in Germany next year.
The South African government has moved a step closer to introducing a national minimum wage – the first ever in the country.
Professor Barry Dwolatzky honoured by his peers for his outstanding contributions to ICT sector.
Four times as many people have Type II diabetes today as 36 years ago, according to the World Health Organisation.
Rating agencies are shortly expected to announce their decision on whether to retain South Africa’s sovereign credit rating, or to downgrade it.
Statement from Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib:
Professor Jannie Rossouw gives a stern warning to the country's leaders on the consequences of over expenditure of government revenue.
The researchers have been named among the world's most Highly Cited Researchers in Thomson Reuters' annual list recognising leading scientists.
SETA funds Deaf adults for a six month Deaf Mentor Training course through the HI HOPES Early Intervention Programme.
Wits University will pay a tribute to outstanding scientist, Professor Thomas Hamilton Bothwell who died on 12 November 2016.
Wits University once again leads with the highest number of finalists in the Nedbank Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition.
Gene silencing and gene editing are trail-blazing technologies against the hepatitis B virus, which infects 240 million people worldwide and kills thousands.
During South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle, national liberation politics was mass politics.
The Friedel Sellschop Award is handed out every year to recognise and encourage young researchers.
There are several ways to find out whether a population’s health is improving or if people in a particular country, city or region are getting sicker.
Four new papers on different aspects of the anatomy of Homo naledi have been published, and more papers are coming soon, all led by early career researchers.
The rape complaint at the Wits Junction Residence has made national headlines in the last few days.
School science education is important for those who want to pursue a career in the sciences – and for those who don’t.
Andrew Forbes elected as Fellow Member of a leading international optics and photonics association.
There will be two sittings for the examinations – the current sitting and a second sitting in December/January, depending on the Faculty.
Winners of GeoJozi Challenge will help solve Jozi’s street address problems and improve service delivery.
Statement of the Senior Executive Team:
The Africa China Reporting Project hosted a forum on November 10 for African and Chinese media to share perspectives on Africa-China reporting.
Scholars and lawyers to shine the lens on Moseneke ‘the Activist Judge’ and ‘the Intellectual Judge’.
There was nothing radical or transformative in the medium-term budget announced by Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan last month.
Public health experts have revealed how global junk food corporations undermine health and proposed how taxes can protect it.
Mbeki missed a major opportunity to assert the primacy of South Africa’s constitution eight years ago.
French philosopher René Descartes believed that the pineal gland, a tiny button of neurons located in the depth of our brain, was the seat of the soul.
Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the US presidential polls stunned many across the globe.
The Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award is the University’s most prestigious award for research.
There is concern about the implications of Trump’s election for international affairs, and particularly for American foreign policy in Africa.
UNESCO-funded World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development report will aim to understand how global media have been changing.
Africa is home to about 16% of the world’s population. That’s 1.2 billion people.
Statement from the Senior Executive Team (11:00):