New Wits-UoE doctoral training centre
Wits University is proud to collaborate with the University of Edinburgh (UoE) to establish a new collaborative doctoral training centre in Africa.
Wits researcher invited into her second exclusive global explorers club
Dr Keneiloe Molopyane joins the EC50 class of 2023, after also being selected as an Emerging Explorer for the National Geographic Society in 2021.
Mass economic illiteracy equally poses terrifying risks
South Africa may have among the largest mass belief in Soviet-style state-centred economics - education is needed on the disastrous impact in post-war Africa.
This is not just a building ...
The new Data Sciences and Innovation Hub at Wits Rural Campus marks 30 years of rural public health research and sets the scene for an innovative epoch in 2023.
Wits Sports honours top achievers
Student-athletes commended for balancing sports and academics
Heat stress is rising in southern Africa
Southern Africans are experiencing heat stress more often than in 1979. Climate experts show where and when it’s the worst.
Africa’s large mammals shaped human evolution
New book shows this amazing evolutionary transformation of humankind could only have happened in Africa.
Nation building debate is still relevant today
New book by scholar Mandla Radebe reminds us of the debates by an idealistic generation committed to building a non-racial SA.
Global President of Schools of Social Work visits Wits
International President of Schools of Social Work visits Wits to discuss preparing the next generation to keep pace with the needs of society.
Ensuring the right skills to navigate the energy transition
The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) will launch its South African Energy Skills Roadmap on 27 January 2023.
100% Matric pass for Wits University’s Targeting Talent Programme participants
Grade 12 learners who completed a pre-university enrichment programme at Wits have excelled in Matric.
Medical student a karate star
Third-year medical student, Zahra Kader, is a seasoned karate-ga and a member of the national team.
Pregnant learners need creches and compassion
Under South African law, girls have the right to continue their schooling through and after their pregnancies.
Wits mourns the passing of Dr Frene Ginwala
We extend our condolences to her comrades, family and friends, and those who were close to her.
The ancient San painting featured in SA’s coat of arms
The exhibition titled ǃke e꞉ ǀxarra ǁke [‘People who are different’, ‘come together’], celebrates the rock art of the San people and is on display now at the Or
Varsity an eye-opener for student leader
Moving from Bangladesh to start university in South Africa and using a fourth language stretched Sarah Eram, a student leader in the School of Business Science.
Our universities must join the new global academia
My annual return to South Africa for the summer holidays has at one level been depressing.
Celebrating a 100 years of Wits for good
Remembering the outstanding working done by Wits’ student body in Riverlea in the 1960s to early 1980s.
African Academy of Sciences awards Wits pharmacist for scientific discovery and innovation
The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) named Wits Professor Choonara winner of its Olusegun Obasanjo Prize for Scientific Discovery and Technological Innovation.
The three life values that stuck with this Wits alumna
Enthusiasm, integrity and compassion. These are the three life values renowned physiotherapist Professor Stewart shared as she accepted a Gold Medal.
Wits Students take first and Second place at the National Conference
Witsies dominate at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) National Conference Student Cluster Competition.
Climate change can be beaten – why some scientists are hopeful
Can our planet recover from climate change? Commissioning Editor, Kofoworola Belo-Osagie, asked scientists to share the reasons they believe there is hope.
Wits takes lead in Global Innovative Seismic testing project for new generation exploration
The testing phase of a SA-Europe partnership project this December marks a significant step forward in developing new generation seismic sensing technology.
Carnegie programme going strong
Carnegie funded programmes makes critical contributions to the knowledge project and talent-pipeline.
Transformative Fellowships for humanities researchers
The African Fellowships programme advances South-North research collaboration to find solutions to global challenges.
Wits Maths Competition sharpens school learners
Learners praise competition for providing a mixture of stimulating challenges that took them out of the comfort zone.
How studying frog eggs enabled understanding of human facial deformities
A Wits alumna and renowned biologist shared how her international career started with unravelling 'ant songs' and scrutinising frog eggs.
Memorialising a revolutionary leader
A new partnership is forged as a portrait of Professor Adam Habib is unveiled.
Child nutrition programmes can feed inequality
Children who need help most tend to experience adversity throughout childhood. That continuing adversity muffles the benefit of improved early nutrition.
Climate change is not what South Africans see as their main problem
Wits celebrates thousands of graduates this week
Wits honours two healthcare professionals who are changing the world for good.
With Mbalula in the driver’s seat, we’re on a rail to nowhere
Lack of effective public transport is now a major constraint on economic growth, job creation and business productivity.
What is the Radical Economic Transformation faction in SA
Despite its vagueness, the RET has become central to the contemporary ANC. It is destined to remain a powerful bloc within the party.
How to address the skills shortages plaguing SA’s economy
Education can’t make up for inadequacies in other policies that continue to cause mass unemployment.
Toxic DDT isn't being monitored in birds of prey
DDT accumulates in wildlife and magnifies up the food chain. Birds of prey occupy the top of these food chains in various ecosystems.
Study shows how Covid-19 affected access to HIV treatment
The individual stories of migrant women are essential in understanding if HIV healthcare strategies and programmes are working.
African mountains are feeling the heat of climate change
Mountain systems are sensitive to climate change. Loss of snow and ice sets off effects which have wide ranging consequences.
Wits-Makerere strengthen partnership through joint centennial celebration
Wits University and the University of Makerere in Uganda cemented their long-standing partnership with a virtual signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.
Wits Business School wins big at 2022 Emerald/AABS case writing competition
WBS Case Centre takes top three spots at the awards.
Injectable HIV prevention drug shows promise: we worked out how much South Africa should pay for it
The benefit of an injectable product is that it avoids the adherence issues related to taking a pill daily.
Wits physicist is joint winner of The World Academy of Sciences award
Professor Andrew Forbes shares the award for physics with Professor Jueinai Kwo of Taiwan.
Wits physicist elected as a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences
Professor Bruce Mellado joins other prominent Wits scientists in the ranks of the Fellowship.
White butterflies are filling Johannesburg’s skies earlier than usual. Climate change is to blame
The brown-veined white butterfly (Benenois aurota) annual migrate between 80,000 and 155,000 butterflies per hour from SA’s Kalahari region to Mozambique.
Meet Maureen Manyama CA(SA), Wits’ CFO
Manyama describes herself as interested in combining her rural upbringing with finance and governance experience to advance national interests.
Rock art: how South Africa’s coat of arms got to feature an ancient San painting
A new exhibition titled ǃke e꞉ ǀxarra ǁke – People who are Different: Come Together celebrates the rock art of the San people.
Ground-breaking report card gives crucial health data to manage illnesses of middle-age
Adults aged 45-65, as caregivers and workers, are high risk for non-communicable diseases, but data on healthy ageing in SA are insufficient to inform policy.
COP27 key outcomes: progress on compensation for developing countries, but more needed on climate ju
Academics unpack wins, tensions at COP27 and the way forward.
Wits University triumphant at the 2022 higher education awards
Wits takes home nine awards, including special awards for outstanding research and an award for consistent excellence.
New high-tech Digital Dome catapults Johannesburg Planetarium into the future
Wits University and Anglo American to transform the Johannesburg Planetarium into a world-class digital research, training, and science engagement facility.
Witsie wows global science community
Tamlyn Naidu claims a win for South Africa in Berlin for her research on acid mine drainage.
Worker organisations can survive the digital age. Here’s how
In the face of a decline in traditional union membership, it’s critical to focus on where resistance is taking place, rather than where it is not.
Wits endocrinologist again named as one of the world’s most highly cited researchers
Professor Derick Raal has for the third time been named as a Highly Cited Researcher.
The queen of hearts
Cardiac anaesthesiologist and recipient of the FALF research excellence award wants to keep hearts pumping.
Just transition requires political, economic and behavioural change
Achieving access to minimum resources and services for all, while safeguarding our planet, requires redistribution and societal transformation.
Mental health in SA is at shocking levels but people are not seeking help
A new study reveals that South Africans suffer higher rates of probable depression and anxiety than other countries.
Social vulnerability and food insecurity persistently prevalent in South Africans
A new study reveals astounding levels of social vulnerability in South Africa, which is linked to food insecurity.
‘Jet lag’ discovered in body clocks of people living with HIV in rural South Africa
People living with HIV have a significantly delayed internal body clock consistent with jet lag symptoms, found a study by SA and UK universities.
Climate Change and Me marks Wits’ largest first-year course in its history
Climate Change and Me was launched in 2022 and became the largest course by student numbers ever offered at Wits University.
Clean water solutions made possible for Alex informal settlement through water-based research
The Accessible Greywater Solutions for Urban Informal Townships (URBWAT) project is providing sustainable water solutions for the Alexandra township.
How we treat animals is key to human health, just look at Covid-19
‘Scientivist’ says planetary health must be foremost on all agendas because the ill-treatment of animals and delicate ecosystems plays havoc with human health.
Wits researchers are part of a study on how to end Covid-19 as a public health threat
Study provides recommendations to end the public health threat without exacerbating socio-economic burdens or putting the most vulnerable at greater risk.
We are in ‘an abusive relationship’ with nature
Earth became our servant, and we need it to be our family, says Research Professor Matthew Chersich in delivering his inaugural lecture.
Do financial incentives boost vaccination rates?
Cash incentives only have a marginal effect on increasing vaccination uptake by adults, according to a Wits University and Columbia University study.
Global recognition for research and innovation in pharmaceutical sciences
Wits Professor of Pharmacy, Yahya Choonara, is the 2022 FIP Distinguished Pharmaceutical Science Award winner.
How we can sustain all life forms
Repairing Earth as a whole, together, is a precondition for human durability.
Climate change to impact mountains on a global scale
Research shows climate change will negatively impact mountain landscapes, including increasing risks such as avalanches, river floods and landslides.
ICYMI: Here’s what went down at AIJC 2022
Africa's largest gathering of investigative journalists shows the varied ways this pursuit can be improved, made more impactful and innovative.
COP27 explained: why should we care
It's that time of the year again when the world gathers to negotiate international climate change agreements.
Climate change: the effects of extreme heat on health in Africa
Marginalised or minority groups seem to suffer the most from heat-related deaths and disease, and Africa is heating up faster than anywhere else.
‘Dad’s subwoofer’, an electric walking cane, and, is that lighting!?
4th year engineering students show off their bold and visionary solutions with amazing final-year projects.
Wits University named Best of Joburg
Wits voted as the best tertiary education institution by Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni residents.
Looking ahead from a life of new beginnings
Emeritus Professor Barry Dwolatzky launches inspirational memoir, smartly capturing his less-than-ordinary coded history.
Meet Zenaye, the talent behind the official Wits song
Zenaye Skosana wrote and performed Wits’ official song “For Good”, which was launched just before the Homecoming celebrations.
First African civil engineer inducted into Wits Wall of Fame
Dr Solomon Lefakane, the first African to obtain a Civil Engineering degree in 1961, is the first Wits alumnus to be inducted into the Engineering Wall of Fame.
Mining school courses accredited for another five years
The Engineering Council of South Africa has accredited several Wits mining courses for another five years.
Africa’s first endovascular robotic unit will advance research and enable ‘outreach intelligence’
The new unit at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre (WDGMC) is both a robotics research opportunity and a global responsibility.
School of Accountancy celebrates top achievers
After two years of Covid, the School of Accountancy holds its annual prize-giving ceremony.
It’s about Bloody time… we end period poverty
Free sanitary pads available to Wits’ students as SRC launches pilot project.
Covid disrupts traditional rituals of mourning
We need to find ways to grieve as individuals, and collectively as a nation, or we risk grief becoming chronic, unleashing psychological and physical illnesses.
Wits hosts largest gathering of journalists
Over 350 journalists from across the continent will spend three days at Wits University for the 18th African Investigative Journalism Conference.
Wits Choir sings and dances at 60
The Choir officially celebrated its 60th birthday at Constitution Hill with its hefty production “A Choir on a Hill, 60 years – thinking back, looking forward".
Citizens, not sitizens, please: more than ever, South Africans must take charge
We need active citizenship to show social solidarity to break out from the hopelessness, paralysis and apathy
FALF's inaugural research symposium showcases work by women scientists
Clearing the path for talented female academics and researchers leads to more relevant research.
Wits researchers challenge common notions on the inner workings of Earth’s magma chambers
A recent study show that magmatic ore deposits that are generally referred to form by settling of crystals in magma chambers are instead shown to form in place
Students uphold the spirit of volunteerism
Volunteerism and activism is alive among the youth as demonstrated at the annual Student Leadership Awards.
Artistic Research is blurring academic and research lines
Artistic research and its ‘tangible’ output – a creative academic degree – is an emerging yet robust field of study and enquiry in Africa.
Review of concussion in sport research underway
Consensus statement by the Scientific Committee for the International Conference on Concussion in Sport will be released in 2023.
Regular physical activity may boost effectiveness of Covid-19 jab
A new study by a team of South African researchers shows the more you exercise, the more protective Covid vaccination seems to be.
Coke and dagger — Coca-Cola named sponsor for COP27
The beverage company has a questionable record not only when it comes to planetary health — its record on human health is abysmal.
Portuguese consulate visits historic Diaz Cross at Wits
The cross serves as a historical reminder of Portugal's voyages around the southern African coast in the 15th century.
Trailblazers in social work
From addressing white poverty to the injustices of apartheid, the Department of Social Work has held individuals, families and communities together.
Immersive, magical, hopeful - Africa leads #FromNowOn
Africa’s first Digital Creativity Awards brings a sense of wonder and applauds the meteoric rise of African creativity in the digital space.
Two Wits professors awarded Science for Society Gold Medals
The Academy of Science of South Africa has awarded its highest honour, Science for Society Gold Medals, to Wits Professors Karen Hofman and Achille Mbembe.
Wits to kick-start a national quantum technologies initiative with R54 million funding
The South African Quantum Technologies Initiative (SA QuTI) aims develop a well-established critical mass in the national quantum community.
Mass trauma is leaving everyone broken
We need to teach self-love, self-esteem, and agency assertation at all levels of South African society to rebuilt the state and foster democracy.
Race, inequity and mental health impacts on healthcare workers during Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic revealed global health inequities prompting scholars to interrogate how these inequities manifested in racial and gender dynamics.
Review: Farm Killings in South Africa
Some of the best books about the media are not about the media. While dealing with very different topics, they probe the central institution of our world.
#FromNowOn – getting here and going forward
This year’s Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival is the first full in-person Festival since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Social grants are not a magic bullet
Social protection on its own doesn’t shift the dial. Radical economic policies are needed to tackle poverty and inequality.
Don’t let firm friendships from your youth fade away
Living in the world’s most diverse country, and not having friendships that cut across all communities, is to miss out on so much
Renowned geneticist reflects on her journey with Wits
Professor Himla Soodyall has paid homage to great scientists who helped carve her path.
Top-performing matriculants get a glimpse of student life at Wits
Wits VC, Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, hosts the best of the class of 2022 matriculants to become part of the future at Wits University
Introducing the Wits rose
A magnificent rose commissioned to celebrate Wits University’s centenary and 100 years of excellence.
Do no harm - 5 steps a researcher should take
Researchers have a number of responsibilities when embarking on their work - not least of all to ensure participants are not harmed and are fully heard.
Maropeng brings visitors Face to Face with early Hominins
The new Face To Face exhibit showcases hominins from The Cradle of Humankind that are brought to life by science and art.
Major partnership to drive digital transformation in Africa
The Afretec network has made 20 million US dollars available to members, including Wits, to collaborate in engineering and technology.
Vice-Chancellor’s awards celebrate the best of Wits
The prestigious annual awards recognise staff excellence in categories including research, teaching and learning, and professional and administrative services.
Wits student shines on a global stage
Xabiso Vili, post-graduate student with Drama for Life wins top spot at the 2022 World Slam Poetry Competition.
Wits student leader wins prestigious travel bursary
Karabo Asala is set to travel Europe as part of a travel bursary for leadership development.
SA ICT employers, practitioners look to global skills markets
The number of SA employers reporting they are recruiting ICT skills overseas has increased dramatically in the past year – up from 38% to over 50%.
Construction waste is costly: what’s causing it on SA building sites
The complexity of construction projects has driven an increase in building waste, which is difficult to recycle and reuse. How to minimise the problem.
Wits celebrates its 100th birthday
Staff and students gather outside the Great Hall to wish Wits a happy 100th birthday.
100 years of innovation and inventions
Various innovations after the past century have improved the world for many - but there’s still much more for universities to do.
Curios.ty 14 (#Wits100): A century of doing good
Wits' research magazine celebrates 100 years of changing the world for good.
100 Years of changing the world. For Good
Guest Editorial: Wits remains a beacon of hope in society. We continue to strive for excellence in all that we do and use our knowledge for the good of society.
Stay curious – there’s a whole new world coming in 2122
Editorial: The stories in Curios.ty 14: #Wits100 showcase the University’s sustained participation, influence and impact in the lab, the classroom, and society.
How higher education can help heal us all
“We live in the most unequal country in the world. We can help bridge the divide and we don’t have any time to waste.” – Dr Judy Dlamini.
Academic and science activism saves lives
Meet the Wits’ science superheroes whose research has saved lives.
Mapping African genetic diversity for better health
The contribution of the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience to the field of human genomics is rewriting history on the African continent.
Death makes us alive
Without death, there would be no life – this might sound like ancient mysticism, but Wits scientists are proving it.
Thirty years of the lab in the bush
Agincourt, one of the longest-running research centres of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, tracks health and wellbeing over the life course.
The politics of protest
Protests are a hallmark of Wits’ history and have contributed to the University’s legacy of social activism, democracy and constitutionality.
Wits at a time of national crisis: Then and now
South African universities should revisit their multiple publics and explore what a public university in southern Africa today should be.
Telling African stories through art
The Wits Art Museum covers 3 000 m2, housing more than 12 000 artworks, of which 5 551 comprise the Standard Bank African Art Collection.
The evolution of science and research practice
How has science and research practice at Wits has evolved over a century?
The Wits Digital Dome to light up the sky
It’s the end of an era as Wits Planetarium is reimagined as a ‘out of this world’ digital dome.
Facing climate change head-on
Climate change took nearly a century to become mainstream science. Wits is taking the lead in facing up to the challenge.
Digging for the truth of humanity
Wits researchers have over the past century changed, and challenged, the way we think about the evolution of humanity and our ancestors.
Navigating life through the eyes of a gogga
Curiosity about dung beetles could lead us into our future.
Research by the books
Books based on research by Wits authors create a rare recording of history that tracks changes over time.
Identifying faces to recognise humanity
The development of the Wits Face Database: An African database of high-resolution facial photographs.
Business for good
Wits is exploring the opportunities created by social enterprises that focus on addressing local, regional and global challenges.
Beyond the Ivory Tower
Four Wits units demonstrate how translational research can respond to the needs of a world outside the academy.
The best job in the world
Column: Telling the stories of Wits’ research and academics might hopefully light a fire in the mind of the world’s next Einstein.
A philosophy for good. A University for good
There is something significantly common in the way in which all good things are good.
CTIF & Jamfest 2022: Unplugged - but still connected
Joint hybrid conferences for African civic tech innovators and media makers, journalism innovators, and other creatives.
The contribution of SRCs to Wits
We must be reminded about the evolution of SRCs, about how past SRCs contributed to the struggle against apartheid, brought consciousness and transformation.
Wits’ entrepreneurs succeed at the EDHE Intervarsity Gauteng Regional Rounds
Two Witsies have emerged triumphantly, in the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Intervarsity Gauteng Regional Rounds.
The last word: Benedict Vilakazi
The late Zulu poet, novelist and linguist Benedict Wallet Vilakazi achieved many milestones and taught at Wits University.
Machines will not replace humans, yet!
Expert calls for development of a new kind of AI that is provably beneficial to humans
Small steps on the road to true empowerment
Big smiles as staff celebrate passing the first level of many, on the road to upskilling themselves.
Basaltic magma chambers may grow catastrophically fast
Basaltic magma chambers can grow extremely rapidly - in months to years.
Wits hosts international lightning conference - a first for Africa
Lightning protection research is paramount in order to safeguard people, animals, and infrastructure against one of the biggest weather-related killers.
National Research Foundation accolades for Wits scientists
The Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience won the National Research Foundation Science Team Award while seven Witsies received A-ratings.
Reading can enhance race relations
Reading begets more reading and helps to counter the poison from dinnertime conversations, says acclaimed author Mandla Langa.
Groundbreaking discovery from South Africa challenges the recent re-interpretation of magma chambers
Wits researchers have compelling evidence for the existence of a magma chamber deep within a South Africa’s ancient crust.
Countdown to Fak'ugesi Festival 2022
Happening from 13 - 21 October, this year's digital innovation festival returns to its home at Wits' Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein.
Wits celebrates its centenary in Times Square, New York
Witsies gathered in Times Square this week to celebrate the University’s 100th anniversary.
World’s leading thinkers debate inequality
"We can improve the quality of life if we focus on what works – education, strong institutions, robust legal, social and fiscal systems." - Piketty
Student programme prepares the next generation of change-makers
The Emerging Leaders Programme empowers students with skills to be better leaders in an uncertain world.
Green hydrogen sounds like a win but cost and transport are problems
The key to reducing green hydrogen costs in the future lies mainly in technological improvements.
How to help people stay on ARVs when life gets in the way
When antiretroviral therapy is working effectively, HIV cannot be transmitted. This allows people with HIV to live fuller lives.
Kenya has breached its public debt ceiling
There’s a gap between Kenya’s public spending and its revenue. If the country owes more than it can repay, citizens will suffer.
Five steps Nigeria must take to stop buildings collapsing in Lagos
Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital city, is notorious for frequent building collapses.
‘Mandela's Children’ 32 years later
The stories, people and science behind Africa's largest longitudinal study have been captured in a book by Wits Distinguished Professor Linda Richter.
Obesity costs South Africa billions. We did the sums
Lowering obesity and overweight rates will lift the burden on healthcare spending.
Joe Biden and Cyril Ramaphosa: finding common ground
Both presidents are committed democrats operating in hostile environments. They are also committed to forging mutually beneficial ties.
Job creation in South Africa: the president’s advisors discuss what it will take
Three of the president’s advisors talk through what is needed to change the status quo.
Queen Elizabeth - from Empire to Commonwealth
Queen Elizabeth adjusted with aplomb and good grace – personally and as monarch – as countries achieved their independence from Britain.
Africa’s dinosaur discoveries: five essential reads
The African continent is a rich repository for dinosaur fossils, including teeth and track marks.
New podcast reimagines the Humanities from the Global South
The Faculty of Humanities recently launched a new podcast series, The Future in the Humanities - Reimagining the Humanities from the Global South.
Colonial diaries help scientists reconstruct weather patterns from past to protect future
A project to transcribe Dutch colonial records of the weather in Cape Town can benefit modelling of future climate scenarios.
Universities should take a leading role in reforming South Africa’s socio-political landscape
Former Wits Chancellor and Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke says Wits has produced great leaders in the past and must continue doing so in future.
Young business minds took centre stage at the Student Entrepreneurship Week
The 2022 Student Entrepreneurship Week got off to a vibrant start as students gathered to learn, conceptualise and share their ideas on good business practice.
WTO head Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: how trade can help beat inequality
Creating employment and fighting corruption are two of the subjects discussed in the wide ranging discussion.
How scholarships change lives for the better
Quality education, support, and passion transforms lives and changes the world.
Street-based female sex workers of all ages in SA at sustained high risk of acquiring HIV
Street-based female sex workers in SA have very high HIV incidence, hence the need to sustain and strengthen efforts to mitigate risk and provide care.
A new way to save rhinos
Technology used to stop a nuclear bomb from being sneaked across a border could one day be at the forefront in the fight to save the rhino.
Waltzing kudus, cheerleaders, and a choir at alumni centenary event
Wits alumni who returned to campus for Homecoming Weekend on 4 September were treated to canapés and cocktails at an Alumni Welcome in Solomon Mahlangu House.
Generations of Wits SRC celebrate formidable leadership
Generations of Wits SRC gather for a night of celebration
Welcome home, Witsies! Something for every generation at Homecoming Weekend
Wits University is as much a part of Johannesburg as is gold mining, and we are opening our gates to all to celebrate with us.
Wits invites public onto campus to join centenary celebrations
Wits marks its 100th birthday with jam-packed Homecoming Weekend.
Arts and science collide to transform the Great Hall in light show extravaganza
The #Wits100 Visible Resonance Light Show on 2 September at 7pm on the Great Hall façade will reflect, create, improvise, and imagine Wits’ stories.
Migrants in South Africa have access to healthcare: why it’s kicking up a storm
South Africa’s healthcare services are overburdened. But this is not because of non-nationals.
1575 book titles in 100 years
Wits University Press is the oldest university press in South Africa and celebrates its centenary in 2022.
Obesity and industry - it's not what it looks like
Voluntary actions from industry are not helping fight against obesity-related conditions.
New Deputy Vice-Chancellor: People Development and Culture appointed
Professor Garth Stevens will oversee Human Resources, Transformation and Employment Equity, the Disability Rights Unit and other related units.
Hand-up, not handout
Voices of affirmation encourage students as Wits celebrates partnership with Tiger Brands.
Tanzanian TB patients have a lower quality of life
To understand the perceptions of TB patients about their quality of life, it’s useful to have a comparison with “apparently healthy” people.
How the lockdown in SA affected mental health
Pasha Podcast: When SARS-CoV-2 emerged, the country took measures to restrict people’s movements and activities, to slow the spread of infections.
After State Capture: how SARS is rebuilding itself
Professor Mills Soko spoke to Commissioner Edward Kieswetter about the turnaround at the state institution.
Auto manufacturing is changing: how to protect workers
South Africa should ensure that changes to energy-efficient vehicles are done in a way that creates jobs and protects workers.
Uhuru Kenyatta’s 'mixed bag' economic legacy
Big promises, but weak no delivery. The most prominent economic legacy of Kenyatta’s government is runaway public debt.
SA doesn’t need new cities: it needs to fix what it has
New towns have had a better track record in places of rapid economic and population growth, such as east Asian countries.
Higher electricity fees are a good, and necessary, next step
The wealthy should not be allowed to opt-out of their share of the costs of electricity production and Eskom’s debt.
What’s wrong with the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Pasha Podcast: Innovation in the digital space is not necessarily working for people in the global south.
Wits scientists launch book about Africa’s largest and longest running birth cohort
The study tracks the lives of 3 000 people born in South Africa in the early 1990s and affectionately known as "Mandela's Children".
Wits Business School’s huge turnaround
All the new registered programmes offer active learning, says Director.
New Partnership Academic Programme on Nuclear Law
Wits is one of five universities to partner with the International Atomic Energy Agency to promote the safe use of the peaceful application of nuclear science.
Book launch on seminal study as ‘Mandela’s children’ come of age
The Birth to Thirty (Bt30) study in Soweto is Africa’s largest and longest-running birth cohort study.
Longest daily weather record for the South digitised
A project examining the Dutch East India Company’s day registers reveals unique information on the Cape’s past climate.
A lifetime dedicated to vaccines saving lives
Shabir Madhi, Professor of Vaccinology and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits won the 2020/21 NSTF-South32 Lifetime Award.
Training scholars in groundwater to rock economies and make a splash in water security
Wits hydrogeologist Prof. Tamiru Abiye is a National Research Foundation-rated scholar and winner of the 2021/22 NSTF-South32 TW Kambule Researcher Award.
Champion of Student Sport, Yoliswa Lumka
Developing high performing athletes and sport systems drives the new Director of Wits Sport.
Jacob Zuma is taking a top reporter to court
Former South African president is trying to turn the contestation of a court hearing into an all-out war and chill those who pursue justice against him.
Mind-blown by interactive brain experiences
A showcase of local neuroscience talent was on display by Wits NeuRL and collaborators at the recent #Wits100 event.
In with the old: taking the long view when restoring grasslands
Restoration science and practice are critical in combatting the loss of old-growth grasslands and the loss of biodiversity.
Artisanal gold mining in South Africa is out of control
Artisanal gold mining is highly organised and rule-bound. Men, women and even children participate a hierarchy sustained by buyers, sponsors and customers.
Mozambican unions hit snooze on a national strike
Mozambique’s trade unions have not been a strong force in society – which has left a space for others to fill.
Is there really a paradigm shift in US/Africa relations?
The strategy outlined by the US Secretary of State marks a fresh beginning in US-Africa relations.
Why metals matter in the modern world
Sehliselo Ndlovu, Professor of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at Wits, won a 'Science Oscar' at the NSTF-South32 Research Awards on 22 July 2022.
Coal mining by-product may offer building solution
Recipient of the DAAD grant scholarship is currently in Germany testing engineering ideas behind his research.
Drawing arts investment in a WAM world
There were splashes of colour, champagne and canapés, glitz and glam at the Wits Art Museum soirée ahead of the SA premier of Oh to Believe in Another World.
Wits innovation changing the world for good
Wits University is home to a wellspring of talent from multiple disciplines where life-changing innovation is incubated.
Defending democracy the greatest cause of our times
Challenge for young people is to democratise every aspect of life in society.
Wits Centenary promotes community partnerships
The Wits community joined hands with NGOs in Tembisa township to clean the Kaalspruit tributary, a feeder to the Hennops river.
Don Mattera knew the love SA deserved from the start
The poet practised love wholeheartedly and saw from a mile away leaders who pretend to love their ‘people’.
Wits University believes in another world
It was a night of suspended reality, imaginative film, and sophisticated symphony at the SA premier of William Kentridge’s Oh to Believe in Another World.
Wits Research Office recognition for academics awarded by the National Research Foundation
The luncheon celebrated Wits NRF A-rated academics as well as scholars awarded previously but not formally acknowledged in person due to lockdown restrictions.
From chemistry to commerce: School learners get the ‘Wits experience’
Learners enjoy a fun-filled Wits Integrated Experience of academic and student life on the Braamfontein campuses.
A lack of peace and stability affects us all
“We are never defined by the conditions we face, no matter how challenging they may seem.”
Foundation to rejuvenate democracy in Africa and France
“We must nurture tolerance, collective wisdom, and democracy.” – Nelson Mandela
Wits VC inducted into prestigious Royal Society (UK)
Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, internationally renowned nuclear physicist, joins the ranks of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking.
Oil refinery closures, cleaner fuels and security of supply in South Africa
Refinery closures in South Africa are shots fired in the long running contestation between the oil refiners and the government.
Witsies win lifetime achievement, research, and capacity development awards at Science Oscars
Professors Shabir Madhi, Sehliselo Ndlovu and Tamiru Abiye were winners at the 2021/2022 National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South 32 Research Awards.
Great Hall gets a facelift and this is why it's a big deal
The iconic Great Hall is back after Covid-19 lockdowns and extensive renovations – ready to celebrate Wits' centenary.
Healthy boost for Wits Food Bank
Wits staff step up on Mandela Day for food-insecure students.
Wits hosts winter camps for high school learners
Wits University hosted grade 9 to 12 learners from across the country as part of its intervention programmes aimed at boosting their educational outcomes
Zakes Mda on Tarzanification, Wakandasation and African storification
Africans need to do more to counter the Africa imagined by America, says acclaimed novelist Zakes Mda.
Hunters and gatherers in Africa were the original scientists
The wilful lack of knowledge about ‘deep time’ African history must end, says Prof. Molefi Kete Asante, a giant in African studies.
Mammals were not the first to be warm-blooded
Karoo fossils provide “smoking gun” on clues to when warm-bloodedness evolved in pre-mammalian ancestors.
IPBES report warn of over exploitation of wild species
Over consumption of wildlife species for energy and food will place stress on the communities that need them for survival.
Wits to honour novelist Zakes Mda and African American scholar Prof. Molefi Kete Asante
The July graduations are a triple celebration – honorary doctorates for giants in African literature and African studies, 152 PhDs and the Great Hall reopens.
#GradnGive on Mandela Month entrenches ubuntu
Students graduating in July are urged to spread joy by bringing non-perishables to restock the Wits Food Bank.
Covid-19 Update 87: Masks are voluntary
Return to campus plans and the way forward.
Widely-used kidney function tests underestimate scale of kidney disease in Africa
A commonly used blood test which measures how well a person’s kidneys are working may not pick up kidney disease for people in Africa.
SA’s entire infrastructure is on the verge of total collapse
South Africa now does not have a functioning integrated public logistics infrastructure anymore, with roads, rail, and ports all in disarray.
Tanzania’s undemocratic constitution is a template for disaster
The country’s one-party cadre system will continue to stunt economic development and growth as long as it’s allowed.
Structured light just got more colourful
Researchers from the Wits Structured Light Laboratory showcase recent advances in replacing the traditional linear optical toolkit with nonlinear control.
Oh to Believe in Another World
South African premiere of the new topically relevant film by Wits alumnus and world-renowned artist, William Kentridge, will take place at Wits in July.
New Head for Wits Functions and Events
Thembelihle Dlamini, a former Vice-President of the SRC, takes over the reins.
Role of universities as public interlocutors of dialogue
STATEMENT: Universities have an important role to play in upholding democracy, in speaking truth to power, and in facilitating debate.
Light-bender recognised with scholarship
Engineering student exploring optics and photonics is among Optica Women Scholars to receive a generous award and international mentorship.
Famous Sterkfontein Caves deposit 1 million years older than previously thought
New dates for Australopithecus-bearing Sterkfontein Cave deposit places South African hominin fossils at the centre of global palaeo research.
Young South African researchers take leading roles at the ATLAS experiment collaboration
Wits’ young scientist (physicists) take front positions in the world’s largest scientific endeavour to generate new science and expand current knowledge.
73-year-old Wits Professor to take on the Amazon river to fight climate change
Professor Kurt Sartorius and his colleague from the School of Accountancy, Wayne van Zijl, will set out on an expedition that nearly broke him 50 years ago.
Wits polyglot wins Chinese proficiency competition
A talent for languages and an interest in the cultures of the world is opening doors for a Wits music student.
Epitaph for a baobab: remembering South African poet and activist Don Mattera
A true African poet, Don Mattera was at the centre of public life, an advocate for change and an enemy of elitism.
Rising food prices: a close look at inflation in South Africa
Periods of high food inflation affect poor households the most. This is because they spend a higher percentage of their income on food.
4IR - a seductive idea requiring critical engagement
The narrative of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is more aspiration than reality.
Light travelling in a distorting medium can appear undistorted
That light gets distorted when passing through distorting media seems self-evident. Now Wits Researchers have discovered a hidden property in the light that rem
Delivery of quality healthcare and clinical training prioritised in Wits, GDoH agreement
The Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) and Wits University sign MOA to deliver quality healthcare services and exemplary health sciences education.
Tracking rainfall moisture in Lesotho
Lesotho is considered to be the water tower of southern Africa and it is key to water security in the region.
Universities must think more creatively about the employability of their graduates
Universities must think more creatively about the employability of graduates, especially those at the PhD level.
South Africa’s epochal 1976 uprisings shouldn’t be reduced to a symbolic ritual
The students who marched on 16 June 1976 did more than simply register a political opinion.
Fish in a major South African river are full of microplastics
The Vaal River, which serves more than 11 million people, is considerably polluted with microplastics.
Digital labour platforms subject global South workers to ‘algorithmic insecurity’
Digital platform work is often seen to suit workers’ skills, interests and schedules. But it comes at a cost to their economic security and control.
Amazing ting: South Africa must reinvigorate sorghum as a key food before it’s lost
Known as ting or amazimba, indigenous sorghum is resilient and rich in cultural and health benefits – yet crops are declining.
A referendum on electoral reform in South Africa might stir up trouble
There are calls for a national referendum on the electoral system to define the way forward, and liberate it from the clutches of party barons.
Covid vaccines and pregnancy: a review of the evidence shows they are safe
In all the research reviewed, none found any safety concerns regarding COVID vaccines during pregnancy.
Digital migration: court delay upholds information rights of poor South Africans
The decision further delays migration to digital broadcasting and places strain on the urgently needed bandwidth for mobile data.
How the music of an ancient rock painting was brought to life
Sometimes archaeologists can “hear” the ancient past using acoustic methods.
Children’s mental health and the digital world
The benefits and risks of the digital environment on children’s mental health should be balanced. How to get it right.
Witsie shines at international competition
Engineering student trumps teams at an international simulation competition.
Industrial Advisory Board appointed to guide Engineering Faculty
The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment has established an advisory board with key industry representatives.
World Food Safety Day empowers Witsies
Practical demonstration and tips on how to ensure food safety helps Witsies to take control of their own health.
Australian Friends of Wits University advance Centenary Campaign
Alumni in Australia have formalised fundraising for Wits in its centenary year with R80 million already pledged by the Zylstra family’s Skye Foundation.
Boost to pursue his high-risk, high-reward ideas
Professor Benjamin Rosman is one of 18 early-career researchers in the world to be named CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars for 2022-2024.
Funding boost for postgrad research into new-age metals
Wits signs research agreement with AfriTin Mining to investigate and optimise tech metals processing.
Genetic risk scores could predict disease in Africans
Using genetic risk scores to predict which individuals have a higher risk genetically of developing a particular disease is set to revolutionise medicine.
A career-long love affair with science
From being dazzled by the launch of space stations in the 1970s to pushing the boundaries of quantum physics.
The 2022 ICT Skills Survey goes live
The impact of hybrid work models on IT skills in South Africa will be among the issues coming under the spotlight this year.
Queen Elizabeth II: the reign that ended the British empire in Africa
The decolonisation process was to take place rapidly during the reign of Elizabeth II.
Home recognition for Italian Prof
Prof. Maria Marchetti-Mercer has been awarded the Order of the Star of Italy.
Rising talent to explore community theatre and policies in Germany
Masters student Relebohile Mabonda wraps up a performance and prepares to join the German Chancellor's Fellowship Programme for prospective leaders.
Not your stereotypical librarian
Dr Daisy Selematsela, the new Director of Wits Libraries, has many names that people have given her over the years.
Staff development made easy with flexible training platforms
Wits Staff and students have access to free online learning platforms to continue learning.
Death penalty returns to SA through mob murder
The number of people suspected of crimes who are being killed in an arbitrary and brutal fashion is growing.
Making and remaking of social orders
Renowned sociologist Karl von Holdt on violence, politics and power.
No more holy smokescreens: churches must lead the anti-corruption crusade
They should also clean their houses, then call out corrupt ‘leaders’ to make churchgoers aware of the damage they cause.
How to prevent maternal deaths
For every maternal death, there are about an additional 20 women who suffer serious injuries, infections and disabilities related to pregnancy.
African sci-tech could drive future black hole discoveries
Astronomers have revealed the first image of the black hole at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way.
New age economy requires job-creating graduates
Entrepreneurship and innovation are at the centre of economic development in Africa, says speakers from various parts of the continent.
Wits Planetarium Centenary Shows
Last opportunity this June to view the nearly 100 year old Star Projector in operation, as it will be replaced with a fully digital dome projection system.
Turkish ambassador launches digital fabrication laboratory at Wits
Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and Wits University launch FabLab.
Wits strives for transformation in academic leadership
The Female Academic Leaders Fellowship (FALF) admits second cohorts.
Leading global scientist at Wits advises World Health Organization on monkeypox
Monkeypox is a disease of global public health importance as it not only affects countries in West and Central Africa, but the rest of the world.
Wits Entrepreneurship Clinic will enable youth to become the future job creators
“Young entrepreneurs are one of the country's best hopes in solving the jobs crisis” - Dr Robert Venter, Project Leader for the WEC.
Wits hosts Edinburgh delegation
Strategic partner and top UK University visits to cement ties and toast to the next 100 years.
Glen Nwaila to lead the Wits Mining Institute
Economic geologist and machine learning practitioner takes the reins.
Award for Wits anthropologist for efforts to understand and serve needs of the world’s societies
The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) has selected Professor Lenore Manderson as the recipient of its 2023 Bronislaw Malinowski Award.
Politically US-Africa relations can be bumpy, but on the right track economically
Relations between African countries and the US are bumpy on political issues but much better on the economic front.
Inflation should be viewed as public enemy number 1
Inflation is bad for any country’s economy. It also hurts the wealth and financial well-being of individuals and households.
SA research leads to new WHO guidelines for improved TB treatment
Ground-breaking research conducted in SA to find shorter, more effective treatment for drug-resistant TB has informed global policy changes.
Wits scientists in the team that made the first image of the black hole in the centre of our galaxy
This result provides overwhelming evidence that the object is indeed a black hole and yields valuable clues about the workings of such giants.
Royal Honour for Wits Vice-Chancellor
Prof. Zeblon Vilakazi welcomed as a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society (UK)
Community dialogue can show the way to meeting water needs
Evidence suggests that involving marginalised communities in setting priorities and designing collective action can lead to improved health outcomes.
The problem of funding SA students can be solved
SA’s private financial sector should fund all students, no matter their means, with loans underwritten by the state.
For the love of books - what reading to our children teaches them about the world
Reading expands the knowledge, fosters empathy for others and builds healthy, loving and trusting relationships between children and adults.
Towards a secure digital legacy – Wits Library now a member of the Digital Preservation Coalition
Wits has joined the Digital Preservation Coalition, a charitable foundation that supports digital preservation with a view to a secure digital legacy.
Unleashing the potential of university-based archives
Towards the creation of a future Civil Society and Human Rights Archive and Research Hub at Wits.
Covid-19 Update 86: Infections are increasing
Please take note of rising infections in the country and particularly in Gauteng. Please get vaccinated if you have not done so yet.
National Research Foundation rates three Witsies for the first time as world leaders in their fields
The NRF has awarded new A-ratings to three Wits academics in the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Health Sciences respectively.
Intriguing insights from Wits Global Ethics Day colloquium
The annual ethics colloquium, which celebrates ethical practices, this year interrogated ideas and studies that challenged Research Ethics Committees recently.
Former South African president predicts the end of the ruling party: history is on his side
Any ruling party in South Africa has found it hard to maintain internal coherence and unity over an extended time span amid wide national diversity.
Geologists explain why most basaltic magma chambers are roofless
Wits geologists come up with an original interpretation for a long-standing petrological paradox – the common absence of roof rocks in basaltic magma chambers.
New forms of urban planning are emerging in Africa
Master planning has served the entwining interests and ambitions of international as well as local actors in Africa.
How Africa can respond to the seismic changes in the world
Fundamental changes are taking place in the world: what are the implications for Africa?
From pandemic learner to successful student
'Gateway to Success' programme: Creating a holistic, seamless transition from secondary school to university
A different dream for Wits teacher with cystic fibrosis
A journey that was almost thwarted just as the undergraduate degree was in the bag.
Wits Chancellor Dr Judy Dlamini graduates again
Respect for the profession created the need to do this qualification, says Dlamini.
Genocide, gender and the pursuit of justice
Navanethem ‘Navi’ Pillay already has 17 honorary degrees but “it’s always precious when you get it from home”, she says.
Restore accountability to the Legislature
Justice Moloto bemoans decade of ‘accountability inertia’ and asks graduates to contribute to people- driven democracy.
Wits honours conflict resolution luminary
Wits awards distinguished attorney and dispute resolution luminary Charles Nupen with honorary doctorate in law.
Fresh signs of mosquito insecticide resistance in South Africa
Insecticide resistance is a growing threat to malaria control efforts globally.
Twelve Witsies in the running for Science Oscars
Twelve Wits researchers are contenders for the prestigious NSTF-South32 Awards for 2021/2022, four of whom were nominated in two categories each.
Health Sciences student wins Wits FameLab
Mpho Mathole won the Wits leg of the international science communication competition and will go on to participate in the nationals later this year.
Dr Frene Ginwala remembers Wits
Struggle icon Dr Frene Ginwala recalls how Wits accelerated the global fight against apartheid.
Humble, sincere, with an infectious laugh – tributes to Ndoni Mcunu
Ndoni Mcunu, Wits PhD candidate, climate scientist, and the driving force behind Black Women in Science passed away on April 16.
KZN floods - the cost of “loss and damage”
COP27 — the next battleground for climate justice and damage compensation.
Five luminaries to be honoured at #WitsGrads
Wits University is proud to announce the start of the April graduation season where 5 593 students will be capped between 19 and 29 April 2022.
Wits hosts the principals of top secondary schools
Wits University hosts principals from top achieving Gauteng schools
Future Ecosystems for Africa programme launched at Wits
Programme aims to identify African ecosystem vulnerabilities while leveraging African-informed transformative change opportunities.
Both big and small farms are important for food security
The farming sector is arguably the most important economic sector for SA’s development as it is directly linked to food security and poverty reduction.
Race and class fears amplified on Twitter when Covid-19 hit
Study of tweets in Kenya and South Africa shows online rage towards white communities and privileged classes can be read as fatigue with the postcolonial state.
AmaBhungane and Daily Maverick win Taco Kuiper Award
Stories that unearthed corruption in the Health Ministry and exposed threats by a torched chemical company win the premier award for investigative journalists.
Self-healing arrays of twisted light from a laser
Wits physicist part of team that develops novel laser.
South African History Archive returns home
SAHA was officially relaunched at Wits and will be part of the Archives and Research Hub.
Student Leadership Awards celebrate movers and shakers
From spearheading entrepreneurship programmes to driving community projects, Wits student leaders are walking the path of servant leadership.
SA legal profession threatens to become as corrupt as the state
Law firms need to come together to agree on an anti-corruption stance and shame those who are unethical.
President Ramaphosa welcomes groundbreaking book on SA economy
The book comes at a time of great upheaval in the global economy.
SA teaching hospital shows 23 percent decrease in superbug transmission after novel intervention
A study shows for the first time that Ultraviolet room decontamination paired with manual cleaning decreases transmission of CRE by 23% in a hospital setting.
R50 million donation to advance innovation in South Africa
Alumnus Dr David Fine's generous donation will be used to establish the Angela and David Fine Chair in Innovation.
ACSUS celebrates four years of excellence
ACSUS at Wits commits to Global South scholarship on the superpower’s emerging futures.
Architecture student a regional winner of Corobrik competition
Research addressing monumental buildings inherited from industrialisation wins regional round and advances to nationals.
Covid-19 risks remain
At this point it’s pragmatic to integrate COVID-19 management into routine health practices.
R54,000 a pop for anti-HIV injection
A new HIV prevention medicine could work even better than daily pills, but if nothing changes it costs more than R300,000 to treat one person for a year.
SA scientists have a duty to speak out on Ukraine invasion
As an academic body, we should be appalled by South Africa’s less than stellar performance on Russia’s war against Ukraine.
African countries showed disunity in UN votes on Russia
The unwillingness of African governments to forge a unified position on the Russian invasion has damaged the credibility of their pan-African commitments.
The 100-year-old story of South Africa’s first history book in the isiZulu language
Magema Fuze’s book was a radical act of publishing. It contained histories of chiefdoms and kingdoms - from the Zulu to the Ngcobo.
Rising vigilantism - the fruits of misrule
Ending violence against foreigners can only happen by first recognising – and addressing – the hazards of South Africa’s crumbling system of indirect rule.
How language plunged Cameroon into deadly conflict
Anglophone grievances run deep and have remained unaddressed for a long time.
SA should pay whistleblowers to combat tax evasion
South Africa should start offering whistleblowers monetary compensation in cases where they help identify tax evaders.
Introduce mandatory labelling for fast foods
South Africa should introduce regulations that mandate the nutritional labelling of fast foods. This will help consumers make informed dietary choices.
Covid-19 Update 85: Over 90% of those accessing Wits' campuses are vaccinated
It is with great appreciation that we thank you and members of our wider Wits community for vaccinating and in so doing, making Wits a safer place for all.
Mapping mosquitoes to combat malaria
Theresa Mazarire in the Wits Institute for Malaria (WRIM) combines environmental science and public health to control malaria mosquitoes.
Accountants should take the lead in fighting climate change
Incorporating climate change accountability into integrated reporting can trigger a global change in climate change thinking.
Top Matriculants, now Witsies celebrated
Twelve outstanding first-year students have been awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, which covers tuition and accommodation fees.
Netflix and the African dream
The new reality series Young, Famous and African, released in March 2022, has been the centre of conversation among South African viewers.
New Covid-19 regulations are the real state of disaster
The incoherent and illogical new government Covid-19 regulations are the real state of disaster
National Batho Pele Excellence Award for Rees
This accolade acknowledges and recognises her outstanding contributions to COVID-19 research in 2021/2022.
‘Digital activism is the future’ – Commonwealth scholar
Albert Sharra, recipient of the Commonwealth Split-site scholarship, focuses on digital political activism and people power.
Job losses, pay cuts – State of the Newsroom during Covid-19
The 2020 State of the Newsroom report looked at a year of ‘shock, confusion and a need to radically adapt’.
New programmes to enhance leadership in early- and mid-career academics
The two programmes ‘are stepping stones to launch and develop the careers of academics’.
R10 million for the palaeosciences
#Wits100 donation will be used to fund the Micro CT scanner upgrade to benefit palaeontologists.
It’s complicated … but let’s talk about #Gender
Read the 13th issue of Curios.ty, themed: #Gender. We feature research across the gender spectrum that aims to ensure a more equitable and tolerant society.
To live and love across a spectrum
EDITORIAL: The way we choose to identify ourselves provokes questions and demands interrogation to ensure a more equitable and tolerant society.
STEM - not all are equal
Structures need to be put in place at higher education institutions to give women their rightful opportunities.
Beyond the binary
The gender binary has reached its expiry date but it still hasn’t been consigned to society’s dustbin.
The politics of a woman’s body
The backsliding of women’s rights happening right now should be the clarion call that gender rights are still everybody’s business.
The knife between her thighs
Female Genital Mutilation - South African researchers and medical practitioners are increasingly seeing it in its most extreme forms.
Finding Nemo’s sexual identity
As a species, we are only starting to scratch the surface of our understanding of gender, sex, and identity.
Levelling the playing fields
The competitive sporting world is playing catch-up with the realities of gender in modern society.
A woman’s work is never done
The work that women do in households is largely overlooked, yet it is critical for a well-functioning society.
Parenting in the city
Building cities for women will make them more inclusive for all groups.
Older people do bonk
The notion that people older than 50 neither desire nor engage in sexual intercourse is a misnomer that demands further research, particularly in Africa.
Responsibility and representation: Where does the buck stop for brands and business sales targeting the LGBTQIA+ community?
Coloured women find their centre beyond the whisper and gossip.
Being queer in Africa
Despite a history of openness to queerness in pre-colonial times, Africa is now largely unwelcoming to LGBTQIA+ people.
Same-sexuality past and present
The notion that homosexuality is ‘unAfrican’ is totally false. People have engaged in same-sex relationships for centuries.
An illegal failure of our criminal justice system
Hate crimes such as the so-called “corrective rape” of lesbians and trans women is a black mark against SA’s constitutional democracy.
A heart for the queer and gay
Dr Ahmed Badat spends his life focusing on improving LGBTQIA+ mental health training for medical students.
Let’s talk about sex (and health), please
Changes in sexual functioning are a side effect of many physical and mental illnesses, however, across genders, sexual health and behaviour are not addressed.
Mobilising big data and AI to fight GBVF
Gender-based violence and femicide is a pandemic more insidious and endemic than a virus – how technology can help combat and prevent it.
Monstrous males/femme fatales
Gender portrayals in animated films have come a long way, which is important, as animation can be a tool for positive social change.
'Real' men lift others up and don't put them down
Men cannot be left on the periphery of conversations about gender-based violence and abuse.
Performing masculinity in Men’s Res
Q&A with Moeketsi Gordon Koahela on his research into masculinity and male university students.
Philanthropy’s feminist future
Could a growing understanding of the role of women in African philanthropy spark the evolution of the charitable giving sector?
Towards gender parity in academic leadership
Eight female fellows of the Female Academic Leadership (FALF) Programme at Wits share their experiences of breaking the glass ceiling.
We’re not your victims
COLUMN: Srila Roy says that feminists in the Global South are fighting the battle on two fronts, making a history of their own.
SA’s first black female doctor was a Witsie
When apartheid became law in 1948, a black woman from Limpopo had already achieved a series of firsts …
New project will examine Covid-19 vaccine acceptance in southern Africa
A new project will examine Covid-19 vaccine acceptance in SA and Zimbabwe and recommend strategies to promote vaccination.
Sustainability in higher education: clean water
In this series, QS has been exploring the innovative and inspiring work being done by higher education institutions to address UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Creating job opportunities for SA’s youth
The Wits Entrepreneurship Clinic gets going with programme to drive innovation and entrepreneurship.
Developing equal partnerships in unequal societies
Wits strengthens EU partnerships through becoming a CIVIS Alliance strategic partner.
Scientific diplomacy and cooperation in this time of war
Scientific diplomacy must be given a chance to help enhance mutual understandings across political divides.
Bushveld Complex functioned as a big magma tank
Scientists find that large, long-lived, and entirely molten magma chambers did exist in Earth’s crust.
Academics condemn silencing of scientists over Russian invasion
Professor Lynn Morris says universities 'value independent inquiry, intellectual excellence, integrity, and academic freedom and institutional autonomy'.
Diversifying the Academy
The rewards of supporting the research and career aspirations of Wits academics.
New promising interventions to protect term and premature babies from deadly respiratory virus
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a major cause of lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) and hospitalisation in infants.
Wits physicist awarded 2022 Sang Soo Lee Award
Professor Andrew Forbes recognised for his outstanding leadership in founding and growing an optics and photonics community in Africa.
French National Order of Merit awarded to Professor Helen Rees
This accolade recognises her outstanding medical career and commitment to improving global health with a focus on public health in Africa.
Wits audience get a virtual tour of the JOIDES Resolution research ship
Virtual linkup was done live from the ship while the ship was on an expedition to conduct science operations on the Walvis Ridge, off the coast of Namibia.
Wits celebrates 100 years of excellence
The University aims to raise R3 billion through the Centenary Campaign
#Wits100: New music hall for the good of the arts
Wits University launches its centenary campaign with the opening of the new state-of-the-art Wits Chris Seabrooke Music Hall.
A mathematician, historian and political scientist walk into a bar ...
Three former VCs, Chancellor Judy Dlamini, Stanley Bergman and Professor Zeblon Vilakazi toast #Wits100.
Top spots for Witsies
Wits student wins the country’s premier budget speech competition.
Covid-19 Update 84: Over 30 000 vaccination certificates uploaded
The academic programme began in earnest today and it was fantastic to see students in class again and staff back on campus.
The relevance of American studies in African universities
Africa needs to study America for a balanced engagement across public policy, civil society, corporate sector and at personal levels.
Omicron doesn’t need its own custom vaccine
The Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was discovered in South Africa and emerged in November 2021.
Tracking symptoms of respiratory diseases online can give a picture of community health
This is not an alternative to traditional disease surveillance, but a complementary tool.
South Africa has arrived at the recovery stage of the pandemic
South Africa is in a new phase of the COVID pandemic. But vaccination remains crucial.
Child care centres in South Africa need more support
The sector was ill-equipped to withstand further shocks and impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
God and illness: in SA there’s more to healing than medicine
It is not uncommon for people to believe that the cause of their illnesses is a result of curses or punishment from a deity or witchcraft.
Reimagining journalism training
Journalism has become ‘post-industrial’, entrepreneurial and atypical.
Next Engineers Programme targets high schools
The five-year programme seeks to increase the diversity of the next generation of engineers through early exposure to engineering concepts and careers.
Population based survey reveals why SA is at a turning point in the pandemic
South Africans had extensive immunity against severe Covid-19 disease and death prior to Omicron, due to high infections in the first 3 waves and vaccination.
Wits celebrates research excellence
It was an upbeat post-pandemic return to campus when Wits academics gathered to celebrate research excellence.
Tackling how data from your Health App is used
New research project will explore ways to protect the personal health data of African app users.
City-slicker or rural farmer? What the bugs in your gut can tell you about your health
Scientists have for the first time described the microbiome in SA individuals in ‘city’ and ‘rural’ populations and discovered new bacteria in SA microbiomes.
What it means to live a good life, a flourishing life
Words about mental health need to align with people’s understanding of well being.
Rick Turner and the enduring necessity of utopian thinking
Utopian thinking, revisiting the ideas of Rick Turner in the current political context.
SA'a fiscal squeeze: warning signs ignored for too long
The sums aren’t adding for South Africa on either the spending or revenue side. It’s a problem that’s developed over time with no action being taken.
Covid-19 Update 83: Changes to screening tools
LogBox App is being streamlined to make it easier for you to complete the questions.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative statement on type 1 wild poliovirus in Malawi
The GPEI is supporting Malawian health authorities to assess the situation and to begin urgent immunization in the subregion to mitigate any risk of spread.
Why America's Black History month is important for Africans
Since its 1926 inception, Black History Month every February has been a celebration of "Africanness" beyond the confines of US borders.
Basic income support in SA: what it will take
Basic income support is not a question of government “being generous”. The money will be taken from employed citizens and the affluent.
Covid-19 Update 82: Changes to isolation protocols and FAQs
The South African government released new Covid-19 regulations as at 31 January 2022, pertaining to changes to isolation protocols.
Why and how Africans need to participate in genetic studies
Underrepresented populations need to feature more in genomic studies so that they benefit from research that explores how their unique genetics affect health.
#Wits100: The impact of giving
From the Desk of Professor Zeblon Vilakazi: I extend a special welcome to you as we approach the start of this academic year.
Rousing Welcome for 100th Class
A new chapter and new frontiers as Wits welcomes first-year students joining the University in its centenary year.
The inside story of discovering the Omicron variant
The Conversation Weekly podcast: What South African scientists' experience offers the world about future variants.
Census 2022 - the most important yet
The census will focus everyone on the core challenges the country faces, where they are, and who is most affected.
Soweto Comprehensive Cancer Centre built to serve
Today is World Cancer Day and a new cancer centre at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital is set to serve the community.
State Capture Report
Publications by academics from Wits and the Public Affairs Research Institute feature in the Report.
Hat-trick of research accomplishments for Wits digital technologist
A researcher and lecturer in the Wits School of Education has begun 2022 with three high-profile achievements.
Covid-19: New tracker for shopping malls
Wits team develops social distancing and shopper behaviour tracker for malls.
Wits in multi-country high-tech mineral exploration partnership
Team of experts help search for metals and minerals needed to meet the tech demands of an evolving world.
South Africa is in a state of drift
The danger is that the ANC turns the way of Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF.
Snowfall in the Sahara desert
In order for snow to form, two distinctive weather properties are needed: cold temperatures and moist air. The Sahara can tick these boxes.
Covid-19 Update 81: Vaccination and testing site now open
Apply for reasonable accommodation and upload your international vaccine certificate.
Reading the nutritional signs in your burger, chips and soda combo
A study into fast food nutrition labelling found that just 58% of SA’s biggest fast food retailers surveyed provide nutritional information on their products.
The cornerstone of good science
Covid-19: Scientists without quality data are like unarmed soldiers in a war zone.
The limits of “lawfare” as a political tool
Covid-19 in South Africa shows the limits of using courts to fight political battles.
The Gender Commission has failed women
Scientists say the Commission’s statement against mandatory vaccinations is offensive, irresponsible and misleading.
Africa's strategy to draw investment needs work
Foreign investment is Africa's best shot at growth, but its share is still pitiful.
The Zuck stops here
It’s time to take on the tech giants to sustain media and journalism - you can use competition laws against the likes of Facebook.
End SA’s national state of disaster
Covid-19: On 15 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act.
Covid-19 Update 80: Thank you! 7 500+ vaccine certificates uploaded
If you are experiencing glitches in uploading your certificate, this information might help. You can also log technical queries via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Covid-19 Update 79: You can now upload your vaccine certificate
Mandatory vaccination: The link to upload your vaccine certificate is now live.
Covid-19 Update 78: Implementation of Wits Mandatory Vaccination Policy
Wits University adopted a Mandatory Vaccination Policy (Mvax Policy), which will be implemented from 1 January 2022.
Wits researchers feature in popular children’s science book
Book about South Africa’s leading brains competes with Harry Potter in South African children’s book sales.
Gateway to success for new first year students
Wits University introduces new programme to enhance the academic and social success of first year students.
Students positively rate Wits career services
Wits students who participated in a national survey are happy with initiatives aimed at boosting their success in the world of work.
Namaqualand daisies are flowering earlier
The progressively earlier flowering places the daisies at greater risk of failed flowering seasons. This would be a blow to biodiversity and tourism.
Partnership to increase gold recovery
Wits and DRDGold’s Ergo Mining Proprietary Limited (Ergo) sign a second five-year research and support agreement to enhance skills and research in mining.
South Africa has changed tack on tackling Covid: why it makes sense
The South African government has chosen a pragmatic approach that balances the potential direct and detrimental indirect effects of Covid.
How Nigerian cities can cope better with flood risk
Institutional failures, infrastructure, socio-economic challenges and disaster education influence Nigerian cities’ vulnerability to flood disaster.
Covid-19 Update 77: Wits Covid-19 Vaccination Implementation Plan
Wits Universit's Mandatory Vaccination Policy (MVAX Policy) will be implemented in January 2022.
Diverse people unite exhibition hosted at Wits
Canon South Africa and RARI partner up to preserve our heritage through the camera lens.
Law Clinic brings hope even under hard conditions
Hundreds of legal clients in just months underscores the desperation of the indigent even during lockdown.
2021: Best science or technology-related books
With the year drawing to a close, many people will be wondering what books they may have missed out on in 2021.
Omicron data: more transmissible but less severe
Early data show that Omicron is dominating new COVID-19 cases in Gauteng province.
It's time for green investment in Africa
As climate change alters business and governance forever, there is no time to lament, only to use the power of investment to change the world for the better.
It's for the common good
There should no longer be a debate between the goals of corporate profit and higher education’s knowledge for its own sake.
Triumph for Mandela and Castro medical programme
Wits Covid-19 Heroes support the vision to increase doctors from historically disadvantaged areas.
The balancing act of managing and motherhood
Enthusiasm, patience and diligence are some of the traits that earned Prof. Sumaya Laher the title of Wits Covid-19 Hero for her role in supporting Witsies.
Thank you, Witsies!
From the Desk of the Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Zeblon Vilakazi: We are stronger because of the diversity of our people and our ideas.
Alumna honoured with the 2021 Outstanding Educator Award
Denise Nicholson recognised for her commitment to intellectual property rights and improving library access.
Jar of Hope restores smiles
A little extra help goes a long way
Keen eyes like those of Lynne Pritchard’s are needed during the era of online learning.
Keeping the lights on
Jeandre Hazelhurst surprised by Wits Covid-19 Hero nomination
Singing and dancing in hospital lifts spirits
Rheumatologist takes innovative approach to managing Covid-19.
Another Wits Hero from ICT
Dreaming of “zero local dependencies” and a complete move to the cloud.
The changing role of ICT
Wits alumna and Senior Manager at Wits ICT says the role of techies should go beyond providing cutting edge and user-friendly infrastructure.
If steam contains water, what does smoke from fire contain?
Professor Sally Archibald answers this question in Curious Kids, is a series for children published in The Conversation-Africa.
Ensuring optimal service delivery on campus
From bathrooms to buses and public areas on campus, the unsung heroes in the Services Department wage a daily battle against the virus.
Quantum entanglement: Why physicists want to harness it
“Quantum entanglement” is one of several plot devices that crops up in modern sci-fi movies.
Biden’s summit for democracy
Africa can make important contributions to the issues on the agenda: defending against authoritarianism; fighting corruption; and respect for human rights.
Chemistry’s Monyai is a ray of light
Create space for dreams and wellbeing so that impactful work can happen.
Faculties come together in fight against Covid-19
Diverse team of staff and students proudly came together at a time when the country need them most.
Teaching and medicine – a perfect blend against Covid-19
Two disciplines have paved the way for Hartmann to make an impact on the lives of others.
Paying it forward
Wits Covid-19 Hero Dr Armand Bahini says his actions are inspired by the institution that made him the man he is today.
Biometeorology - the possibilities are endless
Are you interested in the weather and its impact on nature? Here’s a career for you.
South Africa needs more spectrum now
Wits, UJ, government and the telecoms sector join forces to close the digital divide.
Answering the call of students
“No matter what you’re feeling inside, the purpose is to be kind and help students with a smile.”
Children and screens – making it through the holidays
Every small change to promote healthy levels of screen time is a step in the right direction for the health, wellbeing and development of children.
Omicron: five steps to avoid, ten to take immediately
The world needs to learn to live with the virus. And governments must follow the science and don’t distort it for political expediency.
Lessons from Wits rural campus
Wits Covid-19 Hero Ngoni Ngwarai, shares what it’s like to work with 31 villages and humble lessons from Covid-19.
Harnessing resources for greater good
Chemicals and special pencils are never too far from this Wits Covid-19 Hero.
Two new mining research centres at Wits Mining Institute
The Institute will boost its contribution to the future of mining by hosting two of the new research centres.
Knack for technology benefits those with disabilities
Adaptive Technologist and Wits Covid-19 Hero, Andrew Sam, provides specialised support to students and staff with special needs.
Finding a balance between rural versus metro support
Metros may be a graveyard for political ambition. But if parties or individuals succeed, the rewards are considerable.
Origins of early sapiens behaviour opens at Origins Centre
The extraordinary multimedia presentation comprises 16 unique display panels that include six videos by renowned documentary filmmaker Craig Foster.
SA can get through the Covid-19 maze ahead of the festive season – here’s how
Despite the vaccines, there is a new frightening-sounding variant in town, Omicron. There is plenty you can do to protect yourselves this December.
Covid-19 Update 76: Council approves Wits Covid-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy
Read the full statement, the policy, and the Q&A information document wherein Wits experts answer questions about vaccination, legal, ethical, and more.
The hunt for coronavirus variants
Covid 19: How the new one was found and what we know so far.
Managing in an ever changing world
“Covid has taught us to be very flexible and to understand that no two people are exactly the same in how they deal with things,”
Should we trust machines?
Inclusivity and diversity need to be at the level of identifying values and defining frameworks of what counts as ethical AI in the first place.
Being part of something bigger drives educator
Wits Covid-19 Hero, Professor Lee Rusznyak spearheaded an initiative that assisted teaching students from 24 South African universities.
EIE hosts first engineering Women’s Conference
The virtual conference highlighted the dynamic interventions that women are making in STEM.
Providing data for Covid decisions
From providing analysis to the government, media and the public - Prof. Bruce Mellado has empowered many to make informed decisions about the pandemic.
Ancient human relative, Australopithecus sediba, “walked like a human, but climbed like an ape”
New lower back fossils settles a decades old debate proving early hominins used their upper limbs to climb like apes, and their lower limbs to walk like humans.
A slowly worsening chronic fiscal crisis
National Treasury’s strategy to overcome South Africa’s chronic fiscal crisis rests on highly uncertain political and economic foundations.
Why are there so few impact craters on Earth?
Impact craters are relatively shallow, so these bowl-shaped “dents” in Earth’s rocky crust can be easily buried or erased by erosion.
Protecting the first line of defenders
“Wits has a very dynamic community. Every day is Day One at Wits.”
Bumper year for feminist scholar
A book, international academic residency and a fellowship on the cards for Professor Srila Roy.
Keeping information flowing
“I simply could not sit back and do nothing when I knew that I could try to make a difference and help the students out.”
Unpacking parents’ reasons for not vaccinating their children: why it matters
Independent Tanzanian publisher: Walter Bgoya
Books should influence public opinion, contribute to nationwide debates, and stimulate an appreciation of reading and writing.
Leaving no one behind
Scott Smalley instrumental in the safe return of students and staff, and the vaccination drive on campus.
President awards Witsies National Orders
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has awarded four Witsies his office’s highest honour for their services to South Africa.
These learners just love problems
Most people avoid problems but not these learners.
EIE Open Day 2021
From ‘sniffing’ for an internet connection to estimating poverty from space, Open Day had you covered.
Lighting up the digital divide with ‘Fibre, Before the Fibre’
Wits leads efforts to develop low-cost, long-range free-space optics that can connect informal settlement communities to high-speed internet.
Let’s just do more with less
South Africa’s health system is on its knees: the 2021 medium-term budget policy statement offers no relief.
WitsReview wins best corporate publication award
Wits University's multi-award winning publication adds another accolade.
Africa heats up more, and faster
Report: By 2030, up to 118 million extremely poor people will be subject to the devastating impacts of drought and intense heat.
Why does cold air go down and hot air go up?
Associate Professor Jennifer Fitchett answers this question in Curious Kids, is a series for children published in The Conversation-Africa.
Breaking walls after the Berlin Wall
Which wall needs to fall in society and science?
Wits, British Council to boost innovation in Africa
The new Wits Entrepreneurship Clinic will form part of the Innovation for African Universities Project that will drive economic development.
Africa-UK partnerships for climate action
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal participates in strategic climate change conversation on COP26 and COP27.
Contact or online? Moving away from binary approaches
We need to move away from this binary approach, consider our contextual realities, and start with the end goal in mind.
The 10 babies hoax
South African newspaper proprietor Dr Iqbal Survé has long pushed the boundaries of credibility, but recently he crossed the line into full fantasy.
The promise of Damon Galgut
Will white South Africa ever give up part of its privilege? Booker-winning novel probes white South Africa and the land issue
Covid-19: Should South Africa be vaccinating 12-17 year olds
The focus of the government seems to be about how many people can get vaccinated rather than ensuring the greatest protection against severe disease and deaths.
Covid-19 Update 75: Senate supports mandatory vaccination policy
"We will also continue to engage with the broader Wits community on the proposed policy in the coming weeks."
A child of darkness
Meet Leti, a Homo naledi child discovered in the Rising Star Cave System that yielded Africa’s richest site for fossil hominins.
Harnessing Thor’s hammer
How forensic science is unlocking the mysteries of fatal lightning strikes that could help save thousands of lives.
Wits and Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital strengthen partnership
Extended partnership will enable partners to advance critical areas in child health.
The smoking gun
This tool can identify cause of death by fatal lightning strike in skeletonised remains.
Switching allegiance will bring loyalty to SA
It is important to impress upon those who boycott elections that their votes do count and they can force change.
Religion can be a blessing, and a curse
How religion has shaped the experiences of displaced LGBT people in South Africa.
In 25 years, what has changed for women?
The provision of better health services and social grants has aided rural women’s progress but there are still tremendous needs to be met.
Harnessing Africa’s knowledge tank
African universities have great potential to accelerate development and advance knowledge on the continent.
Untreated mental illnesses impact SA's economy, social and family stability
The shame which many South Africans, particularly black communities, place on people who live with mental illnesses are preventing sufferers from seeking help.
Wits ergonomics expert joins prestigious Academy of Science of South Africa
Professor Andrew Thatcher from the School of Human and Community Development has been appointed as a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).
A new era in cricket research
Wits University has launched a cricket research hub for science, medicine and rehabilitation.
Acclaimed wordsmith publishes new book
Wits alumnus and contemporary writer, Dr Mandla Langa, has added a new novel to his literary works.
Spotlight on President of the African Real Estate Society
Lessons from his father and mentors have shaped Akinsomi's journey.
VC celebrates Wits Olympians and Paralympians
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Zeblon Vilakazi hosted Witsies who were part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Can gaming transform the way we learn?
Professor Barry Dwolatzky explains what gamification in learning is and how it is on a path to change the future of higher education.
No-go zones have no place in a democratic society
IEC must come down hard on parties that refuse to allow others to campaign in what they see as their areas.
Climate change has already hit southern Africa
With mitigation and adaptation strategies and policies driven through COP26, southern Africa can reduce the impacts on local livelihoods.
New Migration Academy calls for applications
Members of the African Research Universities Alliance open new opportunities in migration studies.
'Punish or deter outrageously false campaign promises'
Poll chancers: politicians who make false promises must be punished.
Wits Top in Africa and in top 15 Emerging Economies
Wits University ranked in top 15 by The Times Higher Education in the latest ranking of universities in emerging economies.
Wits and Russian Embassy unveils Yuri Gagarin bust
Unveiling of the bust celebrates 60 years of space exploration and human space travel.
Wits – Edinburgh to collaborate on academic, research and innovation projects
Universities committed to translating MoU into action that benefits staff and students.
Online teaching and learning: Towards a realistic view of the future
The shift to emergency remote teaching and learning enabled academics to start questioning some long-held assumptions about in-person teaching and learning.
Aggrey Klaaste and nation-building
How the South African editor put himself on the line with his contrarian idea.
Young Wits scientists shine at FameLab
Three Wits students are in the top 10 of the national FameLab competition.
‘Foreplay’ judgment: problematic judicial views around consent in rape cases persists
In SA it is alarming and legally dangerous to have a judgment that consensual foreplay implies consent for penetration and sex, and thus rape did not occur.
New Surgical Skills Lab to train specialists and sub-specialists
R22-million project to enhance the training of surgeons in South Africa.
New Wits laboratory will advance African genetics research
The Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience today launches a new research lab to understand African genetics and advance precision medicine in Africa.
Staff awards celebrate the best of Wits
The annual Staff Awards reflect the Wits values that drive the ethos and excellence across our remarkable institution.
Red tape is choking biodiversity research in South Africa
There are calls for measures to reduce the burden of red tape and promote and facilitate biodiversity research in South Africa.
Covid-19 Update 74: Wits Mandatory Vaccination Framework
The proposed Framework has been developed and will be shared with staff, students, senior managers, organised labour, and other constituencies for comment.
My story: from Kenyan villager to international researcher
My name is Francis Otieno and I am telling this story to inspire school kids, emerging researchers, and everyone – your dreams are possible!
Top matriculants prepare for the Wits experience
The top applicants are set to join Wits as it turns 100 in 2022.
South Africa urgently needs to update its mental health policy
Mental Health: How are we doing? What do we need to do?
A look at new abortion guidelines
International Safe Abortion Day – celebrated every year on 28 September – marks a woman’s fundamental reproductive right to access safe, legal abortion.
Wits celebrates 99 years of excellence
Wits launches global appeal, former Wits SRC President donates $100,000 to support students
Former presidents rise to the #Wits100 challenge
Wits SRC president pledges USD100,000 to aid students, challenges others to #WitsForGood challenge.
Palliative care and Covid-19: A patient’s quality of life and dignified death are paramount
Calls to permit nurses in South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania to prescribe morphine to help ease patient's suffering and give them a dignified death.
Witsies win six Science Oscars at prestigious national research awards
Wits researchers won six National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 research awards .
Science superstar reaching for the stars
The sky is the limit for science superstar and PhD student, Mpho Kgoadi.
Head of UNAIDS unpacks the knock-on effects of Covid-19
Greater urgency is needed in the response to pandemics, to end AIDS and to end COVID-19.
Developing countries should inform global debates on inequality
Greater urgency is needed in the response to pandemics, to end AIDS and to end COVID-19.
R70m to transform the ‘Bara Burns Unit’ into a world-class facility
New specialised Wits Roy McAlpine Burns Unit will treat burn survivors and will create a high-tech skin bank and tissue engineering laboratory in Soweto.
Wits employees go the extra mile for students and academics stranded abroad
Dr Yan Yang and Alison Simons from the Wits Strategic Partnerships Office supported Witsies who were abroad at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Serving all equally – Service before self
Fears of Covid-19 did not stop Wits network support technicians to service staff at academic hospitals during hard lockdown.
SA ICT sector navigates pandemic unscathed but skills gaps remain
The 2021 ICT Skills Survey results were released on 28 September 2021.
Passion, love and dedication for teaching
A source of inspiration for his students.
Skills survey finds SA ICT not moving to gig economy - yet
Survey shows a shift to the gig economy has not occurred in SA, but it's plausible that this might change in future.
Wits-educated billionaire launches R3-billion vaccine development project in SA
It will help to establish two research centres to boost cancer and vaccine research at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Covid vaccine mandates don’t have to undermine your rights
While South Africa has steered clear of compulsory vaccination for now, the country’s laws do allow such a policy.
Robben Island Museum: The making and breaking
Robben Island Museum aspired to be part of the reconstruction and development of the national soul.
Majozi to lead the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Esteemed process engineer to steer the Faculty as Wits embarks on its strategic journey to 2033.
All about developing people
Wits Hero Dr Lisa Ware has first-hand experience of what can happen when youth are without hope.
A rising research star
The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (OMT) has awarded the Rising Star Fellowship to Associate Professor Peace Kiguwa.
Oppenheimer donation advances African Future Studies at Wits
The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (OMT) has donated R15 million towards the African Future Studies Initiative at Wits University.
Remote work a win for South Africa's ICT professionals
JSCE-IITPSA ICT Skills Survey results will be released on 28 September 2021.
Team work makes the Science Faculty work
A love for teaching and learning, and a deep commitment to the provision of high quality educational experiences drives the Faculty of Science.
IRR’s current approach does a disservice to the people of South Africa
The Institute prioritises its own ideological predilections rather than devoting itself to the betterment of race relations.
Millions of children miss routine vaccinations amid the chaos of Covid-19
Urgent catch-up plans are needed.
The Expropriation Bill and the 18th Constitutional Amendment process
The cart is still behind the horse
Blended learning and the people bold enough to implement it
Notes from the School of Therapeutic Sciences’ Learning I3 (Ideas, Innovation, Inspiration) symposium
Wits mourns the passing of Professor Ivor Sarakinsky
Sarakinsky was a political philosopher, passionate about public governance and the green economy.
Angola: old authoritarian practices remain
The optimism Angolan president João Lourenço’s election generated four years ago has dwindled as electoral promise after another have failed to materialise.
Covid-19 Update 73: Return to campus plans
Details on vaccination and the return of staff members to campus.
Lego blocks and pasta trigger dentistry students
If you think that macaroni, spaghetti and lego blocks only excite preschoolers then you’d be shocked to discover that these also stimulate university students.
Leadership behind the scenes keeps WBS ticking over
He leads with respect, dignity, and passion for excellent IT support and service delivery on the Parktown Management Campus.
Wits humanities scholar a Falling Walls winner
Professor Dilip Menon’s transnationalism research earns him prestigious Falling Walls Award.
Lifeline to LGBTQI+ migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
Our hope is really to inspire other members of the Wits community to say that there are things that we can do to change the lives of those around us - Harie.
Let’s DIY future democracies for good
#DIYAfrica 2021 creates space for Africans to “Do It Yourself” and realise the potential of new and emerging technologies to bring about change.
Wits to coordinate South Africa’s national quantum initiative
The South African Quantum Technology Initiative (SA QuTI) aims to drive local quantum technology research and innovation.
Work as we knew it has changed. Time to think beyond the wage
Recent developments in the organisation of production have led to the decline of wage employment across much of the world.
Covid fallout: Vulnerability and signs of recovery in Gauteng
There is no doubt about the enormous scale of the shocks South Africa has experienced over 2020-21.
The democratic transition in 1994 did little to undermine the foundations of white economic power
Race and capitalism: no easy answers, but posturing will get South Africa nowhere
How Messenger RNA works in nature and in making vaccines
Thanks to the collaborative efforts, the large-scale manufacturing of mRNA drug products is becoming a reality.
Dung beetle experiment suggests carbon dioxide is bad for insects too
Beetles exposed to elevated carbon dioxide emerged later and smaller and had a reduced chance of making it to adulthood.
How Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai has reinvented the library
With vinyl records, zines and political posters instead of just books, The Library of Things We Forgot to Remember offers a way to reimagine African history.
Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine shows promise in protecting people with HIV
The Wits Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytical (VIDA) research unit conducted the phase 1B/2A clinical trial.
African Research on Kidney Disease begins in Mpumalanga
It’s South African Kidney Awareness Week from 6-10 September and the ARK Consortium has begun a unique African study.
Quality of Life in Gauteng declines amidst pandemic – study
The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) has released the results of the latest iteration of the Quality of Life Survey 6 2020/21 (#QoL2021).
Wits leads ambitious partnership to drive AI in Africa
The AI Africa Consortium partners with Cirrus AI to bring large-scale AI infrastructure capacity and expertise to the African research community and industry.
Campus vaccination site to fight Covid-19
Staff and students choose to protect each other as they receive their Covid-19 vaccination on campus.
Burning of fossil fuels directly impacts dung beetles
Elevated carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere negatively affects dung beetles size and survival.
Finding solutions to complex challenges. For Good.
This article has been published in the print and online edition of the Daily Maverick.
How to build credibility in the agricultural sector
To rebuild lost credibility, the South African government can start by listening to social partners and the business sector.
Covid-19 Update 72: Netcare vaccination site at Wits
Wits staff and students can now get their Covid-19 vaccine at the Netcare site on campus.
Johannesburg turned into live laboratory to measure 'killer' lightning
DEHN AFRICA donates R500 000 to the Johannesburg Lightning Research Laboratory at Wits University to support pioneering research in lightning protections.
New lineage of SARS-CoV-2: what’s known so far
We are being cautious about the implications for vaccine efficacy and transmissibility while we gather more data to understand this lineage.
Are you quantum or not? Wits PhD student cracks the high-dimensional quantum code
A new and fast tool for quantum computing and communication.
South African shack dwellers show how grassroots democracy is done
Trevor Ngwane shows how structures that emerged in the struggle against apartheid continue in democratic South Africa, now in conflict with the ruling ANC.
Postponing SA's local elections: what the Constitutional Court must decide
The right to free and fair elections may be undermined if political parties cannot campaign due to COVID-19 restrictions by the state.
African Human Rights Court undermined by resistance from states
The court has lived up to its promise in most cases, issuing some progressive and ground-breaking decisions and remedies.
Students place trust in Wits as they vaccinate
Wits students who got the Covid-19 vaccine jab at the SABC vaccination site on Thursday morning say they chose to place their trust in Wits and science.
In conversation with Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago
Central bankers must act independently, without fear or favour.
Update 71: Witsies can also vaccinate at the SABC vaccination site
Wits staff and students can now get their Covid-19 vaccine at the SABC vaccination site in Auckland Park.
Remember GBV victims
Wits pays tribute to victims of GBV and solidifies action on the ground.
Covid-19 Update 70: Dedicated slots for Witsies to vaccinate in Braamfontein
Wits staff and students who are 18 years and older can now get their Covid-19 vaccine at the Liberty vaccination site in Braamfontein.
Protecting Covid positive pregnant women
Pregnant women who have tested positive for Covid-19 require a different approach.
Healing students humanely with heart
“Covid-19 reminded me of my oath”, says Head of Campus Health and Wellness Centre, Anna Moloi.
Staying connected in sport during a pandemic
From the sports fields to online spaces, Wits Sports staff kept things moving amidst the pandemic.
Ruth Mohamed’s food pack revolution
The expression, “sharing is caring,” is the source behind Covid-19 hero, Ruth Mohamed’s philanthropic values.
Providing a safe home away from home
All titles went out the window – there was no manager or boss position – we all had to help where we could.
Covid-19 Update 69: 18+ you're up! Don't hesitate - vaccinate
Covid-19 vaccinations are open to all persons 18 years and older as from Friday, 20 August 2021.
Research shows that female sex workers are exposed to extremely high levels of violence
This is the first time evidence has been available from a national sample and illuminates the health and complex life experiences of these vulnerable women.
A Servant to the youth
“I’m that person that if you want someone to work with in assisting students, people just think of Lucy.”
Why building collapses are all too common in Lagos
Private developers, building professionals and the government all share responsibility for building collapses.
Guarding the arts in a pandemic
I wanted to help the School of Arts because the lecturers were busy dealing with so many other issues concerning students.
South Africa’s bandit slaves and the rock art of resistance
The scandalous times of a book louse
Deborah Minors interviews Professor Robert Muponde on his new book, 'The Scandalous Times of a Book Louse: A Memoir of a Childhood'.
Protecting frontline healthcare workers
There is no question that without the PPE training, the virus would have spread more rapidly in the hospital where students and staff were placed.
Sibanye-Stillwater broadens its sponsorship with Wits University
Wits University and Sibanye-Stillwater today signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding a sponsorship of some R52 million over a 10-year period.
Former Witsie wins 2021 Dirac Medal
Physicist Professor Saul Teukolsky receives the prize for theoretical work essential to the detection of gravitational waves.
Wits launches new Centre for Journalism
The Wits Centre for Journalism will engage with the rapidly changing world of African journalism.
Climate change: South Africa and the latest IPCC assessment
The report makes it clear that climate change is widespread, rapid, intensifying and unprecedented in thousands of years.
South Africa’s basic income versus jobs debate: a false dilemma
Basic income must be embedded within a broader strategy of economic reform, aimed at increasing the social wage and improving working conditions.
Angola’s constitution is under review but a great deal has been left undone
The Angolan political elite lost an extraordinary opportunity to improve significantly the country’s constitution.
Variants, the fourth wave, vaccines and the unlikelihood of herd immunity
What might happen in South Africa?
Curios.ty 12 (#Solutions): Advancing society for good
Our cutting-edge research offers #Solutions to some of the most challenging problems facing society today.
Wits.For Good. solutions inspire hope
Editorial: From solutions to the structural, political, and socioeconomic challenges in South Africa, to those ‘moonshot moments’ that advance society for good.
Reinventing higher education
We need to rethink higher education by asking what kind of society we want to create.
No place for politics in bricks and mortar
South Africa’s infrastructure seems to be falling apart at the seams. What needs to be done to save the country from further deterioration?
Building a better city
A ‘world class African City’ begins and ends with history and geography.
Pay the taxman his dues
A wealth tax could make a significant contribution to alleviating South Africa’s ailing fiscal situation.
What adds up when teaching maths?
To help close the maths gap in South Africa, Wits experts believe the focus should lie on the teacher.
Getting serious about gaming
Games from the Game Design programme at the Wits School of Digital Arts tell important stories, and allow for solutions to many real-world problems.
Zoom in. Team up. The new era of therapy
Can online platforms help therapists and tutors transform teaching and care beyond the pandemic?
Love in the boardroom
Can love be the central guiding value in big business and in complex decisions?
Mathematics solutions to boost tourism numbers
Numbers in tourism translate into revenue for the sector. Mathematicians are now number-crunching creatively to solve tourism challenges.
Photographing ghosts in space
Photographing a black hole in space, 55 million light years from Earth, seems an impossible task but scientists went to unprecedented lengths to achieve this.
How the brain solves problems
The connections among areas of our brain and how they interact is what counts when trying to find solutions to problems.
Think big to heal South African society
The ructions caused by the pandemic are an opportunity to reconsider core values and spending priorities to address our social ills.
Sense and sensuality in people with disabilities
Wits researchers are creating the space and support for people with disabilities to talk about sex.
Breaking down the perceptual barriers between students and people living with disabilities.
In search of ways to help his father recover from injuries suffered in a motorbike accident, Nabeel Vandayar enrolled at Wits to study medicine.
Healing South Africa’s public health headache
Academia binds the public and private healthcare sectors in the move towards universal healthcare .
Another brick in the pay wall
The media industry in South Africa has been sputtering along for several years. How do we prevent it from totally collapsing?
Social media regulation: Can we trust the tech giants?
Some scholars consider these ‘liberating technologies’ because they empower citizens to speak back to power and hold leaders accountable.
What the world needs now
As the world looks to COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland in 2021, it’s clear that the time for sitting on the side-lines is over.
Repurposing drugs to treat dangerous diseases
In drug repurposing new uses are identified for a drug outside of its original scope of indication, resulting in more effective treatment.
Can philanthropy grow Africa?
Despite the fact the philanthropy is pervasive – benefactors and beneficiaries abound – relatively little is known about its practice in an African context.
Make South Africa great again!
Column: We don’t just have the ability to turn South Africa around, we have a responsibility to do so.
Weekend theatrics so the show could go on
The solution was to convert the school hall of the McAuley House convent, The Nunnery, into a theatre – over one weekend.
Wits celebrates its stars in 2021 M&G Top 200
The Wits Senior Executive Team hail Witsies in the 2021 Mail & Guardian Top 200 for making a positive impact in society.
Teaching and learning beyond the pandemic
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal speaks at an international plenary session on the impact of the pandemic on public higher education.
Higher education awards recognise excellence in Wits Alumni Relations and Wits Communications
The Advancement Division at Wits won seven awards at the Marketing, Advancement and Communication in Education (MACE) Excellence Awards held online on 29 July.
Covid-19 herd immunity is not going to happen, so what next?
When politicians and others speak about herd immunity, unfortunately, they are under the misconception that the current tools that we’ve got are adequate.
How a land reform agency could break SA's land redistribution deadlock
An agency could accelerate land reform by removing the process from political and bureaucratic control.
One of the world’s rarest chameleons found clinging to survival
Chapman’s pygmy chameleon, long feared to be extinct in the wild has been found surviving in patches of rainforest in Malawi.
How light pollution affects dung beetles
Light pollution makes it difficult for dung beetles to see the stars which they use to orientate, Wits researchers find.
SA's skills problem cannot be fixed outside of the economy
It must be part of the messy process of structural change.
Covid-19: Herd immunity is not achievable
Pasha 118: We need to learn to live with COVID-19.
Six myths about vaccination for Covid-19 put to rest
The circulation of misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine poses the danger of hampering the government’s efforts to control the pandemic.
Human trafficking victims and survivors: Hear their voices
Their lived experiences offer the most authentic understanding and familiarity of this life-changing criminal practice.
R&D are key to resilient food systems in Africa
Stronger agricultural research and development systems will enable agriculture to power Africa’s transformation.
Excluding migrants undermines the success of Covid-19 vaccine rollouts
Failure to ensure access for all to prevention and treatment, including vaccines, undermines national responses to Covid-19.
Staff jump to get vaccinated
Wits staff happy about the arrangement to support vaccination drive.
Rural doctors did it for local communities and schools
The Wits Heroes Series celebrates staff members who went beyond the call of duty at the onset of Covid-19 in 2020.
Wits Vice-Chancellor on the purpose of education in the 21st Century – escaping Plato’s cave
Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Wits was part of an eminent panel to discuss the purpose of education in the 21st Century.
IT Administrator at the forefront, providing innovative online learning solutions
The Wits Heroes Series celebrates staff members who went beyond the call of duty at the onset of Covid-19 in 2020.
In pursuit of the pink academic hood
A love for the bright pink graduation hood turned Wits Deputy Registrar into a Wits engineering alumna.
Sunnyside housekeeper keeps the virus at bay
The improved working conditions she found as a Wits employee made it easy for Mncwabe to dedicate her time to the institutions’ fight against the virus.
The proud Witsie moment
“Getting a degree from Wits brought a sense of pride,” says new staff graduate, Timothy Mudau.
Fears forgotten, Students first
“I want this University to know there is nothing I wouldn’t do for it.”
How to finish 2021 strong
There are many ways to use the remainder of the year to set ourselves for success says experts.
A Covid-19 Hero for WBS
The Wits Heroes Series celebrates staff members who went beyond the call of duty at the onset of Covid-19 in 2020.
Leave no one behind: We must urgently address vaccination of undocumented migrants and asylum seeker
We call on Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi to do the right thing to ensure the Covid-19 vaccination programme is inclusive.
Everything you need to know about vaccines — our only viable strategy for living with Covid-19
We are likely to keep being hit by further waves of this virus until at least all adults have immunity.
Covid-19 in children: the South African experience and way forward
Schools are not driving the COVID-19 pandemic and can safely remain open provided people stick to the non-pharmaceutical interventions for COVID-19 prevention.
Building an art gallery in the midst of war in Zimbabwe
Gallerist and writer Robert Huggins and his wife, the artist Helen Lieros, have passed away.
Learnership empowers Soweto youth
Gauteng has one of the highest number of young people who are not in employment, education or training.
How a staff bursary liberated potential
Campus Housing and Residence Life staff member funded by the Wits staff bursary earns master’s degree, which has enabled new career prospects.
What last week’s vandalising of our research clinic in Kliptown, Soweto, means to science
Despite the critical role of the PHRU as part of the national and international Covid-19 response team, it was not spared during the recent unrest.
TB prevention has relied on the same vaccine for 100 years. It’s time for innovation
BCG remains the only widely available vaccine for TB but the COVID-19 vaccine shows that there is capacity to rapidly create new vaccines.
What drove South Africa’s recent violence and looting and what to do about it
Pasha 117: South Africa's recent violence is a cause for concern but there are opportunities to build a stronger nation.
'Grand Geek' to lead Wits’ Innovation Strategy
Professor Barry Dwolatzky has been contracted as Director of Innovation Strategy.
Hope amidst despair
6 712 students will graduate from Wits during the July graduation season.
The vulnerable points in South Africa’s fuel supply chain
The glaring failure by authorities to secure an area notorious for attacks on trucks prompts questions about, at best, utter ineptitude, or at worst, complicity
From the flames of looting to democratic regeneration
Over the past week, democratic constitutionalism and the rule of law have undergone a massive stress test.
South African riots and food security: why there’s an urgent need to restore stability
South Africans should not panic about the food system. But authorities will need to act swiftly and assertively to restore stability.
South Africa in flames: spontaneous outbreak or insurrection?
Corruption thrives in a destabilised state with weak institutions. South Africa cannot be allowed back to that space because there will be no turning back.
Re-inventing the Doppler effect
Wits and HUST researchers report a new form of the Doppler effect.
Wits graduates awarded start-up capital for pharmacy innovation
Wits Pharmacy graduates were awarded seed funding for their automated, antimicrobial-surface coated pill-dispensing innovation, Ra-Pill.
Covid-19 vaccine research ALIVE and thriving at Wits
The Wits African Leadership in Vaccinology Expertise (ALIVE) has awarded research grants for cross-disciplinary Covid-19 vaccine-related projects.
Message from the Senior Executive Team
We hope that you are holding up during these very difficult times.
Spike in COVID-19 cases points to gaps in South Africa’s response
Preventing new infections and containing the pandemic protects health systems from getting close to collapse.
SA-French research cooperation fostering scientific excellence with CNRS-Wits bipartite agreement
Wits and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) today signed a bipartite agreement of research cooperation to foster scientific excellence.
The Covid gender gap
Women suffered a large and disproportionate effect in the labour market as a result of the hard lockdown, but they’ve also been slower to recover.
Steve Kekana: an 80s South African pop star, and much more
We should remember him as just another ordinary human being who did extraordinary things.
Wits tackles water crisis through new water research programme
The Claude Leon Foundation will fund two research chairs and a research programme in water stewardship worth R15.7 million.
Water, power cuts and neglect are taking their toll on South Africa’s top hospitals
South Africa is quite capable of delivering world-class healthcare to all its citizens. But this is constantly being hampered.
Breathing life into bone
An international Wits-led team of scientists used high-powered X-rays to show how an extinct South African dinosaur, Heterodontosaurus tucki, breathed.
Healthcare in South Africa: how inequity is contributing to inefficiency
Patients shouldn't be treated better simply because they can afford to pay more.
Professor Bheki Peterson - A forever man
“Bheki Peterson was a forever person, a forever teacher, a forever writer, a forever friend.”
South Africa’s vaccine quagmire, and what needs to be done now
South Africa has clearly suffered the consequences of poor strategic decisions to this point. It doesn't need to continue along these lines.
The Delta variant and South Africa’s vaccination problems
Pasha 113: The Covid-19 resurgence in South Africa is likely to take a heavy toll. It is important for vaccination efforts to be ramped up.
Hate killings of black lesbians in South Africa
“We only write about them when they are dead."
Fak’ugesi Festival 2021 #BUILDCOZYOUHAVETO
This year’s Fak’ugesi Festival will be a hybrid event and takes place from 14 to 24 October 2021.
Angola’s peculiar electoral system needs reforms
Angola needs a mixed electoral system. This would promote accountability through the direct election of representatives from constituencies.
Jacarandas in parts of South Africa are flowering earlier: why it’s a warning sign
Climate change is causing jacarandas to flower earlier.
False story about decuplets was a low point for journalism: how to fix the damage
Tighter controls are not the answer; the opportunity should be used to think differently about trust and journalism.
Wits’ young movers and shakers
Several staff, students and alumni are featured in the 2021 Mail and Guardian Top 200 list of trailblazing young South Africans.
The passing of Professor Audrey Msimanga
Professor Audrey Msimanga, the Head of the Wits School of Education, has passed away.
Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown puts spotlight back on vaccination failures
South Africa didn't engage early enough with pharmaceutical companies in bilateral discussions to ensure it could get vaccines early.
Fresh insights into social habits of our non-mammalian ancestors
Finding a fossil tooth embedded in bone is the gateway to some otherwise out-of-reach understanding of the behaviour of extinct animals.
VOW FM bolsters youth entrepreneurship
The award-winning youth radio station, VOW FM has put money to support ventures of young entrepreneurs.
Listening, speaking, learning, thriving
Therapy offered by the University Speech and Hearing Clinic enables communication and advances societal good.
Covid-19 Update 68: Implications of level 4 regulations on Witsies
What the new regulations mean for Wits staff and students.
Professor Zeblon Vilakazi on the impact of the third Covid-19 wave
Gauteng is currently the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, with almost 11 000 new infections reported in the province on Wednesday.
New senior executive appointments
Professor Ruksana Osman has been appointed as Senior DVC: Academic and Professor Ian Jandrell as DVC: Systems and Operations.
Universities SA Condemns Attack on SAHPRA
It is an essential part of the national science system and it must be protected to perform its regulatory work.
An intellectual love letter to a South African literary giant
For Professor Bhekizizwe Peterson theoretical reflection went hand-in-hand with practice; knowledge had to be made in and outside the academy.
Punitive laws are failing to curb misinformation in Africa
The majority of those punished under the laws to combat false information are opposition politicians or journalists.
Tribute to Prof. Mzilikazi Khumalo
A celebrated composer of choral and traditional music, Professor Mzilikazi Khumalo passed away on 22 June 2021 following a long illness.
South Africa’s underground astronaut
Profile: NatGeo Emerging Explorer Dr Keneiloe Molopyane.
Covid-19 resurgence in Gauteng: A crisis that is likely to worsen rapidly
Despite the predictability of the resurgence, unfortunately, Gauteng health facilities are seemingly underprepared to deal with the spike of Covid-19 cases.
Children with hearing problems: why acting early can make all the difference
Unidentified or late identified hearing impairment has significant implications for the speech-language, cognitive and scholastic development of the child.
Why it’s important to improve Africa’s research output
Pasha 111: It is crucial to improve research training in Africa. This can help solve complex issues on the continent.
Small towns are collapsing and affecting farming
The collapse of local government in small towns is beginning to affect investment in farming, and the ability of agribusinesses to operate.
Wits mourns the passing of Professor Bhekizizwe Peterson
Award-winning screenwriter and producer, literary critic, a towering intellectual and generous mentor.
Wits pays tribute to Jabu Mabuza
Influential leader, distinguish businessman and role model for all South Africans.
Dream team heads for world robotics soccer cup
For the first time, a Wits University team will compete in the international RoboCup tournament.
Scottish graveyard in Kolkata reveals untold stories of colonial women in India
The disregarded lives and achievements of Scotswomen in colonial India are brought to light in new research from a 19th century graveyard in Kolkata.
Stereotypes about young jobless South Africans are wrong
Many unemployed young people are engaged in a variety of economic activities. These may not necessarily be recognised as a form of self employment.
Covid-19 has worsened SA's system of developing the skills of young people
The pandemic has heightened existing weaknesses in South Africa's skills training regime.
Photonics unlocks second quantum revolution
Wits University’s future hub of Quantum Technology is switched on.
Update 66: Reporting infections
We are in the midst of the third wave, infection rates are rising steeply across the country and hospital beds are filling up quickly.
The sex organs of baobab flowers may solve the puzzle of trees that bear more fruit
Baobab flowers have male and female parts but individual trees appear to be favouring one rather than the other.
Wits neuropsychologist awarded prestigious global scholarship
Dr Sahba Besharati in the Department of Psychology is one of just 19 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars, a programme that supports early-career researchers.
The Wits Quantum Initiative launches at Wits
WitsQ will provide first a forum for quantum scientists in all fields across the continent to connect.
Pandemic impact on ICT skills in the spotlight in 2021 ICT Skills Survey
The JCSE-IITPSA Skills Survey assesses skills demand and supply from both a corporate and practitioner perspective.
WhatsApp + maths tutors = a solution for poor learners
An innovative maths WhatsApp hotline threw high school teens an educational lifeline during 2020.
GCRF Funding of Synchrotron Techniques for Africa lauded as great success
Results include 80+ researchers now collaborating from multiple continents, over 50 world class papers published and a new generation of scientists trained.
Survey to unearth health info practices around Covid-19 in SA
Various studies have been conducted to understand the issues surrounding the Corona virus, and its impact on different population groups.
Remembering Zim Ngqawana 10 years on, a singular force in South African music
Zimasile ‘Zim’ Ngqawana, died unexpectedly and too soon on 10 May 2011 at the age of 51, leaving bereft a family and a musical community that spanned the globe.
Rhino anti-poaching research goes nuclear
From 2010 to 2019 over 9 600 rhinos were killed in poaching attacks. On this current trajectory, South Africa’s rhino will be nearing extinction in nine years.
Children are easy targets for exploitation and traffickers during Covid-19
The theme for this year’s Child Protection Week, which began on 31 May, is “Let us all protect children during Covid-19 and beyond”.
We must seize the moment for a global pandemic surveillance and response scheme
No more pandemics—this is the ambitious goal set by the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response
Colonial ports, customs and censorship: tracking books from ship to shore
How colonial Customs protocols shaped copyright and censorship.
Current priorities for South Africa’s electricity policy
This summary of a presentation made to a colloquium organised by Capacity Building Programme for Employment Promotion outlines priorities for SA’s power policy.
A tribute to Vishnu Padayachee: South African economist and radical thinker
Vishnu Padayachee’s contribution to economics in South Africa is unmatched.
Book calls for a rethink of capitalism amid the ravages of Covid-19
Rethinking capitalism requires that the primary focus should be on the distribution of economic power as the potential leading causal factor driving inequality.
Remembering Medu, the South African art collective that fought apartheid
Four decades later, post-apartheid South Africa barely recalls the Medu Art Ensemble's contributions to the liberation struggle. But that could be changing.
One of the world’s coolest inventions
South African-born engineer and entrepreneur is making a significant contribution in the fight against Covid-19.
Wits mourns the passing of Distinguished Professor Vishnu Padayachee
Professor Vishnu Padayachee, an outstanding scholar, a renowned economist, a life-long activist, and a dedicated colleague passed away on Saturday, 29 May 2021.
Covid-19 Update 65: Keep safe
The third wave of the coronavirus has started in Gauteng and is rapidly gaining momentum as we head into the winter season.
Wits Archaeologist named 2021 National Geographic Explorer
Archaeologist and biological anthropologist, Keneiloe Molopyane, is recognised as a trailblazer by the prestigious National Geographic Society.
How South Africa dropped the ball on health communication
Community leaders and outreach community workers are calling on education to enhance their understanding of Covid-19.
Why regional military intervention in Mozambique is a bad idea
The Southern African Development Community does not have a remarkable record of military interventions in civil conflicts in the region.
How pots, sand and stone walls helped us date an ancient SA settlement
We now know that Bokoni Phase I was built as early as the 15th century – before the arrival of European colonisation or trade.
VOW FM’s radio queen to shine at YFM
Voice of Wits (VOW) FM’s drive time host and personality Kgosigadi is set to bring heat this winter to the YFM radio airwaves.
Wits University and French National Centre for Scientific Research announce PhD projects
Wits University and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) have announced five CNRS-Wits PhD projects to be supported in 2021.
Why forcing disclosure of wages and executive pay in SA is a good idea
Companies being required to go public with information about executive and workers pay packets is increasingly becoming the norm.
South African materials technology used in CERN’s ATLAS experiment
The use of South African technology to produce high tech electronic components will cost five times less than importing the technology from the United States.
Why full dams don’t mean water security: a look at South Africa
Gauteng citizens need to know the uncomfortable truth: for the next six years, their water supplies will increasingly have to be restricted.
The fine legal line between legitimate protest and criminality
A protest which results in a shutdown and interference with the rights of others may delegitimise the cause and allow the government to escape accountability.
Five ways to measure the effects of COVID-19 on women
Women have been affected by the pandemic more than men in many ways. Policies should reflect this.
Who catches and transmits flu in SA and the implications for vaccination
A new study has found a high burden of influenza in a rural and an urban setting in SA, where asymptomatic people – particularly children – transmit this virus.
The link between inequality and power
How power is distributed in SA and how those with power think about wealth and income.
SA sets out to protect cast and crew involved in nudity and sex scenes
Spurred by the #MeToo movement, South Africa's is the latest film and TV industry to introduce intimacy protocols to guide how intimate scenes.
SA must ban sugary drinks sales in schools. Self regulation is failing
A ban on sugary drinks sale and advertisements in schools is likely to hold more promise in improving the diets of children and help prevent obesity.
Former minister’s memoir is a candid critique of South Africa’s political economy
Rob Davies is critical of economic policy. He reserves particular criticism for its macroeconomic policy framework introduced in 1996.
In defence of Joburg minibus taxi drivers
It's Global Road Safety Week from 17-23 May. Research by a bioethicist challenges assumptions about road safety, minibus taxi crashes, and who's responsible.
Professor Bob Scholes: Farewell ‘giant savanna tree’
Scholes’ students describe him as a ‘giant savanna tree providing shade in the heat, shelter in the rain, and a point of reference to navigate by’.
Doing good for communities
Wits law entities are using their expertise for public good in society.
What Witsies think about Wits. For Good.
The University’s new slogan, Wits. For Good. has been a source of intrigue for many since being seen on billboards around the streets of Johannesburg.
Ushering in a new era in staff development at Wits
Wits has introduced a new range of online development opportunities for the benefit of staff members.
Wits’ transformation agenda places focus on female leaders
Wits University today launched a programme that seeks to change the gender and racial profile of leaders in academia.
Wits Origins Centre reopens
The Origins Centre at Wits has reopened to the public, and boasts new lighting, displays and an Augmented Reality exhibit.
The biggest issue in world press freedom is attacks on women journalists
The online attacks on women journalists are bound to populist politics, disinformation and intersectional discrimination, says Unesco.
DeepMind establishes scholarship for four Wits Masters students in machine learning
Scholarships seek to increase diversity in the fields of machine learning and are aimed at students from backgrounds underrepresented in AI.
Nocturnal dinosaurs: Night vision and superb hearing suggest moonlight predator
By looking at the eye bones and ear canals of extinct dinosaurs, researchers show that a small ancient predator likely had senses good as a modern barn owl.
Hearing loss is a neglected hazard for miners in South Africa
Noise-induced hearing loss is an occupational health hazard. It remains a prevalent condition in the South African mining industry.
Launch of new online magazine Nature Africa
Wits University is a founding partner of the new online magazine reporting on scientific research and policy across Africa.
Democracy depends on social justice
The former public protector, Prof. Thuli Madonsela, has raised her concerns about some of the challenges facing SA and has called for more united action.
Wits scientist appointed to a position of leadership at the European Laboratory CERN
Professor Bruce Mellado has been elected Chairperson of the Institutional Board of the Tile Calorimeter of the ATLAS experiment at CERN.
Novavax Covid-19 vaccine trial results show efficacy against the B.1.351 variant in SA study
Results from the initial primary analysis of the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine trial conducted by Wits VIDA in SA have been published.
How the pandemic is hurting university students’ mental health
Ultimately, these studies will help us to make sense of how the pandemic is reshaping higher education.
Johannesburg is threatening to sideline informal waste pickers. Why it’s a bad idea
Waste reclaimers save South African municipalities up to R748 million a year in landfill space. Without them, the country's recycling economy would not exist.
Wits cancer researcher awarded highest honour from Cancer Association of South Africa
Professor Paul Ruff received the 2020 A.G. Oettlé Memorial medal from CANSA in recognition of his outstanding contributions to cancer research.
Sub-Saharan Africa’s food security has turned out better than feared
Government support for farmers, higher rainfall and grain imports have helped sub-Saharan Africa stave off food insecurity - region isn't out of the woods yet.
Wits Community mourns the loss of one of the world’s greatest scientists
Wits University is saddened by the passing of Professor Bob Scholes, one of the world’s leading scientists on Climate Change.
Prof. Zeblon Vilakazi installed as 16th Wits Vice-Chancellor
Professor Zeblon Zenzele Vilakazi was installed as the 16th Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Wits University at a ceremony held at the Great Hall on Thursday.
African countries must consider legal challenges to sugar taxes before pursuing policies
Governments must take urgent action to prevent noncommunicable diseases from becoming an uncontrollable epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa.
Why African countries need reliable local data on sugary drinks taxes
Without reliable, local and timely data, countries will miss the potential of sugar-sweetened beverage taxation as a public health intervention.
Researchers map the landscape for taxes on sugary drinks in seven African countries
Implementing a sugar-sweetened beverage tax in all African countries will require sufficient political will and support from civil society.
There’s a disconnect between research and urban planning in Africa: how to fix it
The amount of data produced on urban Africa still pales in comparison to other parts of the world.
Brown locusts have survived a long drought in South Africa – here’s how
Eggs can remain in the soil for several years with the embryos waiting to receive sufficient moisture to complete development.
Huawei awards bursaries to ICT postgrad students
Huawei South Africa has awarded bursaries to a select group of postgraduate ICT students as part of its efforts to bolster and support technology skills.
Award recognises a commitment to Teaching Excellence
It is important that university teachers are recognised for the vital work that they do, and that excellence in teaching is celebrated.
Ethical leadership for a just society
Wits Chancellor, Dr Judy Dlamini called for ethical leadership to tackle inequality in South Africa.
A posthumous award for Sibongile Khumalo
South Africa’s first lady of song, Dr Sibongile Khumalo, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music posthumously by Wits University.
How the language you speak aligns to your genetic origins and may impact research on your health
A new study challenges the presumption that all South-Eastern-Bantu speaking groups are a single genetic entity.
A note of support to the UCT community
Wits extends its support to the UCT community.
Visionary Leadership Award for Wits ICT
Dr Stanley Mgobansimbi Mpofu, Wits’ Chief Information Officer (CIO), has received the Visionary CIO 2020 award from industry.
Precarious power tilts towards Ramaphosa in battle inside South Africa’s governing party
The National Executive Committee brought a crucial tilt in the factional balance of power towards Ramaphosa.
Aim for the sky, but keep your feet on the ground
To fight poverty and promote equality, developing countries should pursue the highest levels of unfettered, open-ended scientific inquiry.
News24 team wins 15th Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism.
News24 journalists, Jeff Wicks and Kyle Cowan are winners of the 2020 Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism.
New research shows South Africa’s levy on sugar-sweetened drinks is having an impact
Three years ago South Africa introduced Africa’s first major tax on sugar-sweetened beverages based on grams of sugar.
AI-powered Algorithm released to detect the third wave in South Africa
While models show a low risk of a third wave in South Africa, the country is still highly vulnerable.
Sales of sugar sweetened beverages decline after SA introduces Health Promotion Levy – study
A study by PRICELESS-SA and partners shows that SA’s 2018 “sugar tax” led to a reduction in purchases of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs).
More health research based on data from Africa will benefit the continent and the world
The global outbreak of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic and the race to bring an end to this scourge has thrust the role of genomics into the spotlight.
Fine artists channel their creativity with BMW
The BMW Group Midrand Campus lends itself as a canvas for Fine Arts graduates in the Wits School of Arts (WSOA).
We discovered that whale and dolphin brains produce lots of heat. Why it matters
We have all heard the mantra that dolphins and whales are highly intelligent animals, on par with great apes and humans – But where does this concept come from?
Gold medal for Wits Centre for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine
Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC) awarded Wits gold level designation for the Centre's efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus.
South Africa bottom of the class for road safety? Here’s why this isn’t true
In South Africa 26 out of every 100,000 people die on the roads – far higher than the global average of 18 per 100,000.
World leading HIV vaccinologist now Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research at Wits
Professor Lynn Morris takes the reins today for five years as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation at Wits University.
Challenging perspectives on magma chambers
Wits researchers report on a new phenomenon in magma chambers called “magmatic karstification”.
Find your voice in science communication
The search is on for the next Pop Idols of Science at the 2021 Wits FameLab Science Communication Competition.
Wits students develop unique cannabis cultivation tech
Two master’s students are developing new technologies aimed at disrupting the booming cannabis, or so called ‘green gold’, industry.
Disentangling the neuromolecular networks involved in speech and language
As a biochemist/biophysicist working primarily with proteins, Sylvia Fanucchi is naturally drawn to the mechanisms of interactions of biological macromolecules.
Go to jail, Zuma — and do not pass go
Being a country’s president, or former one, does not translate into immunity from prosecution.
Wits announces team to advance AI research in Africa
The team, led by Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, will lead Africa’s effort to advance artificial intelligence research and its application across the continent.
Why South Africa’s HIV prevention programmes should include sex worker clients
Narrow, unimaginative public health responses inhibit reducing HIV, exploitation and marginalisation within sex work.
Malaria risk zones and climate change in South Africa
Malaria kills over 400,000 people a year across the world. Africa carries the highest burden, with 90% of these deaths occurring on the continent.
Image of black hole shows magnetic fields around a black hole are strong enough to resist gravity
Wits astrophysicists are the only two scientists on African continent that contributed to the study.
Professor Roy Shires wins International Excellence in Endocrinology Award
The Endocrine Society in Washington, D.C. has named Wits Professor Roy Shires as the recipient of the 2020 International Excellence in Endocrinology Award.
‘Johannesburg Lasts’, a special issue of Ellipses Journal for Creative Research
Online and interactive creative research from the Wits School of Arts and Arts Research Africa.
South Africa is ripe for electoral reform
The existing electoral system has attracted extensive criticism for rendering elected representatives unaccountable to those who elected them.
Nile innovations offers lessons in engineering sustainable futures
Nile communities carefully monitored and recorded the river’s flow. Centuries later these records are still being used by water resource managers.
Wits tests the waters at Wakkerstroom
Wits scientists provide free testing of water quality in honour of International Water Day in Wakkerstroom.
Extreme temperatures in South Africa
Pasha 101: Two researchers unpack these events.
Statement from the Wits Council - 19 March 2021
Statement from the Council of Wits University on the funding of higher education in South Africa.
Removing the technology fear factor from digital transformation
Digital transformation: Technology shouldn’t be a source of fear, but rather an ally and key business tool.
Update from the Senior Executive Team - 17 March 2021
Update to staff and students.
Music lecturers launch collaborative album
New albums by Wits lecturers explore immersive technological music ecologies.
South African Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine study a global game-changer
Findings of the SA study in the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
Update from the Senior Executive Team - 14 March 2021
SET and SRC meets.
Novavax Covid-19 vaccine trial results in SA and UK confirm high levels of efficacy
Results of the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine trial in SA and UK have confirmed high levels of efficacy against the original and variant Covid-19.
Wits' response to the national higher education financial crisis
Professor Zeblon Vilakazi unpacks the issues and details Wits’ support for students.
WATCH: VC’s media conference on higher education financial crisis
Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, held a media conference on Thursday, 11 March 2021.
Wits statement on the passing of a civilian in Braamfontein today
Statement from the Senior Executive Team:
Tshimologong announces the 5th edition of Digital Lab Africa
Digital content creators called to participate in fully online DLA#5.
Whale and dolphin brains are special, but for heat production, not for intelligence
Scientific evidence shows specialised features in the large brains of whales and dolphins that are adapted for heat production.
A library changed my life, and books can still change our world
Why libraries still matter and how township gangs teased me about reading.
New study reveals the secrets of an ancient, extinct super predator
Some 260 million to 265 million years ago, a huge creature called Anteosaurus roamed what is today the African continent.
Over 25 000 students logged in online on Monday
Message to students from the Senior Executive Team:
Wits and Biovac partner to develop skills to produce viral vectored vaccines in South Africa
The Antiviral Gene Therapy Research Unit via Wits Enterprise has partnered with Biovac to develop the skills capacity to produce viral vectored vaccines in SA.
Child malnutrition - women's health must be prioritised
Malnutrition during the first 1000 days of life can cast a long shadow over a person's life.
Wits academic year begins on Monday, 8 March 2021
35 000 students are registered for the 2021 academic year.
Not using AstraZeneca vaccine goes against the spirit of what the Health Department espoused
Every additional day of procrastination lends itself to much of the R75m used to procure the vaccine going to waste.
Covid-19 recoveries: Our stories of hope
Wits staff members share their Covid-19 experiences and quest to survive.
Prehistoric killing machine exposed
Previously thought of as heavy, slow and sluggish, the 260-million-year-old predator, Anteosaurus, was a ferocious hunter-killer.
Why South Africa needs a new water agency
The agency will ensure that large water users continue to fund the construction and operation of the large water systems they depend on.
Traditional healers in SA are exposed to infection, but few can get protective gear
An average healer in the rural South African town where the study was done experiences about 1,500 occupational blood exposures in their lifetime.
Local government is broken: but giving the job to residents carries risks
South Africa needs a way to incorporate active citizens within the prevailing constitutional and legal structures, so as to strengthen all levels of government.
New technology allows scientists first glimpse of intricate details of Little Foot’s life
High resolution X-ray imaging of Little Foot's skull and dentition shows Little Foot suffered periods of dietary stress and illness when she was a child.
South Africans are revolting against inept local government. Why it matters
There has been growing discontent with many local authorities and calls by concerned citizens for the municipalities to be dissolved.
Targeted spraying to prevent malaria in low transmission setting halves cost of current practice
A study by Wits scientists and partners has proved that a targeted malaria transmission prevention intervention is not inferior to the 'blanket' approach.
New Earth Sciences Cluster
This new Cluster will further encourage world class research through collaboration, coordination and communications.
Reasons to be optimistic about sub-Saharan higher education after Covid-19
Tertiary education often carries societal benefits that far outweigh the initial investments necessary to establish a strong and productive system.
National Research Foundation A-rates four Wits scientists again
The NRF has re-awarded A-ratings to four Wits scientists, a grading which confirms that they are recognised as leading international scholars in their fields.
South African Child Gauge tackles the slow violence of malnutrition
The DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development at Wits helped develop the 15th issue of the South African Child Gauge®.
‘Our moonshot moment’
Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, shares three core areas that Wits will maintain as the University transitions into its next century.
Comparing American and African elections
Perspectives from the 2020 polls in the US, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania and Guinea.
Why the special Covid-19 grant extension is not enough
The Covid-19 pandemic has worsened unemployment and poverty, showing the need for the government to permanently expand income support to working-age adults.
What African countries can expect from Biden
President Joe Biden delivered his first public statement on US foreign policy last week. Africa was not mentioned.
The South African government should buy locally made vehicles for state use
Policy changes that forced government departments to buy locally produced vehicles would be good for the economy.
Why dissecting stories about garbage in popular culture matter
From oil disasters in Mauritius to street artists in South Africa, the story of rubbish in the media helps shape popular culture and environmental change.
Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial results
The Wits Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics (VIDA) Research Unit, which runs the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial in South Africa, has announced results.
Maths whizzes tackle industry problems
Top researchers and postgraduates convene virtually for the 2021 Mathematics in Industry Study Group (MISG).
Oxford Covid-19 vaccine shows sustained protection of 76% during 3-month interval until second dose
Researchers at the University of Oxford have today published in Preprints with The Lancet an analysis of further data from the ongoing trials of the vaccine.
Results from Novavax vaccine trials in the UK and South Africa differ: why, and does it matter?
The Novavax vaccine is the first that provides objective scientific evidence that it can protect people against the variant virus circulating in South Africa.
Is Zimbabwe open for business?
The more President Mnangagwa's government fails to engage democratically with its citizens, the more it will negate any prospect of re-engagement with the West.
Covid-19 Update 64: Return to campus plans
All University entities are required to be fully operational as from 1 February 2021.
Covid 19 Update 64 - Return to campus
Update on the return to campus of staff members.
Khumalo used her voice to change lives
Wits University extends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sibongile Khumalo, a music legend and an icon of South African music.
Novavax Covid-19 vaccine the first to demonstrate clinical efficacy against South African variant
Clinical efficacy demonstrated in Phase 2b South Africa trial.
Geophysicists develop innovative seismic technologies
Wits geophysicists have invented cost-effective and environmentally friendly seismic technologies that will contribute to sustainable mining exploration.
Wits joins York Univeristy in Africa-Canada Artificial Intelligence Data Modelling consortium
Consortium will research predictive modelling and forecasting of the transmission of COVID-19 in Africa, using Artificial Intelligence.
It’s man with machines vs. man without machines
Mining giant commits 16.5 million in investment for education and to aid research and innovation.
Curios.ty 11 (#Viral): Covid-19 - An opportunity for a global reset
The pandemic demands a relook of how we connect with each other and the world.
Mining giant commits a further R16.5 million towards education and research
Wits University has received a donation of R16.5 million from mining giant Sibanye-Stillwater to support the development of scarce skills and research in mining
Wits moves to a modern, stable learning management system
CANVAS, a modern, stable Learning Management System (LMS).
SA can take on vaccine nationalism of rich countries
South Africa has the legal tools to challenge the vaccine nationalism of rich countries.
Entrepreneurs can help bring about change by putting people ahead of profits
With the rise of non-humancentric business models, empathy-induced altruism can boost wellbeing of employees.
How Covid-19 enabled a reset in the world
Editorial: The Covid-19 pandemic has gone viral and has severely impacted on how we interact, conduct our business, teach and learn.
How national identity affects infection outcome
Could a country’s collective psychology determine the outcomes of a pandemic? A global cohort of researchers believes so.
CTRL-ALT-DELETE: Re-setting the post-pandemic South Africa
The Covid-19 lockdown has had a massive impact on South Africa’s economy, exposing profound weaknesses such as the country’s huge inequality.
How vaccines save lives
The story of how vaccines save lives is important to tell – now more than ever.
Second wave severity: What semi-saved South Africa?
South Africa has surprised itself and the world with fewer Covid-19 deaths despite a significantly higher infection rate as predicted.
The long haul to partial recovery
So-called Covid long-haulers afflicted with 'Long Covid' are showing how long and frustrating the journey to recovery can be.
Making sense of the numbers
Modelling pandemics might be an imperfect science, but it is the best that we have.
Pandemic history foretells a dismal future
If history has taught the world anything, it’s to ignore the warning signs and carry on catching diseases.
When the US sneezes...
Different nations’ responses to the pandemic should serve as a warning to exercise extreme caution in choosing leaders.
Virus wages war on women
Almost everyone has suffered in some way from the effects of the Covid pandemic – but women have suffered far more.
Understanding the infodemic
Covid-19 misinformation, mythology, and fake news has implications for public health.
Valour and the virus
Throughout her career, Professor Glenda Gray has focussed on one thing only – saving lives.
Teaching in a Covid global village
It takes a village to raise a child but the global village is shrinking.
A fleeting green moment in time
Scientists predict that an Age of Pandemics is imminent unless human beings change their ways.
The blame game: Putting a pandemic on the pangolin
Is blaming a threatened species for a global pandemic not an indictment of our environmental conscience?
What we caught online
We need new rules of engagement on social media – even if we don’t know it yet.
Privacy and the dollars in you data
The balance between sharing personal data online and how it’s used and by whom is difficult to define and complex to regulate.
Online attacks and phishing surged during Covid-19. Is there a permanent solution to cybercrime?
TikTok/WeChat: US and them
Banning popular apps like TikTok and WeChat is about more than a spat between the US and China.
Big data: A sword to wield or a knife in the back?
Competition policy will determine if big data is a tool for inclusion or exclusion.
Keeping an eye on the virus from the sky
Profile: When Covid-19 hit, 21-year-old Wits engineering student, Xolani Radebe, knew that he wanted to be part of the solution.
Beating the pandemic through innovative thinking
Three Wits postgraduate students demonstrate how their research and innovative ideas contribute to addressing a pandemic.
Finding security in the unseen
Messages carried in structured light can secure quantum communications in the future.
Dimming the lights on malaria
The fight against the disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people in Africa each year could be as simple as changing a light bulb.
Along came a virus…
Column: Professor Lynn Morris reflects on a lifetime of virus hunting, from HIV, through Ebola, to SARS-COV-2.
In the company of criminals
Column: Using the Covid-19 National State of Disaster to try to govern booze and cigarettes, is the wrong approach.
The making of a hospital
How the Wayside Inn became the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
Covid-19 Update 63: Infection summary
Update on the latest Covid-19 testing and infection of staff and students.
Calling the (behavioural) shots over vaccines
It will take 67% of the population to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity; here is how those still reluctant can be persuaded to join in.
Vaccine nationalism and migration
Implications for the (mis)management of Covid-19 in South Africa.
Covid-19 policy briefs must be realistic: a review by young southern African scientists
African leaders can make strategies to fight COVID-19 more accessible to the people.
A wealth tax for South Africa
New paper shares details on how to implement a wealth tax in South Africa.
Update 62: Our collective responsibility
Update on the latest Covid-19 testing and infection of staff and students.
Welcome message from our new VC, Professor Zeblon Vilakazi
Professor Vilakazi assumed office on 1 January 2021 and looks forward to stewarding the University in his capacity as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal:
South Africa failed to get its act together on vaccines
Critics of the South African government argue that it has done too little too late to secure vaccines, and that it doesn't have a proper roll-out plan in place.
SA's vaccine strategy mistakes
Pasha 91: Blunders that left South Africa trailing in the vaccine stakes
Huge gap between SA's 4IR strategy and what commission recommends
Huge gap between SA's 4IR strategy and what commission recommends
Wits scientists artificially infect mosquitoes with human malaria to advance treatment
Wits scientists and local and global partners have artificially infected mosquitoes with human malaria and identified a new chemical compound to treat malaria.
Why the state’s new toys won’t help South Africa’s response to Covid-19
Drones, dinghies and an army helicopter - the new toys are diverting resources, and diverting attention.
Towards herd immunity from Covid-19: Costing a vaccine strategy for South Africa
This article examines and estimates the financial implications of a vaccine strategy with a goal of achieving herd immunity.
Mining's year ahead will demand deep innovation
Mining's immediate future is to be impacted not just by economic cycles or established trends, but by structural issues demanding urgent and deep innovation.
Building Africa's AI initiative
Considerations behind the largest and most complex undertaking of its kind in Africa’s history.
How sub-Saharan Africa can rethink its approach to agriculture
Governments should explore technologies like global positioning systems and blockchain for use in the registration of land rights.
Vaccines for South Africa. Now
It is distressing to hear senior officials increasingly talking down the prospects for the availability and usefulness of Covid-19 vaccines in South Africa.
Update 61: Adjusted level 3 implications
Implications of adjusted Level 3 regulations for staff and students.
Higher education reconsidered
Beyond the pandemic and possibilities for new knowledge architectures.
All you should know about where we are with Covid-19 vaccines
What are the urgent steps that South Africans need to take to prepare for a timeous life-saving roll out of vaccines?
AI helps to identify new Covid-19 hotspots in Gauteng
Gauteng Government, IBM Research and Wits University are fighting the pandemic with artificial intelligence.
Annual SoAP exhibition goes online
For the first time, the Wits School of Architecture and Planning (SoAP) held its End of Year School Show online.
Species across the globe at risk
Changes in fire activity are threatening more than 4 400 species globally.
Covid-19 Update 60: Infection Summary
Update on the latest Covid-19 testing and infection of staff and students.
Health Sciences graduation ceremonies go virtual
Wits University has taken all graduation ceremonies online, following the President’s announcement on Monday night.
Witsies receive 2020 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award
The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Programme has recognised two female Wits scientists for their groundbreaking research.
Farewell Professor Adam Habib
Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib, will leave Wits University at the end of December 2020.
2020 Graduations: Wits honours national heroes, lauds graduates
Almost 10 000 students graduate from Wits in 2020.
South Africa’s electricity supply: what’s tripping the switch
The longer government dithers over how Eskom's debt will be paid, the bigger the problem becomes.
Pioneering research and innovation through the Nairobi Alliance
An innovative research partnership with the potential to transform lives and support communities across the world has launched today.
Plans for learning and teaching in 2021
In 2021 many forms of support will be available to help staff and students transition from Emergency Remote Teaching and Learning (ERT&L) to online pedagogy.
Covid-19 Update 59: Infection Summary
Update on the latest Covid-19 testing and infection of staff and students.
First peer-reviewed results of phase 3 human trials of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine demonstrate efficacy
For the first time, Covid-19 vaccine phase 3 human trial results have been peer-reviewed and published in a scientific journal.
Wits’ shining stars celebrated
Professor Adam Habib, Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal conferred awards to exceptional staff members at the University.
Huge money boost for Planetary and Space Science Project
Wits plays key role in securing funding to develop Planetary and Space Science projects in Africa.
PhD student receives major international grant at CERN
Humphry Tlou, a physics PhD student at Wits, is one of two students to be awarded with the CERN ATLAS PhD grant.
Fake news and misinformation kill
How can you trust what you are told about Covid-19?
Wits mourns the passing of Professor Belinda Bozzoli
The University of the Witwatersrand has learnt with sadness of the passing of Professor Belinda Bozzoli, an illustrious academic and strategic leader.
Covid-19 Update 58: Advice from Scientists Collective
Update on the latest Covid-19 testing and infection of staff and students.
Wits recognised by international body for leadership in nuclear science
Wits University has been endorsed by the prestigious International Nuclear Management Academy for its Nuclear Technology Leadership Programme.
Earthquakes in South Africa
Pasha 78: Listen to Professor Ray Durrheim talk about the risk of earthquakes.
Wits develops AI project with York University to tackle COVID-19 in Africa
The International Development and Research Centre (IDRC) grants $1.25 Million to the project.
The hunt for an HIV vaccine
Unique insights from an inspiring cohort of women in South Africa.
Why it’s important to keep diagnosing and treating HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic
To focus purely on combating one pandemic, the effects of other morbidity and mortality on healthcare systems will be seen for a long time to come.
Managing HIV and diabetes together: South African patients tell their stories
Care for patients with more than one disease is fragmented and uncoordinated. This is can cost patients time, effort and lost wages.
Decolonising Evaluation - a new MOOC
Wits University has added a new course to its free, online WitsX/edX learning platform.
Why reading is crucial for economic growth
Reading is a stepladder out of poverty, not only for individuals, but also for entire countries.
Covid-19 Update 57: Infection summary
Update on the latest Covid-19 testing and infection of staff and students.
Daytime sightings of aardvarks show troubled times in the Kalahari
Aardvarks are nocturnal animals but climate change is altering that and it's a problem.
Critical support for waste reclaimers during pandemic
The donation of personal protective equipment and a truck will ensure the safety of waste reclaimers.
Witsies head to national entrepreneurship intervarsity finals
Three students will represent Wits at the national entrepreneurship intervarsity competition.
Student tech start-up seizes market gap
Four Witsies are on a mission to promote locally produced branded merchandise.
Wits University physicist wins top South African physics award
The Gold Medal from the South African Institute of Physics is the greatest distinction that is conferred in South Africa for achievements in Physics.
Study unveils complexity and vast diversity of Africa’s genetic variation
It is essential to add genomic data from all global populations - including Africa. This will ensure that everyone can benefit from the advances in health.
Wits University statement on Oxford Covid-19 vaccine results in UK and Brazil populations
Scientists at Wits University are encouraged by results announced today by colleagues at the University of Oxford in collaboration with AstraZeneca.
KuduBot is Wits University’s chatbot set to enhance student services by providing quick and convenient support to student enquiries.
Have your say about life in Gauteng
One of the most significant social surveys in Gauteng is now underway.
Maths geniuses battle it out in competition
Five hundred Maths stars from across the country participated in the 2020 Wits Maths Competition.
SA’s main opposition party caught in an unenviable political bind
The problem for the DA is not one of policy. There is real substance in its commitment to substituting racial criteria for overcoming historical disadvantage.
How real BEE can help ordinary folk
BEE has only benefited a handful of politically connected black political capitalists, a select group of white-owned big business, financiers and law firms.
The postgraduate blueprint for a future that works
Register for postgraduate study at Wits University and be part of the future of exciting possibilities.
Witsie receives grant to develop early-career research managers
Research manager, Caryn McNamara, one of more than 50 international grantees to help develop research management professionals.
Century-old theory disproved
Scientists disprove the theory about animals’ ear canals and posture.
Auditor-general Kimi Makwetu: an exceptional and true civil servant
Makwetu embodied the values of integrity, selflessness, humility and hard work. He steadfastly believed in the South African constitution.
Bizos had Matla a Tlou: The strength of an elephant
Remembering Advocate George Bizos.
Important breakthrough in HIV prevention
Our findings suggest that cabotegravir is much more effective than Truvada in preventing HIV infection in women.
Diabetes: we need more and better trained nurses
Healthcare providers and governments must recognise the need to invest in diabetes nurse education and training.
Eight ways to get people to be more active
Being physically active is largely not an individual choice, but a result of what funds, spaces, places and opportunities that are available.
Understanding violent protest in SA
There are individual activists and political groupings who believe violent action is legitimate and use the circumstances to actively drive such behaviour.
Covid-19: Update 56 - Infection summary
Update on the latest Covid-19 testing and infection of staff and students.
Witsies cement their ideas to minimise construction waste
Two engineering students used their final year projects to study the possibilities of using rubble clay-brick masonry as part of the sand in fresh concrete.
HIV study shows new injection is more effective than current daily HIV pill to prevent HIV in women
Early unblinding of the of long-acting cabotegravir (CAB LA) is a milestone for prevention of HIV among women in sub Saharan Africa.
Exploring practical ways to proactively address gender based harm at Wits
A conversation with student leaders, activists, academics, researchers and Wits officials proposes proactive and practical ways to tackle gender-based harm.
Can this happen in America?
Why 'messy' elections could be considered a source of soft power for the US.
Real-time data is critical for detecting outbreaks
South Africa is testing digital technology to detect outbreaks of respiratory diseases.
School maths: where do we go wrong
What maths researchers learnt from the mistakes made by pupils in ‘top’ South African schools.
Moribund Council on Higher Education is immobilising academic agility
Quality assurance entities are immobilising the system and hindering the ability of more students to access online education.
Gauteng Community of Practice for Research Ethics and Integrity launched
Wits is amongst the universities in Gauteng to establish this voluntary body, a platform to address common problems in the research ethics and integrity sphere.
Wits-French partnerships strengthened
Commitments focus on innovation and the creative engagement with new technologies.
Africa’s first 5G Innovation Lab
Wits, Huawei and rain jointly launch Africa's first 5G laboratory at the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct.
Biomimicry control for Covid diagnostics
Wits researchers develop solution to improve accuracy and safety of Covid-19 testing.
South Africa’s waning economic fortunes demand harsh policy adjustments: who will bear the brunt?
Resolution of the fiscal crisis depends on faster economic growth which must be led by private investment.
Major new African genome study finds varieties that inform African history, migration and immunity
Wits geneticists and partners publish groundbreaking study that informs African population history, environmental adaptation, and susceptibility to disease.
GCRF START grant fulfilling a vision
Exciting new research at Wits made possible through the GCRF START grant.
Human trafficking and the danger of sensationalising belief over fact
We must resist the convenience of labelling every social ill as “trafficking” and radically reducing the militarisation and securitisation of national borders.
African gaming takes centre stage at Fak’ugesi Festival
Highly anticipated and specially curated Fak’ugesi Arcade programme unveiled.
Wits researcher receives $150 000 Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer grant
Wits conservation scientist, Dr Bernard Coetzee received the prestigious Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer grant for his work on light pollution.
EIE Virtual Open Day 2020
The School of Electrical and Information Engineering (EIE) recently held its Open Day online for the first time.
Anticipating a 'second wave'
Covid-19: When and how South Africa should try to prevent or mitigate it.
What South Africans must do to avoid a resurgence of COVID-19 infections
It is key to continue high-impact non-pharmaceutical interventions that will not impede economic activity, but limit the spread of COVID-19.
Covid-19 pandemic drives need for policy brief on physical activity for health in Africa
More than ever, the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to prioritise physical activity as an imperative for public health in Africa.
Fak’ugesi Festival 2020 unveils exciting Heritage & Technology Programme
The 2020 Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival will run for one month from 20 October to 20 November 2020.