Wits Sports honours top achievers
Student-athletes commended for balancing sports and academics
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wits Maths Competition sharpens school learners
Learners praise competition for providing a mixture of stimulating challenges that took them out of the comfort zone.
Memorialising a revolutionary leader
A new partnership is forged as a portrait of Professor Adam Habib is unveiled.
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.
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.
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.
The queen of hearts
Cardiac anaesthesiologist and recipient of the FALF research excellence award wants to keep hearts pumping.
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 can sustain all life forms
Repairing Earth as a whole, together, is a precondition for human durability.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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.
Wits celebrates its 100th birthday
Staff and students gather outside the Great Hall to wish Wits a happy 100th birthday.
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.
Reading can enhance race relations
Reading begets more reading and helps to counter the poison from dinnertime conversations, says acclaimed author Mandla Langa.
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.
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.
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.
How scholarships change lives for the better
Quality education, support, and passion transforms lives and changes the world.
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.
1575 book titles in 100 years
Wits University Press is the oldest university press in South Africa and celebrates its centenary in 2022.
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.
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.
Champion of Student Sport, Yoliswa Lumka
Developing high performing athletes and sport systems drives the new Director of Wits Sport.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Foundation to rejuvenate democracy in Africa and France
“We must nurture tolerance, collective wisdom, and democracy.” – Nelson Mandela
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
#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Funding boost for postgrad research into new-age metals
Wits signs research agreement with AfriTin Mining to investigate and optimise tech metals processing.
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.
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.
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 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.
Royal Honour for Wits Vice-Chancellor
Prof. Zeblon Vilakazi welcomed as a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society (UK)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wits hosts the principals of top secondary schools
Wits University hosts principals from top achieving Gauteng schools
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.
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.
President Ramaphosa welcomes groundbreaking book on SA economy
The book comes at a time of great upheaval in the global economy.
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 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.
Top Matriculants, now Witsies celebrated
Twelve outstanding first-year students have been awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, which covers tuition and accommodation fees.
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.
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’.
Diversifying the Academy
The rewards of supporting the research and career aspirations of Wits academics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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.
Covid-19 Update 81: Vaccination and testing site now open
Apply for reasonable accommodation and upload your international vaccine certificate.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
South Africa needs more spectrum now
Wits, UJ, government and the telecoms sector join forces to close the digital divide.
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.
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.
Bumper year for feminist scholar
A book, international academic residency and a fellowship on the cards for Professor Srila Roy.
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.
WitsReview wins best corporate publication award
Wits University's multi-award winning publication adds another accolade.
Breaking walls after the Berlin Wall
Which wall needs to fall in society and science?
Africa-UK partnerships for climate action
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal participates in strategic climate change conversation on COP26 and COP27.
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."
Wits and Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital strengthen partnership
Extended partnership will enable partners to advance critical areas in child health.
Harnessing Africa’s knowledge tank
African universities have great potential to accelerate development and advance knowledge on the continent.
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.
New Migration Academy calls for applications
Members of the African Research Universities Alliance open new opportunities in migration studies.
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.
Young Wits scientists shine at FameLab
Three Wits students are in the top 10 of the national FameLab competition.
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.
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.
Top matriculants prepare for the Wits experience
The top applicants are set to join Wits as it turns 100 in 2022.
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.
Science superstar reaching for the stars
The sky is the limit for science superstar and PhD student, Mpho Kgoadi.
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.
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.
Covid-19 Update 73: Return to campus plans
Details on vaccination and the return of staff members to campus.
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.
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).
Campus vaccination site to fight Covid-19
Staff and students choose to protect each other as they receive their Covid-19 vaccination on campus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Staff jump to get vaccinated
Wits staff happy about the arrangement to support vaccination drive.
How to finish 2021 strong
There are many ways to use the remainder of the year to set ourselves for success says experts.
Learnership empowers Soweto youth
Gauteng has one of the highest number of young people who are not in employment, education or training.
Hope amidst despair
6 712 students will graduate from Wits during the July graduation season.
Message from the Senior Executive Team
We hope that you are holding up during these very difficult times.
Professor Bheki Peterson - A forever man
“Bheki Peterson was a forever person, a forever teacher, a forever writer, a forever friend.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Statement from the Wits Council - 19 March 2021
Statement from the Council of Wits University on the funding of higher education in South Africa.
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.
Update from the Senior Executive Team - 14 March 2021
SET and SRC meets.
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.
Over 25 000 students logged in online on Monday
Message to students from the Senior Executive Team:
Wits academic year begins on Monday, 8 March 2021
35 000 students are registered for the 2021 academic year.
Covid-19 recoveries: Our stories of hope
Wits staff members share their Covid-19 experiences and quest to survive.
‘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.
Maths whizzes tackle industry problems
Top researchers and postgraduates convene virtually for the 2021 Mathematics in Industry Study Group (MISG).
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.
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.
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).
Covid-19 Update 63: Infection summary
Update on the latest Covid-19 testing and infection of staff and students.
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:
Update 61: Adjusted level 3 implications
Implications of adjusted Level 3 regulations for staff and students.
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.
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.
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.
Wits’ shining stars celebrated
Professor Adam Habib, Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal conferred awards to exceptional staff members at the University.
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.
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.
Decolonising Evaluation - a new MOOC
Wits University has added a new course to its free, online WitsX/edX learning platform.
Covid-19 Update 57: Infection summary
Update on the latest Covid-19 testing and infection of staff and students.
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.
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.
Bizos had Matla a Tlou: The strength of an elephant
Remembering Advocate George Bizos.
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.
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.
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.
African gaming takes centre stage at Fak’ugesi Festival
Highly anticipated and specially curated Fak’ugesi Arcade programme unveiled.
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.
Chinese businesses donate personal protective equipment to Wits students
Members of the Chinese community in South Africa open their hearts to Wits students to protect them from Covid-19.
Wits secures R150 million endowment for the missing middle
The University secures R150 million endowment for deserving students, one of the largest donations ever made for the benefit of the University.
Book takes Sterkfontein fossils to the world
Paleoanthropologists have published a book on the fossils excavated from Sterkfontein Caves for the benefit of the global scientific community.
Investigative journalists sharpen their tools
Africa’s biggest gathering of muckrakers returns.
Covid-19 Update 48 - Return to campus under lockdown level 1
Covid-19 policies and protocols pertaining to lockdown level 1.
Wits Professor of public health in rural South Africa wins international alumni award
Wits Professor Kathleen Kahn has received the 2020 Alumni Award of Merit from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Transforming African health systems to embrace diversity
Westernised health systems are dominant in Africa, a situation that calls for transformation to embrace more diverse forms of healing.
PhD competition a showcase of vibrant scholarship
Wits’ first cross-faculty PhD competition promises to be a festival of invigorating and innovative ideas.
Fak’ugesi Festival 2020: #POWERTOTHEPIXEL
A virtual feast of Africa’s best creative digital workshops, talks, pitches and digital art exhibitions.
Covid 19 Update 47 - Preparing to return to campus under Lockdown Level 1
The Senior Executive Team (SET) met this week and agreed in principle to the coordinated return of more students and staff to our campuses from 5 October 2020.
Social work paper finalist in Global Undergraduate Awards
When Bilqees Mahomed decided to study the factors that hinder the treatment of mental health, she didn’t anticipate that it would have a ripple effect.
New MOOC: Root Canal Preparation
Wits University has added a new course to its free, online WitsX/edX learning platform.
Covid-19 Update 46 - Level 1 is here
We welcome the news that South Africa will move to national lockdown level 1 from Monday, 21 September 2020.
A hero has fallen - rest in peace Advocate George Bizos
Rest in peace Advocate Bizos, knowing that you have left a lasting legacy in gifting freedom to our people.
SRC nominations off on a good start
The call for candidates to run for the SRC General Election has yielded positive results with nearly 58 nominations submitted to the Wits Electoral Office.
Covid-19 Symposium: Meeting the challenge
Symposium to focus on key challenges in dealing with a delayed but explosive unfolding of Covid-19 in parts of Africa.
Covid-19 Update 45: Policies and Protocols - All you need to know
All staff and students are reminded of the approved Wits Covid-19 policy, Emergency Response Plan and other associated protocols.
Eminent Wits epidemiologist elected to African Academy of Sciences
Professor Shane Norris has been elected as a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) for his work on the developmental origins of health and disease.
Education sector joins forces to strengthen Teaching Practicals during COVID-19 and beyond
All thanks to a nation-wide project, current and future cohorts of student teachers will be better equipped when they step into the classroom.
Covid-19 Update 44 – The Move to Level Two
Level two will allow more staff and students to return to campus. Faculties will invite carefully selected cohorts of students to return.
Wits Associate Professor joins South African Young Academy of Science
Jennifer Fitchett, an Associate Professor of Physical Geography at Wits has been selected as a member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS).
Sibanye-Stillwater and Wits collaborate on face shields project
Sibanye-Stillwater collaborates with Wits to produce face shields for frontline health workers in the Group’s South African operations.
Shudufhadzho Musida: A Miss SA public favourite
Wits student, Shudufhadzo Musida is amongst many hopefuls vying for the 2020 Miss SA crown.
Catching killers, empowering women
Wits Journalism lecturer Dr Nechama Brodie turned her PhD on femicide into a book and won a grant to develop a Homicide Media Tracker based on her research.
Covid-19 Update 42 - The phased return of students and staff to campuses
Wits’ protocols remain in place, and only students and staff with the requisite permits and permissions will be allowed entry to campuses.
Wits ranked first in Africa
Wits is top of the class in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities.
Wits University begins its second Covid-19 vaccine trial in South Africa
Wits is the lead institution in South Africa for a second Covid-19 vaccine trial and will begin screening participants for the NVX-CoV2373 trial today.
Wits African Literature lecturer and poet awarded fellowship to advance racial equity
Dr Danai Mupotsa is one of 20 leading change-makers selected by the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE).
Engineering student’s book wins award
Wits student, Musawenkosi Nyati has published an award-winning book, Mobile App Development.
Studying from home
It’s a mixture of feelings as students face the impact of Covid-19 on their studies, exams, research and careers.
Actuarial Science student bags Adrian Gore Fellowship
Jimmy Yuan, an Actuarial Science student, is the recipient of the 2020 Adrian Gore Fellowship Award (AGF) offered by Discovery.
Wits Surgery Skills Centre trains specialists for Africa
In August 2017 the first ever temporal bone surgical skills workshop took place at Wits University.
How to protect yourself against increased cyber threats
With the onset of the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic, working and studying remotely have increased the risk of cybercrime.
Gauteng universities consortium launch urban research nodes to inform response to Covid-19 hotspots
The South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN) has launched two new urban research nodes to improve response to Covid-19.
Covid-19 Update (36): It's in our hands
Witsies, please take care, adhere to social distancing and follow Covid-19 protocols.
Professor Segal and Dr Kani lauded for outstanding service
Wits University has awarded honorary doctorates to two distinguished South Africans for advancing humankind through their respective fields.
New MOOC: Mining for development - The taxation linkage
Free, online WitsX/edX learning platform offers "Mining for Development - the taxation linkage" course.
Covid-19 Update 34 – Phase 2: The return of students to campus
Students who are scheduled to return as part of phase 2, will return in mid-July.
Covid-19 update (35): Second phase of reopening
Phased return of more academic, professional and support staff and students to campuses.
Wits Jazz lecturer premieres album at virtual National Arts Festival
Dr Jonathan Crossley launches 433 Eros with his band, Deep Spacer, at the 2020 virtual National Arts Festival (vNAF).
Top nuclear physicist to lead Wits
Professor Zeblon Vilakazi appointed as the Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal from 1 January 2021
Covid-19 update (33) - Secure gateway enables teaching and learning
Students and staff members who have not already done so, must complete the student survey or staff survey before 8pm on Thursday, 11 June 2020.
Pure ethos, the ultimate sacrifice and the pursuit of justice
It’s been 30 years since Nelson Mandela walked out of prison towards democracy but justice still eludes the late Neil Aggett.
Climate change, biodiversity loss and other global ills share root causes
By identifying the roots of global ills there's an opportunity for coordinated action as countries lay new pathways for a post-Covid world.
Witsies selected to attend Economics Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
Two Wits Master’s students from the School of Economics and Finance will attend the prestigious Lindau meeting.
Covid-19 (Update 32) - Wits Screening APP goes live
Self-screening form on the app is for staff members with permits to be on campus, and students who have been invited to return to campus only.
Wits thanks SA Post Office for delivering laptops to students
SA Post Office enables online learning through the delivery of almost 5 000 laptops to Wits students across the country.
Covid-19 Update (31) - The phased return of students and staff to campuses
Information regarding the staggered approach adopted for a phased return to ensure wellbeing and safety of students and staff.
Long-term Data Access for 2020 - Wits partners with Vodacom
New initiative provides students with data to access selected URLs through the Wits network.
Covid-19 Update (30) - Wits Prepares for the return of some students
Final year students and other identified groups of students expected to return to campus from 8 June 2020.
Support for Professor Glenda Gray
Statement of Support for Professor Glenda Gray and the Principle of Academic Freedom of Speech.
Juggling work and family during lockdown
Three staff members from the Faculty of Science share their experiences of lockdown.
Dr Dalia Saad awarded prestigious FLAIR fellowship
School of Chemistry researcher, Dr Dalia Saad, is a recipient of the 2020 FLAIR research fellowship.
Covid-19 Update (29) - Students to receive an additional 15GB of data for next 15 days
The four telecommunications companies agree to extend the provision of data to students for another 15 days.
Africa Day in the time of Covid-19
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Adam Habib is part of a panel discussion commemorating Africa Month.
Taco Kuiper Award winners announced
Journalists Pieter-Louis Myburgh and Pauli van Wyk took top honours at this year’s Taco Kuiper Investigative Journalism Awards.
Covid-19 Update (28) - Wellness services for students and staff
A reminder to all students and staff about Wits' mental health and wellbeing services that are available to you during the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.
First online admission in Gauteng of new attorney
A member of staff of the Wits Law Clinic is the first attorney in Gauteng to be admitted to the high court online.
The buzz on Wits mosquito scientist and her African Union research award
An entomologist in the Wits Research Institute for Malaria has received the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Award for Scientific Excellence.
Wits Covid-19 Screening Tool
Information pertaining to the screening of staff and students entering University campuses and premises.
WITS COVID-19 UPDATE 27 – FINAL YEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS RETURN TO CAMPUS
Final year medical students will return to Wits on Monday, 11 May 2020.
Moya wins Best Student Film at SAFTAs
A group of Wits Film and TV students scooped the Best Student Film Award for their film, Moya.
Communities, not government, can and are fighting COVID-19
The heavy-handed, top-down approach during the lockdown has not worked; NGOs, coalitions and community networks have.
Complaints against SANDF
The SANDF and SAPS should not enforce the COVID-19 lockdown at the expense of undermining human rights, personal dignity and common sense.
SA faces food riots and breakouts from the lockdown
Getting food to the vulnerable, needy and poor during the COVID-19 lockdown is now increasingly urgent.
Saluting all Witsies combating the COVID-19 pandemic
These Wits heroes represent just a fraction of the clinical, academic, professional and administrative staff, alumni and students responding to this disaster.
Wits adopts global ethics code to make research more equitable
Wits University has adopted the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings (GCC) to curtail the practice of ethics dumping.
[COVID-19 UPDATE 25] Wits VC wishes students well as online learning begins
Video: Professor Adam Habib wishes students well as they begin their online learning journey.
COVID-19 Update 24: Data access: All four major mobile service providers on board
Students will get 30GB of data if registered on MTN, Vodacom, Cell C or Telkom.
COVID-19 Update 24: How to access your data
COVID-19 Update 23: Wits opens online on Monday, 20 April 2020
Wits will commence with emergency remote online teaching and learning from Monday, 20 April 2020.
Process to apply for mobile computing devices
This communique outlines the process through which students who require assistance with a loan device can apply.
Wits switches to remote online teaching and learning from 20 April 2020
Wits institutes an emergency remote teaching and learning programme as one measure to help minimise the time lost in the academic project.
Wits engineers make face shields to protect healthcare workers
A team of innovative Witsies is using their design and engineering skills to create face shields in aid of the fight against COVID-19.
“Test, test, test!” says Wits academic
Best way to tackle COVID-19 remains physical distancing, substantially increased testing and quarantining.
COVID-19 UPDATE 21 – POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
Message from Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Postgraduate Affairs.
Centre for Deaf studies breaks the silence on COVID-19
The Centre for Deaf Studies (CFDS) at Wits is contributing to society by keeping the Deaf community informed about the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 UPDATE (20) – WELLNESS UPDATE
The University’s wellness support services are here to help staff, students and the Wits community in dealing with the disruption of our normal lives.
COVID19 Testing Station opens at Wits
A new COVID-19 Testing Station at Wits, managed by Gift of the Givers, is open to patients who fit NICD criteria and are referred by a doctor.
Hay’khona Corona! Spreading the word, not the virus
A poster series to action South Africans on how to care of themselves and others.
COVID-19 UPDATE (19) – TEACHING AND LEARNING (STUDENTS)
Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic regarding the resumption of the academic programme.
COVID-19 UPDATE (19) – TEACHING AND LEARNING (STAFF)
Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic on the resumption of the academic programme.
How to support your children during Covid-19
Strategies for parents to engage with their children at home during Covid-19 lockdown.
Wits School of Molecular and Cell Biology lends a hand with glove donation
The Wits School of Molecular and Cell Biology has donated medical gloves for frontline healthcare workers at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.
'You can do more,' economists tell SA government
50+ economists and others from Wits are part of a group of more than 78 who wrote an open letter urging President Cyril Ramaphosa for more significant action.
Wits Covid-19 Update (18)
The role of essential staff during the national lockdown.
Wits COVID Update 17 (Students): Wits to reopen on 20 April
Prof. Habib speaks on living through the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Senior Executive Team’s (SET) decision to go into early recess and to evacuate residences.
Wits COVID Update 17: Staff Appreciation and Reopening
Prof. Adam Habib addresses staff on living through the COVID19 pandemic and expresses his appreciation to staff for their contribution during this period.
Wits heroes confront COVID-19
Amongst the best in their fields, Wits experts are at the frontlines and behind-the-scenes against COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.
Official government regulations for #21DaysLockdownSA
Government has released the early directives following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on Monday night.
Wits COVID-19 Update (16): Ways to learn and work from home
Message from the Senior Executive Team of Wits University.
Wits COVID-19 Update (15): Wits prepares to go online
Wits from the Senior Executive Team of Wits University.
Wits researchers launch most comprehensive COVID-19 dashboard in South Africa
The dashboard is aimed at informing government, scientists, the media and general public with quick, easy-to-understand information on the current situation.
Gag the spreaders of disinformation, not the scientists
In times of a health crisis, such as the corona virus pandemic, health scientists should be encouraged to speak out.
Wits COVID-19 Update (14): Most students have left residences
Message from the Wits Senior Executive Team.
Wits COVID-19 Update 13: Students urged to go home
Message from the Wits Dean of Student Affairs.
Wits COVID-19 Update 13: Working conditions for staff from 20 to 30 March 2020
Message from the Senior Executive Team of Wits University on the working conditions for staff members during the recess.
Court dismisses application to halt residence evacuation
The High Court (Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg) dismissed the urgent application by two students to extend the period for the evacuation of residences.
Who should test for COVID-19
Answers to common questions asked by the Wits community.
Wits announces early recess
Wits University will be in recess from Tuesday, 17 March 2020, four days earlier than scheduled.
All contact teaching postponed for Monday, staff to continue with work
Wits announces measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Student tests positive for Covid-19 and Wits reaches out to affected class
Wits University has just been informed that the medical student who has been quarantined since last Wednesday has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19)
Wits acts to manage Covid-19 exposure
Wits acts swiftly to manage student who came in contact with COVID-19 carrier.
Leading African and European unis call for investment in African research
EU budget for Africa-EU Partnership should ring-fence at least €1bn per year for strengthening African research unis, in partnership European unis
African languages for sustainable development
A national strategy for mother tongue languages will guide action and address deeply held beliefs about African languages, writes Professor Makalela.
Language diversity a key feature of the Wits community
New MOOC: What do Architects and Urban Planners do?
Wits University has added a new course to its free, online WitsX/edX learning platform.
Professor Adam Habib to step down from Wits at the end of the year
Habib to join the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK, from 1 January 2021.
Joy as hope is restored to bright student
When classes started on Monday, Triphin Mudzvengi was sitting attentively among the studious first-year engineering students.
First years share their hopes as they start university
Wits’ newest cohorts are looking forward to mingling with one another.
Exciting chapter for first years
The start of a new year always brings with it new energy and the assurance of a promising future as the University welcomes first year students.
Another NRF rating for Wits School of Mining
The value of research conducted by the School has been further recognised with the award of an NRF rating to a fifth member of staff.
Aspiring academic wins Best Student paper
Curiosity ignited an interest in electrical engineering for aspiring academic, Hlengiwe Mnisi.
Witsies vie for top spot in battle of minds
Three Wits students are aiming to secure top positions in a national competition for economics students.
Romario Ferrao – scoring on and off the field
Third-year Electrical Engineering student, Romario Ferrao is drawing attention on and off the field.
Registration for new and returning students
All successful applicants and returning students can register online from home.
Students explore Africa by Bus
It was a week of discovery for a group of students who travelled from Johannesburg to Namibia for a cross-cultural experience.
Debate around the contentious Copyright Amendment Bill
Deep polarisation still marks a bill that is heading into its fifth year in various draft iterations and awaiting to be signed into an act by the president.
Prof. Andrew Crouch appointed as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University
Message from the Chairperson of Council, Mr Isaac Shongwe.
No means no: Zero tolerance for gender-based harm
The Wits community speaks out on gender-based harm.
Wits mourns the passing of Sir Donald Gordon
Statement from Wits University on the passing of Sir Donald Gordon.
Visitors flock to architecture exhibition
The Solomon Mahlangu concourse has been transformed into a platform for visionary works.
Scholarships enable postgraduate research with impact
Funding postgraduate studies enables TATA Africa to continue upholding its commitment to uplifting communities.
Soccer boots made for township diski
Young entrepreneur in the spotlight during Global Entrepreneurship Week running from 18 – 24 November 2019.
Outcome of the investigation into the Educ226a Life Skills Exam
Report from the University regarding concerns around the Life Skills examination paper.
Maptek donates laser scanner to keep Wits at leading edge
The new laser scanner adds to the modern technology available to mining engineering students at Wits.
Student volunteerism and leadership celebrated
They go about their lives like all other students but stand out for touching lives and leading for a better society.
Wits real estate doctoral student bags German scholarship
Oluwaseun Damilola Ajayi, a real estate PhD candidate, has been awarded a scholarship to pursue doctoral research in Germany.
Wits wins widely
Wits academics – both established and emerging – have won widely over the past month, in fields as diverse as philosophy, entomology, pharmacy, and engineering.
Nobel laureate and awarded Cameroonian journalist to address Global Investigative Journalism meeting
Joseph E. Stiglitz will deliver the keynote address and Mimi Mefo, the Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture.
Vice-Chancellor honours outstanding Wits staff
Staff members reap the benefits of their labour at the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards.
Staff reflect on Wits’ 97th Birthday
Wits is more than just a place of work – it is a place of inspiration, a place of growth and where bonds run deep.
The best of 2020 applicants at Wits
Wits University hosted would-be top matriculants for a day on campus.
Wits Humanities ranked top in Africa
The Faculty of Humanities provides the best education in Africa, according to a global survey zooming in on the work of leading universities across the globe.
Wits Targeting Talent Programme offers inspiration
The Targeting Talent Programme (TTP) has academically and psychologically enriched learners across South Africa to ensure they are prepared for university.
Donate your body and change a life
The body donation programme in the School of Anatomical Sciences is the foundation of educating future medical researchers and healthcare professionals in SA.
Wits Transformation Update
The update is a summary of progress made in the eight priority areas identified as key to transformation.
Men just have to get their act together
So said Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Habib, a champion of HeForShe in conversation with fellow champion, Mr Sim Tshabalala, Chief Executive of Standard Bank.
Witsies appointed to Ramaphosa's Economic Advisory Council
Four Wits academics appointed to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Economic Advisory Council.
Maths whizkid bags scholarship to study at Wits
Talented Grade 12 learner Phila Mahlangu was awarded a scholarship to study at Wits at the 2019 Wits Maths Competition prize giving.
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
The School of Oral Health is celebrating national Oral Health Month by offering staff and students free oral health screenings and oral education tomorrow.
Witsies mingle and let loose
It was a time for fun, laughter and a chance to offload for staff members during Staff Wellness Week.
Does CA training hinder or enable entrepreneurship?
Celebrating 30 years of teaching, research and social impact at the Wits Rural Campus
The Wits Rural Campus has enabled impactful interdisciplinary research, student training and community engagement in rural Bushbuckridge for 30 years.
The Wits School of Anatomical Sciences hosts an exhibition at Maropeng from 23 September to 5 October 2019 in honour of the School's centenary.
Is the NHI Bill good or bad for your health?
Experts shed some light on the debate over the recently published National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill.
Meaningful transformation through learnership pipelines
Over 120 Wits staff members have completed the next level of their Learnership in Business Administration (NQF levels 2, 3 and 4).
Wits among Top 200 universities worldwide
Wits University has been ranked among the top 200 universities in the world.
Recapturing memories with a Swedish writer
Per Wästberg, an acclaimed Swedish writer and friend of Nadine Gordimer and of South Africa took guests down memory lane during his talk at Wits.
Wits calls for action and dedicates Monday afternoon to solidarity activities
Wits calls for action to be taken against gender-based harm (gbh), xenophobia and afrophobia - all university activities for Monday afternoon to be rescheduled.
Engineering innovations at Open Day
Students at the 2019 School of Electrical and Information Engineering Open Day presented their engineering innovations for solutions to everyday challenges.
Call by VCs for a meeting with the President of SA to discuss the scourge of gender-based violence
Statement issued by Universities South Africa on behalf of the Vice-Chancellors of the 26 public universities in South Africa
Healthy and motivated staff bring success
Motivated and happy staff are the force behind great universities says Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Adam Habib.
Wits condemns violence
Statement from the office of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal
What's in a name?
The name of the staff wellness initiative, Mpil'enhle Programme – itlhokomele, that launches on 2 September offers insight into Wits values.
Witsies part of #InspiringFiftySA
Women’s Month ends on a high note as two female academics make it to the 2019 #InspiringFiftySA list.
New beginnings for staff wellness at Wits
Wits will step into spring with the launch of a new staff wellness programme, set to reshape the understanding of wellness in the University.
International partners shake hands on finding clean energy solutions
Witsies wow as Women in Science
Female Wits academics and students were recognised at the annual South African Women in Science Awards.
Top physicist joins Wits
Professor Nithaya Chetty has been appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Science from 1 December 2019.
Appointment strengthens African research
A Wits alumnus and CARTA Fellow has been appointed as the inaugural director of the African Population and Health Research Center West Africa regional office.
Decolonising SA’s copyright law
In amending South Africa’s 40-year-old copyright law, reform has to be broad, innovative and adaptive.
Wits superheroes at Sasol TechnoX 2019
What do you need to become a superhero? Certainly not superpowers, we can all be superheroes according to a team of Witsies.
Wits hosts National Science Week
Scores of high school learners from around Gauteng will be hosted by Wits for National Science Week 2019.
Prof. Lynn Wadley elected as Fellow of the British Academy
Wadley has been made a Fellow of The British Academy in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of archaeology.
Walking in Madiba’s footsteps
Wits staff members uphold Madiba’s values of humanity and generosity by donating food and toiletries to the Wits Food Bank.
Homo naledi and Australopithecus sediba to be exhibited in Perot Museum
South Africa's greatest fossil discoveries in modern times to be showcased for the first time to a global audience.
Huawei awards bursaries to Wits postgraduate students
Huawei South Africa has donated almost 2 million in scholarships to ICT and Engineering postgraduate students at Wits.
Johnny Clegg – a symbol of unity
A man who defied racial barriers and whose life exemplifies what it means to be human.
Building real world solutions in Minecraft
Students in the School of Therapeutic Sciences and the School of Education at Wits competed to build a world in online game, Minecraft.
Witsies dominate M&G Top 200 list
Over 40 Wits alumni, students and staff members were included in the 2019 Mail and Guardian Top 200 supplement.
Legitimation Code Theory Conference a success
The third international LCT (Legitimation Code Theory) conference hosted at Wits was huge success with 160 delegates in attendance and 98 papers presented.
Happy one hundred for Health
Birthdays are milestones and the health sciences at Wits celebrated a significant one on 1 July when it marked 100 years of teaching excellence.
Africa’s youth can drive economic prosperity
Young people in Africa have the potential to drive economic prosperity on the continent says US Diplomat, Ambassador Tibor Nagy.
Witsies win at Science Oscars
Professor Alex Quandt and the Wits Communications team have won in their categories at the NSTF-South 32 Awards, dubbed the ‘Science Oscars’.
Building an inclusive circular economy: Recycling with reclaimers
A Johannesburg-based pilot will formally integrate reclaimers (waste pickers) into the recycling economy of South Africa for the important service they provide.
China beckons Limpopo fellow
Spreading his wings through international exposure - Thabiso is the first Witsie to be awarded the prestigious scholarship.
Another architectural award for Wits Rural Facility
Some 480 kilometres from the Wits campus in Johannesburg, bordering a national nature reserve, lies the Wits Rural Facility.
Department of Health and academia partner to advance public health
A consortium of universities with health sciences faculties has won a Department of Health tender to contract healthcare professionals.
Help for women in fraudulent marriages
The Law Clinic calls on women trapped in fraudulent marriages to come forward as it prepares legal action against the state.
Equipping Wits’ ICT students for future jobs
Leading Chinese telecommunications company injects more than R1 million towards student funding at Wits.
Historic partnership between universities and the City
The City of Johannesburg has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with three of South Africa’s top universities - Wits University, Unisa and UJ.
Accounting stars celebrated
The School of Accountancy celebrated the excellent results of its top students.
Wits Dining Halls wrap-up Africa Month
Flavours from the continent have featured more prominently on the plates of students this month in celebration of Africa Month.
Wits Prof advises Ebola vaccination strategy update to account for DRC insecurity
An advisory group of the World Health Organization has issued new recommendations to address vaccination challenges in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the DRC.
Software licence donation advances Geosciences
Petroleum Experts Ltd has donated an academic software licence worth R25m to the School of Geosciences.
Professor Lulama Makhubela to speak at Africa Day celebrations at Wits
The Wits Faculty of Humanities hosts renowned academic and advocate for women empowerment, Professor Lulama Makhubela to speak at the Africa Day celebrations.
Gauteng Province releases prime property to Wits for development
The Gauteng Provincial Government has signed a Memorandum of Intent with Wits for the release of properties to meet student housing and research needs.
Wits academics bestowed with National Orders
Professors Yosuf (Joe) Veriava and Thokozani Majozi are amongst the recipients of the 2019 National Orders.
Top 20 newbies
Recipients of the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship a delightful mixed bag.
PhD in sight for student who speaks through jazz
A blind jazz music student in the Wits School of Arts has been awarded a PhD scholarship worth R130 000 from the Arts Research Africa (ARA) project.
Wits Maths Connect Project connecting across Africa
Wits Maths Connect Secondary Project shares a home-grown resource for secondary maths teaching with educators from the SADEC region.
Dr Tshepo Madlingozi appointed Director of Wits Centre for Applied Legal Studies
White-collar crime and corruption reporting win investigative journalism award
Journalists from News24 and amaBhungane are joint winners of the 14th Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism.
New NRF ranking for mining school
The National Research Foundation has bestowed another accolade on the School of Mining Engineering by awarding a C2 rating to Professor Rudrajit Mitra.
Another move up world rankings for Mining Engineering
The global standing of the School of Mining Engineering has been boosted by another step up in the QS World University Rankings – to 13th place in 2019.
Wits Choirs sing to #SaveADegree
The 2019 Wits Choirs’ Welcome Concert will lend a hand in the #SaveADegree fundraising campaign.
Father of Green Chemistry an Honorary Royal Fellow
The Royal Society of Chemistry has admitted Professor Roger Sheldon as an honorary fellow.
Show us your science
Do you have what it takes to explain a scientific concept in three minutes?
Wits flutist wins international scholarship
Wits flutist and music tutor Khanyisile Mthetwa will perform at the 47th Annual National Flute Association Convention as part of winning the scholarship.
Another award in the bag for Drama for Life
Wits University’s Drama for Life won a bronze award at the Gauteng Premier’s Service Excellence Awards.
Rebels and Rage
Professor Adam Habib launches new book where he reflects on the #FeesMustFall movement.
Top spots for Witsies
Wits students win the country’s premier budget speech competition for the second consecutive year.
A life invested in language and literacy education
Multi-award winning Education Professor Emerita, Hilary Janks, reflects on language and power, and offers insight into the poor literacy levels in South Africa.
#4IRSA Digital Economy Summit 2019 dates announced
The Fourth Industrial Revolution Partnership for South Africa (#4IRSA) hosts a Digital Economy Summit in Johannesburg in June 2019.
Wits hosts unique e-Science teaching platform
Wits is the hub of a unique cross-disciplinary postgraduate e-Science training platform.
Future economists set to impress
Witsies are poised to impress at the country’s premier competition for budding economists.
New WitsX course: Postgraduate Academic Literacy for Management and Business Students
This new online course teaches you how to critique, compare and apply academic resources and research.
Wits’ supercomputing students win big
Our teams excel in Centre for High Performance Computing Student Cluster Competition.
Protests called off at Wits
SRC calls off protests after reaching agreement with University management.
Statement on campus disruptions
Senior Executive Team's statement on disruptions on campus on Thursday.
So you think you can pharma? Wits Pharmacy students pitch solutions
PharmApprentice is a curriculum innovation where Wits Pharmacy students develop entrepreneurial skills in a competition enabled by Aspen Pharmacare.
Diversity a hallmark at Wits
Wits welcomed 5200 first-year students on Sunday, 27 January in a ceremony that reflected the vibrancy of the University.
Call for digital photographers to enter the GCRO’s Urban Gaze Photographic Competition.
Notice: Accepting your offer
Attention applicants: Important information regarding accepting your offer.
Alert: Student system traffic
No applicant or student will be prejudiced because of current delays with our online systems.
Wits’ is prepared and ready to enrol successful applicants and returning students in January 2019.
L'Oréal Foundation awards Wits students fellowships
Wits PhD students, Harshna Jivan and Olaperi Okuboyejo have received fellowships from the L'Oréal Foundation.
Organ donor? Tell your tribe!
The world-first living donor liver transplant by the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre on 4 October got the world talking about transplants.
Witsie set to fly SA flag high at AU Youth Council
Dr Shakira Choonara is among eight young leaders from across Africa appointed to the inaugural African Union (AU) Youth Advisory Council.
No more tea-makers
This year marks the centenary of Albertina Sisulu, an iconic activist, humanitarian, and a nurse.
Accolades and international exposure for Wits physiotherapist
A Wits physiotherapist brings skills from professional UK football clubs to a new sports clinical programme at Wits.
Wits graduates snapped-up by industry
97% of employed Wits graduates found employment within 6 months of completion.
Wits senior lecturer wins National Teaching Award
Music educator, Dr Susan Harrop-Allin has been recognised for teaching excellence.
Wits human rights lawyer to be knighted
Professor Bonita Meyersfeld is being honoured for her efforts to promote human rights and fight gender-based violence.
World Bank President worried about SA
Stunted growth in children, high broadband costs and human capital investment in South Africa worries the World Bank.
New Chancellor praises lionesses of Africa and calls for greater recognition of female leadership
Wits' newly installed Chancellor, Dr Judy Dlamini, has taken a strong stand for women in leadership positions in South Africa, during her acceptance speech.
Pravin Gordhan’s road map to a stable South Africa
Minister of Public Enterprises presents his ideas on how to create a resilient South Africa for all its citizens in the next 10 years.
Protect and safeguard Wits
Justice Dikgang Moseneke passes pearls of wisdom as Wits University bids him farewell.
China Africa bonds
China not interested in being a new colonial power but seeks to develop win-win partnerships in Africa.
VC shows appreciation to staff
Wits Vice-Chancellor celebrates the service excellence of sterling Professional and Administrative Services (PAS) members of staff at the University.
Making maths cool
Innovative and engaging teaching methods can make mathematics comprehensible and ‘cool’.
The struggle against sexual violence
Nobel Peace Centre's Professor Liv Tørres will discuss sexual violence perpetuated during war and steps required for the future.
Siemens launches Digital Mining Incubator
Digital technologies to boost skills and transform South Africa’s mining processes.
Making SA’s techentrepreneurs future ready
Why we should stop chasing the Silicon Valley dream and rethink what Africa needs, especially in the incubator space.
2018 Wits Sport Awards bows to greatness
The University’s exceptional sporting talent was celebrated at the 2018 edition of the annual Wits Sport Awards.
Africa is changing, radically, and digitisation is playing a pivotal role
The outcomes from the 2018 Fak’ugesi Festival and collaboration with the Wits Art Museum will be shown on Digital Imaginaries: Africas in Production in Germany.
Witsies write books for children
Witsies among authors who are creating books relevant to African children.
Improving the world with materials science
Grade 10 learners from across Gauteng explore material sciences in a quest to improve the world.
Wits scientist advises WHO on Ebola outbreak in DRC
The World Health Organization has appointed Wits Professor Helen Rees to its Emergency Committee on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Unlocking information for all
Wits has embraced Open Access, which refers to the practice of providing unrestricted access to peer-reviewed research journal articles via the internet.
Wits and Perot Museum launch virtual reality app of Dinaledi cave
Free virtual reality experience provides global access to the Dinaledi caves to researchers, students and amateur explorers.
Journos need to fall in love again
Award winning journalist Niren Tolsi has called on journalists to use their power responsibly and to return to the values of the profession.
Wits crowned champions of the first Varsity Basketball tournament
Wits crowned champions after defeating the best in the country.
The Entrepreneurial Wayz director a Global Goodwill Ambassador
The director of a unit in Wits Enterprise has been named as one of just six Global Goodwill Ambassadors in South Africa.
IsiZulu Sami Nawe deepens appreciation for language
IsiZulu language learners and educators now have an updated reference book to help them get a proper grasp of the language.
TATA Africa sculpts future for Witsies
The future is beaming bright for 20 academically and financially deserving students who have received scholarships from TATA Africa.
Ruth First Memorial Lecture
Niren Tolsi, a multi-award-winning freelance journalist will share his views on why South African journalism needs a defibrillator.
VC rewards sterling Witsies
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib awards outstanding Witsies for flying the Wits flag high.
Be more like Madiba
Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe urges South Africans to follow in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps towards peace and reconciliation.
Vote in the SRC elections
In just four days, Wits students will vote for new student leaders who will be their voice in all matters of student life.
The science of light illuminated
Learners’ imaginations take flight during Wits Optics Student Chapter’s IONS South Africa 2 conference.
Matrics urged to follow own career
Matriculants have tough tasks ahead of them and this includes sitting for the matric exams and choosing their future academic home.
Stimulating economic growth in local government
Collective professional and technical skills can stimulate economic growth in local government says Dr Zweli Mkhize.
Learn to speak Spanish at Wits
Spanish, one of the most spoken languages in the world is now offered through the new Mexican Studies Centre at Wits.
WitsX launches new online course: Digital Transformation and the IT team
Wits University’s has released a new online course aimed specifically at IT and business professionals.
Science, art and social cohesion play clinches BASA award
All From One, which has toured SA, Kenya and Tanzania shines at the Business and Arts South Africa Awards.
New MOOCs for agents of change
Wits University has added two new courses to its free, online WitsX/edX learning platform.
Wits Team eFundanathi and eZone in Learning Idols
A lecturer in the Wits School of Therapeutic Sciences was in the top three vying in Learning Idols at the Learning Innovation Africa Conference 2018.
Bootcamp for startups
IBM SA and Wits’ Tshimologong Precinct launch six week acceleration bootcamp for startups.
Engineering solutions for tomorrow
Final year engineering showcased their design-and-build projects which provided solutions to everyday life challenges.
Charlize Theron speaks to Wits students
South African born and Academy Award winning actress, Charlize Theron says it is "time to be brave".
Kofi Annan: the Ghanaian man who was born to be a leader
The passing of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan provides an opportunity to reflect on what makes great men great.
Unpack the source code of your African Identity
Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival announces its 2018 line-up.
Absa unlocks opportunities for Wits students
Absa has donated R5.6 million towards student funding at Wits University.
Wits Enterprise launches new unit to develop entrepreneurs
Wits Commercial Enterprise has launched The Entrepreneurial Wayz unit to drive entrepreneurialism and benefit South Africa.
Enabling youth to power the digital economy
Hundreds descended upon Wits to hear the legendary Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, address entrepreneurs, students and policy makers.
Reviewing Obama's Mandela Lecture
What were the key themes and the significance of Obama's Nelson Mandela lecture?
Wits maths fundi equates to global maths advocate
Former Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Loyiso Nongxa has been elected as a Vice-President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU).
Witsies win big in travel innovation competition
A cash prize of $10,000 has been awarded to Wits students for their winning travel idea.
Wits announces new Chancellor
Dr Judy Dlamini elected as the new chancellor of Wits University.
Witsies celebrate #Mandela100
The intellectual home of Nelson Mandela, Wits University, used innovative ways to celebrate the values of the global icon and founding father of South Africa
Mandela and the treasure in the Blombos Cave
Many Norwegian researchers had a close relationship with Nelson Mandela but few as close as Christopher Henshilwood, also of Wits ESI, did.
Argumentative Witsies win championships
Wits debaters left little room for argument as the University team once again confirmed their prowess.
China commits to preserving Africa’s wildlife
The Chinese government reiterates its commitment to fighting poaching of rhinos and other animals in Africa.
Reflections on the presidential legacies of Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama.
Lend a hand to students
Starting university was a dream come true for Talent Marange who spent years at home after completing matric.
Wits theatre takes a bow at National Arts Festival 2018
Wits play Devil at the End wins awards at the National Arts Festival and returns home for the 969 Festival starting next week.
Largest symposium in almost 50 years
School of Geosciences congratulated on “one of the best” International Platinum Symposiums ever.
Family is everywhere at Wits
Her parents might not have been able to attend her graduation but Sarah Blessed-Sayah was beaming next to her Wits ‘mom’.
Cranium of a four-million-year-old hominin shows similarities to ours
The “virtual” revisiting of a fossil described as “the oldest evidence of human evolution in South Africa” shows surprising results, compared to modern humans.
Wits prepares for 2018 USSA tournaments
Wits will host three sport codes, while hoping to impress away from home in seven codes during the University Sport South Africa tournaments in July.
Aspirations of a Just City
Could radicalism be a way to tackle historical injustices in cities?
Achille Mbembe scoops the 2018 Gerda Henkel Award
Acclaimed Wits historian, Professor Achille Mbembe has been recognised for his sterling scholarly achievement.
The US-Africa relationship
Wits experts respond to questions around the relationship between the US and Africa.
Think twice before downing that energy drink during exams
Energy drinks are popular 'go-to fuel' for university students, especially during exams. But what lurks behind the kick?
Gauteng maths giant set to rise from its slumber
Gauteng schools are gearing to reclaim their reputation as maths whizkids.
Population growth: The impact on health and societies
We have a “golden moment” and “unique opportunity” to spur economic development, says Professor Mark Collinson.
Students promote gardening on campus
Witsies stand together against food insecurity on campus.
Taking African mobilities to Munich
Dr Mpho Matsipa, researcher at the Wits City Institute is curating an architectural exhibition at the architectural museum in Munich.
Vice Chancellor’s scholarships represent pinnacle of excellence
The 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards celebrate the elite of excellence.
Talking about sensitive topics with kids
Renate Gericke, a clinical psychologist offers guidelines on how to talk to children about sensitive topics without scaring them.
Young digital entrepreneurs showcase cool innovations
Entrepreneurs at the Wits Digital Tshimologong Precinct show Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Herman Mashaba how creative they are.
Wits University joins programme to expand Africa’s paediatric workforce
The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health in the School of Clinical Medicine at Wits has joined the African Paediatric Fellowship Programme (APFP).
Clean sweep for Wits at international data science competition
Four Witsies learn about cloud computing, then go on and beat the global competition in the field.
Wits Research Chair is first African president of global public health association
Professor Laetitia Rispel has been elected as the President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA).
Wits digital startup CEO chosen for Obama's team
Lesley Williams‚ CEO of the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct‚ has been selected as a member of the Obama Foundation Leaders:Africa programme.
African ownership and redefining democracy
Kenyan Pan-Africanist Advocate Patrick Lumumba spoke at Wits on May 4 ahead of Africa Day at the invitation of the Wits School of Education.
Wits-NRF Digitisation Initiative launched
The Wits-NRF Digitisation Capacity Development Initiative aims to build capacity, enable knowledge sharing and contribute to skills development.
Making Braam and Parktown safer for all
Additional measures to improve safety and security around Wits campuses.
The Wits physiotherapist and Team SA at the 2018 Commonwealth Games
A Wits lecturer was amongst the physiotherapists who treated SA’s athletes at the 2018 Commonwealth Games held at the Gold Coast, Australia, from 4-15 April.
Wits University denounces disruption of healthcare services
The Senior Executive Team of Wits University has issued a statement denouncing the major disruption of healthcare services caused by industrial action.
The academic of the future
Programme for Early-Career Academics helps to improve skills by doing, reflecting and sharing knowledge.
Professor Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba to speak at Africa Day celebrations at Wits
The Kenyan scholar, pan-Africanist and advocate will deliver the Africa Day keynote talk at Wits this Friday, 4 May 2018, at 12:30.
‘Aluta continua’ for economic freedom
The struggle for economic freedom in South Africa continues, says American Civil Rights leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson.
Wits celebrates its rated researchers
The Wits Research Office has recognised scholars at the University whom the National Research Foundation (NRF) has rated or re-rated.
Award for Sol Plaatje book
Wits Press book on Sol Plaatje and the land issue scoops the Non-fiction Edited Volume category at the 2018 HSS awards.
JSE listing for Wits developed Funds
Wits made history when two Exchange Traded Funds developed at the University were launched on the JSE.
Hamba kahle Mama Madikizela-Mandela
Statement: A political stalwart in her own right, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela gave of herself in the fight for gender equity and social justice.
Wits, Sibanye-Stillwater join hands to make mining digital
The launch of DigiMine advances the application of digital technologies in support of safer and more efficient mining operations.
Research collaboration to embrace resilience of deaf youth in SA
Wits University partners with the University of Manchester for an innovative research collaboration to embrace the resilience of deaf youth in SA.
New African Centre to study the US
A new Centre at Wits University has been established to serve as an intellectual hub for the study of the United States.
Wits Oral Health sinks its teeth into World Oral Health Day
In South Africa, over 60% of primary school children suffer from dental decay and more than 80% of these children remain untreated for the disease.
#GuptaLeaks team wins SA’s biggest journalism award
The team that exposed the extent of state capture in South Africa has been awarded the country’s biggest investigative journalism award.
When great minds meet
Professor David Block accompanied Stephen Hawking to meet former President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg.
First executive programme in Digital Business
Wits Business School (WBS) is excited to have launched its first executive education programme in Digital Business, the first of its kind in South Africa.
Is Ramaphosa's ANC managing the challenge from the EFF?
The EFF may be more politically adept, but its track record is as populist, corrupt and administratively incompetent as the Zuma camp ever was.
Tata in Africa continues to advance education
Tata Africa awards more postgraduate scholarships to Wits students.
Targeted talent empowered by BPSA sponsorship
Over 60 Wits students are able to pursue their ambitions due to sponsorship by the BPSA Education Foundation.
Water wise learners
Gauteng grade 11 learners tackle SA’s water crises.
Register today! New MOOC on forced labour and slavery
This new free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a collaboration between WitsX, edX and Beyond Trafficking and Slavery (a partnership with openDemocracy).
FameLab, “Pop Idols of Science” back at Wits
Wits University will once again be hosting the international Famelab science competition in March.
Witsies in Black Panther and The Color Purple
Wits graduates feature in two prominent productions that are dominating international cinemas and local theatres.
Wits dispatches oncologists to cancer care critical KZN
South Africa is confronted by a quadruple* burden of disease, which includes cancer. The province of KZN faces serious challenges in providing cancer services.
Eight questions first-years in Health Sciences ask
What happens when you fail? Can Wits stop me being lazy? I come from Zimbabwe – can I feel free at Wits? Did I make the right choice coming here?
Wits Library staff shine bright
The Library Division recognises staff members for their sterling service during the Staff Achievement and Recognition (STAR) Awards.
DAM students open doors
The Disability Awareness Movement was honoured at the Student Leadership Awards for their role in promoting the interests of disabled students.
History enthusiast and Wits graduate, Keyan Jardine is the first recipient of the FirstRand Oxford African Studies scholarship.
The legend lives on – RIP Bra Hugh Masekela
The University of the Witwatersrand extends its sincere condolences to the friends, family, fans, colleagues and comrades of Dr Hugh Masekela.
Wits appoints independent panel to advise on matters pertaining to race at the University
Prof. Barney Pityana, Adv. Thuli Madonsela, Prof. Garth Stevens and Dr Mashadi Motlana to advise on future race and racism allegations at Wits.
Wits produces ‘ready-for-work’ graduates
Wits graduates voted most employable in SA by directors and recruiters.
VC’s 2017 year-end message
Professor Adam Habib extends his appreciation to staff, friends, alumni and donors of the University for their efforts in making Wits successful in 2017.
Pravin Gordhan joins Wits School of Governance
The former Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan has been appointed as a Visiting Professor in the Wits School of Governance as from 1 December 2017.
New Energy Leadership Centre another first for Africa
Wits Business School has launched a new African Energy Leadership Centre (ELC), a first for South Africa and the continent.
Wits committed to transformation
Wits University committed to transformation but won’t compromise on the quality of education.
Successes recorded in initiatives implemented to address the University’s transformation challenges, although there is still a long way ahead.
Wits Transition Maths 1 course reaches 100
More than 100 maths teachers have now completed the Transition Maths 1 (TM1) course since its inception in 2012.
L'Oreal-Unesco awards doctoral fellowship to Wits student
Olawumi Sadare, a Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering PhD student at Wits has been awarded a doctoral fellowship by L'Oreal-Unesco.
A great teacher who inspired the average student
A new laboratory honours the late Professor Peter King, admired for his rapport with students and for pioneering work in metallurgical engineering.
New Centre at Wits to tackle inequality
Wits launches first Centre for inequality in the southern hemisphere.
ANC faces third threat
The ANC faces its third most serious threat and its members are at the core of the conflict.
Wits students produce award winning short film
“The Milk Man” impresses at the 48 Hour Film Project.
USAf’s response to SA Presidency
Statement from Universities SA in response to Fees Report release without government response:
Gigaba offers no solutions
Finance minister admits SA faces grim economic situation but offers no significant change in government direction.
Trade is good for development
The European Union and South Africa are forging stronger partnerships that promote fair trade and inclusive growth.
Cutting-edge visual tech at Global Investigative Journalism Conference
Cutting-edge visual tech on display in virtual reality showcase hosted by Emblematic Group and presented by award-winning film producer Cassandra Herrman.
A final farewell from where it all began
Wits will host Johnny Clegg’s final performance in 2018 in a revival of the 1971 Free People’s Concert.
Nobel laureate and human rights attorney to address world's muckrakers
A Nobel Prize-winning economist and a human rights attorney are keynote speakers at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference at Wits in November.
Learners display their creativity with strong materials
Creativity prevailed among Grade 10 learners at the Material Science Poster Competition this year.
Wits outranks others in quality education
Wits University is amongst the top 1 percent of universities globally for the quality of education and training offered to students.
Wits Excellence Awarded
Several Witsies were recognised for their exceptional service to the University at the annual Vice-Chancellor’s Awards.
Wits advances in scientific papers ranking
The latest university ranking indicates that Wits is on an upward trajectory, especially when it comes to research output.
Global Investigative Journalism Conference programme released
Pulitzer Prize winners, data journalism pioneers and the investigative reporters behind the Panama Papers are amongst the speakers at #GIJC2017.
Wits will not renew KPMG contracts
Media release about the decision by the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand:
Wits appoints new CEO for Tshimologong
Lesley Williams will head up the tech precinct and help it to achieve its full potential.
Witsies named top sportswomen
Two excel at Gauteng Sports Awards on Sunday.
Wits offers new post graduate courses in e-Science
Programme will create opportunities for students in a variety of fields to gain an interdisciplinary perspective on the emerging fields of Data Science.
Diversifying the academy
Plans to transform the academic staff profile bear fruit.
KPMG: What lessons have we learnt?
Auditors, accountants and lawyers came under fire for their role in corruption and state capture during a debate looking at lessons from the KPMG saga.
Neonatologist to head Wits School of Clinical Medicine
Professor Daynia Ballot, a lifelong Witsie, takes the reins as Head of the School of Clinical Medicine at Wits from 1 October 2017.
AfriQueer: a dreamscape of queer masculinities tours Africa and Europe
Drama for Life presents AfriQueer, an international tour which opens up a space for reflection, compassion and understanding of queer identities,
Solutions to achieve gender equality
Professor Adam Habib joined a panel to share ground-breaking solutions on how to achieve gender equality as part of UN Women’s HeForShe movement.
Teaching and learning goes 21st century at Wits
The launch yesterday of a high-tech eZone, eFundanathi – "Learn with Us", is set to revolutionise teaching and learning at Wits.
Robert Sobukwe immortalised at Wits
The University of the Witwatersrand has officially renamed Central Block to Robert Sobukwe Block.
Promoting a work-life balance
Staff Wellness Week kicked off on Monday with the focus of promoting health, nutrition and fitness among Wits staff members.
Humanities hold their own in rankings
The Faculty of Humanities has been placed in the top 200 world-wide in 2018 Times Higher Education Arts and Humanities rankings.
Discipline problems in South African Schools
“Fixing the discipline and behavior problem also fixes school performance”, says Professor Ruksana Osman.
Wits and government tackle student accommodation crisis
A residence for Wits students who require temporary emergency accommodation has been made available to the University by the Gauteng Provincial Government.
Cheers to Wits Brewers
Wits students crowned as the 2017 SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing Champions.
Wits Property Studies student chapter honoured
Property Studies students make their mark in the property sector.
Unlocking the truth
Is it time to free the apartheid archives?
Top investigative reporters to meet at Wits in November
A Pulitzer Prize winner, data journalism pioneers, and the Panama Papers media sleuths are part of the 10th Global Investigative Journalism Conference at Wits.
Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) acknowledges Drama for Life
Drama for Life’s strategic partners nominated for the 20th annual Business and Arts South Africa Awards.
A patient has just come in. His name’s Alan. His sister said he’s an asthmatic and when he woke up, his chest was really tight and he couldn't breathe.
Witsie raises the bar in beauty products
Witsie Vuyisile Zondi began her entrepreneurship journey two years ago.
Wits hosts top future Witsies
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib has urged top matric learners to think deeply about their education and their future academic home.
Moral constitution and dissent
SA's popular dissenters strive to uphold their Constitutional mandates and moral principles.
Universities key in sport transformation
The Wits Sport Transformation Fund will support talent and contribute to the national pool of African athletes.
Wits among top 300 in the world
The University retains top spot in Africa in the latest ShanghaiRanking.
Statement from the Senate of the University of the Witwatersrand
Senate's statement on the Conduct of the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training.
Sibanye reaffirms commitment to education
Sibanye, a top ten global gold mining company has extended its partnership with Wits by investing R15 million into the Wits School of Mining Engineering.
Review of the implementation of the Accelerated Transformation Programme
A critical evaluation of the accelerated transformation programme adopted by Wits.
JAMLAB accelerates with first meet up
Through stories of innovation and media startups, JAMLAB focusses on innovation in journalism entrepreneurship.
AfricaArray advancing Geophysics in Africa
AfricaArray Field School upskills geophysical talent throughout Africa in response to the growing demand for highly trained geoscientists and researchers.
The role of history in knowledge production
"History, more than any other discipline played a key role in imagining a new South Africa", says Professor Noor Nieftagodien.
Andy Warhol exhibit brings more than 15 minutes of fame to WAM
The Warhol Unscreened exhibition broke all attendance records at the Wits Art Museum (WAM) when it opened there on Wednesday evening, 26 July.
Ten years of targeting talent
The Targeting Talent Programme (TTP) at Wits this year celebrates 10 years of grooming talented high school learners.
Wits hopes to impress in Varsity Football
Wits hopes to rise to the top of this tournament before some players join the national team at the world student games.
Wits Choir’s tour of Europe a success
The Wits Choir has returned home after a 21 day tour of Europe.
Mandela Day a lifestyle for Witsies
Wits staff members and students celebrate Mandela Day, by giving back to their own – the Wits community.
Lesedi Job: 969's Helen of Troyeville Director
Award winning Wits alumna, Lesedi Job returns to Wits for the 969 Festival with Helen of Troyeville which she directs.
WJP journalist honoured
Wits Justice Project’s Carolyn Raphaely receives honorable mention in coveted 2017 WJP Anthony Lewis Prize.
I am a Witsie – New insourced workers come on board
Cheers of jubilance reverberated through the Matrix and Reith Hall dining halls this week as the University welcomed new Witsies.
Witsies recognised in M&G’s 200 Young South Africans 2017
More than 25 Witsies are included in this year’s Mail & Guardian list for the most notable young SAs under the age of 35.
French for International Relations and Diplomacy
The Department of French and Francophone Studies at Wits recently co-hosted a successful Winter School in French for International Relations and Diplomacy.
Nhlanhla Nene appointed as interim Director of the Wits Business School
The former Finance Minister will lead the prestigious business school until a new Head of School is appointed next year.
ICT shutdown due to network upgrade
All Wits ICT systems will be shutdown this weekend due to Project Quantum.
Victory for community activist victimised by mine
Court overturns cost order sought against community activist by West Coast Resources.
Hockey World League on Wits turf
Wits University is proud to have been selected as the site for the upcoming 2017 Hockey World League Semi-Finals.
SA government should support UN resolutions now
Civil society calls on government to support resolutions currently before the UN Human Rights Council to address violence against women and end child marriage.
WITSReview wins international award
Alumni magazine judged to be “gorgeous and substantial” by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Statement from Wits University on the passing of Lord Joel Joffe
Wits University mourns the passing of one of its most distinguished graduates, Lord Joel Joffe CBE.
Wits academic leads Society of Neuroscientists of Africa
Professor Amadi O. Ihunwo was elected as the Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA).
Absa helps Wits students prosper
Absa Bank has donated over R15m to Wits University in aid of student funding.
Rockefeller writing residency for Rising from the Rubbish
Dr Melanie Samson has been awarded one of the most sought after writing fellowships to work on her book, "Rising from the Rubbish".
Entries now open for innovative Witsies
Wits IT teams stand a chance to win US$10 000 innovation prize.
Finding collaborative solutions in food security
Wits partnered in a project focusing on building capacity and on gender in food security.
Ten to 20 South African children die of starvation every day
Tens of thousands of children under the age of five are admitted to hospital each year for severe acute malnutrition, says Dr Tracy Ledger.
Tshimologong's first accelerator programme now open for applications
The Journalism and Media Accelerator (JAMLAB) will be home to innovators who want to develop new forms of journalism.
A boost for student food programme
Wits alumni have donated a quarter of a million rand to the Wits Food Programme.
Taking theatre to the kids
Drama for Life unveiled the world of theatre to children and young people at the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival in Cape Town.
Three awards and the Presidency for Wits Anatomy
Wits academics scooped three awards at the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa Conference and Wits' Head of Anatomical Studies was re-elected as President.
The South Africa of our dreams
The South Africa of our dreams lies in our collective hands.
Embracing new opportunities
At the age of 54, Nana Mashego is excited to be resuming her studies and has bundles of energy for what lies ahead.
Parents must talk to protect children from HIV/AIDS
Divorce can lead children to make life impacting decisions, parents told during the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial at Wits.
This century’s most important South African book
Everyone should read “Apartheid Guns and Money – A tale of profit”, says Professor Achille Mbembe.
Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer through the eyes of Advocate George Bizos
George Bizos last night delivered the Nadine Gordimer Lecture entitled: Nadine Gordimer - student, writer, activist: Through the eyes of Advocate George Bizos.
Nurturing talent at Wits
Providing full first-year bursaries and investing in high school programmes ensures a stream of excellent results for Wits.
French honours leading Wits cities researcher
Emeritus Professor Alan Mabin has been awarded the French National Order of Merit.
It is rocket science
His plan to mine asteroids secures big win for alumnus Jonathan Lun.
From cockroach races to dung beetle brawls
Yebo Gogga Yebo amaBlommo 2017 celebrates AP&ES' centenary in Biology research.
Professor Helen Rees chairs Republic of South Sudan’s National Health Summit
Wits Professor Helen Rees chaired the third National Health Summit hosted by the Ministry of Health of South Sudan.
Wits student selected for prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany
Wits PhD student Funeka Nkosi, is among five young SA scientists nominated to participate in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany.
Wits to offer students Huawei certification
IT students at Wits will gain ICT technology knowledge and practical training experiences through the Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academy.
Professor Adam Habib on graduations and other developments
Professor Adam Habib reflects on the first cluster of the 2017 graduations and on several other developments in the latest VC's post to staff and students.
Direct funding advances students in financial services sector
FirstRand Bank awards bursaries to students in the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics.
Professor Adam Habib appointed for a second term at Wits University
Following consultations with various constituencies, the Council of the University agreed to a five-year renewal of Professor Habib’s contract.
Wits ranked second in the world for Area Studies
The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) has placed two of Wits’ subjects in the top 10 of Subject Rankings globally.
Wits cements ties with esteemed economist
British economist and managing editor of the International Review of Applied Economics joins Wits.
Research in Africa rising
Inaugural conference identifies collaboration themes and strengthens pan-African networks.
Woman of stature
Shakira Choonara, a PhD Research Fellow in the School of Public Health, has been named Woman of the Year in Healthcare.
Old Mutual donates R3m to support students
The funds will be allocated to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying commerce, mathematics, engineering, information technology and law.
Witsies ace CA exams
Aspirant chartered accountants from the School of Accountancy dominate external board exam.
Three wins for Wits University Press
The works scooped top positions in their categories at the Humanities and Social Sciences Book Awards.
Vice-Chancellor's 2017 Report for Council
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib's 2017 report to the Council of the University.
Hamba Kahle Uncle Kathy
Statement: Ahmed Kathrada’s legacy will continue to inspire us and future generations.
Taco Kuiper award winners announced
The story of how over 94 mentally ill patients died after being moved to unregistered facilities has won the Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism.
Celebrating 120 years of excellence in service to mining
The Wits School of Mining Engineering marked 120 years of excellence in service to mining in 2016 and celebrates this momentous milestone today.
Transformation: Is it a bitter pill to swallow?
The late Steve Biko once said, “When you are dead, you don’t care anyway, but your method of death can itself be a politicizing thing.”
Language at the centre of decolonisation
Knowledge of mother tongue is power, the lack of is enslavement says legendary author Ngugi wa Thiong'o.
South Africans, take heart from the budget
Gordhan’s budget strikes the right balance. His fiscal rectitude will enable South Africa to retain a degree of policy sovereignty.
Witsies claim top positions
Wits students scooped all the available positions in the undergraduate category of the Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition.
Laying the foundation for BRICS cities research
“BRICS Cities Facts & Analysis” is a 395-page book of data about more than 30 cities in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS).
Wits students vying for national title
Wits students are in the seat of Parliament to defend their ideas on how the budget can best resolve our challenges.
Another Witsie for Miss SA?
Will another Witsie reign as Miss SA this year?
Wits nets a victory over Central University
FNB Wits rugby silences Central University of Technology with a string of scores.
Calling all aspiring digital entrepreneurs
Are you up for Wits’ first Digital Innovation Challenge? Do you have the smarts and skills in location technology?
Provincial bests at Wits
Wits has once again attracted some of the country’s top achievers.
Verdict on sexual misconduct case
Wits dismisses professor found guilty of sexual misconduct.
Fifty years of medical ethics at Wits
In June 1966, Professor Henry Beecher of Harvard published a shocking article in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled "Ethics and Clinical Trials".
First, do no harm – the Hippocratic Oath endures at Wits
More than 600 students took a modified Hippocratic Oath on Friday 27 January 2017 in a packed Linder Auditorium on Wits Education Campus, Parktown.
Less about a tax and more about saving lives
Wits’ PRICELESS SA tells Parliament how fiscal measures could ease SA’s public health burdens.
Wits pair in US Boeing internship
Two Witsies have joined an elite group of international interns at the world’s largest aerospace company.
Wits welcomes insourced workers
There was a lot to celebrate when the first cohort of insourced workers reported to work as official Wits employees in January 2017.
Student funding and registration
Details on NSFAS, gap funding for the missing middle, historical debt and registration.
Wits team flying high
Engineering students reach the top 50 in Airbus global aviation competition.
Engineer-cum-Facilities Manager occupies Chief Operations post
Fana Sibanyoni holds a position rarely found in South African universities but the time for which has come, given the winds of change in the sector.
A bumper 2017 lies in store at Wits
Wits Sport launches a state-of-the-art gym and prepares to host major varsity tournaments.
Funding applications for missing middle introduced
The gap funding will be granted only to South African citizens and permanent residents who study towards undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in 2017.
Students who sign Acknowledgement of Debt can still graduate in 2017
Students must ensure that the Acknowledgement of Debt is signed by 28 February 2017.
Wits scientists pioneer new HIV drugs, delivery
HIV infection remains pandemic in SA but advances in drug treatment and access, led largely by Wits Faculty of Health Sciences researchers, reduce mortality.
WBS immerses Young Global Leaders in African experience
Wits Business School hosts YGLs for special education module.
Double GCRO vignette on #FeesMustFall
The Gauteng City-Region Observatory provides a brief account on the recent #FeesMustFall protests on South African campuses and the many issues it raised.
The bones know best – Human identification and variation at Wits
Forensic anthropology is the analysis of human remains. A new unit at Wits studies the ancient and modern deceased as a service to society and to science.
Greedy publishers behind knowledge inequality
Publishers of academic journals make more profit than pharmaceutical companies.
Chairman and CEO of Henry Schein awarded Wits’ highest honour
Wits alumnus Stanley Bergman has been recognised for his achievements in business, philanthropy and support for the arts and education.
Wits' 2016 achievements
[LETTER] Dear colleagues, students and friends of the University:
Winners of prestigious VC’s Awards announced
Several Witsies were honoured for their outstanding service at the 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Awards.
Deaf MA grad a Wits first
First Deaf student graduates with Master of Arts in South African Sign Language.
Biostatistician measures up as new Head of School of Public Health at Wits
Associate Professor Tobias Chirwa has been appointed as Head of the School of Public Health at Wits, effective 1 February 2017.
Moseneke on a restless South Africa
It is wrong to approach the transition as a total sell out arrangement. It would be an under representation of history, says former ConCourt judge Moseneke.
Twinkle Twinkle - a new children’s hospital
A new hospital to cater for the needs of children is just what the continent needs.
Wits fee increase for 2017
Statement from the Senior Executive Team:
Wits completes 2016 academic year, ready for 2017 intake
All examinations were concluded successfully yesterday, without disruption. Supplementary and deferred examinations will now be written in December and January.
Update on the implementation of Wits’ Transformation Plan
The University announced an accelerated plan to advance transformation through a number of key strategies.
Wits excels in THE BRICS rankings
The University has ranked eighth in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2017.
World Aids Day at the Adler Museum of Medicine at Wits
The Adler Museum of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences hosts a programme of events to commemorate World Aids Day on December 1.
Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital to open its doors
The launch of the hospital on Friday is a milestone towards honouring Madiba’s dream.
Levels of violence against women in Diepsloot represent a state of emergency
56% of the men interviewed, reported they have either raped or beaten a woman in the last year.
Students walk the talk in aid of fellow students
15 Wits students are set to walk 1000km to raise funds for bursaries.
Accolades for Professor Alys Young at the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards 2016
Centre for Deaf Studies visiting Professor wins Times Higher Education award for outstanding research student supervision.
Innovative HIV self-testing study empowers young women in rural South Africa
A Public Health research unit at Wits University is leading a study that enables young women in rural South Africa to test themselves for HIV.
Transition Maths Course 1 continues to breed success
Mathematics teachers improve their teaching skills to inspire and motivate their learners through the Transition Maths Course 1.
HIV vaccine fundi appointed Assistant Dean in Wits Health Sciences
Professor Maria Papathanasopoulos has been appointed Assistant Dean: Research and Postgraduate Affairs in the Faculty of Health Sciences from January 2017.
Hat trick of awards for Wits medical anthropologist
A Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology at Wits has earned a National Research Foundation A-rating as well as local and international accolades.
Wits’ Gabi Ngcobo to curate Berlin Biennale
The Fine Arts lecturer will head the 10th Biennale taking place in Germany next year.
Big award for ‘ace of the IT industry’
Professor Barry Dwolatzky honoured by his peers for his outstanding contributions to ICT sector.
Gasa report feedback
Statement from Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib:
SETA funding extends hope for Deaf adults
SETA funds Deaf adults for a six month Deaf Mentor Training course through the HI HOPES Early Intervention Programme.
The passing of ProfessorThomas Hamilton Bothwell
Wits University will pay a tribute to outstanding scientist, Professor Thomas Hamilton Bothwell who died on 12 November 2016.
Wits finalists dominate budget speech competition
Wits University once again leads with the highest number of finalists in the Nedbank Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition.
Editing genes to treat liver disease
Gene silencing and gene editing are trail-blazing technologies against the hepatitis B virus, which infects 240 million people worldwide and kills thousands.
Statement from Professor Habib pertaining to rape case at Wits Junction residence complex
The rape complaint at the Wits Junction Residence has made national headlines in the last few days.
Fellow of light
Andrew Forbes elected as Fellow Member of a leading international optics and photonics association.
Wits management and student leaders reach agreement on examinations
There will be two sittings for the examinations – the current sitting and a second sitting in December/January, depending on the Faculty.
Location, location, location
Winners of GeoJozi Challenge will help solve Jozi’s street address problems and improve service delivery.
Gender Equity Office is assisting complainant and investigating alleged rape
Statement of the Senior Executive Team:
Reframing the Africa-China conversation: Journalists speak
The Africa China Reporting Project hosted a forum on November 10 for African and Chinese media to share perspectives on Africa-China reporting.
Symposium in Honour of Dikgang Moseneke
Scholars and lawyers to shine the lens on Moseneke ‘the Activist Judge’ and ‘the Intellectual Judge’.
How junk food industries damage your health and taxes protect it
Public health experts have revealed how global junk food corporations undermine health and proposed how taxes can protect it.
Examinations are underway
Statement from the Senior Executive Team (11:00):
Two-million-year-old African 'pebble of many faces' in UK exhibit
A little stone said to represent the earliest appreciation of art is on display in the British Museum.
Examinations went ahead as planned today
Students who feel traumatised or unprepared to write examinations due to the recent protests are advised to apply for deferred examinations.
Attempted interdict against examinations dismissed
Exams to go ahead as scheduled with the University's normal rules around exams and accommodation in place.
Tutoring app is having an impressive year
Thanks to the #Hack.Jozi Challenge, Tuta-Me, an on-demand tutoring service, has seen great growth in user numbers.
Wits University mourns the passing of Dr Lindiwe Makhunga
Makhunga was an extremely gifted and inspirational teacher, mentor and scholar. She will be deeply missed by her family, colleagues, students, and friends.
Examinations to continue as scheduled
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:00):
Warning against scam phone calls
University warns students against anonymous calls, threatening students with expulsion.
HIV/ AIDS exhibition now on at Adler Museum – precursor to World Aids Day
The globally acclaimed HIV/AIDS exhibition, Through Positive Eyes, opens today at the Adler Museum of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits.
Wits Health Sciences cracks top 100 globally in clinical subjects of THE ranking - locally lauded
Wits University has entered the top 100 globally in ranking by subject, placing 77th in the Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health subject area for 2016-2017.
Reports of intimidation to sign a petition
Statement from the Senior Executive Team (17:00):
Senior Executive Team (10:00):
Examination procedures for students
Statement from the Senior Executive Team (17:00):
Is the claim that university ‘Fees Must Fall’ at odds with the democratic project?
Wits Chancellor, Justice Dikgang Moseneke, calls for an Education Codesa on FeesMustFall impasse.
Wits Council calls on SA president to address higher education sector crisis
Statement from the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand:
Wits completes lectures for 2016
Message from the Senior Executive Team (09:00):
Free mobile data for students
Telkom, Cell C, Vodacom and MTN have agreed to provide mobile data services for students to access academic material until the end of the year.
Absa bank donates R10 million towards supporting Wits' “missing middle”
The University will allocate the funds towards supporting a minimum of 250 students.
Wits jumps 62 places in global ranking
Latest US News Best Global University rankings was released this week.
Access cards are for students and staff use only
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:00):
University is reviewing 2016 Medium Term Budget announcement
Update from the Senior Executive Team (17:00):
Wits bus set alight in Braamfontein
Bus services run with additional security and pick-ups and drop-offs will occur within campus perimeters.
Minor incidents reported as all lectures went ahead today
Protestors urged to keep to designated areas of protest.
Tech transfer from Wits’ work at CERN breaks open new high-tech possibilities in SA industry
Design and production of new 16-layer electronics board, produced in South Africa for CERN, showcased to Science and Technology Minster, Naledi Pandor.
Counselling services offered to students after protests
Academic programme going ahead as scheduled.
Calm day on Wits campuses
Peaceful demonstration by students with disabilities and workers the only protest action today.
Nighttime restriction of movement on campus relaxed
No major incidents reported over the weekend.
Classes and exams disrupted but academic programme resumes on Monday
Students who have been identified as having violated the University’s rules are being suspended.
Impact of protests on Wits community
UPDATE FROM THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE TEAM (10:00):
Students injured in protests
95% of all classes went ahead as scheduled across all campuses.
Fire in the Wartenweiler Library
About 100 books were damaged and a high-level investigation is underway by Wits Security and the police.
University committed to peaceful negotiations to find solutions
Wits stays committed to solving issues, which can only be resolved at national level.
Update: Incidents in Braamfontein overnight
No major incidents on the Braamfontein or Parktown campuses reported.
Update: Student in court and concerned black staff protest
Academic programme goes ahead with no reports of disruptions.
Class attendance growing amidst protests
Update on incidents on campus and list of study venues open at night.
University activities continue through day without disruptions
Study venues and computer labs on campus that stay open after 10pm announced.
Researchers collaborate to develop bird's eye view of rural community health
A network of health and demographic surveillance sites will enable understanding of how poverty, inequality and unemployment impacts rural South Africans.
Update on incidents and restrictions on campus
Senior Executive Team update on incidents on Wits campus.
Update on incidents and arrests over the weekend
Classes to resume as normal tomorrow.
Summary of incidents on campus Friday night
Summary of incident report from Campus Control:
Wits condemns Friday night's violence on campus and in Braamfontein
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:00):
Measures to curb violence on campuses at night
Update from the Senior Management Team (17:00):
Eight students suspended, 11 arrested
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:00):
All University activities go ahead today
Update from the Senior Executive Team (06:30):
Academic programme continues on Friday
Update from the Senior Management Team (18:00):
Mediators say student leaders won't attend meeting
Update from the Senior Executive Team (17:00):
Management reiterates its complete commitment to negotiations
Update from Senior Executive Team (14:00):
Agreement to open dialogue
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:00):
Academic calendar and graduations
Update from the Senior Executive Team (16:30):
Classes continue today
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:30):
Academic programme will continue on Wednesday
Update from the Senior Executive Team (17:00):
Lectures continued today
Update from the Senior Executive Team (13:30):
Classes on track at Wits
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:00):
Wits remains open on Tuesday
Update from Senior Executive Team (18:00):
Statement on disruptions and classes today
Update from the Senior Executive Team (13:00):
Students urged to return to class to save academic year
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:00):
Wits classes to resume on Monday, 10 October 2016
Statement from the Senior Executive Team (22:00)
Update from the Senior Executive Team (15:30)
Statement from SET to clarify the chain of events as they occurred today:
Draft pledge on access to higher education
[READ] Draft pledge that Wits University would have made at the General Assembly (postponed) today.
General Assembly postponed
Urgent announcement from the Statement from the Senior Executive Team (08:30):
General Assembly of the University of the Witwatersrand
Here follows the details for the General Assembly to be held on Friday:
Agreement reached on these three conditions
Update from the Senior Executive Team (11:00) on agreement reached, academic programme and General Assembly:
Agreement reached - Academic Programme to resume on Monday, 10 October 2016
Update from Senior Executive Team - 04.10.16 (22:00)
Classes resume at Wits tomorrow
Talks to reach a negotiated settlement with protesting students ongoing.
Management trying to engage protesting students
Update from Senior Executive Team (13:00):
Lectures are underway
Update from Senior Executive Team on University opening (09:00):
Work with me to try to save the 2016 academic year - Habib
Letter from Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal:
Wits staff to return on Monday, academic programme to resume on Tuesday
Phased opening of the University follows several engagements with a range of stakeholders, including students.
Preliminary staff poll results
Wits SET announcement on preliminary staff poll results.
SET position on quality, free higher education
Wits SET clarifies its position on quality, free higher education.
#WitsPoll: Majority of students support going back to class on Monday
The University is still waiting for auditors to verify the staff poll and will make results available as they come through.
In-depth interview with Wits VC Adam Habib: 'We are reaching a point of no return'
Vice-Chancellor speaks on the student protests, the poll on whether Wits should resume lectures, and the consequences of a shutdown.
#WitsPoll to take place on Thursday
Students and staff are strongly encouraged to participate in a poll regarding the resumption of the academic programme.
Details of electronic poll for staff and students
Update from the Senior Executive Team (17:00) on Thursday's poll:
Condolences from Wits University
It was with great sadness that the University learnt about the passing of Mr Celumusa Ntuli.
Wits extends sympathies to worker's next of kin
The University has received a report that an employee of one of our service providers who worked in a residence passed away last week.
Wits to poll staff and students
Update on academic activities from the Senior Executive Team (15:00):
Response to letters and calls from concerned Wits community
Here follows the response from the Senior Executive Team to messages from concerned students, parents and staff:
Letters from concerned students, staff and parents
Following the suspension of University activities, Wits has received hundreds of emails and calls:
Message from the Senior Executive Team - 20:00
Petrol bombs found on campus
Update from the Senior Executive Team - 17:00
"The University will resume normal activities once we can guarantee the safety and security of staff, students and property."
Wits extends suspension of University activities
Notice from the Senior Executive Team (13:30):
Update from the Senior Executive Team (10:00)
The University remains calm this morning without incident.
Wits named one of the best
University makes top 200 list in World University Rankings for the first time.
Statement on violence in Braamfontein
Wits condemns the acts of violence that led to arrests and injuries.
University suspends all activities
Statement from the Senior Executive Team:
Statement from Wits University - 16:00
Update from the Senior Executive Team on the situation on campus on Tuesday:
Surgery can save more lives than some diseases take
A Zambian surgeon has driven the adoption of a World Health Organization resolution to make surgery accessible as a component of universal health coverage.
Update from Senior Executive Team
Update from the Senior Executive Team on the situation on campus during student protests.
Wits academic programme continues
Business as usual at Wits after the announcement by Minister of Higer Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, regarding fee increases.
Statement from Wits University in response to Minister's announcement on 2017 fee increment
The University of the Witwatersrand notes the announcement made by Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education and Training today.
Academics honoured for turning research into commercial enterprises
Researchers make an impact on society, not just with research and teaching, but also in turning their work into much-needed products and services.
Is ethics pivotal to transformation?
Professor Justice Dikgang Moseneke was a judge of other judges who spent 40 years testing ethics against normative behaviour.
Taking Physics to the heart of Venda
The Wits School of Physics reached out to learners in Venda during National Science Week.
Civil Society must confront new challenges
The absence of civil society during upheavals in communities and competition within the sector featured strongly in an address by Judge Mokgoro at Wits.
Wits congratulates 2016 NRF awards winners
Two Wits academics were honoured with awards at the NRF awards ceremony on Thursday night, while eight received NRF A-ratings.
#ResearchForHealth and the importance of mentors
The Faculty of Health Sciences hosted a Research Day and Postgraduate Expo on 1 September 2016.
Linguists vital in averting conflict
Linguistics enable us to read between the lines, to argue persuasively and to expose underlying or hidden meanings.
Tshimologong - Jozi's new digital playground
Wits is transforming Braamfontein into a young, vibrant precinct for its notable tech-savvy and innovative community.
Celebrate the word in all its forms
Discover the magic of words and local books at the 2016 Jozi Book Fair.
From Small to Extra Large, architecture across scales
Leading local and international architecture professionals will delve into the challenge of ‘scale’ at this year’s AZA16 conference.
Innovation ecosystem opens door
New #IBMResearchWITS partnership to focus on big data, cloud computing and mobile tech.
Jozi Book Fair Guest Authors
Award-winning artists Kemang Wa Lehulere and Mohale Mashigo are special guests at the 2016 Jozi Book Fair, co-hosted by Khanya College and Wits University
Making economies work for women in the South: What will it take?
How do we make economies work for women in the South?
Africa’s top research university encourages postgraduate study
The Postgraduate Recruitment Fair at Wits took place at the Science Stadium on Tuesday, 16 August 2016.
Discussing particles face-to-face
ATLAS experiment Spokesperson commends “enthusiastic” SA physics students.
Wits and Academic Partnerships agree to educate online
Wits signs a MOU with Academic Partnerships to increase access to education through online learning.
Wits to lead national e-science consortium
DST awards University a project to develop teaching and training platform for postgraduates.
Wits Professor to chair Advisory Panel on the National Minimum Wage
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa appoints Professor Imraan Valodia to chair advisory panel on the national minimum wage.
Wits tops global research rankings on the continent
The University has leaped into the top position in Africa in the latest Shanghai rankings.
2016 GeoJozi Developer Challenge
Partnering with Wits University, the City of Joburg launches a developer challenge to address issues.
Wits submits report on higher education funding
The University today made its submission to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education Funding.
Noise in learning environments
Noise is increasingly becoming a problem in schools and affects the audibility of speech.The effects of noise hamper learning opportunities for learners.
Election setback proves that Zuma’s scandals do matter
Unless leaders take the hard decision to remove the president, the party could lose the character that made it one of Africa’s great liberation movements.
Electoral tremors are shaking South Africa’s ANC. How will it respond?
For the first time in the country’s democratic era since 1994, the governing ANC has ceased being an untouchable liberation movement.
Fantastic time for election
David Everatt says for the first time the question is being asked: Is the ANC going to lose (certain municipalities/metros)?
Wits students called to rise to the challenge
The call to rise to the challenge and respond to the challenges facing South Africa has come at a time requiring guts and conviction for three students.
Mandela Institute at Wits School of Law makes history
In the week of Madiba's birthday, the Mandela Institute at Wits School of Law hosted the first international conference in SA on court annexed mediation.
Musa Manzi wins international Earth and Oceans science award
American Geophysical Union award pays special tribute to outstanding contributors to the advancement of Earth and space sciences.
Youth would rather protest than vote
A study by Masters’ student, Lauren Tracey, found that young people feel elections are no longer an effective way of changing or improving the country.
Poems to remember the struggle
Mainly written in exile while FitzGerald served as a full-time revolutionary, struggle themes are artfully threaded in the book.
International presidency for Adler
Professor Jill Adler has been appointed president of a leading international maths research organisation with 94 member countries.
Trans-continental university research strengthened
African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) appoints first Secretary General.
Mandela Day Food Bank Challenge: A call to action
Wits University staff members take on the Mandela Day Food Bank Challenge in celebration of Mandela Day.
Software skills survey highlights ongoing reality of South Africa’s skills gap
JCSE survey once again identifies six leading Information and Communication Technology priorities with Information Security emerging as the clear leader.
Of bicycle lanes and running water
Vying for hearts, minds, and some #WitsVotes at the #WitsDebate in the Great Hall.
Wits education and graduates ranked top in SA
Two separate surveys have ranked Wits in the top 0.8 % worldwide with Wits graduates commanding top salaries.
Drama for Life awarded the 2016 Adelaide Tambo Award for Human Rights
Drama for Life receives award in honour of its innovative methods for arts as activism, development, therapies and education.
The best of Grahamstown at 969 festival
The 969 Festival kicks off today, 13 July 2016 with an exciting theatre lineup, which includes standout productions hot off the Grahamstown stages.
Wits Chancellor Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke receives Archbishop’s Award
Justice Moseneke awarded with the Archbishop’s Award for Peace with Justice.
Teacher smashes stereotypes
The Wits Business School graduate and Soweto teacher, is eyeing the country's top post in education.
The African experience of Doctors without Borders at Wits
Wits hosted the MSF Scientific Day Southern Africa 2016 in association with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctor Without Borders Southern Africa.
Mining disciplines unite to prepare the industry for the 21st century
Innovative technology solutions for the struggling mining sector are the focus of a new unit at Wits University.
Wits drama in Grahamstown
Wits is showcasing its artistic talent at the iconic National Arts Festival currently underway in Grahamstown.
The link between public violence and xenophobia in South Africa
South African media recently published an unsettling interview with Mandla Matikinya, a branch leader of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League.
How a deep dive into people’s lives helps to separate fact from fiction
Election year. Political rhetoric. Sweeping statements... Separating fact from fiction.
Thokozani Majozi wins NSTF award
Majozi was one of six Wits academics who were nominated as finalists in their categories.
Results of the GCRO's 2015 Quality of Life Survey
New data from the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) shows that satisfaction with municipalities declined slightly.
Students win international supercomputing competition
Four students from Wits and two from Stellenbosch University represented South Africa at the International Supercomputing Conference in Germany.
Justice Dikgang Moseneke joins Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics
The former Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court has been appointed as Honorary Professor of Bioethics.
Wits is first university in Africa to offer MOOCs on edX
Wits University has developed a suite of online course offerings that will be made available over the next three years to enhance access to higher education.
Berger named as National Geographic's Explorer of the Year
Paleoanthropologist wins the award for the discovery of Homo naledi.
Super products produced at Wits
A new product has hit the shelves of Gauteng shops following a technological innovation by a team of Wits staff and students.
South Africa and Cuba celebrate collaboration
Two countries share 20 years of medical cooperation.
Monitoring online hate speech in Ethiopia
Wits Media Studies Lecturer, Dr Iginio Gagliardone spoke to BBC about social media monitoring in Ethiopia.
Sexual predators are everywhere
The School of Public Health recently hosted a dynamic discussion on gender-based violence and rape culture on campuses.
Global benchmarking research wins Best Article Award
Research on the practice of global benchmarking receives award from the British International Studies Association.
Equality and equal access to health care
A new clinic at Wits University’s Empilweni Services and Research Unit (ESRU) will provide high quality research, training and medical services.
South Africa’s EFF: excellent politics of props and imagination
With local government elections coming up in August 2016, South Africa’s biggest political parties recently launched their manifestos at mass rallies.
Political freedom and economic rights go together
Political freedom means very little without economic freedom.
Students debate their way to greatness
Wits students debated their way to greatness when they took on students from Cornell University and Midrand Graduate Institute during a week-long debate camp.
Should women celebrate Africa Day?
Reports state that 78% of global conflicts take place in Africa and women bear the brunt of exploitation under conditions of fragility, war and conflict.
Disruptions at dining hall and Matrix
Senior Executive Team statement: Security has been reinforced on campus and police are on standby.
Let’s take action
Calls for concrete action to address gender-based violence and rape culture on South African campuses.
Thank you, Deputy Chief Justice
Statement: Justice Dikgang Moseneke’s service to the nation has been second to none, says Professor Adam Habib.
Africa’s first Chair in Digital Business established at Wits
Telkom and Wits Business School partner to advance research in the field of digital business.
A decade of service to deaf babies and their families celebrated
HI HOPES celebrates its ten year anniversary in a "HI Tea" breakfast with powerful speakers.
Politics of rage puts our gains in danger
Amid the growing protest turmoil on our campuses and in our towns, SA’s leaders seem to have abandoned Madiba’s legacy of reason in rage.
Wits pays tribute to Wits7
We must all remember that we are one family and lend each other a shoulder to cry on - Professor Adam Habib
You do have a maths brain
Maths lecturer, Abdul Hamid Carrim, tells 702 how our brains are designed to take in maths.
GP Health Department and Wits sign MOU
Wits University and the Gauteng Department of Health have committed to greater co-operation to address health care challenges in the province.
No Place - an Exhibition by Jean Brundrit
The Wits City Institute is jointly hosting the Cape Town artist's exhibition with the Wits Anthropology Museum.
TAP shine like stars at Naledi Awards
TAP graduates, alumni and lecturers scooped numerous awards at the Naledi Theatre Awards.
A blueprint for bringing local economies to life in South Africa
South Africa needs a radical change in its approach to local economic development, to generate medium to long-term revenues.
How and why life evolved from single-cell organisms to multicellular life
Multicellular life evolved from single cells numerous times, but explaining how this happened is one of the major evolutionary puzzles of our time.
No mountain too high for medical students on quest to change lives
The Wits Students' Surgical Society has launched Kilimanjaro Challenge 2016 to raise funds in aid of the Smile Foundation.
Wits delegation met with families
Message from the Vice-Chancellor's Office.
Update on students involved in an accident
Wits delegation remains in Mokopane where they are receiving families of the seven deceased students.
Wits community mourns seven students who died in accident
The University flag has been lowered and is flying at half-mast in honour of the memory of students who passed away.
Wits students pass away in accident
Students were returning from prayer meeting in Limpopo.
National Orders for four Witsies
Wits congratulates all those honoured, and especially those Witsies who have made a mark in our society.
Thabo Mbeki Foundation, Wits join forces
Thabo Mbeki Foundation and Wits University have joined forces to address Africa’s biggest challenges.
Court order now final
The South Gauteng High has made court interdict final on 25 April 2016.
Lee Berger on TIME 100 list
Wits palaeoanthropologist honoured as one of the most influential people in the world.
Wits remains an African powerhouse
Wits University has been placed in the top two of the Times Higher Education’s snapshot ranking of the best universities in Africa 2016.
Canteen Kopje saved from further destruction
High Court grants final court order to protect oldest dated archaeological site from mining company.
Professor Vishnu Padayachee inducted into the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars
Award honours former university staff who gained marked distinction elsewhere in their fields.
Response from the Senior Executive Team to education students
Wits management commits to working with student representatives to resolve funding issues.
Wits proposals to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into higher education funding
Proposals on the question of financing the higher education sector and free education are now welcomed.
A highlight of the evening launch was the historical redress and handover of a plaque with the names of the BSS student leaders.
No longer a little office somewhere
Wits' new Disability Rights Unit, will no longer be "a little office somewhere."
Disruptions on education campus
The situation is contained and protesters have dispersed.
Update: New security systems in place
Statement from the Senior Executive Team on measures to curb unlawful activities.
Naming committee recommends Senate House be renamed Solomon Mahlangu House
Notice from Professor Tawana Kupe, Chairperson of the Naming Committee:
VC awards incredible students
The exceptional intellectual capacity of 20 students was celebrated at the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Awards breakfast on Sunday, 3 April 2016.
Former Wits SRC leaders launch fund to improve access to higher education
The South African Student Solidarity Foundation for Education (SASSFE) is a network for all universities’ alumni to support students in need.
What transformation looks like to SA vice-chancellors
South African vice-chancellors discussed transformation at their universities and how these challenges relate to the country.
University management update [11:30]
Statement from the Senior Executive Team on actions taken following disruptions on Monday:
Wits condemns disruptive and illegal behaviour [19:30]
Tuesday classes continue as normal after politically orchestrated protests disrupted campus activities.
Update: No student is deregistered for not paying fees [15:30]
Statement from Senior Executive Team: Police asked to intervene and arrest individual for criminal acts.
Update: Protest and criminal acts [14:30]
Statement from the Senior Executive Team: University activities continue.
What to do if disruption occurs
Guidelines for how to respond when faced with disruptions, violence or threats:
Update: Disruption of University activities - 10:00
Senior Executive Team statement on protest violating court order.
Wits debating team displays the edge again
Debating team reached semi-finals in top international tournament.
Our boys are back in the Varsity Cup
Wits University rugby team soars to victory in Varsity Shield tournament.
One Day Leaders at Wits
Two Wits students, Zareef Minty and Thamsanqa Pooe, are contestants in the fourth season of One Day Leader.
Scientists fight to save Canteen Kopje
Urgent High Court interdict obtained to stop unlawful mining at heritage site.