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A media initiative of SCIS

Kusini is a Kiswahili term meaning South. Kiswahili is spoken by an estimated 80 million people in East and Central AfricaKusini is the media initiative of the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS), a research unit based at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg South Africa. The SCIS is an interdisciplinary inequality research and policy centre working with partner institutions in South Africa and across the world, with a focus on the global South. This podcast is available at IONO.FM and across other podcast channels.


The podcast series will examine how new technology has disrupted the world of work and what this means for the future of work. We emphasise that these shifts do not result from the COVID-19 pandemic and the various legislation encouraging workers to work remotely. Instead, COVID-19 has brought these shifts to light.

This series is hosted by Fikile Masikane and includes guests such as Prof Edward Webster (SCIS), Jane Barrett (WIEGO), Dr Jean-Patrick Leger (Vesco), Prof Barry Dwolatzky (Joburg Centre for Software Engineering)

#1 Home[Work]

We begin by examining the history of working from home, what we call “home-based work”, the shift to factory-based work and the full circle return to home-based work


Encounters with COVID

Shaeera Kalla, Ihsaan Bassier, Kirsten Pearson, Lynford Dor

A three-part miniseries discussing the intersection between inequality and COVID-19 as well as attempt to explain the various ways to fund the proposed socio-economic package. This mini-series is hosted  by the activist Shaeera Kalla and includes interviews with individuals such as Michael Sachs (Wits Adjunct Professor, former Budget Office Treasury), Kirsten Pearson (Budget Justice Coalition), Lynford Dor (Casual Workers Advice Office), Ihsaan Bassier (PhD Candidate at University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and Dr Thabang Sefalafala (Wits Sociology)

#1  Encounters with Covid

This first episode examines household income and poverty, and the states' ability to support vulnerable parts of the society.


#2  Encounters with Covid

In this episode we explore how SouthAfrica’s chronic levels of unemployment and precarity have worsened in the months since the lockdown.


#3  Encounters with Covid

In this episode, we review some of the macroeconomic and institutional shifts necessary to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequence from the mandated lockdown.