A Meeting of Many Worlds

By | October 10th, 2016|Features|

Professor Lewis Gordon is amused that in South Africa he is sometimes confused with the human polar bear, Lewis Gordon Pugh. “When people meet me they are even more confused because I’m definitely not white or swimming in the snow,” says Prof Gordon from his office in the Department of Politics & International Studies at [...]

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UHURU: Unit Of Humanities At Rhodes University

By | October 10th, 2016|Features|

(Uhuru is the Swahili word for ‘freedom’; it is a term used throughout Africa.) Equality, freedom and justice are ideas that are central to any understanding of human emancipation. This was the case for the European Enlightenment, for the American, French and Haitian revolutions and during the struggles for national liberation and freedom in Africa [...]

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By | October 7th, 2016|Features|

On South Africa’s southern Cape coast we find Blombos Cave. No ordinary cave, it is one of the cornerstones in the detective puzzle of modern human thinking. She walks along the shoreline collecting small shells and humming ‘she sells sea shells by the seashore’. Every couple of paces she stops, picks up a shell, examines [...]



By | October 6th, 2016|Features|

But the mismatch was real and, instead of Braamfontein being a place of vibrant student and business activity, it had slumped, with growing signs of inner city decay. In this atmosphere of neglect, only the very brave were investing. One such person was Wits alumnus Andrew Bannister, who bought a building in De Beer Street [...]


Growth Opportunities With The Largest Potato Buyers

By | September 17th, 2016|Farming, Features|

McCain is one of the largest buyers of potatoes worldwide. In South Africa, McCain is actively looking to build long-term, sustainable growth opportunities, both locally and into Africa by developing new channels for potato and vegetable farmers in the formal and emerging markets. The Managing Director of McCain South Africa, Rob Stevens, is excited about [...]

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The Future for Women

By | December 20th, 2014|Features|

“I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and unattractive.” These are the words of Harry Potter heroine [...]

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When the shoes match – Uniting Wits & Braamfontein

By | November 3rd, 2014|Features|

Like a pair of odd shoes, that’s what Braamfontein was to Wits University ten years back. It did not make sense because Braamfontein and Wits are one. Braamfontein is to Wits what Greenwich Village is to New York University or what Bloomsbury and Camden is to the University of London. But the mismatch was real, [...]

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The forgotten young

By | November 3rd, 2014|Features|

They’re young, they’re unskilled, they don’t have jobs, most are not well educated and they are sitting at home not knowing what to do. Lisa Garson has a plan. Lisa Garson graduated from Wits with her BSc in 1989 and BSc Hons in 1990. There are millions of very frightened young South Africans who are [...]

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Game Changer or Boom to Bust – the shale gas controversy

By | November 2nd, 2014|Features|

When we talk about shale gas mining and fracking, we are not talking about one little well in the middle of the Karoo. We are talking about 60% of South Africa’s land surface being targeted for production. In this feature we journey through almost three years of the shale gas controversy, and question whether this so-called game changer isn’t trapping South Africa in a global energy mirage that has already gone from Boom to Bust. […] «Game Changer or Boom to Bust – the shale gas controversy»

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East Side Ease in Maboneng

By | August 16th, 2014|Features|

“It feels fantastic to have an inner city and a place that you can go to with an ease that has not been here for many years,” says Wits alumnus William Kentridge whose studio is in the Maboneng precinct on the east side of Joburg’s inner city. […] «East Side Ease in Maboneng»

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