In the Media

SALDRU Talks to Radio Sonder Grense about the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS)


20 July 2017 | SALDRU

SALDRU’s Corné van Walbeek spoke to Melissa Tighy of Radio Sonder Grense (RSG) about the National Income Dynamic Study (NIDS). NIDS researchers are currently out in the field collecting data.

SALDRU is trying to reach as many South Africans as possible to inform them about the significance of the NIDS survey through a variety of media platforms.

Corné explained to RSG that the uniqueness of the NIDS survey is the fact that it goes back to the same participants repeatedly to collect data about how their lives have changed over a period of time. NIDS has collected data in four rounds over eight years.

Currently in its 5th wave (phase) of data collection and approaching it’s tenth year, the NIDS survey is not just interested in what changes take place in people’s lives, but also why those changes take place.

Over the past eight years, 17 000 households were surveyed. However, NIDS seeks to expand the survey to an additional 8 000 households to make the study as representative as possible of all South Africans.

Listen to the RSG interview conducted in Afrikaans and hear Corné talk more about some interesting findings.


In the Press: Poverty & Inequality Initiative Highlihgts Enduring Trauma of Apartheid 

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25 July 2017 | SALDRU

The wounds of apartheid-era violence and doctrinarism still cut deep into the consciousness of its victims 23 years after its demise. Recently UCT’s Poverty and Inequality Initiative highlighted three aspects of apartheid’s enduring legacy in the print media: the impact of the Group Areas Act on arts and culture, the on-going trauma of those who lost family members to police brutality and the as yet unresolved question of spatial justice.

Three articles, Cinema Cuts through the Divides of Apartheid, Family Still Dealing with Trojan Horse Shooting Pain and On Closing the Gap of Spatial Inequality, written by SALDRU associate professor, Pippa Green, were published by the Business Day between April and July.

SALDRU’s director, Murray Leibbrandt, is the Pro-Vice Chancellor of UCT’s Poverty and Inequality Initiative.



SALDRU Team Spotlights Social Cohesion at International Conference

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20 July 2017 | SALDRU

The 4th Dial Development Conference on development economics was held in Paris on 29-30 June 2017. This conference,  hosted by the Paris Dauphine University and the French Institute of Research for Development, provided a forum to discuss innovative theoretical and empirical research in development economics.

A team of Saldrupians, including Director Murray Leibbrandt, Research Associate Justine Burns and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Muna Shifa, presented papers in a session dedicated to understanding “Social Cohesion”. This session was hosted by the French Development Agency.

Justine’s presentation provided a conceptual framework for understanding social cohesion. Muna talked about social cohesion in relation to racial and ethnic inequalities in South Africa. Whilst Murray provided an analysis of poverty and inequality at the municipal level in South Africa.

Also part of the South African contingent in Paris was Lindokuhle Njozela from UCT’s School of Economics. Lindokuhle’s input covered the measurement of social cohesion in South Africa. This two-day conference had an extensive program, which examined wide-ranging topics, including but not limited to the performance of companies in developing economies, leadership, networks, trade and inequality.


SALDRU’s Senior Researcher Wins International Research Prize

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26 July 2017 | SALDRU

SALDRU’s Senior Researcher, Brendan Maughan-Brown, won the prestigious Women, Girls and HIV Investigator’s Prize this week. Brendan jetted off to Paris to receive the prize at a ceremony on 25 July at the 9th International Aids Society Conference on HIV Science.

The prize, valued at $2,000, was awarded to Brendan for his abstract, “HIV and HSV-2 risk among young women in age-disparate partnerships: evidence from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa”. 

The purpose of the prize is to encourage research in low- or middle-income countries that can benefit women and girls affected by HIV and AIDS. The prize money is offered by IAS and UNAIDS, and supported by the International Centre for Research on Women and the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS.

Seminar Series

Seminar: Finding New Ways to Boost Growth and Job Creation in South Africa

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Wednesday, 26 July, 13h00

Falilou Fall, Head of the Czech Republic and South Africa desk, Economics Department, OECD gives us a report on the “OECD 2017 South Africa Economic Survey: Finding new ways to boost growth and job creation”.

Over the last two decades, South Africa has accomplished enormous social progress by bringing access to key public services to millions of citizens. Nevertheless, growth has trended down markedly recently due to constraints on the supply side. Low growth has led to the stagnation of GDP per capita, and persistent high unemployment and inequalities.

South Africa needs structural reforms that would boost the potential of the economy, in particular, broadening competition, limiting the size and grip of state-owned enterprises on the economy, and improving the quality of the education system.

This seminar takes place on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 at 13h00 in the 4th Floor Seminar Room at the School of Economics Building, Middle Campus, UCT. For more information, please click here.

For information about SALDRU's upcoming seminars, please subscribe to SADLRU's seminar mailing list, by contacting Amy Jephthah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




NIDS Panel Data Course: An introduction to analysing waves 1-4 using Stata

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05 July 2017 | SALDRU

This five-day training course runs from 31 July to 4 August 2017

The course is designed for people who are interested in using the NIDS panel data but have not yet done so. Participants should have honours-level Econometrics, and prior experience using STATA to analyze cross-sectional household survey data. However, experience working with panel data is not necessary.

It is essential that participants have basic STATA skills and have used microdata in the past. For anyone transitioning from another package (e.g. SPSS, R or SAS) or in need of a quick refresher, SALDRU has an online introduction to STATA course.

Online application is openClick here for more information or download the flyer. 




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