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Featured by UCT News: Francis Wilson’s Book Gets Translated into IsiXhosa and Afrikaans

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6 September 2017 | SALDRU

UCT News has featured the third edition of Francis Wilson’s book, Dinosaurs, Diamonds & Democracy: A short, short history of South Africa. Francis is SALDRU’s founding director and Emeritus Professor at UCT.

According to UCT News, “This third edition…allows Wilson to spend more time and space on the country’s ever-deepening poverty and inequality woes. The focus is understandable – Wilson is emeritus professor of economics at UCT, and famously co-authored with Mamphela Ramphele the Second Carnegie Report on Poverty in South Africa in 1984. He is currently leading a third such study, now known as the Mandela Initiative. In the book he writes, for example, on the promise of the digital revolution for the country’s poor, but how it has also created ‘bipolar political economies with jobs for some and unemployment for many others’.”

Francis always wanted the book to reach wider audiences and finally secured the funds to get this edition translated into isiXhosa, "IiDanaso, Iidayimani, neDemokhrasi" and Afrikaans, "Dinosourusse, Diamante & Demokrasie".


Murray Leibbrandt Interviewed by Cape Talk on Stats SA’s Poverty Report

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28 August 2017 | SALDRU

“The apartheid legacy should not be understated in getting in the way because we’ve had to undo heavy structural things…to some extent, we’ve reinforced things in the way that we’ve done them. Now we’re really battling. It’s even harder now than it was in 1994 to start addressing those legacies,” contended SALDRU’s Director, Murray Leibbrandt, in an extended interview with Cape Talk’s Vernon Adams, about poverty in the country following the release of StatsSA’s 2017 Poverty Report.

South Africa has not foregrounded the problem of poverty and inequality, as an absolute priority issue. Consequently, we are experiencing the costs because our society has become very damaged, argued Murray.

Adams asked some excellent questions, including, “Why does UCT not hack poverty?”

Picture: Herman Pieters/Wikimedia Commons


Department of Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Welcomes NIDS Course

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14 September 2017 | SALDRU

Attendees from the Department of Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation (DPME) reported that the skills they acquired from a National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) panel data course was valuable for their future analytical work. NIDS is an initiative of the DPME implemented by SALDRU at the University of Cape Town.

A special 3-day Introduction to the NIDS Panel Data Course was held at the DPME offices in Hatfield from 6 to 8 September 2017. The aim of the course was to build a base of Stata users within the DPME with the skills to descriptively analyse the NIDS data.

Course topics included an introduction to the design of the NIDS survey; the content of NIDS questionnaires; an introduction to Stata data management and key descriptive commands in Stata; as well as how to examine transitions over time. Among outcomes mentioned by attendees was the usefulness of these skills for developing research reports and policy reviews; responding to policy questions; as well as interrogating whether policy implementation is having an impact on the lives of ordinary South Africans.


SALDRU Reports Growth and Unveils Sharpened Mission Statement at AGM

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24 August 2017 | SALDRU

SALDRU hosted its annual general meeting (AGM) on 23 September 2017. The event, which took place at the School of Economics Seminar Room, was attended by approximately 40 SALDRU staff, researchers, associates and affiliates.

In his director’s report to the AGM, Murray Leibbrandt highlighted the growth of our research unit. SALDRU’s big projects, such as, NIDS and J-Pal Africa, remain in place and are flourishing. At the same time, a range of exciting new projects have come online, such as, the land restitution project headed by Malcom Keswell.

This growth and an evolving external context inspired some reflection at SALDRU. It has resulted in a sharper mission, which reads: "Challenging inequalities through policy relevant academic research"

Seminar Series

SALDRU Hosts Regular Seminars Covering Important topical Issues

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Wednesdays, 13h00, School of Economics

SALDRU researchers, associates, affiliates and visiting scholars offer insightful seminars based on research on a large number of topics related to important socio-economic issues. SALDRU strives to provide rigorous data that is policy relevant. This is evident in the issues presented at our seminars.

Our recent seminars covered topics such as, “Can the media be used to make academic research more accessible?” by Pippa Green, “The Value of Reference Letters” by Patrizio Piraino, “Creating and perpetuating inequality: The institutional work of exploitation” by Ralph Hamman, "Returns to education, marital sorting and family background in South Africa by Peng Zhang" and "The effect and acceptability of conditional economic incentives for antiretroviral therapy initiation in HIV-positive adults in Cape Town, South Africa: A pilot randomized controlled trial" by Brendan Maughan-Brown.

For information about SALDRU's upcoming seminars, watch this space. You may also wish to join 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..


 Highest Reported Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in SA

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24 August 2017 | SALDRU

The most recent seminar hosted by SALDRU was titled, “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in South Africa”. In this seminar, Jaco Louw, project manager and research coordinator for the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR) talked about the prevalence and consequences of Fetal and Alcohol Syndrome (FASD) in our country.

South Africa has the highest reported prevalence of FASD in the world. This preventable disability and its consequences has enormous biological, social and economic consequences. About three million South Africans could have full-blown FASD, but as many as six million are affected. Sadly, many children with FASD suffer from clinical depression, whilst young people with FASD are easily manipulated by criminals.

SALDRU seminars take place on Wednesdays at 13h00. To join our seminar mailing list, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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