South Africa

by Teresa Perez, University of Cape Town, South Africa Last month I finished packing the last of my belongings to move back to the UK after seven years in Cape Town. Anything that I didn’t want was placed outside my home and gone within an hour. Waste pickers had collected, sorted, and sold my things. […]

by Michelle Williams, University of Witswatersrand, South Africa I am one of the many people who was able to count Erik Olin Wright as a mentor, collaborator, friend, and fellow traveller. Many tributes have focused on his enormous intellectual contribution, his legendary supervision and mentoring, his engagement and commitment to finding pathways beyond capitalism, and […]

by Jeremy Seekings, University of Cape Town, South Africa, member of ISA Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19), and former Vice-President of ISA Research Committee on Urban and Regional Development (RC21) Poverty and inequality in South Africa have rightly attracted considerable attention. Absolute poverty rates in South Africa – calculated using […]

by Mokong S. Mapadimeng, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa, member of ISA Research Committees on Sociology of Arts (RC37) and Labor Movements (RC44) The 1994 democratic elections in South Africa marked a watershed moment of change represented by the official collapse of the colonial apartheid order and its replacement by democratic black majority rule. […]

by Asanda Benya, University of Cape Town, South Africa It has been fifteen years since women joined the underground workforce in South Africa’s mines. Currently there are close to 50,000 women in mining, about 10.9% of the permanent mining employees. While close to 11% of the mining workforce are women, and legislation facilitating and accelerating […]

by Thabang Sefalafala, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa Discussions on the experiences of unemployment by scholars, analysts, policy makers, and the public often focus on the economic effects of unemployment, neglecting in the process extra-economic factors that are every bit as important. What is often intimated is how unemployment is primarily a problem of […]

by Marc C.A. Wegerif, University of Pretoria, South Africa Moving to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, I was fascinated by the duka (small shop) selling food and household goods on almost every street. I was equally fascinated by the people’s markets – vibrant social spaces, full of many small traders who know each other and […]

by Alexia Webster, photographer and Edward Webster, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, member and former President of the ISA Research Committee on Labor Movements (RC44) The complete version of this article including the photographs is available in the PDF version of Global Dialogue 9.2, pp.50-54. As Africa’s economic hub for over 125 years, Johannesburg […]

by Hlengiwe Ndlovu, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa In recent years, South Africa has been gripped by a student movement unprecedented in its militancy, arguably, since the 1976 Soweto students uprising. The #FeesMustFall movement emerged in 2015 and continued into 2016. The demands were forged around access to free quality education, and the transformation […]

by Kammila Naidoo, University of Johannesburg, South Africa and member of ISA Research Committees on Women in Society (RC32), Biography and Society (RC38), and Clinical Sociology (RC46) Remembering Khwezi’s Story In 2005, a lesbian woman, Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo (best known by her pseudonym, Khwezi), accused Jacob Zuma, the man who was later to become South […]