Vimal Ranchhod receives Y1 rating from NRF
We would like to congratulate Dr Vimal Ranchhod, an Associate Professor in SALDRU, for receiving a rating of Y1 from the NRF. This rating is given to young researchers (40 or younger), who have held their doctorate for less than five years at the time of application, and who are recognised as having the potential to establish themselves as researchers within a five-year period after evaluation, based on their performance and productivity as researchers during their doctoral studies and/or early post-doctoral careers.
Professor Murray Leibbrandt named as new head of the Poverty and Inequality Initiative (PII)
In mid-August, Professor Murray Leibbrandt was appointed as the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Poverty and Inequality Initiative. The initiative's objective is to maximise the university's collective contribution in the crucial areas of poverty and inequality alleviation. Professor Leibbrandt is eager to use his appointment to ensure that South Africa gets the maximum benefit from the excellent research being produced by the academic community at UCT. Through his work with the research team at SALDRU, he has learnt that it requires commitment to do policy engagement - but that such processes increase the usefulness and potential impact of the research. Read more of his interview, or see here for additional information on his appointment.
In the media
More escaping from poverty - survey
6 December | Business Day
South Africa has made significant progress in combating poverty, with one-third of those who lived in absolute poverty in 2008 having risen above the poverty line by last year, according to the latest data from the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS). Read more...
SA's poverty levels are decreasing, shows new study
4 December | Mail & Guardian
South Africa's poverty levels are decreasing and we are still largely a nation of labour migrants, if the country's first in-depth study into income and poverty is anything to go by. Established by the presidency, the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) looked at over 28 000 people in three separate surveys from 2008, examining how certain factors affected their income and poverty levels.
The result of the third wave, as researchers call it, show that one in seven of the survey sample, which is representative of the population across provinces, had moved in search of work. And those who did, often improved their and their family's income. Read more...
If they won't swim, let them sink
8 November | Mail & Guardian
In an opinion piece in the Mail & Guardian, Ivo Vegter argues that the subsidy and tariff protection plan for the motor vehicle assembly industry in South Africa - which has been extended to 2020 - has failed by every measure except multinational profit. While the industry has doubled in size since 1995 and many claim that the development plan has created a stable, healthy industry that has boosted a wide range of exports, the story may not be so unambiguously positive. Referring to work done in 2006 by Frank Flatters and Nnzeni Netshitomboni in the Trade and Poverty project at SALDRU, the author examines the effect of the policy and finds it wanting in many ways. Read more...
11 December 2013: Mitigating long-run health effects of drought: Evidence from South Africa
Taryn Dinkelman, Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College in the US, will be presenting the final SALDRU seminar of the year. The title of her presentation is “Mitigating long-run health effects of drought: Evidence from South Africa”. The abstract follows below.
Local environmental shocks are a pervasive source of income risk for poor households. If early life exposure to such shocks affects health in later life, do families try to mitigate these negative effects? This paper shows that some households can mitigate long-term health effects of childhood drought exposure, and suggests that spatial mobility is an important channel through which this occurs.
Lunch is at 12.30 in the Staff Lounge (Room 4.48, School of Economics Building, Middle Campus). The seminar starts at 13.00 in the School of Economics' Seminar Room (opposite the Staff Lounge).