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15 May 2015 | Daily Maverick
President Jacob Zuma claims that 34% of households had access to electricity in 1994. However, in late 1993 and early 1994 the Southern Africa Labour Development Research Unit undertook a national survey to determine the conditions under which South Africans were living, and it was found that 53.6% of households had access to electricity. Read more...
15 April 2015 | Alan Pifer Award
It was a time of high hopes and expectations as the ANC took the reins in a peaceful transition of power. The challenges for the new government were immense. The ANC was now tasked with breaking down the barriers of access to the wealth and employment opportunities previously reserved for whites only. But, just as a doctor cannot prescribe medication for a patient unless she knows exactly what ails him, so too can government not draw up successful policy without deeper insight into the causes of the problems. lt was at this juncture where the data-driven research undertaken by Professor Murray Leibbrandt and Professor Haroon Bhorat filled a critical vacuum for policy-making.
Poverty and Inequality 20 Years On
At UCT, researchers across a wide variety of academic disciplines – from engineers to economists, geographical scientists to sociologists, physiotherapists to political scientists – are involved in documenting and understanding the changes in South Africa over the post-apartheid period, as well as developing appropriate responses to the continuing challenges that relate to the twin burdens of poverty and inequality. Launched late in 2013, the Poverty and Inequality Initiative (PII) was set up to tackle the question of why, in a country of rich resources, poverty and inequality are persisting and even, in the case of inequality, deepening. Read more...
A number of joint SALDRU & DataFirst courses are coming up later this year. A full brochure with details on the upcoming courses is available here.
NIDS is running their annual Panel Data Course, Analysing Waves 1, 2 & 3 using Stata. The course runs from 13 – 17 July 2015, and applications close on 31 May 2015. More information is available here, and you can apply online here.
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