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's Stata Course Still Going Strong after 20 Years! 

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28 July 2017 | SALDRU

SALDRU concludes its 20th course in the Analysis of Survey Data today. The course usually runs in January every year but had to be rescheduled because of adjustments made to UCT’s 2016 academic calendar in the light of the Fees Must Fall protests.

The course is designed for non-statisticians who are interested in learning how to apply South Africa’s abundant data to their work.

Participants use a statistical package, Stata, to learn research tools and undertake research on the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) data. The fact that the course has been going strong for 20 years is a demonstration of the relevance of this course for generations of South Africans.

There has never been a charge for the course with the costs being covered by generous funding over the years from the Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation and, recently, a substantial endowment led by the Kresge Foundation with Mellon, Ford and some of South Africa’s universities that has made the course sustainable into the future.

This year the course attracted upwards of 60 participants from both local and international organisations. Amongst the better known organisations was StatsSA, The Competition Commission and UN World Food Programme.


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

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.

Seminars take place on Wednesdays at 13h00 in the 4th Floor Seminar Room at the School of Economics Building on Middle Campus at the University of Cape Town.

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..


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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