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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

According to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016, UCT has ranked among the top 10 universities in the world in development studies for the second year in a row. Other South African and African universities also performed well in the rankings, particularly in this field.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 14:45

A big congratulations to one of our Master's students, Kirsty Button for her first peer-reviewed article, which is published in Journal of Southern African Studies. The article, 'South Africa’s System of Dispute Resolution Forums: The Role of the Family and the State in Customary Marriage Dissolution', started as her Honours thesis, was developed and converted into a working paper and ended up in JSAS. Elena Moore and Chuma Himonga co-authored. 


Publication Date:
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 09:45

Under apartheid, most married women in South Africa were regarded in law as minors, under the guardianship of their male relatives or their husbands. New laws since 1994 set out to change that. But are the new laws working? Prof. Chuma Himonga, the National Research Foundation Chair in Customary Law and Elena Moore of the University of Cape Town conducted a study to find out.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 14:30

Tando Mabunu-Mandela and Mandla Mandela have been embroiled in a bitter divorce since 2009. They were married in community of property in 2004. Mabunu-Mandela claims she is entitled to half of Mandla's assets which might include R3m left to Mandla Mandela by Madiba. This high-profile case raises important questions about what is considered marital property in customary marriages and how marital property can be shared on divorce. Elena Moore and Chuma Himonga report on the results of research on this topic conducted in association with the National Movement of Rural Women.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 14:30