Fadzai Muramba, a Master’s student in the Department of Sociology’s Development Studies programme, recently participated in the 2016 Autumn International Scientific Conference on Food Security and Safety (FSaS 2016). The conference was hosted by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Agriculture Research Council (ARC). Fadzai presented her research on the experiences of urban off-plot farmers and urban agriculture in Harare.
In a paper published in the latest edition of the Du Bois Review, Prof Xolela Mangcu argues that South African sociology must place Black perspectives on race at the centre of its curriculum..
UCT MasterCard Foundation Scholars Fadzai Muramba, who is a Master's student in the Sociology department, and Christina Nyandoro recently spent a few days in the USA where they attended the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2016 meeting at the University of California, Berkeley. They spent time learning about ploughing back into their communities and the various commitments of other scholars from around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A research project titled “Rand and the Reproductive Body: Markets for Reproduction in South Africa” is being initiated by the Sociology and Anthropology departments. The project will examine the processes through which new reproductive technologies and the related “bioeconomies” (markets in reproductive tissues, gametes and related reproductive service provision) affect and get affected by existing structures of stratification as well as motherhood and kinship in South Africa.
A very warm congratulations to our postgraduate students who graduated in December 2015.
Kgaugelo Sebidi, who completed his Honours degree in the Department last year, faced down impossible odds to pursue his first love - psychology. In the process he discovered an even greater passion for development studies and as a Rhodes scholar will pursue an MPhil in Development Studies at Oxford University.
The Centre for African Studies (CAS) in partnership with the Sociology Department have been working on a significant research project called The Third African Diaspora which looks at how migration has changed in South Africa, in Southern Africa, in Africa and around the world; its consequences and the pressures that it places on people. HOMING is a multi-media exhibition aiming to popularize and honour the stories and testimonies that emerged from the research, through the work of 10 diverse artists from the continent.
A new book by Chuma Himonga and Elena Moore, Reform of Customary Marriage, Divorce and Succession in South Africa: Living Customary Law and Social Realities, examines the operation of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act and the rules of succession formulated in Bhe v Magistrate, Khayelitsha. Read the Summarised Research Report here.