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19 July 2021

Minister of Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande to launch the 2021 State of the Nation

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Press Release

Johannesburg, Monday 19 July 2021 – Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande will on Tuesday 20 July 2021 launch the 2021 edition of the State of the Nation, a flagship publication of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).

The 2021 edition titled, Ethics, Politics, Inequality: New Directions is a timely publication in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent events in South Africa, which have brought to the fore the deep inequalities and levels of poverty in South Africa.

The publication is edited by Professor Crain Soudien, former CEO of the HSRC; Professor Vasu Reddy, Dean: Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria; and Professor Narnia Bohler-Muller, Head of the HSRC’s Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES) division.

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The virtual event begins at 14h00.

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About the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organizations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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