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HSS Responses




NIHSS in association with South African Deans' Association (SAHUDA)



"At a deeper level, we also look to our social scientists, philosophers, historians, artists & others to help us to rebuild our sense of nationhood, our independence and our ability to take our place proudly in the community of nations."

The late pan-African scholar Thandika Mkandawire made the pointed statement that one of the major problems in postcolonial Africa was the “failure of the political class to establish a productive and organic rapport with their own intelligentsia/intellectuals” and that across the continent, only in Algeria and in apartheid South Africa did such an organic link develop between the two.


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unimaginable challenges for our nation and the world. Our country’s response has been decisive, to prevent the spread of the virus and minimize its impact. At the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, we acknowledge that it cannot be business as usual. 


Shodu la bosiu - Thief in the night

Wa kena jwalo ka shodu la bosiu le sa lebellwang, You entered like an unexpected thief in the night, Wa nanya hore re se o bone ha o ranthanya, You creeped in, so we do not see when you cause havoc, Nako eo re phahamisang dihloho re shebisisa, By the time we lifted our heads to check properly, Yaba o se o kenelletse. You had already made your way in.