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Poachers are decimating SA’s reptiles - but does anyone care?

"South African snakes, from the harmless mole snake to the venomous Cape cobra, are suffering a similar fate. And, there is a massive market for reptiles overseas and collectors tend to love South African species," says Unisa's Prof Friedo Herbig. Read more

South African law is failing to make sure that ‘shadow directors’ are held accountable

Writing in The Conversation, Associate Professor Rehana Cassim of Unisa’s College of Law unpacks the role of so-called shadow directors in the state capture saga Read more

Cutting-edge research on African issues acknowledged

In his academic journey from a proud Unisa alumnus to an esteemed academic at the institution, Prof Babatunde Fagbayibo, who has been re-rated as a C2 researcher by the NRF, says that one of the things he has learnt is the importance of critical, Afrocentric engagement. Read more

Nominated for contributing positively to research

Unisa's Dr Mahlogonolo Thobane of the Department of Criminology and Security Science says being nominated for the HSRC-USAf 2020 Medal in Social Sciences and Humanities is something she does not underestimate. Read more

Unisan elected as first black president of CRIMSA

Dr Mahlogonolo Thobane, a senior lecturer in the College of Law, will serve a three-year term at the head of the Criminological Society of South Africa, a locally and internationally recognised, inter-disciplinary professional society, promoting theoretical and applied criminology and related disciplines in Africa and further afield. Read more

Dr Zweli Mkhize appoints Unisan to National Health Research Council

Melodie Labuschaigne, Professor in the Department of Jurisprudence in the College of Law, will serve as the legal member of the NHREC, a statutory body whose functions are primarily to provide direction on ethical issues relating to health and to develop guidelines for conducting research involving humans and animals. Read more

Unisa College of Law not resting on its laurels

Schools and NGOs will be sitting pretty thanks to a college community engagement intervention that saw more than 6 000 tables and chairs—previously used for the university’s venue-based examinations—distributed across the country Read more

Unisa conservation crime researcher named in world’s top 10

Professor Friedo Herbig from the Department of Criminology and Security Science knew he had a respectable research track record in his field but he had no idea just how world-class it actually was until he discovered he was listed as the eighth most-published wildlife crime scholar globally Read more

Modern trends in prison systems

A Unisa Department of Corrections Management webinar - a digital first because of Covid-19 - addressed a variety of relevant themes on aspects of international best practice. Read more

Anti-corruption expertise at international level

Unisa's anti-corruption warrior, Dr Benni Lekubu, said at the BRICS Expert Round Table on Anti-Corruption Education and Training that universities should ensure the production of graduates who abhor corruption. In turn, these graduates will transmit anti-corruption values to those they have opportunities to lead or interact with in their communities. Read more