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  • ​The Dark Side of Digital Communication

    The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is a leading African organisation that enhances human security to enable sustainable development and economic prosperity in Africa. It works across the continent, doing authoritative research, providing expert policy advice and delivering practical training and technical assistance.

    The ISS is hosting a seminar under the theme ‘The Dark Side of Digital Communication’ on 3 May 2016 in Pretoria.

    The sharp rise in digital communication in Africa is largely seen as beneficial to local economies.

    This is based on the assumption that with increased connectivity, development on the continent will keep expanding. But this connectivity also provides opportunities for crime and criminal networks to grow.

    This seminar will offer an innovative analysis of advance fee fraud, better known as the ‘419 scam’ in Africa. The representation of this crime in popular culture, the social patterns of organised criminals and the narrative forms of fraudulent emails will also be discussed.

    Chair: Gareth Newham, Head, Governance, Crime and Justice Division, ISS


    • Christo Doherty, Associate Professor in Digital Arts, University of the Witwatersrand;
    • Mark Shaw, Director, Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime.

    The ISS is grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United States of America.

    This event will be webcast live.

    Enquiries: Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Tel: +27 12 346 9500, Email:

    RSVP: Monique de Graaff, Tel: +27 12 346 9500, Email: 

    Time: 10h30 - 13h00

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    Event Start Date: 
    Tuesday, 3 May, 2016
    Event End Date: 
    Tuesday, 3 May, 2016
    Event Venue: 
    Conference Room, ISS Pretoria, Block C, Brooklyn Court
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  • ​Chiefs in South Africa and Ghana: Comparative Perspectives
    The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)

    The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is a leading research and teaching centre with an international reputation for high quality applied research and critical scholarship. PLAAS was founded in 1995 as a specialist unit in the School of Government, in the Economic and Management Sciences Faculty, at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Cape Town. Since then, PLAAS has developed a proven track record of undertaking high-quality research on land and agrarian reform, poverty, and natural resource management in South Africa and the southern African region.

    Issues around chiefly power in modern African society are highly relevant in contemporary political economy debates about state policies that bolster the power of chiefs and other unelected traditional authorities, in the context of constitutional democracy. The effects of such policies on socio-economic development, production systems and rural governance more generally are also important.

    Discourses on chiefly power are complicated by notions of ‘customary law’, to which the advocates of pro-chiefly policies often turn in their attempts to justify state alliances with traditional elites. A great deal of scholarship provides counter-narratives to ‘pro-chief’ interpretations of the ‘customary’ realm, tending to reflect, in varying ways, how understandings of customary law have been moulded to fit with prevailing ideologies of ruling classes. Contested interpretations of customary law and customary norms are thus also at stake.

    The colloquium will host prominent scholars of land and governance in Ghana and South Africa, with the purpose of dissecting the nature of chiefly power in contemporary society in these two countries.

    PLAAS is honoured to be hosting history Prof Sara Berry, Emeritus Professor at Johns Hopkins University, USA, whose long and distinguished scholarship on the history and political economy of agrarian relations in Ghana has inspired generations of students working in the field of land and agrarian studies in South Africa. Trained initially in economics, she has specialised in using micro-historical research to promote interdisciplinary analysis of social and economic transformations, and to bring comparative and historical perspectives to bear on under-standing contemporary African political economies.

    From Ghana we are excited to be hosting Prof Kojo Amanor, Associate Professor at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Accra. His main research interests are in the land question, smallholder agriculture, agribusiness food chains, forestry policy, environment, and participatory methodologies for rural development. His current research is on the political economy of cereal crops in Ghana, farmer management of soils and agribusiness chains. He has published widely in these fields.

    Other presenters are Dr Gavin Capps of the Society, Work and Development Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, and Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi of the Public Affairs Research Institute.

    Also present will be a prominent scholar of land and socio-political themes in Ghana, Prof Janine Ubink. South African scholars who will be involved in presentations or as discussants include Prof Lungisile Ntsebeza, Dr Maanda Malaudzi, Prof Ben Cousins, Dr Aninka Claassens, Prof Jeff Peires, Prof William Beinart and Prof
    Peter Delius.

    Date: 11 May 2016

    Time: 9h00 to 16h30

    Follow the event live on twitter: #Chiefs_Ghana_SA

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    Event Start Date: 
    Wednesday, 11 May, 2016
    Event End Date: 
    Wednesday, 11 May, 2016
    Event Venue: 
    UWC Bellville, School of Public Health
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  • Scapegoating NGOs An Old Trick

    Mahlobo accuses NGOs of helping foreign agencies to destabilise South Africa

    State Security Minister David Mahlobo, has accused nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) of helping foreign agencies destabilise South Africa.

    In the past, African National Congress secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe and Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko, warned of forces working to destabilise the country.

    African National Congress secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, has made similar ‘bizarre’ claims in the past. Earlier this week, Mahlobo accused nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) of helping foreign agencies destabilise South Africa.

    In Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe, implemented disastrous economic policies with the sole aim of clinging to power. When these policies brought his country to its knees, he singled out the West and the NGOs, accusing them of pursuing regime change in his country.

    To read the article titled, “Scapegoating NGOs an old trick,” click here.

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  • ​New Actors; New Thinking: Moving Reform of the UN Security Council Forward
    The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

    The Human Sciences Research Council (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.

    The HSCR is hosting a seminar under the theme ‘New Actors; New Thinking: Moving Reform of the UN Security Council Forward’ on 3 May 2016 in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria.

    Chair: Dr Hester Du Plessis:  Faculty Head: Humanity, at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA).


    • Jakkie Cilliers: Head of African Futures & Innovation , Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria
    • Nicole Fritz: Consultant to the Institute for Security Studies

    Elect the Council is an initiative that proposes a broad-based global civil society campaign that would push for United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reform (concept note available at It also contains specific detail as to the proposed mechanisms of Security Council reform (e.g. a phased fifteen year period of reform; staggered loss of veto power; a time-out on a number of limited issues that spark only intransigence).

    UNSC reform is hugely important but also admittedly an enormously ambitious project.  Inter-governmental negotiations about this issue have essentially stalled and yet now more than ever effective, legitimate global governance is needed. Coordinated, strategic civil society action may help unlock the issue.

    In particular globally representative human rights organisations need to be taking up the matter -- not only because more representative global governance institutions might be more effectively lobbied to render human rights compliant decisions and legitimate governance, but because tactically were emerging powers to view these NGOs as potential allies in the struggle for global governance reform they might be more responsive to their criticisms re domestic matters.

    Key to the success of this proposed campaign lies not in it being pushed by a single organisation but that a group of well-known, globally representative non-governmental organisations (NGOs) come together in a coalition of sorts. To this end a first meeting of such a potential coalition is planned for New York in September.

    The purpose of the seminar will be to deliberate on the need and content of the proposals for UNSC reform, based on version 4 of the concept.

    The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.

    RSVP: By 1 May 2016

    Time: 12h30 to 14h00

    Cape Town:

    HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact: Carmen August, Tel: 021 466 7827, Fax: 021 461 0299, email:


    The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001. Contact: Ridhwaan Khan, Tel: 031 242 5400, mobile: 083 788 2786, email: or Hlengiwe Zulu, email:


    HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.

    For more information, refer to

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    Event Start Date: 
    Tuesday, 3 May, 2016
    Event End Date: 
    Tuesday, 3 May, 2016
    Event Venue: 
    Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria
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  • CECS: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching
    The Community Computer Education Society (CECS)

    The Community Computer Education Society (CECS) is the oldest computer training non-governmental organisation (NGO) in South Africa and was established in April 1985 for the technological empowerment of the historically disadvantaged. CECS offers the most affordable and quality computer training in South Africa.

    CECS is conducting a course on Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching from 3 May to 21 July 2016, 25 July to 13 October 2016 and 17 October 2016 to 26 January 2017 in Johannesburg.

    The Cisco CCNA certification for network associates validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-sized routed and switched networks, and implement and verify connections to remote sites in a wide-area network (WAN).

    The Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum provides an integrated and comprehensive coverage of networking topics, from fundamentals to advanced applications and services, while providing opportunities for hands-on practical experience and soft-skills development. The curriculum teaches networking based on technology, covering networking concepts using a top-down, theoretical, and integrated approach form network applications to the network protocols and services provided to those applications by the lower layers of the network.

    CECS is registered as a CISCO Networking Academy - ID : 3089662 since January 2011

    Who Must Attend This Course

    Students who already have the CompTIA A+ certificate and those who want to follow a career as a Help Desk Technician, Network Technician, Network Administrator, Network Installer or Network Engineer. Please note that one will have to sign a declaration on registration to confirm that he/she owns or have full access to a computer/laptop with internet access.

    What the Course Entails

    • Student-initiated interactive quizzes are embedded in all courses;
    • Online chapter, practice final, and final exams are scored immediately and provide personalised feedback;
    • Cisco certification practice exams help students prepare with rich media tasks similar to those found on the actual certification exams;
    • Students must successfully complete skills-based assessments that test their skills on real equipment; and
    • Packet Tracer Practice Skills Based Assessments support student success by helping to prepare students for the critical hands-on skills exam.

    About the Certification

    Participants will be prepared to take the Cisco CCENT exam after completing the first two modules or the CCNA Routing and Switching exam after completing all four modules. The curriculum also helps students develop workforce readiness skills and builds a foundation for success in networking-related careers and degree programs.

    Time: 9h00 – 12h00

    Course Fee:

    • Cash Fee: R8 500;
    • Term Fee: R9 000.

    A deposit of R4 500 is payable on registration followed by two instalments of R2 250each for the term payments.

    The course fees excludes the CCNA industry certification fees.

    Exam Fees

    The cost for the CCNA Routing and Switching industry certification is $300 US converted to SA Rand (200-120)

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    Event Start Date: 
    Tuesday, 3 May, 2016
    Event End Date: 
    Thursday, 26 January, 2017
    Event Venue: 
    Event Type: