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The History of SA Innovations

Pre-colonial societies such as the Mapungubwe civilisation in southern Africa employed the services of artisans and skilled workers for discoveries and innovations, and further engaged in trade within and beyond the region. In the recent era, the emergence of the mining industry served as a major progenitor to the formalisation of the innovation system in South Africa, as it spurred the institution of research and development based on the mining industry within formal constructs of South Africa – such as technikons and universities.

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Project Completed

Completed:
23%
Project started

6 Dec 2013

Faculty
Faculty of KESA

The Arithmetic of Savings

The Arithmetic of Savings project addresses the conditions that allow a nation to look ahead to the future, and the instruments that help it do so.

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Project Completed

Completed:
23%
Project started

20 Mar 2011

Faculty
Faculty of Political Economy

Concept & Application of Transdi ...

The research project on The Concept and Application of Transdisciplinarity examines the use of transdisciplinarity as an innovative tool of analysis to address the multiple challenges facing South Africa in the building of an inclusive society.

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Project Completed

Completed:
23%
Project started

8 Aug 2011

Faculty
Faculty of Humanity

Nation Formation and Social Cohe ...

Nation Formation and Social Cohesion examines the different interpretations and meanings that diverse social actors attach to the calls and prospects for Nation Formation and Social Cohesion. It seeks to examine the efficacy of these concepts to present day South African society.

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Project Completed

Completed:
23%
Project started

22 Mar 2011

Faculty
Faculty of Humanity

Evolution of the SA State

The research project on the Evolution of the South African State sets out to understand the historical evolution of the South African state and the impact of this on the inherited state in 1994 as well as the transformation efforts that have been undertaken since 1994.

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Project Completed

Completed:
23%
Project started

8 Aug 2011

Faculty
Faculty of Political Economy

The Use and Displacement of Plat ...

The research project on The Use and Displacement of Platinum Group Metals interrogates the use of Platinum Group Metals (PGM), as well as other metals, in the development of downstream industries to service the global putative hydrogen economy and the geo-political implications of South Africa’s PGM endowment.

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Project Completed

Completed:
23%
Project started

8 Aug 2011

Faculty
Faculty of KESA

Rise and decline of the Mapungub ...

MISTRA's Research Project on Rise and decline of the Mapungubwe state investigates key dynamics of the ancient Mapungubwe society in order to develop insights that are relevant to development challenges for present-day South Africa.

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Project Completed

Completed:
23%
Project started

8 Aug 2011

Faculty
Faculty of Humanity

The Art, Philosophy, and Science ...

The Art, Philosophy and Science of competitive Football assesses the extent to which modern science is applied in the development of soccer, and seeks to identify the interventions required to improve the South Africa’s overall performance as a footballing nation.

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Project Completed

Completed:
23%
Project started

8 Aug 2011

Faculty
Faculty of Humanity

Poverty, Inequality and Patronage

MISTRA’s research project on Poverty, Inequality and Patronage examines patronage politics within the context of local government to assess how it contributes to some of the problems bedeviling local government politics, and how poverty and inequality relate to political patronage.

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Project Completed

Completed:
23%
Project started

8 Aug 2011

Faculty
Faculty of Political Economy

The Great Recession And Its Impl ...

"The Great Recession And Its Implications For Human Values And The Philosophy Of Social Relations" seeks to explore the current global recession; responses to it, its impact on human values and social relations; its problems and pitfalls and the implications for development.

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Project Completed

Completed:
23%
Project started

18 Oct 2013

Faculty
Faculty of Political Economy

Changing Economic Balances In Af ...

"Changing Economic Balances In Africa: Implications For Competitive And Comparative Advantages, Integration And Geo-Politics" seeks to gain insights and to develop a framework on how to create conditions that nurture a conscientious leadership in the continent. Leadership here is defined broadly to include individual leaders, institutions, business and civil society.

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Project Completed

Completed:
23%
Project started

27 Nov 2013

Faculty
Faculty of Political Economy

Arts and National Development: A ...

"Arts and National Development: An evolving South African challenge" will provide a platform for arts practitioners, experts, and cultural workers to critically ‘rethink’ or ‘re-imagine’ South Africa’s cultural industry.

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Project Completed

Completed:
23%
Project started

10 Oct 2013

Faculty
Faculty of Humanity

Changing economic balances in Af ...

Economic development and political stability have proven most challenging to post-colonial Africa. Post-colonial ruling elites proffered different solutions to these problems at different times throughout the evolution of independent Africa. The impact of such programmes has been uneven.

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Project Completed

Completed:
23%
Project started

6 Dec 2013

Faculty
Faculty of Political Economy

The Pedagogy of Mathematics

The Pedagogy of Mathematics: Is there a unifying logic? Research work on mathematics education is not new in South Africa. Through this project, MISTRA seeks to investigate the best pedagogical methods for the development and nurturing of mathematical talent amongst young people. The objective of the research is to study how the pedagogy of mathematics has developed in South Africa over time.

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Project Completed

Completed:
23%
Project started

6 Dec 2013

Faculty
Faculty of KESA

Philosophy of Chinese Civilisation

"The Philosophy of Chinese Civilisation: The Rise and Decline and Rise of Civilisations" seeks to identify socio-political, philosophical and cultural factors in China, which saw to the rise of the Chinese nation-state as a leading global force in past centuries, its decline, and its current achievements.

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Project Completed

Completed:
23%
Project started

12 Jun 2013

Faculty
Faculty of Humanity

Beyond The Imagination: Genetics ...

"Beyond The Imagination: Genetics, Nano- And Bio-Technologies And Their Applications" will attempt to define the fields of genetic, Nano- and bio-technologies and their utility for humanity and explore the evolution of each of the sciences, and their possible trajectories going forward.

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Project Completed

Completed:
23%
Project started

1 Nov 2013

Faculty
Faculty of KESA

Basic Education

"Basic Education – in pursuit of quality and stability in education" will to research the factors that impede the development and consolidation of national education provision.

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Project Completed

Completed:
23%
Project started

30 Oct 2013

Faculty
Faculty of Humanity
 

RESEARCH

Our Approach​ to Research

The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) carries out research that addresses the country’s complex challenges, straddling issues of nation-formation, economic growth, social equity and South Africa’s global positioning.

The institute complements its research programme by undertaking strategic reflections in the form of roundtables, retreats, seminars and annual lectures. MISTRA enhances its research work through linkages with universities and other research institutions inside and outside of South Africa.

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