Kusini, a media intiative of SCIS

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Kusini is a Kiswahili term meaning South.

Kusini is the media initiative of the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS), a research unit based at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The SCIS is an interdisciplinary inequality research and policy centre working with partner institutions in South Africa and across the world, with a focus on the global South.Our premise is that while technical solutions to addressing inequality are very important, they will not be politically feasible unless the social and political forces driving high levels of inequality are clearly understood and addressed. Inequality is a global problem and studying and addressing it in South Africa will also enable us to enter a dialogue about inequality in other settings across the global South.

Home[Work]

2 EPISODES |  Series, ±37 min episode total time 1 hr 14 min
The podcast series will examine how new technology has disrupted the world of work and what this means for the future of work. We emphasise that these shifts do not result from the COVID-19 pandemic and the various legislation encouraging workers to work remotely. Instead, COVID-19 has brought these shifts to light.

This series is hosted by Fikile Masikane and includes guests such as Prof Edward Webster, Jane Barrett, Dr Jean-Patrick Leger, Prof Barry Dwolatzky.

Encounters with COVID

3 EPISODES |  Series, ±30 min episode total time 1 hr 31 min
A three-part miniseries discussing the intersection between inequality and COVID-19 as well as attempt to explain the various ways to fund the proposed socio-economic package.

This mini-series will be hosted by the activist Shaeera Kalla and includes interviews with individuals such as Michael Sachs (Wits Adjunct Professor, former Budget Office Treasury), Kirsten Pearson (Budget Justice Coalition), Lynford Dor (Casual Workers Advice Office), Ihsaan Bassier (PhD Candidate at University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and Dr Thabang Sefalafala (Wits Sociology).

Music Credits:
PART1:
"Be Myself" by Nettson | “You’ll Be Okay” by Ryan Little | “Hard Times” by Fazed

PART 3:
“Device” by MorningLightMusic

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