On Wednesday, 31 July 2019, staff of the Directorate of Research and Innovation (DRI) hosted colleagues from the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) which is the publications conduit of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). The purpose of the visit was for the colleagues to acquaint researchers of UNIVEN of the Africa Insight Journal and encourage UNIVEN researchers to publish their research findings in it. 

Senior Professor GE Ekosse, Director of Research and Innovation

In his opening remarks, Director of Research and Innovation (Senior Professor GE Ekosse), confirmed to participants that Africa Insight, is an accredited, quarterly, peer-reviewed journal by the South African National Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and is indexed in the International Bibliography of Social Science (IBSS). It is a peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary journal primarily focusing on contemporary socio-economic and political issues and changes in African countries. It has not been, in any form, considered to be predatory.

Ms Mmakwena Chipu, Acting Director: AISA Publications making her presentation


In her presentation in encouraging UNIVEN researchers to publish in Africa Insight, Acting Director: AISA (Ms Mmakwena Chipu), assured colleagues that the work of the institute makes a contribution to addressing many dimensions of research in Africa thereby reversing the marginality, in global terms, of knowledge production in the continent. According to Ms. Chipu, the HSRC is committed to publishing cutting-edge research that supports development nationally, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Africa. 

Unsolicited contributions to Africa Insight are welcome. The ideal paper should be interesting, accessible and rigorous. It should be noted that Africa Insight is an independent publication which promotes insight into the process of change in Africa covering a wide range of diverse topics like, political trends and events, democratization, economic issues, regional cooperation, international relations, conflict resolution, aspects of education and training, health hazards, community development, food security, institutional capacity building, etc. 3 

Senior Professor GE Ekosse and DRI staff with AISA – HSRC colleagues

Issued by: 

Department of Communications & Marketing 

University of Venda 

Tel: (015) 962 8525 

Date: 06 August 2019 

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