2020/21 Medal for Social Sciences and Humanities

Professor Mokgale Albert Mokgopa

Professor Mokgale Albert Mokgopa

Professor Mokgale Albert Makgopa is Dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at the University of Venda. His research interests include Indigenous Medicine and Health, Ethno Medicine, Indigenous Music, Indigenous Food and Attire, Folklore and the new Constitution of South Africa and the influence of politics in the naming and renaming of towns, villages, streets and individuals. He has been a promoter of indigenous language education in South Africa and has designed degree courses, teacher training and seminars for prospective and in-service language teachers.

Professor Talita Greyling

Talita Greyling, an Associate Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Johannesburg, specialises in well-being economics and quality of life studies with a keen interest in fourth industrial revolution applications. She developed the first real-time "Happiness Index", using Big Data. She has founded and is the Director of the Gross National Happiness Today Project and has authored numerous articles in multi-disciplinary and economic journals. Since 2020 she has been actively involved in CoVID-19 research projects. She is the associate editor for Pioneers in Quality of Life Theory and Research for the Journal of Applied Research in Quality of Life and a co-editor for economics in the Journal of Happiness Studies. She is the Vice-President of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies and is a Research Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). Professor Greyling is involved in several international collaborations related to well-being research.

Professor Talita Greyling

Professor Christoffel Hendrik Heyns

Professor Christoffel Hendrik Heyns

Christof Heyns is a Professor of Law at the University of Pretoria. He also teaches at Oxford University and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. He has published widely in the field of human rights, including the recent book 'Alston and Heyns on unlawful killings'. Heyns was UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions from 2010 to 2016. During 2016, he chaired the UN Independent Investigation on Burundi. He was a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee 2017 - 2020. He is currently a member of the Working Group on Death Penalty, Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Africa of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.

Professor Saloshna Vandeyar

Saloshna Vandeyar is a full Professor in the Faculty of Education and the Director of the Centre for Diversity and Social Cohesion at the University of Pretoria. Her research focus is on social, cultural and cognitive justice education, with a particular focus on race inequalities and the ways in which all other kinds of inequalities are produced and reproduced in educational spaces. She is an NRF rated-scientist and an award-winning researcher. She received the Gauteng Woman in Excellence award in 2018. She serves on a number of editorial boards; has published widely; supervised numerous students; has numerous international networks and has, on invitation, presented many keynote addresses.

Professor Saloshna Vandeyar

These are among the 34 names nominated to receive recognition at the HSRC-USAf event. Awards will be made in three categories, namely: Emerging Researcher, Established Researcher and the inaugural Team Awards. We will continue to feature the rest of the nominees throughout this week until 18 March.