Staff Research

Prof. Geldenhuys is currently working on a book project entitled Crimes Against Humanity due for release in 2012.

Prof. Hamilton is working on three projects: Human Needs and Political Judgement (book to come); Freedom and Power (book to come) and Public Debt and State Credibility in South Africa (with N Viegi).

Prof. Landsberg’s book on Diplomacy and Transformation is due for release in 2010.

Prof. Sadie is working with Dr Juma (AISA) on a book entitled Women, War and Peace in Africa due for release in 2011.  Prof. Sadie is also currently researching political attitudes and behaviour of University students in the SADC region with Prof. Schoeman (UP)

Profs. Venter and Landsberg are working on the latest edition of their book: Government and politics in the New South Africa due for release in late 2010.  Prof. Venter is also currently updating the Definition of 500 Key Terms in Politics Glossary for UJ and is working on an article, The Perils of Presidentialism.

Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC)

Our department is proud to represent UJ as the only African department affiliated with the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (, based in Luxembourg.  The mission behind RISC is to “promote the comparative examination of the human impact of various aspects of regional integration across geographic areas and time periods through the creation of a cross-regional and interdisciplinary network.”

Otto Krause Memorial Trust    
OTTO KRAUSE (15.2.1930 – 29.11.1999)

Otto Krause was from a prominent family in the Orange Free State. He matriculated at Grey College Bloemfontein and obtained the degrees BA.LLB. at Stellenbosch University. Afterwards he studied International Law and Journalism at Oxford and Yale.  A fanatic reader, he became deeply knowledgeable in aspects of history, economics, international and South African politics.

He was a journalist at a number of newspapers before launching a fortnightly news magazine News/Check, which was published from 1966 through to 1971. He later became Editor of the Financial Gazette, and thereafter a sought-after political columnist responsible for columns in a number of mainstream newspapers as well as interviews on political matters in the electronic media.

He travelled the world, not only in the western hemisphere but also in Africa. He built life long friendships with prominent politicians and business people. After 1990 he was requested by the South African Government to visit various institutions in Western Europe and to provide information on the transition to a full democracy in a new South Africa without apartheid.

Otto Krause obtained significant recognition and influence in the following areas:
His often controversial and creative perspectives on the political process in South Africa. He played an important role in stimulating private and public debates between people of influence.  Building a broad network of consultation with opinion leaders of the important political parties as well as with Captains of Industry.  His forte was to build bridges between divergent viewpoints and leaders, particularly during his famous dinner parties where political intercourse and stimulating debate was the order of the day.

The University of Johannesburg and various friends established The Otto Krause Memorial Trust in honour of Otto. Inspired by his example, the aim is to stimulate debate regarding various issues underlying the South African reality.

Centre for Political and Related Terminology in Southern African Languages (CEPTSA)
CEPTSA was founded in 1999 in the Department of Politics of the former RAU - now UJ – after the then Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, which had supported and administered the Committee for Political and Related Terminology, terminated such support in 1998.  In terms of its charter the research, translation and definition of terms are done by a Working Committee that is overseen by a Governing Committee consisting of the Dean of Humanities and other academics from the University.

The aim of the Centre is to empower lecturers, students, translators and functionaries in the field of politics by excerpting, defining and translating political and related terms from English into the other official languages in South and Southern Africa.

To date the Centre has excerpted some 16 000 terms from English. These have been translated into Afrikaans and published as the Modern Political Dictionary (MPD) / Nuwerwetse Politieke Woordeboek (NPW), published in house by the Centre – UJ.  It is available in printed as well as CD ROM format. The MPD has been recognized by two national awards for its excellence: one by the South African Translators Institute in 2003 as the best dictionary of technical terms, with the second being the Woordwystoekenning in 2006 by the ATKV for an outstanding contribution towards Afrikaans technical terminology.

A glossary of 1 000 key terms in politics has also been developed and translated into 5 South African languages, i.e. Afrikaans, Setswana, Sesotho sa Lebowa, isiZulu and isiXhosa. It is also available in six languages (English plus the aforementioned five) in CD -ROM format.  At present the main project of the Centre is to define a further 1 500 major terms and to have them translated into the same five languages in order to publish a glossary of 2 500 terms in these languages or combinations of these languages.

The Centre has no permanent staff. It is directed by Brig Gen (SA Air Force, ret) Pierre le Clus. The Working Committee members are Prof AJ Venter (Department of Politics, UJ), Dr Susan Botha (Department of Political Studies, Unisa), Brig Gen Pierre le Clus and Ms Judi de Beer (formerly from the National Language Service, Department of Arts and Culture) as lexicographer and secretary to the Working Committee.
The Centre is funded by sporadic donations from the private and public sector and by grants from the Faculty of Humanities. ​

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