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AbstractThis paper would like to demystify how the post-apartheid South African universities neglected the Humanities and Social Sciences How did this neglect affect the entire South African society when institutions of higher learning took such a stance What is the government the main funder or sponsor doing about the stance of the universities In trying to address these challenges the paper will further show case how the following attempts to address these challenges namely the South African Humanities Deans Association SAHUDA the Academy of Science of South Africa ASSAF the Department of Higher Education and Training DHET The paper will used a mix-mode research approach a combination of both qualitative and quantitative research However qualitative research design with a case study as its research methodology Interviews and document reviews will be used as the instruments for data collection At the end the study will either agree or disagree with the hypothesis or assumptions of the study through recommendations based on the findings INTRODUCTIONThe study of Human conditions and Society Humanities and Social Sciences HSS in the new dispensation in South Africa experienced serious challenges Both the Humanities and Social Sciences experienced a total neglect by the post-apartheid South African universities The post-apartheid South African universities devoted much of their time and attention on the Sciences Engineering Management and Information Technology SEMIT It is not surprising or a mistake on the part of the government of the day by providing more support to SEMIT This was done with the intention of redressing the injustices of the past whereby SEMIT was secluded to former white South Africans This was something central and closer to the heart of the new government as it wanted to address some of the injustices of the past The rewarding of research awards in the categories of Science Technology Engineering and Management STEM model to some extent perpetuated the marginalization of research in the HSS As it was
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