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Kim Yi Dionne: This guest post is from Daniel de Kadt, a Ph.D. student in political science at MIT.

We have descended into an unsustainable situation, with 15 million welfare grant recipients supported by six million taxpayers. The majority of these welfare transfers are child grants extended to those under the age of 18. Child grants amount to R35.6-billion – 16% of the social protection budget allocation, in 2011, of R146.9-billion.

It is a cruel fact that in the last 15 years the Humanities and the Social Sciences have been severely affected by the dire need to respond to the obvious deficit in engineering, natural scientific, informational and managerial needs.  This downscaling of the importance of the human and social fo