In his article, ‘Still searching for “the human”’, Premesh Lalu (2012, p. 1) decries
the National Research Foundation’s decision to fund 60 new chairs at universities
in South Africa, to foster research in line with the government’s identified social
development goals and priorities, leaving the humanities out in the cold. The article
highlights the primacy of the idea of the human condition over developmentalism
defined by policy experts which ‘threatens to obscure more than it reveals about the
predicament of post-apartheid South Africa’ (p. 2).