The apartheid government built universities for black students far from major cities or safe routes.
The system of apartheid is long gone. But its legacy of poor funding for historically black universities - and of planning that banished black universities to cities' margins - remains.
One of two benches demarcated apartheid style for either ‘whites only’ or for ‘non-whites only’ in Cape Town.
Esa Alexander/Sunday Times
September is celebrated as heritage month in South Africa. How to get it right? A revisit to a national newspaper's decade-old, ambitious project is a good yardstick to use.
Dumile Feni’s ‘African Guernica’ - charcoal on paper.
‘African Guernica’ is an incredibly powerful work of art in many ways, importantly filling that space between the visible and the visible.
The Enola Gay, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, which dropped the first atomic bomb in history. The bomb was made from Congolese ore.
The Soviet Union tested its own atomic bomb in 1949, to the profound shock of the US. This heated up the Cold War dramatically and thrust the Congo to the centre of American geopolitical strategy
South Africa’s elite police unit, the Hawks, block a street during an operation.
Independent Media/Picture:Bhekikhaya Mabaso
The main criticism leveled at the body that oversees the work of South Africa's elite police unit, the Hawks, is that it lacks the power to initiate investigations, making it ineffective.
Author Christine Qunta says forgiveness trumps justice in South Africa.
Qunta advocates a reparations fund to accelerate corrective policies, that schools be freed from colonial indoctrination and that African culture should be mainstreamed, especially African languages.
Family murder was understood as a sign of larger ills.
During the 1980s, press coverage of South African family murders suggested that something was ‘wrong’ with white society – and with the white Afrikaans men who were usually seen as perpetrators.
A new book lays bare England’s treachery and connivance in denying black South Africans the vote.
Britain’s acquiescence in the face of Afrikaner intransigence set the precedent for the progressive disenfranchisement of nonwhite South Africans and laid down the foundation for apartheid.
Cover of The Silent Minaret.
The protagonist in the novel ‘The Silent Minaret’ gets us to question that powerful political-cultural myth of being tied to nation. That is a remarkable achievement in fiction.
Nelson Mandela laughs with journalists and performers ahead of the second 46664 concert in the Western Cape in 2005.
When celebrating Nelson Mandela Day, it would benefit South Africans to reflect on what the statesman's legacy means for the nation and how they are living up to his dreams for the country.
Portrait of Miriam Tlali as part of Adrian Steirn’s 21 Icons South Africa project. Date: 15.10.2014.
Adrian Steirn/Courtesy of 21 Icons South Africa
A South African novel, published in 1980 and dealing with the Soweto student uprising four years earlier, still provides lessons for students today.
A protest in Cape Town against the SABC’s decision not to broadcast violent protests.
South Africa's public broadcaster is in a state of crisis, gripped by paranoia and facing accusations of censorship. Can it be saved?
Professor Chabani Manganyi reflects on his time working as a black psychologist in the heart of the apartheid era.
In the heart of South Africa's apartheid era, Professor Chabani Manganyi was among a handful of black psychologists offering expert testimony in the country's courts.
There is a growing authoritarian impulse in South Africa, including among some student activists.
Sections of South Africa's student movements regard transformation as a complete failure. Responding to this perceived failure, some have adopted an anti-democratic stance.
Celebrated South African poet Adam Small passed away at the age of 79.
Cape Argus/Independent Newspapers
Black Consciousness activist, Afrikaans poet and revered academic Adam Small has passed away. In his large volume of work he gave voice to the downtrodden – those marginalised by apartheid.
Women students have been at the forefront of South African university protests.
Women students have not been afraid to embrace the label of feminist, leading a wave of university protests in South Africa during 2015 and 2016.
Soweto schoolchildren protest against Afrikaans in 1976.
Anti-Apartheid Movement Archive, Bodleian Library, Oxford UK
Forty years after the students uprisings of 1976, South Africa is again in the midst of a political movement led by students.They have changed the tenor and shape of political discussion around education.
A recent protest by South African schoolchildren which had to be quelled by an under-resourced police force.
It is exactly forty years since the Soweto uprising in June 1976 where the South African police met the students with brutal force. How much has changed in terms of policing?
The Economic Freedom Fighters recently launched their manifesto in Soweto. Party leader Julius Malema (waving) is the master of political theatre.
Red berets, hard hats, overalls and domestic workers’ uniforms have become a prominent part of South African politics. But these are more than just props for the EFF political party.
The cover of the ‘Weekly Standard’, February 2016.
Two recent controversial cartoons depicting people as apes have raised an important question: what are the legal and philosophical distinctions between harm and offence?