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Unfortunately ‘free’ public higher education is never actually free. Shiraaz Mohamed/EPA

Why free education is a folly in an unequal society

If higher education is made "free" for all, the whole society ends up paying more. That's deeply unjust in already unequal societies, such as those in Africa.
Members of the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa, the country’s largest union, march to highlight high unemployment. Reuters/Rogan Ward

South Africans need to fight for change on the streets, and through the ballot

With the local government elections set to take place within the next seven months, it is worth considering what impact the recent upsurge in protests will have on the country's political future.
Nelson Mandela with his predecessor FW de Klerk. Tough questions are being raised about the compromises Mandela made for South Africa’s transition to democracy. Reuters/Peter Andrews

Why South Africa should undo Mandela’s economic deals

South Africa's transition into democracy involved compromises that left white privilege intact and black poverty undiminished. Here are a dozen of Mandela's economic deals that need to be undone.
Young South Africans are angry with the failure of the country to deal with racism. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Getting to grips with why race is still a divisive issue in South Africa

The central thrust of Haffajee's book is compelling. It argues that black South Africans, especially the new generation of young, black ‘born frees' are obsessed with whiteness and white privilege.
Crowds cheer as Pope Francis arrives at Kololo airstrip in Kampala, Uganda. Reuters/Giuseppe Cacace

Pope Francis in Africa: he came, he saw, now what?

Given the conservative stand of the Catholic Church on gays and lesbians, Pope Francis had a wonderful opportunity to extend his message of tolerance to both the religious and social realms.
Miners at Anglo Platinum’s mine in Rustenburg. The introduction of a national minimum wage may be good for South Africa. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

A fresh look confirms national minimum wage would be good for South Africa

Simulations indicate that the introduction of a national minimum wage in South Africa could boost household consumption and economic growth as well as reduce inequality and poverty.
To understand inequality in countries like South Africa, it is important to have a good grasp of factors influencing the allocation of skills and knowledge. Shutterstock

How unequal access to knowledge is affecting South African society

In a country as unequal as South Africa, the people who have access to higher education have the power to shape the society, including its elites and middle class.

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