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South Africa needs some universities that focus on teaching, and others that concentrate on research. Shutterstock

How the funding of science research in South Africa can be overhauled

South Africa must examine how science funding is allocated to universities. It also needs to acknowledge that not all universities should be focusing on research and development.
South Africa’s local municipalities can do more to diversify their economies and push their products and services in high tech markets. Shutterstock

A blueprint for bringing local economies to life in South Africa

Through developing their technological skills, South Africa's local municipalities can increase their capacity to compete with markets in neighbouring countries.
A new book puts forward the thesis that South Africa faces a crisis of governance and leadership rather than an economic crisis. Yalo

A hard-hitting analysis of South Africa’s deepening malaise

Justice Malala argues that South Africa faces a governance and leadership crisis, rather than an economic crisis. He argues that is not up to the ruling party alone to solve the problem.
A bust of Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of apartheid. Verwoerd believed that black people should know their place – and that included staying away from ‘white’ jobs. Juda Ngwenya/Reuters

History explains why black South Africans still mistrust vocational training

Vocational training is regarded as "low status" in South Africa. Much of the negativity around technical and vocational work seems to lie in the country's history.

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