The demand for free higher education is one of the key factors that have led to competing waves of thinking and organisation in the sector.
South Africa's universities are detached from society because of a waning public and civic sector that once fueled the anti-apartheid struggle. Here's what can be done.
Statue of Cecil Rhodes, Oriel College, Oxford. Steve Parsons/PA Archive/PA Images
It's time race equality was practised in the academy, not just preached.
Gandhi’s statue, which sat in this quad at the University of Ghana, caused great controversy.
Gandhi was celebrated for the things he taught the world in his later years, through his writings, ideas and lifestyle. He was celebrated for seeking peace for all the peoples of the world.
UCT will honour Sarah Baartman by naming a hall after her.
Sarah Baartman’s name can be elevated to the highest point of the University of Cape Town’s campus, but if her legacy isn’t built into each classroom and interaction the honour is hollow.
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Student-led campaigns have been calling out racism in universities for years. After a shocking incident at Nottingham Trent University, perhaps we should start to listen.
The Rhodes Must Fall movement accused the University of Cape Town of having blood on its hands for investing in the mining company Lonmin.
Universities have the power to transform society not just through how they operate their campuses, but also through how they invest their endowments and pensions funds.
South Africa needs reflective leadership at its universities.
Former vice-chancellor Jonathan Jansen argues that there is no future for South African universities.
The Warhol exhibition inspired thousands of selfies at the opening.
The Andy Warhol exhibition embodies so many of the contradictions, complications and conflicts in both art and society in contemporary South Africa.
Children marching on the
anniversary of the Soweto uprising.
It's time South Africa stopped stereotyping its young people as being disinterested and morally bankrupt and started engaging them.
Portrait of Miriam Tlali as part of Adrian Steirn’s 21 Icons South Africa project. Date: 15.10.2014.
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Author Miriam Tlali was an intersectional feminist long before this term was coined or its politics made fashionable in South Africa by student movements.
South Africa’s Temba Bavuma celebrates his century against England in Cape Town, South Africa.
South Africa's cricket is on the rise again, now represented by players of all the country's races. One of them is Temba Bavuma. His first test century in 2015 knocked a few perceptions for a six.
Members of the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa protesting against youth unemployment.
South Africa's problem is that its constitution is a perfect brochure of the nation it aspires to be. But the contractors entrusted with its future have an entirely different project in mind.
Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela depicted on church wall in west London.
South African universities are aflame as student protests for free education turn violent. But, would a non-violent approach, as preached by Martin Luther King, be more effective in their cause?
Nelson Mandela, accompanied by his wife Winnie, walks out of the Victor Verster prison on February 11, 1990.
The foundation founded by Nelson Mandela in 1999 has done a major revision - it has written off most of his reign as comprising "grand symbolic gestures".
Psychology as an academic discipline needs to take a long, hard look at itself.
Psychologists drew historically from theories of social Darwinism and eugenics to espouse the hierarchical categorisation of people into race groups.
Older generation freedom fighters like Nelson Mandela are losing currency among some young people in South Africa.
Student activists are losing faith in the legacies of anti-apartheid heroes like Nelson Mandela. Perhaps all South Africans should do the same. It may just be what the country needs for its future.
People risk being physically harmed during violent protests. But there is also an emotional element at play.
Protesting students have had enough and their anger is burning hot.
South Africa's universities have been told to set their own fee increases for 2017. That's good news for institutions, but it hasn't been well-received by many students.
Podcasts are emerging as an arguably easy-to-access, affordable mode of creating new spaces for discussion and debate.
The podcast has emerged as a promising medium for facilitating ongoing debate about issues that need more time than mainstream, profit-oriented media or the changing tides of hashtags might allow.
The decolonisation of South Africa’s university curriculum seems to have fallen off the agenda, overtaken by the push for free higher education.
The decolonisation debate in South Africa's universities raises critical issues about the relationship between power, knowledge and learning.