A young man wearing an African National Congress shirt joins in student protests in South Africa. Party politics and student politics shouldn’t mix.
It's time to change how student representatives are elected at South Africa's universities. The existing process gives far too much space and power to political parties.
Xenophobia is a huge problem in South Africa. Could better university teaching about Africa make a difference?
South African university students are as guilty of xenophobia as anyone else. Three approaches through teaching and research could make a huge difference.
Cotton on the move in Burkina Faso.
The GM debate in the developing world encompasses countries with very different priorities. Through the shrill battle of interests, the real agents for change tend to be overlooked.
Former presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. Both men had clear ideas about South Africa’s foreign policy.
Over the past two decades, it has not been easy for any country – let alone a newly freed one, like post-apartheid South Africa – to understand the rapidly changing world.
Some South African universities said they felt sufficiently threatened to obtain interdicts against protesting students.
Universities were widely criticised for turning to the courts during a series of student protests in South Africa. So why did they do it, and did the interdict process work?
Extensive research shows that textbooks are crucial to children’s learning.
Textbooks have been at the centre of two major South African court cases. They may not be a magical cure for all the country's education ills, but research shows they are a critical part of learning.
The role of police during the students protests has come in for strong criticism.
The #feesmustfall movement brought gains for democracy. As relatively free spaces for enquiry, universities have a public duty to fight, not facilitate, a slide into a national security state.
A solar water heating unit on the roof of a home in Kuyasa outside Cape Town. South Africa has a long way to go to get people off the grid and onto solar heating.
Africa is blessed with an abundance of sunshine.Given the heavy demand for energy, alternatives, such as solar, could provide solutions and help stimulate economic growth.
Understanding the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis has won a South African molecular biologist international recognition.
Funding for South African higher education is inadequate considering past inequalities. Even more alarming is the fact that plans for research development and innovation in science remain elusive.
21 years into democracy, are South Africa’s university students showing other citizens how best to hold the state accountable?
University students in South Africa have shown the potential of mass mobilisation to influence policy in advancing justice for their constitutional democratic rights.
Phishing is a growing problem across Africa. South Africa has the highest number of victims.
Cyber security has been identified as a global challenge, with Africa facing renewed threats through increasing internet use across many platforms.
A doctor observes mosquitoes to better understand the malaria parasite which has been developing a resistance to the anti-malarial drugs.
Across the world scientists are trying to find a new drug that the malaria carrying parasite will struggle to develop a resistance to.
Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters protesting outside the Johannesburg stock exchange.
Since the 1940s, it's been common for political moderates to move to the fore in South Africa – then, intermittently, to the background. They are replaced by radicals or exclusivist nationalists.
It has been an exciting month for Africa, not least for the highly controversial elections in Tanzania, where the annulment of the entire vote in Zanzibar has played an important role in extending the…
South Africa is heavily dependent on burning coal to generate electricity.
Environmental racism remains a reality in South Africa. It is poor, black citizens who live on the most damaged land and in the most polluted neighbourhoods.
A young girl plays inside a mosquito net in Kibera, Nairobi.
Several countries within southern Africa are on the brink of eliminating malaria. But there are several challenges ahead.
Mass meeting of students at the University of Cape Town.
Students have won an important victory. But to understand the complex nature of oppression and how to respond to it will require many struggles over a longer period of time.
The Chinese have helped build more than 300 dams in Africa, like this one on the Congo River.
China's economy has continued to slow despite efforts by its leaders to give it a boost, which is very bad news for an increasingly dependent Africa.
It’s one thing for a country’s academics to produce great research – but what’s the point if ordinary citizens can’t access it?
South Africans' access to important knowledge and research is incredibly limited. In this time of Open Access, why is this the case – and will it ever change?
South Africa’s university students – and academics – are coming out of the shadows to share their stories and change the system.
An academic who has marched alongside students during university fee protests in South Africa explains why their demands resonate with her and so many others.