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Polls and elections are considered vital democratic tools – but there’s more to true democracy. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Genuine democracy involves more than just polling people

There are several different ways to approach democracy. Polls, elections and referenda all feature, but they're not the only way to deepen democracy.
A student tries to stem her bleeding during clashes at the University of the Witwatersrand. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Why student protests in South Africa have turned violent

Protest movements become radicalised by two factors: escalating policing and competitive escalation between political adversaries and other protesting groups.
University students are fed up that their calls for free education are being ignored. Nic Bothma/EPA

Free education is possible if South Africa moves beyond smoke and mirrors

South Africa's higher education minister has dealt with fee increments for 2017 but sidestepped students' fundamental issue: an ongoing call to make higher education free for all.
Podcasts are emerging as an arguably easy-to-access, affordable mode of creating new spaces for discussion and debate. Shutterstock

Podcasts can drive debate and break down academia’s ivory towers

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. Shutterstock

Decolonisation debate is a chance to rethink the role of universities

The decolonisation debate in South Africa's universities raises critical issues about the relationship between power, knowledge and learning.
A traditional rainmaker in Kenya. How can indigenous knowledge become part of university curricula? Department For International Development/International Development Research Centre/Thomas Omondi/Flickr

Decolonisation involves more than simply turning back the clock

Decolonisation of the curriculum doesn't have to mean the destruction of Western knowledge, but it's decentring. Such knowledge should become one way of knowing rather than the only way.

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