Cape Town reggae artist, Teba Shumba.
Reggae in South Africa has lost its visibility and prominence inside the country after apartheid. But local artists have built up extensive international links.
Many are questioning South Africa’s constitutional democracy amid high poverty and unemployment.
Has South Africa's constitutional project failed? Is the country's constitution an obstacle to meaningful redistribution and land reform?
Protests over housing at, an informal settlement near Johannesburg.
Recent events suggest that South Africa's government may be resorting to short-term measures to pacify anger over lack of housing. But what's needed is a major overhaul of the housing policy.
People with albinism often isolate themselves to avoid discrimination.
People with albinism tend to identify with the black rather than the white community. Their physical differences, though, mean they don't fit into either race group.
The resources kids have at school and home influence their performance in science.
Policies must seek to improve the manner in which the language of instruction is taught to learners who don't speak that language at home.
In Maboneng, bikes and bistros abound. In adjacent inner-city Johannesburg, people struggle to survive.
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Maboneng in Johannesburg represents one strand of the type of urban “development” that's advocated for by the proponents of “global cities”.
Student protests in South Africa have centred around free tertiary education.
Generational rebellion is an enduring feature of all societies. Indeed, it is the dynamic through which societies renew themselves and move forward.
Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada share a moment in South Africa’s Parliament in 1999.
South African struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada believed in non-racialism to his core, even as others around him began to argue for an Africanist approach.
Water’s Edge II (2009) - a print related to the ‘Black Smoke Rising’ series.
Hidden underneath painting codes are the violence and bloodshed of colonial exploitation. ‘Lull’ is a daunting reminder of this.
A woman arrives for Nelson Mandela’s memorial. The idea of a rainbow nation has been futile.
Despite the noble goals of the new South Africa and its ideals of racial harmony, racial tensions remain a major problem in the country. Prejudice and bigotry persists even in universities.
Students in South Africa are tired of Western, Eurocentric university curricula.
More than two decades after apartheid ended, South African universities still tend to offer a view of the country and continent that is rooted in colonial and apartheid thinking.
University “transformation” has a unique meaning in South Africa.
If researchers pose the right questions about transformation, this can lead to better answers, stronger policies and, ultimately, real change.
South Africa isn’t the “rainbow nation” some claim it to be.
How can conversations around race, class and gender be allowed back into classrooms without becoming emotionally harmful and divisive?
People need spaces in which they can speak honestly about their pain and anger.
Universities are so busy trying to make ends meet that there's no time to listen to their communities' stories. It's crucial to develop safe spaces where tough conversations can happen.
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.
Artisans are crucial for any economy.
The history of artisanal training and employment in South Africa has been one of systematic social exclusion and inequality.
The sky is the limit for African science when universities work together.
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Collaboration is one of the keys to making African science soar: when the continent's universities work together, they can produce amazing results.
The apartheid government built universities for black students far from major cities or safe routes.
The system of apartheid is long gone. But its legacy of poor funding for historically black universities - and of planning that banished black universities to cities' margins - remains.
“Black hair” has sparked a new racism row at a top South African school.
Schools need to adapt and evolve in changing circumstances and conditions as their students' demographic composition shifts.
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Teachers in South Africa need far more high quality professional development, policy direction and support to take social cohesion from concept to classroom