Students protesting over financial exclusion on March 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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South Africa’s economic challenges and the high number of students from poor and working class families call for a funding model that doesn’t create an affordability crisis for students and the state.
Protesters clash with police in February in Cape Town over student funding.
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Instead of being a democratic right and legitimate form of expression, protests have increasingly been framed as threats to national security.
The rights entrenched in South Africa’s progressive constitution work for some, but not those living in abject poverty.
Whites lived well under apartheid and it is not absurd for black leaders to want all to live in the same way.
Various crises have revealed that leaders’ decision-making roles have become more intense.
Leading during a crisis: how leaders of higher education institutions can adapt and innovate during uncertain times.
A police van lies in flames after white farmers went on a rampage in Senekal, South Africa.
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There are individual activists and political groupings who believe violent action is legitimate and use the circumstances to actively drive such behaviour.
Student protests dubbed #FeesMustFall in 2016 in Pretoria.
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An African literature lecturer shares how embodied teaching can help students feel that their lives and stories matter.
Supporters of outgoing Senegalese President Macky Sall cheer during a rally ahead of presidential elections in 2019.
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Africa is now formally free of colonial rule. Yet, the aim of remembering and furthering the fight for self determination remains relevant as ever.
It's important to focus on the challenges facing higher education before the reach a boiling point.
The book depicts how Onkgopotse Tiro’s time at Turfloop amounted to a revolutionising political script for generations to come.
Harold Wolpe showed how poor rural areas subsidised low wages of migrant workers’ wages.
During the apartheid period in South Africa – 1948 to 1994 – a lively intellectual culture of opposition emerged on some of the country’s university campuses and within the broader anti-apartheid movement…
A protest outside South Africa’s Parliament demanding amnesty for students arrested during “fees must fall” protests.
More than ever, South African universities need a new social contract that charts a way forward and begins to heal divisions.
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivering the 2019 State of the Nation Address.
Education remains one of government’s key priority sectors yet it continues to be in a crisis.
Students shut the University of the Witwatersrand down during protest action.
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South Africa students are protesting and have brought university campuses to a stand still. This could have been avoided.
South African students protest outside Parliament in support of students convicted over the #FeesMustFall protests.
Certain criteria are needed to lead a university but additional knowledge is also useful.
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.
Cheryl Zondi bucked the trend of rape accusers staying anonymous in South Africa.
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Prevailing patriarchal and cultural norms in some societies prevent women victims of sexual crimes from talking out by shaming them.
Those demanding free higher education don’t realise this would be a regressive policy.
The ethical and political reasons to avoid free higher education are unambiguous.
South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa needs to formulate a long term strategy for economic growth with an eye on the 2019 elections.
Both the state of the nation address and budget speech didn’t leave a sense that there has been much reflection on the depth of the economic malaise gripping South Africa.
Cyril Ramaphosa addresses MPs after being elected president of South Africa.
Jacob Zuma was removed by the people’s effect, which connected the dots of corruption, a mismanaged state and rapacious capitalism.
The storm clouds above South Africa’s universities could be dissipated with careful fiscal planning.
Alternative scenarios for tertiary funding in South Africa are set out in a completely separate report from the Davis Tax Committee drawing from work done by the higher education department.