Dr Blade Nzimande, South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education and Training, oversees a sector fraught with funding worries.
Higher education has done as well as could have been expected from the 2016 Budget, given South Africa's current economic circumstances.
Will South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (left) and President Jacob Zuma support the commitments to reform the economy?
There are many good things about the budget, including the promised cut to the payroll, but many of the key commitments relating to how policies will support growth are, at best, pointers.
People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis have poor control over their painful, swollen joints and face progressive disability.
People who have rheumatoid arthritis often suffer from depression as well. For poor people this is often worse because they cut off their social networks.
You can encounter at least one of the six guineafowl species in sub-Saharan Africa.
Africa is traditionally known as the cradle of human-kind. But research shows that it is also the cradle of bird-kind, for gamebirds at least.
Les rhinocéros au cœur d’une guerre anti-braconnage aux effets collatéraux inquiétants.
Conçus pour garantir la cohabitation pacifique entre les nations, ces zones font face à une situation de plus en plus tendue. En cause notamment, la militarisation de la lutte anti-braconnage.
Public sector trade unions now dominate union membership in South Africa.
Rising membership of public sector unions and the growing political influence of these unions have led to government workers earning a premium over their private sector counterparts.
Placards voicing the concerns of rape victims outside the High Court in Johannesburg.
Rape complainants who are perceived to have precipitated their own victimisation, whether through their conduct or their relationship to the perpetrator, are at a particular disadvantage.
South Africans are increasingly taking to the streets to demand accountability from government.
South Africa has never reached an embedded democratic state. Its post-apartheid experience more realistically reflects ongoing oscillation between a deepening and a reversal of democratic liberties.
More South Africans are taking to the streets to hold government accountable.
South Africans' faith in the post-apartheid system of democracy is clearly slipping - and some even suggest that a return to apartheid would be a good thing.
Violence to protect rhinos in southern Africa’s peace parks is the complete opposite to what the parks were envisaged to stand for.
There are very violent confrontations in southern Africa's peace parks. This is partly due to a violent history dating back to the apartheid era that has never been adequately addressed.
President Jacob Zuma’s fleeting mention of universities in his speech was merely political expediency.
There was nothing in President Zuma's speech to suggest that he'd really listened to people's concerns about higher education - nor to suggest that any solutions will be forthcoming.
This is a new era of physics and astronomy - and scientists all over the globe, including in Africa, have a role to play.
The discovery of gravitational waves has ushered in a new era in astronomy and physics. Where will the next big discovery be made? There's no reason for it not to be Africa.
Massive bodies can send ripples through space time in the form of gravitational waves.
The long awaited discovery of gravitational waves has sent ripples through the scientific world. Here top experts respond to the historic announcement.
Biodiversity is known to suffer in human-altered agricultural areas. But the Verreaux Eagle is an exception and has seen its numbers increase in agricultural land..
The annual ‘Living Landscapes’ procession is aimed at raising awareness of the Cedarberg’s KhoiSan cultural heritage.
Human population groups worldwide are highly homogeneous genetically. They are in fact 99.5% similar and their anatomical features vary in an uncorrelated fashion over the landscape.
Police officers in South Africa are four times more likely to kill themselves than be murdered.
While the unacceptably high rate of police murders in South Africa attracts much media coverage, the bigger problem of suicide among police receives little focus.
The southern ground hornbill is endangered in South Africa.
Reintroduction programs can really help stop the decline of the southern ground hornbills.
South Africa is taking a tough stance against the practice of abducting and forcing young girls into marriage that’s still rife in some parts of the country.
The reasons for the phenomenon of child marriage are complex and include the fact that in customary law, marriageable age was never reckoned as an actual number but depended on puberty.
The Western Cape in South Africa has mapped out a plan to help farmers cope with expected climate change threats to agriculture.
South Africa's Western Cape is the first region in the country to put together a comprehensive plan to help farmers deal with changes in weather patterns brought on by climate change.
A typical community protest over the delivery of basic services in South Africa. A study shows protesters often resort to violence to attract attention.
The advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994 is often hailed as peaceful and smooth. But, there are lingering problems. Dissent over unmet expectations has resulted in an increase in protests.