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University of the Western Cape

The University of the Western Cape is a national university, alert to its African and international context as it strives to be a place of quality, a place to grow. It is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in transition.

Drawing on its proud experience in the liberation struggle, the university is aware of a distinctive academic role in helping build an equitable and dynamic society. In particular it aims to: advance and protect the independence of the academic enterprise.

Design curricular and research programmes appropriate to its southern African context.

Further global perspectives among its staff and students, thereby strengthening intellectual life and contributing to South Africa’s reintegration in the world community.

Assist educationally disadvantaged students gain access to higher education and succeed in their studies.

Nurture and use the abilities of all in the university community.

Develop effective structures and conventions of governance, which are democratic, transparent and accountable.

Seek racial and gender equality and contribute to helping the historically marginalised participate fully in the life of the nation.

Encourage and provide opportunities for lifelong learning through programmes and courses.

Help conserve and explore the environmental and cultural resources of the southern African region, and to encourage a wide awareness of these resources in the community.

Co-operate fully with other stakeholders to develop an excellent, and therefore transformed, higher education system.

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Johannesburg is the most preferred destination for jobseekers from other provinces, followed by Cape Town. Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images

South African internal migrants fare better in the job market in two regions

Labour migrants from other provinces into Gauteng and the Western Cape are more likely to be employed than the two provinces' permanent residents.
Members of the Amhara militia ride in the back of a pick up truck, in Mai Kadra, Ethiopia, on November 21, 2020. Amharas and Tigrayans were uneasy neighbours before the current fighting. Photo by Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images

Drums of war were beating for almost two years. Why Ethiopia’s conflict was avoidable

Had the national government and Tigray state government attempted to engage in intergovernmental dialogue, things might have turned out differently.
Les emballages plastiques à usage unique sont polluants et difficiles à recycler. Shutterstock

Plastiques : la délicate question du « cycle de vie » des emballages

L’analyse cycle de vie des emballages alimentaires omet souvent l’impact et la toxicité éventuelle des fuites de plastique dans l’environnement. Ce qui donne aux plastiques un avantage injustifié.

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