There are several ways to defend a defamation claim in South Africa.
Is it defamatory to ‘name and shame’ alleged rapists? Absolutely, according to South African law – and those who share that information on social media are liable too.
Universities can be alienating spaces, particularly for students from poorer backgrounds.
Students from poorer backgrounds feel anxious, ashamed and stressed in the middle-class environment of a university.
Education provides a way out of rural areas – but the transition to city life can be very hard.
Students who move from rural areas to cities to pursue university degrees grapple with what it means to “leave behind” their home languages.
A curriculum can't be decolonised by simply removing content. This denies students the chance to participate in local policy debates and the global job market. A more nuanced approach is needed.
Every student has their own story and their own concerns. Lecturers need to listen.
Coming to understand students' individual stories allows lecturers to guide, mentor and support them.
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.
Modern, transformative university leaders invite and really listen to all perspectives.
In future, universities will only survive if they can produce knowledge fast and innovate. This will require transformational leadership that gets everyone involved.
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.
Students have been steadfast in their demands of universities and the South African government. But what might the unintended consequences be?
Social change has its own dynamic. This makes it an unpredictable, uncontrollable and unknowable force – one with often unintended consequences.
A South African university student references the Oscar Pistorius trial during a fee protest.
It shouldn't be up to universities or the government alone to fund students who qualify for tertiary education but can't afford it. A perpetual bond system could be the answer.
Students demand free access for all at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Many people dismiss the idea of free, quality public university education out of hand. But there are many ways to make it happen - and it all ties back to the idea of education as a public good.
A student faces off with a policeman in riot gear. Private security forces on campuses are a show of dominance and control.
The way in which one group of South African student protesters has acted and engaged with university managers shows how valuable a feminist approach to protest can be.
Most young South Africans can’t afford tuition fees and are left out of the higher education system.
The student protests that rocked South Africa's universities in 2015 are part of a class struggle as poor and marginalised people fight for their place in an unequal system.
Prospective students rush the gates of the University of Johannesburg during a deadly 2012 stampede. Are South Africa’s universities ready for the latest crop of matriculants?
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South Africa's matric results and data from national benchmarking tests suggest that many school leavers aren't ready for university. It's also worth asking: are universities ready for them?
South Africa’s matric results are held up as probably the most important moment in the basic education system.
Their school careers are over – but what did South Africa's matric class of 2015 actually learn, and how many of them are ready for what comes next?
South African academics are extremely worried about President Jacob Zuma’s axing of the finance minister.
Academics from several South African universities say that in the current world economy decisions about any country's finance minister cannot be made "lightly or capriciously".
Tertiary institutions in South Africa, like the University of Cape Town (pictured here), are in a state of flux and change.
South Africa's universities are in a state of upheaval. Academic developers must rethink their own purpose and how they work with academics in this environment to foster positive change.
University of Johannesburg students summarise their goal in a hashtag. The question is, what happens next?
Student protests in South Africa saw triumph for the hashtag and success for the slogan. What lies beyond this as students push for genuine change in universities?
What sets brilliant university lecturers apart from their more average peers?
Teaching often comes second to research in universities. A group of award winning lecturers explains why teaching is the best part of their work.
Things can’t just carry on as ‘normal’ now that university students in South Africa have demanded massive systemic change.
The students' movement has stretched South Africans in personal, professional, powerful and provocative ways. Have academics been stretched enough to reflect deeply on the status quo at universities?