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Fee protests point to a much deeper problem at South African universities

Fee protests point to a much deeper problem at South African universities

21st October 2015 South Africa’s universities are underfunded. This isn’t supposition or opinion: it’s a fact borne out by the country’s own Department of Higher... 

Five trends South Africa's universities must reject if they really want change

Five trends South Africa's universities must reject if they really want change

21st October 2015 It’s no surprise that student movements are shutting down university campuses all over South Africa. More than two decades have passed since the... 

Book review: Selling Apartheid – South Africa's Global Propaganda War

Book review: Selling Apartheid – South Africa's Global Propaganda War

21st October 2015 In the face of mounting of international disapprobation, how did white rule in South Africa sustain itself? Ron Nixon tries to answer this question... 

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A blanket university fee reduction benefits the wealthy – and slows change

A blanket university fee reduction benefits the wealthy – and slows change

20th October 2015 I recently sat on an appointment committee at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University where two candidates were being interviewed for a tenure-track... 

Opening up access to research and information isn't a luxury – it's a necessity

Opening up access to research and information isn't a luxury – it's a necessity

20th October 2015 Children struggle to learn when they don’t have science labs and libraries. Learning becomes difficult in classrooms that are falling apart, or... 

Why Africa needs capitalism that is aligned with its development needs

Why Africa needs capitalism that is aligned with its development needs

20th October 2015 Africans have long engaged in capitalist economic transactions. But the type of capitalism introduced by colonialists has not always been aligned... 

Media feel pressure as divisions widen on the role of journalists in South Africa

Media feel pressure as divisions widen on the role of journalists in South Africa

19th October 2015 This month marks the 38th anniversary of the clampdown on the press and the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa. The day is known as Black... 

Explainer: a new nanochip that will detect bacterial infections in 15 minutes

Explainer: a new nanochip that will detect bacterial infections in 15 minutes

19th October 2015 A new device – a biological sensor inside a nanochip – that can detect bacterial infections in ten to 15 minutes will become available in 2016.... 

Don’t forget the islands: extending Africa’s boundaries of knowledge

Don’t forget the islands: extending Africa’s boundaries of knowledge

19th October 2015 Think of Africa and invariably one’s thoughts stop at the shoreline of this vast continent. But the reach of terra firma extends far out into the... 

China's slowdown is a sign of middle-class gains, not a reason for panic

China's slowdown is a sign of middle-class gains, not a reason for panic

19th October 2015 It’s too easy to think China’s economy is in a downward spiral, given recent headlines in the US press, from “China’s Middle-Class Dreams in Peril”... 

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