The End of South African Universities?

By Guest Contributor 18-08-17 23:40

Jonathan Jansen, vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State in South Africa until a year ago, has written a book on the country’s higher education sector. As by Fire – The End of the South African University is one of a number of recent books that set out to make sense of the current […]

South African Boys Crowned World Champions in Literary Competition

By SAPeople 14-07-17 11:24

Congratulations to South Africa – represented by St John’s Preparatory – for winning the Kids’ Lit Quiz (KLQ) World Final 2017 in Canada this month… crowned the best from over 1,000 schools around the world which competed in the annual competition. The National Champion teams, all keen readers between the ages of 10 and 13, hail from […]

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Court Ruling on Religion in Schools in South Africa

By SAPeople Contributor 29-06-17 16:34

The Department of Basic Education has welcomed the judgement handed down in the South Gauteng High Court that public schools cannot promote one religion. “This ruling is consistent with the department’s own policy informed by South African Schools Act and the Constitution that no one religion should be promoted above another,” the department said on […]

In Photos: Students March on Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba

By Guest Contributor 18-03-17 17:37

COSAS leads protest against Johannesburg mayor… writes Ihsaan Haffejee. Thousands of school students poured out of trains at Johannesburg’s Park Station on Friday and made their way up Rissik Street to Metro Centre in Braamfontein where the office of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba is located. The protesters were led by the Congress of South African […]

Zuma: Education is a Weapon for Economic Transformation

By SAPeople 24-01-17 16:22

PRETORIA – President Jacob Zuma claims the South African government will always prioritise education because it is only through quality education that the country can win the struggle against unemployment, poverty and inequality. The President said this on Tuesday when he addressed the three-day Basic Education Sector Lekgotla held in Pretoria. The Lekgotla, which will conclude on […]

Top Western Cape Physics Student (with FULL Marks) Lives in a Shack

By SAPeople Contributor 13-01-17 17:14

A teenager from Philippi Village in the Western Cape, Siphelele Xabendlini, has beaten the odds to become the top student in Science in South Africa with an incredible mark of 100%. The 18-year-old also scored a whopping 92% for Maths. According to Philippi Village’s facebook page, Siphelele believes determination and dedication are all that’s needed to succeed. […]

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#Matric2016: DA Requests Investigation into ‘Culling’ of Students

By SAPeople 06-01-17 13:10

The Democratic Alliance (DA) claims that a close analysis of the 2016 matric results reveals a VERY high ‘drop-out rate’, leading to speculation that some students may have been ‘culled’ to inflate the matric pass rate. According to the Department of Basic Education’s figures, 1 100 877 learners enrolled for Grade 10 in 2014, but only 610 178 […]

Daughter of 2 Stellenbosch Farmworkers Realises Dream to Become Doctor

By SAPeople 11-12-16 16:19

Yvonne Dyum always had her heart set on becoming a doctor. And although the daughter of Stellenbosch farmworkers had her share of obstacles, she never let anything stand in her way. She focussed, persevered… and has made her dream come true. Yvonne joined over 700 students of Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to […]

Thabo Mbeki Appointed as Unisa’s Chancellor

By SAPeople 08-12-16 22:31

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki has been appointed as chancellor of Unisa (University of South Africa). The announcement was made Thursday evening.  Mbeki will replace Judge Bernard Ngoepe, who is retiring after 15 years. At a farewell dinner on Tuesday night to honour Ngoepe’s chancellorship, the retired judge was described as calm, steady and authoritative; […]

Wits Increases Fees by 8%… But Offers Solutions for Struggling Students

By SAPeople 05-12-16 21:28

The Council of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has confirmed that the University will be increasing fees for the 2017 academic year by an average of 8% for tuition and residence fees. The reaction on Twitter was that Wits was giving #FeesMustFall protesters “the middle finger” and that the University had waited, as predicted, […]

Braamfontein Blazes as Blade Says Fees Cannot be Free for All

By SAPeople 26-10-16 00:08

The South African Police Services (SAPS) will be maintaining a strong presence in the Braamfontein area, Johannesburg, this evening after a SAPS vehicle and a Rea Vaya bus were torched tonight following protests… adding further costs to SAPS which revealed today that it has already spent over R3-million for overtime work, since the university fee protests […]

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What Must Fall: Fees or the South African State?

By SAPeople Contributor 21-10-16 19:14

The polarising effects of #FeesMustFall are now pervasive in the academy, and probably beyond. Academics turn on each other, as do their schools and faculties. Whole universities are pitted against one another – the “Wits option” vs the “UCT option”. Some academics are accused of being blindly supportive of “the innocent students” and parading their […]

Watch Students Sing ‘Voetsek’ as FeesMustFall Leader is Denied Bail

By SAPeople 19-10-16 12:58

JOHANNESBURG – University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) workers and students sang ‘Voetsek’ outside Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court Wednesday morning, after police asked them to move. The scene came following the denial of bail for Wits University SRC leader Mcebo Dlamini (32). Watch below. Dlamini, one of the #FeesMustFall leaders, was arrested on Sunday morning – at a Wits […]

PHOTOS: UCT at Boiling Point… but “Violence is Not the Answer”

By SAPeople 18-10-16 19:29

Last week Western Cape photographer JUSTIN SULLIVAN reported on a beautiful and peaceful candlelit vigil at CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology). Today he witnessed the contrast. An outbreak of violence at the University of Cape Town (UCT). “It was terrible to see violence erupt on UCT Campus this afternoon,” he says, “especially after my previous […]

Police Deny Targeting Student Leaders, Say 567 Arrested in #FeesMustFall

By SAPeople 17-10-16 22:02

PRETORIA – South African Police Services (SAPS) say they have arrested 567 persons in 265 cases relating to the student protests over fees at the country’s institutions of higher learning and training. SAPS acting National Commissioner General Kgomotso Phahlane said at a briefing in Pretoria on Monday the arrests were made from 1 February 2016 to […]

Protesters Throw Poo into UCT’s Law and Economics Buildings

By SAPeople 17-10-16 22:04

At about 6:30am Monday morning about 30 student protesters blocked Baxter Road outside the University of Cape Town’s Tugwell and Leo Marquard residences. This is the main stop of the university’s shuttle service. The protesters eventually swelled to about a hundred people. At times private security moved the protesters out the road, but the protesters […]

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Yes, Mathematics Can be Decolonised. Here’s How to Begin

By SAPeople Contributor 17-10-16 14:00

At a time when decolonisation, part of which involves changing the content of what’s taught, is dominating debate at many universities, the discipline of mathematics presents an interesting case. But it’s not obvious how mathematics can be decolonised at the level of content. This means that those within the discipline must consider other aspects: curriculum processes, […]

Where was the Media on Wednesday Night for this Student Gathering?

By SAPeople Contributor 14-10-16 13:48

Social media and mainstream media have been quick to post images and videos of fires being set and violence being perpetrated during South African student protests… but where were these reporters on Wednesday night when the flames that burnt were from a candlelit vigil and the gathering was beautiful and peaceful? Photographer JUSTIN SULLIVAN offers his views… […]

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