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 […]


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 […]


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… […]

Letter from Wits Head of Dept to Gordhan: “Seismic Betrayal”

By SAPeople 10-10-16 23:00

Social media users are calling on fellow South Africans to share the following letter, sent by an academic at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) – Dr Kelly Gillespie – to South Africa’s Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan at 6.40pm Monday night… Dear Mr Pravin Gordhan I wonder if you have any sense of what my […]

Police Boss Says No Need for State of Emergency. DA Offers Solutions.

By SAPeople 10-10-16 19:59

PRETORIA – Acting National Commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane said Monday that despite “intimidation” from protesting university students, police across the country will continue to do their duties wherever needed, and that South Africa was “far from a state of emergency” regardless of the rolling protests at universities, that have in recent days turned violent… including a […]

Students Arrested as Protests Continue at Wits VIDEOS

By SAPeople 10-10-16 18:09

Academic studies resumed at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) this morning… but protesting students have continued to disrupt classes. In local reports, four students have so far been arrested Monday morning – see video below. Students are currently being arrested by Barratt lecture venue #UCKAR #FeesMustFall2016 — #ReActivated (@ActivateOnline) October 10, 2016 #Wits students moving […]

Hopes that Wits’ Rare General Assembly Can Avert ‘Tragic Movie Ending’

By SAPeople 06-10-16 23:10

In a week in which Professor Jonathan Jansen described the current protests at campuses around South Africa as a “tragic movie [that] does not end well”, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has invited all students, staff and alumni to attend a General Assembly on Friday 7 October from 11:00 to 12:30. Wits said: “It is […]

Zuma “Fails” at University Crisis Forum Despite Calls for Unity. UCT Protests Continue

By SAPeople 03-10-16 13:13

Although South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has called for unity in addressing the current university fees crisis in South Africa, which has seen student protests raging on campuses around the country, his words appear to have distanced students even further… with many on Twitter calling his speech a “fail” and “empty”, displaying “no leadership”. Speaking […]

It’s Not ‘Free’ If I Am Paying for It, Poepol!

By SAPeople Contributor 21-09-16 18:00

I’ve stripped my moer for these blooming students now! Hear ye! Hear ye! This is the most important paragraph of this whole piece: The Government does not have any money! Not a single cent. It gets all its money from taxpayers! So when you are asking the ‘government’ for ‘Free’ education, you are asking ME, […]

University Fees in South Africa: Many Questions, Lots of Anger, and Fires to Fight

By SAPeople 20-09-16 12:11

South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande has announced it is up to the country’s universities to “individually…determine the level of (fee) increase that their institutions require…”. But he cautioned that no university’s fees should be raised by more than 8% for 2017. This follows a blanket freeze on fees in […]

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South African Teen Wins at Google Science Fair

By SAPeople Contributor 28-07-16 13:05

A 16-year-old South African teenager could hold the solution to the country’s water woes… using just orange and avocado peels! Kiara Nirghin, who is from Johannesburg, has won the Google Science Fair Community Impact Award in the Africa/Middle East region with her entry, “No More Thirsty Crops”. She is also one of the 16 global […]

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An Open Letter to University Students: Your Vote Matters

By SAPeople 26-07-16 10:58

Dear university students, It seems like the world is in a frenzy of voting right now, from the recent vote in Britain) to exit the European Union to the US choosing its next president – who may be a former reality TV star. Closer to home, there’s a vote coming up to select the new […]

Facebook’s First Flight Towards Connecting Billions of People

By SAPeople Contributor 22-07-16 12:07

JOHANNESBURG – Facebook Connectivity Lab has announced its first full-scale test flight of Aquila – a high-altitude unmanned aircraft – that should bring affordable internet to remote locations in Facebook’s efforts  to bring internet connectivity to the four billion people around the world who are not yet online. Their goal? To contribute to prosperity, progress and development around the globe. The test […]

Two Steve Jobs Schools Opened in South Africa

By SAPeople Contributor 10-07-16 23:38

The founder of Steve Jobs Schools (SJS) – Dutch market researcher and entrepreneur Maurice de Hond – wants to use the creative philosophies that have made Apple one of the most innovative and successful companies in the world, to revolutionise the traditional method of classroom teaching… through embracing technology to give students the freedom to […]

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Hundreds of Alex Students Latest in SA to Benefit from Bicycle Travel

By SAPeople Contributor 30-06-16 13:06

Almost 360 pupils from a high school in Joburg’s Alexandra township that has achieved a high matric pass rate for two years running have received bicycles as part of a project to expand the mobility – and thus the productivity – of ordinary South Africans. The township was identified for the Urban Scholar Bicycle project because of the transport […]

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