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Bongekile Macupe

Bongekile Macupe

Bongekile Macupe is the education reporter at the Mail & Guardian. 
Wits students jump on exam stress
Wits students jump on exam stress
Wits SRC president Sisanda Mbolekwa spent her New Year’s Eve on the phone. As the clock ticked into 2019 she was trying to talk a student out of...
Class fluidity ruled in ancient Zim 
Class fluidity ruled in ancient Zim 
A University of Cape Town professor has become the first African to be awarded one of the world’s most prestigious archaeology prizes for the...
MECs, not Angie, have to fix schools
MECs, not Angie, have to fix schools
With the exception of the Free State and the Western Cape, which have kept Tate Makgoe and Debbie Schafer respectively, there are new faces in the...
Unions want bold strides for teachers
Unions want bold strides for teachers
Teacher unions want whoever is going to be appointed as minister of basic education to urgently deal with the problems of school infrastructure,...
Parents scrambling to get spaces in Gauteng schools
Parents scrambling to get spaces in Gauteng schools
The Gauteng Department of Education’s online application for next year’s admission for Grade 1 and 8 pupils has already received some 200 000...
‘No place for black academics’
‘No place for black academics’
Things were meant to be better. They were meant to change. But, speaking at the launch of their book this week, 12 black academics described how...
Author of research linking slavery and intelligence resigns
Author of research linking slavery and intelligence resigns
A University of Cape Town adjunct professor, who co-authored a study which concluded that fewer slaves were taken from African countries with a...
Ace: Cyril was not the reason for the ANC’s electoral win
Ace: Cyril was not the reason for the ANC’s electoral win
ANC secretary general Ace Magashule has rubbished claims that the party would have gotten 40% in the elections had a different leader — other...
Ambitious DA fails to take Northern Cape
Ambitious DA fails to take Northern Cape
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape went into this election confident that it could bring the provincial ANC’s support base below...
Empty promises, deferred dreams     affect voting
Empty promises, deferred dreams     affect voting
The sun is setting on the last day before the elections. Pushing his wheelbarrow,and its cargo of two 20-litre buckets of water, 63-year-old Stoki...
The ANC’s lowest mark is for education
The ANC’s lowest mark is for education
In his February budget speech, finance minister Tito Mboweni said education would get R386.4-billion of the R1.83-trillion that government is...
Why this matters: Billions spent, squalor still at rural universities
Why this matters: Billions spent, squalor still at rural universities
Students are the future. That’s what politicians keep saying. They will unlock the much-hyped fourth industrial revolution and move this country...