David Macfarlane

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Students unseen and unheard as UKZN ushers in its new VC

Despite glowing accounts of the new VC at his inauguration, Albert van Jaarsveld's address failed to offer real solutions to students' problems.

Nene is no Tom Cruise, even if his mission is impossible

Nhlanhla Nene has little good luck and plenty of tough luck for the country's millions of children, young people and universities as well.

Iqbal Surve dumps UCT over ‘lip service’

The Independent Media boss cites "jobs for pals" and lack of change in his resignation letter from various University of Cape Town bodies.

Best response to a cheating scandal? Completely confuse everybody

The conflicting statements about cheating during the 2014 matric exams equals complete national confusion.

‘Outsider’ Albert van Jaarsveld is new UKZN vice-chancellor

Scientist Albert van Jaarsveld has been appointed the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s new vice-chancellor, ahead of two internal candidates.

Education’s legal fires ‘need dousing’

In an unusual case, activists want the government to be legally bound to extensive education reforms.

Government violated Limpopo childrens’ right to education, says court

The Pretoria high court has ruled that government violated the right to basic education by failing to deliver textbooks to all Limpopo schoolchildren.

Time for Motshekga to meet Sadtu’s crazed antics with political muscle

Government must show Sadtu the door, otherwise just hand the entire ministry of education over to this power-crazed union, writes David Macfarlane.

Dropouts and passes: How far has education really come?

The launch of Blade Nzimande's white paper and the audited data on universities exposes the steady pattern of dropouts, failure and graduation.

Eight SA universities feature in new top 100 list

Quacquarelli Symonds has published its top 100 universities in the five Brics countries, of which eight are South African.

Critics slap down Motshekga’s confidence over ANAs

Educationists have cast serious doubt over Angie Motshekga's conclusion about the 2013 annual national assessments of numeracy and literacy.

Education’s next step: Ensuring compliance

Basic education’s new infrastructure norms do not deal with issues of capacity and accountability.

Press Releases

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

Mental Health

During the pandemic there's been a dramatic increase in depression, anxiety and suicides, according to some of the surveys done

Expert financial advice still recommended – especially in uncertain times

A financial advisor is an expert who will help you to protect your wealth and make a realistic plan when unexpected events threaten your wellbeing

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