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Njabulo Ndebele

South Africa must revisit and refresh its idea of itself

Covid has propelled citizens into feelings of a new shared identity in which the historical force of ‘whiteness’ is fading into irrelevance

Terror and beauty

In this excerpt from his new book, <i>The Cry of Winnie Mandela</i>, Njabulo Ndebele investigates the formative experiences of the 'girl of Bizana'.

Let’s declare 2007 ‘The year of the dog’

Imagine you are watching Zizi Kodwa, described as “spokesperson of the African National Congress Youth League”, outside the court where Jacob Zuma was recently on trial. Kodwa was reported to have issued a call for “dogs to be hit very hard until their owners and handlers come out into the open”. My name, according to the reports, was one of four on a list of “dogs”.

What is higher education worth?

What is higher education worth? This is a question that the recent revelations about vice-chancellors' remuneration inadvertently raises. It is a pertinent question. Not only does it pertain to the obvious question of whether top management within higher education deserve the amount it is paid, but it goes further to ask how the public feels about higher education. Do we as a society feel as if we are getting our tax money's worth in light of the amount the state contributes to this sector?

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