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Philip Machanick

Philip Machanick

    Mr Ramaphosa, this is how to get the country working
    Mr Ramaphosa, this is how to get the country working
    On April 18, in my capacity as Grahamstown Residents’ Association chairperson, I wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa imploring the government to...
    It’s time to get real about free higher education
    It’s time to get real about free higher education
    As populist politics threatens to derail another academic year it is time to sit back and reflect on practical reality.
    A name change would be pointless if Rhodes still coddles white supremacy
    A name change would be pointless if Rhodes still coddles white supremacy
    On 6 December 2017 Rhodes University Council issued a rather strange statement on why the university’s name will not change. It reads like a case...
    ‘Elon Musk’ might only be 95% accurate, but it’s enough to inspire
    ‘Elon Musk’ might only be 95% accurate, but it’s enough to inspire
    What is it with journalists and biographies? A while back I read Michael Malone’s The Intel Trinity about Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore and...
    ​Three Ps against progress
    ​Three Ps against progress
    Three Ps stand between the progressive vision of our constitution and reality for most of our people: privilege, patronage and patriarchy.
    The rise of the independent council candidates who reject conventional authority
    The rise of the independent council candidates who reject conventional authority
    There is a growing mood around the world of rejecting conventional authority – Occupy Wall Street, Arab Spring, hashtag protests like...
    Varsities pull rank – but it’s irrelevant
    Varsities pull rank – but it’s irrelevant
    The latest round of university rankings is taking place amid angst about whether South African universities are on the way up or down.
    The case of Charlie: Who exactly is in the right here?
    The case of Charlie: Who exactly is in the right here?
    A war of ideas should not involve mass murder.
    Boom time for bioinformatics
    Boom time for bioinformatics
    In 2000 the human genome was first sequenced – and since then the cost of sequencing has dropped over a millionfold. Couple that with the...
    Soapbox: Time to earn respect
    Soapbox: Time to earn respect
    The youth wage subsidy is a stupid idea. It does not address the fundamental bottlenecks in job creation: the skills deficit and impediments to...
    There's a lot SA can do to solve skills crisis
    There's a lot SA can do to solve skills crisis
    South Africa is haemorrhaging skills at a rate of 10 times its ability to import skills. This has to be cause for concern, especially as official...