Sen Muller

The poverty of poor economics

The winners of the Nobel prize in economics experiment on poor people, but their research doesn’t solve poverty

LETTER: The murder of Prof Kamwendo at UniZulu

Kamwendo’s murder is an incident that is simply at the extreme end of a spectrum of problematic dynamics in the South African academy

Tertiary institutions must initiate change, not pacify donors

The Rhodes Trust tries to mollify criticism of Cecil John Rhodes’s legacy while not offending its wealthy alumni and other donors.

Long wait for change in our varsities

Substantive transformation is central to UCT’s focus in the wake of the Rhodes statue debacle.

Policy isn’t a great part of our sums

New proposals to train better maths teachers ignore many schools’ resource constraints.

Transformation is not UCT’s priority

Yet it still claims it is working to change the racial demographic of its academic staff.

Academic privilege is a grey area

The many barriers faced by younger staff unfairly protect senior incumbents.

No replacement for ageing brains

As older academics retire, there seems to be little deliberate action to bring new blood on board.

The real threat to academe is internal

The phrase 'academic freedom' is meaningless without institutional quality and integrity.

University rankings a flawed tool

The manipulative game of comparison and quantification turns institutions into players, writes Sean Muller.

More PhDs are not the answer

Proper human resource development and career and succession planning in academia are far more important.

Publish or perish – and damage too?

The state's research-funding model does not serve all of academia equally well.

Press Releases

WiMSA shines a light on the future of women in mining

Men in mining must begin to take it upon themselves to support the development of women in the industry

Department of Public Works and Infrastructure reveals second gender-based violence advocacy artwork

The men and boys of South Africa are important role players in this mission to ensure that women are respected, protected and treated equally

Empowering the voice of women in leadership to enable full participation in their roles in leadership and decision making

Sibanye-Stillwater has 13% female representation in its workforce and is actively working to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Surviving the tobacco ban

Nicotine is given as the ‘likely’ reason for lower Covid-19 infection rates but authorities still stress the health risk of smoking

Smokers hold thumbs for cigarette ban to be lifted

SATTA is worried about the impact of the ban on its own members activities and how the ban is helping black marketeers to make millions of rands illegally

Covid-19: Outlook on the economy, politics and labour

Old Mutual had experts unpack the effects of the pandemic and provide practical tips on how to deal with the financial impact of job losses and salary cuts

Opt-in to Popia

All business owners should take note: there is a lot of work ahead to ensure compliance with the POPI Act that has just come into effect

Capital Legacy talks life

The Covid-19 pandemic is revealing how few people actually sort their affairs to the benefit of their loved ones they leave behind when they pass on

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