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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.

Education’s legal fires ‘need dousing’

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

Civil society exposes government’s chronic denialism

So heavily has the government's thumb been pressing its "spin at all costs" button it's become too easy to lose sight of the human realities at stake

Bunking Blade bust

Instead of attending a critical meeting of a university he put under administration, he took to the streets in support of the president.

Textbooks crisis: Damning report fails Motshekga

New data expose the staggering inequities in state schooling, putting Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's own performance squarely on the line.

Denial an ‘other force’ to be reckoned with

School workbooks now introduce another steaming pile of tender-related questions in this debacle, writes David Macfarlane.

Heavy-handed Nzimande prepares to face-off against CUT

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande is on a collision course with CUT management after putting the university under administration.

Universities in firing line must explain to Nzimande

Nzimande has been advised to place two universities under administration but has given their councils the opportunity to explain themselves first.

The standards that matter

Children are unlikely to excel in schools that are falling to pieces.

Blade’s promises are educational

The minister's budget-vote speech traversed competing priorities.

Blade’s budget blues: Universities to bear the brunt

Parliament's discussion about the financing of SA's universities and skills development sector begs the question: What is at stake? The answer: A lot.

Nzimande’s priority to be skills training

Higher education minister Blade Nzimande's budget vote next week has virtually become predictable -- for colleges and Setas.

Blade puts CUT’s finances under the microscope

The Central University of Technology has found itself at the centre of an independent assessment into claims of financial abuse and mismanagement.

Shock report reveals dire conditions

Students at South Africa's universities live in squalid accommodation and often go hungry. <b>David Macfarlane</b> reports.

Report reveals ‘squalid’ student accommodation in SA

A devastating report released by Minister Blade Nzimande has revealed the inadequate accommodation SA universities provide for many of its students.

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Soup for the Sick: A bowl of warmth in a time of need

Soup for the Sick is nourishing hundreds of people too ill to cook for themselves

Q&A Sessions: George Euvrard, the brains behind our cryptic crossword

George Euvrard spoke to Athandiwe Saba about his passion for education, clues on how to solve his crosswords and the importance of celebrating South Africa.

Why prisoners are a priority in vaccine rollout

Inmates comprise a vulnerable group in society and they are meant to receive Covid-19 vaccines earlier than the general population. This has sparked debate locally and globally

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