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Why mere knowledge transfer fails

States and academics must collaborate or risk foreign experts taking over policy making

Letters to the editor: October 27 to November 2 2017

Readers write in about Ahmed Timol, the issues that hinder students' success, and President Zuma's statue in Nigeria

Core issues besides finance and access hinder students’ success

The disparate backgrounds of students call for changes to courses and ways of teaching that don’t compromise academic competency

VCs: Set a trend for moderate pay

By accepting more modest remuneration packages, varsity vice-chancellors can send a powerful message to bosses in the corporate and parastatal sectors

State-backed loan scheme ticks all boxes

​For the government to wholly fund public higher education is seemingly impossible.

Blade Nzimande’s R1bn varsity debt

Institutions enrolled students in good faith as they awaited funding — which has yet to materialise.

New Northern Cape university gets highest marks in SA

Despite having to deal with construction, residence and financing issues, Sol Plaatje students last year averaged the best grades across the country.

Future of Cida and its students still on hold

Cida students despair after crucial meeting to decide the future of the institution is postponed.

Protesting TUT students clash with security guards

Student protests continued after NSFAS announced it did not have sufficient funds to assist all qualifying students at South Africa’s universities.

Zuma says universities are too costly – Nzimande disagrees

A 2013 government report found that government funding for these academic institutions has not kept up with enrolment numbers.

Funding woes hobble higher education department

Now the department is running at an inadequate capacity and is unable to perform all its functions.

Rural colleges need private boost

Revamping vocational training will achieve little in rural areas unless it is linked to job creation.

Khaya Dlanga: Poor non-white students still marginalised

The Council of Higher Education's recent report paints a scary picture of a student landscape little changed since 1982, writes Khaya Dlanga.

Equality not aligned with free-market forces

If the US is anything to go by, the large-scale failure of for-profit institutions should be a lesson to those who want higher education privatised.

The pricey problem of varsity

Tertiary education is expensive and many who aspire to be students are forced to apply for study loans, such as those offered by banks.

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Traditional healers need new spaces

Proper facilities supported by well-researched cultural principles will go a long way to improving the image and perception of the practice of traditional medicine

Limpopo big-game farmer accused of constant harassment

A family’s struggle against alleged intimidation and failure to act by the authorities mirrors the daily challenges farm dwellers face

Zondo tightens his grip with criminal complaint against Zuma

The state capture commission’s star witness now faces a criminal complaint and another summons

Press Releases

Western Cape SMBs look to technology to get them through pandemic

Many companies have over-capitalised on IT infrastructure in the past, and are looking for ways to access simpler, cheaper technology that cuts their costs

Land reform still a hot potato

The land has got to belong to all the people of South Africa, and many believe that there’s no other mechanism for that except expropriation

UP chemical pathology scientists develop ground-breaking nanobodies for Covid-19 detection and therapy

Nanobodies are smaller than conventional antibodies and easier to work with so they are ideal for good cheap sensitive rapid tests for Covid-19

Inclusion as learned experience in higher education

Understanding the complexity of intersections between oppressions relating to race and gender is key to any commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and social justice

Local government in crisis: how it can be fixed

Local governments are supposed to promote non-racial development, in a decentralised manner, but the reality does not match up

Covid-19 accelerates adoption of technology by the African property sector

It’s not the technology itself that is valuable, it’s the opportunities that it creates: this may be the perfect time for reinvention


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