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Maths and physical science pass rates show a decline, even after leaked papers

Home languages have remained steady, with a 90% pass mark, but other critical subjects have declined slightly

The Portfolio: Tshepiso Mazibuko

Photographer Tshepiso Mazibuko says she is an artist at heart, and lets her imagination take control

Niger museum is eclectic national ‘mirror’

It has displays covering art, history, dinosaurs, nuclear energy, craftwork and music as well as live animals, for it is also a zoo

Maaza Mengiste: ‘We are now catching up with the past’

As war drums beat again in Ethiopia, author Maaza Mengiste finds new language to memorialise the Second Italo-Ethiopian War

The Portfolio: Saaiqa

Photographer Saaiqa shares the story of how she captured this picture that reflects both the socioeconomic realities of our country and simple companionship

Black futures in the age of apocalypse

Curating the End of the World deploys Afrofuturism to respond to Covid-19, anti-black violence and capitalism

Reframing women in Namibia’s early history of photography

Women photographers, and black African women photographers in particular, are largely absent from early histories of the medium. This is slowly changing

Omar Badsha: Recording the roles of the ordinary

Saho’s Omar Badsha believes in the power of people telling their own stories, but more funding to support this practice is crucial

A quick trek to ancient Egypt during lockdown

Well, the pharaonic Voortrekker Monument to be precise for John Davenport

Oxford’s position on Rhodes Must Fall is bad politics — and even worse history

It is misleading to use Nelson Mandela’s name to defend the Cecil John Rhodes statue

Tobacco and a tipple gave comfort during times of war

Allied forces in the two world wars were provided with cigarettes. The anti-smoking Nazis used taxes on tobacco to help fill Germany’s depleted coffers

Blowtorch prose hits the spot

Filled with great skill and craftsmanship, Fred Khumalo’s short stories are exceptional

Reimagining sites of basic education

Knowledge gaps can be plugged without always changing compulsory subjects for matric pupils

School history curriculum overhaul mooted

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has asked that the history curriculum become more comprehensive and well-rounded

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