Tawana Kupe

Build a sustainable future for Africa’s youth

The University of Pretoria’s programmes and partnerships aim to ensure appropriate employment opportunities for its students

Partnerships are crucial to progress

We need to work together to build a new and equitable pool of services for all South Africans

Develop responsible students through engaged research and community partnerships

Community engagement and social responsibility is not an “add on”; it is a core role and responsibility of higher education.

The past, the present and the future at UP

The university is launching four transdisciplinary initiatives to harness knowledge in the 4IR era

UP actively boosts women professors and researchers

The university has 83 (32.5%) women professors out of a total of 255

Universities are key to 4IR employment

Graduates need to learn critical, transdisciplinary skills if they are to thrive in the modern workplace

Reasonable Suspicion

Professor Tawana Kupe argues that Jacob Zuma's cries of "trial by media" are misinformed. The media works on the presumption of reasonable suspicion, not on the legal presumption that one is innocent until proven guilty.

Voices from Below

South Africa will commemorate World Press Freedom Day by focusing on community media, explains Professor Tawana Kupe, because it can be the strongest voice speaking truth to power.

Manuel’s Imbongis

Local media are uncritical praise singers of Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, argues Professor Tawana Kupe. Should Manuel's success not be judged on how his policies are sensitive to his context?

Mbeki’s Media Smarts

Professor Tawana Kupe nominates President Mbeki for "communicator of the year" for 2004. It may be a controversial accolade, but the president does know how to outsmart us.

Nothing African About It

We may have made some major advances since the colonial era, but is their really anything "African" about the continent's media? Professor Tawana Kupe is sceptical, claiming that the modern media is an effect of the colonial intrusion into Africa.

Flip-Flop Journalism

American commercial media has a lot in common with state-controlled media in undemocratic states, argues Professor Tawana Kupe.


Tshwane water woes in court again

The municipality has been accused of deliberately derailing the contract to sort out toxic water crisis in Hammanskraal

Life in lockdown: Behind closed doors keeping out the coronavirus

South African students in China are staying behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak

Apartheid criminals still at large

Corporations and banks that aided the apartheid regime have not been brought to book, so they continue to act with impunity

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it