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Tawana Kupe: It takes a continent to raise the Africa we want

Collaborating with other universities will assist in dealing with diseases and other social issues that know no borders

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

How to free the media in Zimbabwe

After Robert Mugabe goes, Zimbabweans will have to face the fact that they have not enjoyed freedom of expression and a free media to the extent they should have as a modern and independent nation. Zimbabwe remains one of few countries in the world where the government still monopolises broadcasting and controls the largest print media company.

Meet the Mayor

The date for municipal elections is looming, and still hardly any voters get media access to local government candidates. Professor Tawana Kupe suggests that opening the airwaves could go a long way towards addressing the protests on lack of service delivery.

Debate with Snuki

Against a background of raised political temperatures, Professor Tawana Kupe enagaged with Dr Snuki Zikalala, the SABC's MD of news and current affairs, at the recent Harold Wolpe Lecture Series. He gives here a summary of the disagreements.

Woman’s Day Lies

The dominant representations of sex prove that local media's pro-equality approach in August of every year is a big con. Professor Tawana Kupe argues that while women are seen as sexy, the jobs they do are not.

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.

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