In 2014 South Africa commemorates 20 years of democracy. Naturally the media reflected on the pressing issues of the day, such as corruption, inequality, poverty and the upcoming elections. The author notes that one issue that didn’t feature as prominently was the fact that, 20 years into democracy, Stellenbosch University still has buildings and plaques honouring people such as DF Malan and HF Verwoerd, the founders of apartheid! The article points out that Stellenbosch is a top institution and questions why the architects of racism are still being honoured there? [5 May 2014]
Newspaper and Opinion pieces
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Higher Education, Freedom Day, Stellenbosch University, Racism, Inclusive education, Social transformation
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Higher education, Research-intensive universities, World Bank, Accountability
Universities need a diverse income base to secure competitiveness and academic freedom.
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2012Keywords: University transformation, innovation, social innovation, research, business, industry, science, technology, humanities
Reports the views of Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor that South African universities are partly to blame for a lack of innovation in different industries [City Press, 4 April 2012].
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2013Keywords: Higher education, White paper on post-school education and training, Skills development, Social transformation, Developmental state
The article points out how the erosion of salaries and work conditions for junior academics undermines education quality, The author notes that as we wait for the publication of the white paper on post-school education and training, it is worth asking how much we can expect the new policy document to relieve the funding pressures on universities, especially insofar as they affect academic staffing and lecturer-student ratios. [16 June 2013]
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Vaal University of Technology, VUT, student protests, university closures, student subsidies
Reports on the immediate closure of the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) giving students 24 hours to vacate the premises until further notice [Timeslive, 9 September 2014].
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2012Keywords: Higher education, Executive salaries, University council, guidelines
The heads of the country’s public universities continue to rake in millions of rands in salaries despite government’s promise to cap their pay. (City Press 21 January 2012)
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2011Keywords: Higher Education, Transformation, Racism, University of Pretoria, Institutional values, SA Jewish Board
The University of Pretoria apologised yesterday for a blog by its student radio station TuksFM that suggested people should pose like Nazis to create a new social media craze. The University stated that they found it regrettable that the photographic pose that was proposed is one that offends many people and is not aligned with the university’s institutional values. (City Press 2 August 2011)
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Higher education, White paper on post-school education, National Plan of Action, Transformation
The education department believes that if the country’s skills base is to expand, college graduates should be given credit for their diplomas. The government is courting universities to recognise the qualifications of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges and to enrol their graduates at advanced study levels. (Mail & Guardian 29 October 2014)
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Gender discrimination, Higher education, Equality, Dignity, Transformation
Only a small percentage of SA's professors are black women. The cards are stacked in men’s favour, says Professor Esther Ramani. That has to change. Ramani is one of the very few black and female professors in South Africa. Out of the 4 000 professors in South Africa only 4% are black, according to an August 14 article, ‘10 steps to develop black professors’, in City Press. And fewer, still, are black women. According to the same article “only 34 or 0.85% of the total number of South African professors are women”. (Mail & Guardian 12 Oct 2014)
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2013Keywords: Higher education, Transformation, Discrimination, SA Parastatal and Tertiary Union (Saptu), Federation of Unions of SA
Fedusa and Saptu have asked Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to include them in the committee on transformation of the higher education sector. (City Press 24 January 2013)