This newspaper article discusses the implications of defending universities against power elites. The article argues that defending universities needs an armoury that's better stocked. In addition, it looks at perspectives generated from literature and literary studies and questions what they bring to the discussion of university transformation. [Mail & Guardian Online 14-02-2014]
Newspaper and Opinion pieces
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Higher education, Humanities, Literary studies, Intellectualism, University transformation, Teaching, Research
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Higher education, Transformation, Race relations, Ethnic and racial indoctrination, North-West University
North West Premier Thandi Modise expressed shock today at reports that students at the province’s university in Potchefstroom had used the Nazi salute. She pointed out that, as South Africans, we have come a long way, indeed almost 20 years to the day to bury the sceptre of racism and ethnicity in all its manifestations.
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2013Keywords: Sculptures, universities, colonialism, apartheid, nationalism, art, history, analysis, decolonization, humanities
The story of an apartheid-era statue suggests one way universities have used artworks to negotiate between troubled histories and uncertain futures [Mail and Guardian Online, 10 May 2013].
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Student protests, UKZN; University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville campus, student support
Reports on student protests at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Westville campus [Timeslive, 27 August 2014].
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: North-West University, Higher education, Race relations, Transformation, neo-Nazi culture, Transformation
It was “preposterous’’ to claim North-West University students had performed a Nazi salute, its vice-chancellor, Dr Theuns Eloff, has said. Claims have also emerged of students using a Nazi-type “Heil Puk’’ salute on the campus. (City Press 23 February 2014)
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2013Keywords: University transformation, ministerial committees, Nzimande, B., monitoring, higher education reform
Argues that Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande's plan to monitor transformation at all 23 South African universities through a permanent committee has polarised the higher education sector [Mail and Guardian, 25 January 2013].
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2012Keywords: Higher Education, National Research Foundation, Department of Science and Technology, Developmental state, Research priorities
This newspaper argues that it is shortsighted to promote science at the expense of the humanities. The author discusses the priorities of a developmental state and notes that the issue at hand is not the need for scientific research or investment in technological development, but the re-cognition that we are in the process of remaking the university and its research priorities in South Africa. Critical to this rearrangement is the primacy that is given to the idea of the human condition. [24 February 2012]
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2013Keywords: Higher education, Transformation, Empowerment, Admission policies
"Council on Higher Education report says more than half of black students fail to graduate and urges radical curriculum overhaul. (Guardian UK, 22 August 2013)
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Higher Education, Economic and social democracy, Research and post graduate education, Science and knowledge production, Enrolment, National Planning Commission, Research infrastructure, Epistemological transformation
South Africa is 20 years into democracy, with this in mind this newspaper article critically reflects on what has been achieved in South African higher education since the advent of democracy and what continues to be the ongoing challenges. The author argues that only with consensus will current threats like low success rates to higher education become opportunities for economic and social development. [08 April 2014]
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2012Keywords: University accommodation, Higher education, Transformation, Residence infrastructure, Indigent students
Students at South Africa's universities live in squalid accommodation and often go hungry. Thousands of mainly poor, black students have to live in such appalling conditions that it is a “major miracle” they manage to pass any academic courses at all. (Mail & Guardian 02 Mar 2012)