The North West University’s Potchefstroom campus is still rooted in apartheid ideas, says Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. The Potchefstroom campus of NWU remains fundamentally an apartheid institution, if not an enclave, in urgent need of transformation. it is held that a culture of fear exists at the institution and people do not talk freely. (City Press 26 September 2014)
Newspaper and Opinion pieces
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Higher education, Transformation, Race relations, Fascist initiations, Moral corruption, Institutional models
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Sol Plaatjie University, Kimberley, Humanities, African intellectualism, thought leaders, apartheid, university transformation, social sciences
Reports on the launch of the new Sol Plaatjie university in Kimberley which aims to represent a new order of African intellect, according to Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande [City Press, 20 September 2014].
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Higher education, Socio-economic rights, Financial aid, Poverty, Academic success, Drop-out rates, Low income households, National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), Sociocultural resources
Having registration fees paid is not enough if you cannot afford to even eat properly. This newspaper article argues that institutions of higher learning need to understand the full impact of the conditions of poverty under which students live, think and learn while studying for a degree or diploma — and how these conditions affect their academic success. [08 April 2014]
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Tertiary education, NSFAS, Student Representative Council, DUT
Lectures have been disrupted at the DUT as NSFAS students are demanding they be re-registered even though their fees have not been paid. (Mail & Guardian 27 January 2014)
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: University transformation, racial equity, gender equity, Price, M., professional development, professorships, researcher development
University of Cape Town (UCT) vice-chancellor Max Price responds to an article by Xolela Mangcu,10 steps to develop black professors (City Press, 20 July 2014). Price critiques proposals for a tenure system and refers to UCT's Emerging Researcher Programme [City Press, 7 August 2014].
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, NMMU, racial issues, events, 20 years of democracy, Talking walls project, racism, university transformation
Media report on a race row at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University after a project to mark 20 years of democracy in South Africa backfired. The Port Elizabeth university’s 'talking walls' project, which aimed at encouraging staff and students to speak about democracy, yielded a range of offensive statements [Timeslive, 19 August 2014].
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Racism, universities, students, lecturers, TUT, Tshwane University of Technology
Media report on claims made by students at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) that some lecturers were racist, with demands for their dismissal [Timeslive, 10 September 2014].
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2011Keywords: Higher education, Race relations, Nazi-ing campaign, Transformation, Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa, University of Pretoria
Two radio presenters at Tuks FM are in hot water after their attempts at being funny failed miserably. The station director Loutjie van der Merwe said the blog post was made with a photo of the personalities posing in their first ‘Nazi-ing’ pose and also posted a separate post explaining ‘planking’ and ‘owling’.
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2013Keywords: Education, Higher education, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (Codesria), Institutional autonomy and accountability
This author in this article reasons that academic debates can be confusing for the general reader, and this was the case with some the arguments around academic freedom taken up in Suren Pillay's recent Mail & Guardian article: "Decolonising the humanities" (Getting Ahead, April 5 2013). This article attempts to explain what it is in our current context that so often distorts thinking on questions of and around academic freedom, acting like some black hole in intellectual life, which, invisible in itself, distorts the space around it. [10 May 2013]
- Type: Newspaper and Opinion piecesYear of Publishing: 2014Keywords: Higher education, Transformation, Rental racism, non-affirmative action
Jonathan Jansen, University of the Free State rector, will send a complaint to the SA Human Rights Commission about a newspaper advertisement looking for “non-affirmative action” female students in need of accommodation. Jansen said an investigation revealed that the accommodation was open to white students but not their black counterparts.