Universities must ‘reframe’ goals and agendas
It’s time for universities across the globe to start becoming an active part of the solution to the multiple social, ecological and economic crises that are leading some scholars to call this the “Anthropocene age”. To do that, they should have the courage and desire to explicitly reframe their... Read more
Department of Basic Education: Supplementary exams move to June
From 2019, supplementary exams will no longer take place in March but rather in June, says the Department of Basic Education (DBE). One of the major reasons for the change is thorough monitoring of the system. “We have noted that on average around 40 000 learners who enrol for... Read more
Mobile kitchens a Game changer for school nutrition
Steamed pumpkin with rice and beef stew was the first meal served from the brand new mobile kitchen to pupils at Tlakukani Primary School in Mamelodi, Pretoria, on Friday. Neighbouring Mveledzo Primary School also received its own kitchen. The shipping container converted into a fully-equipped kitchen is one of... Read more
University of Fort Hare: Young Women’s Summit for No Violence Against Women
The University of Fort Hare would like to extend an invitation for a summit aimed at fighting against the violence against women and young girls. The event will be taking place on the 17th of November 2018 and will also have the Dean of Health Sciences, Professor Seekoe as... Read more
University of Cape Town: Bumper Summer School for 2019
Now extended to three weeks, the University of Cape Town (UCT) Summer School from 7 to 25 January 2019 offers a bumper programme of 113 lectures (up from 70 in 2018) and a focus on Africa and “issues of consequence”. These include land reform, corruption, ethical governance, and the 2019 elections. “We’re... Read more
UKZN students help combat water scarcity
The newly-formed Operation Songamanzi Student Organisation (OSSO) recently held its first seminar focusing on water scarcity in the country. The guest speaker at the event, held at the Pietermaritzburg campus on 12 October, was Dr Susan Risko from the UKZN Center for Water Resource Research. She shared insights on Integrated Water Resource Management... Read more
University of Cape Town: Supporting students with disabilities
University of Cape Town (UCT) students with disabilities are inspiring others with their stories of perseverance and resilience, and have expressed gratitude for the way they’ve been assisted with tailor-made support such as Braille readers and South African Sign Language interpreters. In February this year, the FirstRand Foundation (Tshikululu Social... Read more
Provincial youth camps kick off despite heatwave
Despite the scorching heatwave experienced in several parts of the country, it’s all systems go for 1 000 youth in the Free State, Northern Cape and North West provinces participating in the annual youth camps. Launched in 2012, the Youth Camp Programme gives the youth a platform and opportunity... Read more
SANBS: More black South Africans are donating blood
The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has succeeded in increasing the proportion of donations from black South Africans fivefold, from 43 269 in 2005 to 246 686 in 2015, while at the same time significantly enhancing the safety of South Africa’s blood supply. These are the findings of... Read more
Madonsela ‘breaking the back of poverty and inequality’
Prof Thuli Madonsela, the Law Trust Chair of Social Justice in the Faculty of Law at Stellenbosch University (SU), will lead discussions at the first Social Justice M-Plan Expert Roundtable to take place on 27 October 2018 in Stellenbosch. The ultimate outcome of the roundtable is to work towards... Read more