Rhodes Student leaders to be invited to hearings
The decision was taken in light of the need to hear all voices on the quality of action by law-enforcement agencies in dealing with gender-based violence complaints The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Mr Francois Beukman, said that Rhodes University student leaders will be invited to attend... Read more
Young people urged to be agents of change
Young people have been urged to rise up and defend South Africa’s democracy, while also effecting change in their communities. “We, as the youth, need to rise up and defend democracy. We have a purpose to fulfil. We must decolonise our State, minds and live up to the democracy... Read more
Enabling youth to power the digital economy
Hundreds descended upon Wits to hear the legendary Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, address entrepreneurs, students and policy makers. Wits University was selected as the site of the important event, Netrepreneurs: The Rise of Africa’s Digital Lions, organised by Alibaba and the United Nations Conference on Trade and... Read more
Minibus taxis crucial in public transport overhaul
There are signs of a fundamental shift in the South African government’s attitude towards the minibus-taxi sector and its role in urban transport. Since its origins in the 1920s in the form of independently owned sedan vehicles, the minibus-taxi sector has been both a reviled and welcomed part of... Read more
Multilingual HE is possible but will take great effort and commitment
All is not lost in the quest for multilingual higher education in South Africa. Other indigenous languages elsewhere have succeeded in establishing themselves as viable academic languages and the same can be done with South African languages, especially with technology emerging as the decisive game changer. However, it will... Read more
Breastfeeding and the politics of the female body
If breastfeeding did not already exist, someone who invented it today would deserve a dual Nobel Prize in medicine and economics” –  Keith Hansen, World Bank (2016). At the beginning of every August, we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). And every year we are reminded of the elixir-like qualities... Read more
South Africa’sfirst year drop-out rate is not unique
It is a myth that South Africa is the only country in the world with high first year drop out rates.  It may come as a surprise that 28% of German students do not make it past the first year.  In the US, more than 30% of first years... Read more
Continuation of career guidance project is crucial – project team
The social impact project “Overcoming Career Circumscription and Compromise” – which offered career guidance to Grade 9 learners in communities with little to no resources – is so crucial that efforts must be redoubled to ensure the project’s continuation. This was the conclusion of the team and funder responsible... Read more
New higher education network to boost production of PHDs among university staff
A higher education network that entails American and South African universities working together, was launched in Johannesburg recently. The overall collaboration will strengthen various aspects of the South African higher education system. The organising members of the United States-South Africa Higher Education Network are Rutgers University-Newark, the University of... Read more
Dr Judy Dlamini announced as new Wits Chancellor
Dr Judy Dlamini elected as the new chancellor of Wits University. The University of the Witwatersrand is proud to announce that Dr Judy Dlamini has been duly elected as the new Chancellor of the University, a position that she will take up from 1 December 2018. She takes the... Read more