How you will pay for Zuma’s free education plan

The government is considering drastic budget cuts to fund free higher education, including cutting social grants, freezing the roll-out of RDP houses and increasing taxes. With the country facing an unpre-cedented R50.8‑billion revenue hole, a treasury document has been put before President Jacob Zuma by the presidential fiscal committee, outlining possible areas where budgets could […]
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How you will pay for Zuma’s free education plan

The government is considering drastic budget cuts to fund free higher education, including cutting social grants, freezing the roll-out of RDP houses and increasing taxes. With the country facing an unpre-cedented R50.8‑billion revenue hole, a treasury document has been put before President Jacob Zuma by the presidential fiscal committee, outlining possible areas where budgets could […]
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KZN matrics under police guard as they write their exams

Matric pupils at a rural KwaZulu-Natal school are writing their exams under police guard due to faction fighting which has resulted in at least one of the learners being hospitalised after a brutal assault. A Grade 12 learner at Mbuyiselo High School‚ in the Eziyendane area near Mandini on the KZN north coast‚ was severely […]
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Zuma set to announce “free education across the board” – report

Do not adjust your computer screen, this is not an April Fool’s joke. In a sensational exclusive, TimesLive reports that President Jacob Zuma is set to make an announcement that “flies in the face of the findings of the Heher Commission”. Zuma is reportedly planning to announce free higher education across the board. TimesLive reports […]
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#FeesMustFall protest – Naked woman arrested at UCT

The stomach-churning stench of human faeces‚ piles of rubbish‚ ripped curtains and a commotion on campus as the woman was being dragged into a police van greeted students on Thursday. Parts of the campus were sealed off by police in riot gear and private security and at least three people were arrested. Police spokesperson Captain […]
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FeesMustFall protests descend into chaos in Cape Town

A third wave of #FeesMustFall protests has been marred by violence, as the demonstration marched its way to Parliament. The students are demanding the release of the fees commission report, which details funding of tertiary education. These protesters have made a slashing of tuition fees their main issue to raise, on the day Finance Minister […]
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Steve Biko’s letter and the sale of SA’s heritage to the highest bidder

On 28 October, one of Europe’s leading autograph and manuscript auction houses will be selling a piece of South African heritage that should be in South Africa’s governmental archives. A handwritten letter by Black Consciousness Movement founder Steve Biko on 29 October 1973 is listed in UK auction house International Autograph Auctions’ (IAA) catalogue. The […]
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School governing bodies outraged over plan to strip them of powers

The Basic Education Department is ready to squash nearly all powers of school governing bodies if it can push through proposed amendments to the South African Schools Act. The changes will affect schools’ language policy, teacher appointments and pupil admissions. The public has until November 10 to comment on the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill, […]
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Mbalula delivers crime stats, vows to crack down on ‘lazy’ police efforts

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Tuesday announced a general 1.8% decrease in crime but remained scathing of efforts to curb violence. The crime statistics released in Parliament show that robberies are the highest they have been in a decade at 6% and are the cause of most aggravated contact crimes. Although the “most policeable crime”, […]
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Transforming UCT is becoming a black and white debate again!

Statement by The UCT Black Academic Caucus It has been encouraging to witness the revolutionary changes taking place at UCT over the past few years: the fall of the Cecil John Rhodes statue, the return of Mahmoud Mamdani, the renaming of buildings, the dialogues around sexual violence, artworks and curriculum change, and the many less […]
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