EFF’s Dali Mpofu: Changing the Constitution. Tackling inequality, poverty by Tim Modise (BizNews), 30 October 2015

5 November 2015

Advocate Dali Mpofu says the huge turnout at the march organised by the EFF demonstrates that South Africans are fed up with the current economic structure of the country. The march took place in Johannesburg where the 50,000 demonstrators presented memoranda to the Reserve Bank, Chamber of Mines and the JSE. He says the EFF is opposed to the entrenchment of inequality and poverty levels in society and will change the constitution to revoke the property clauses.

How state can fund higher education by Patrick Bond (The Mercury), 28 October 2015

29 October 2015

There’s plenty of money for students – and other poor South Africans – if we reprioritise

HOW to make good on the zero percent university fee increase committed to by President Jacob Zuma after the courageous student protests last week at the Union Buildings, ANC headquarters and Parliament?

This data confirms South Africa’s ruling party initially ignored mass protests by Daniel de Kadt (Washington Post), 23 October 2015

23 October 2015

Kim Yi Dionne: This guest post is from Daniel de Kadt, a Ph.D. student in political science at MIT.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets this week in South Africa, most of them students demonstrating against the rising costs of attending public universities, which effectively limits access to higher education by class and race.

Fees Must Fall: Political failure triggers ticking time bomb by Ranjeni Munusamy (Daily Maverick), 21 October 2015, South Africa

21 October 2015

If only Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene had a “good story to tell” when he delivers the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday afternoon. If only that story was that economic growth is up, the deficit is down and government is able to allocate extra funding to universities and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. Perhaps then the genie could go back in the bottle. But there is no good story and a contagion on student protests has built towards a national shutdown of higher education institutions around the country.

Behind the University Funding Crisis by Belinda Bozzoli (Politicsweb), 19 October 2015

20 October 2015

Belinda Bozzoli says core subsidy has consistently fallen in real terms in relation to student numbers, which have, in turn, risen dramatically

The University funding revolution is not happening

The South African government has, since 1994, rendered our Universities unsustainable as institutions of excellence and stability. By imposing a harsh, technocratic and underfunded financial regime upon them, it has all but guaranteed declining quality, and increasing dissatisfaction, some of it violent, amongst students and academic staff.

The First South African side to play in the sub-continent: Boer Prisoners of War in 1901 (Part 1 of 2) by Arunabha Sengupta (Cricket Country), 12 October 2015

13 October 2015

The Colts from Colombo and the Boer prisoners-of-war who played a two-day match in July 1901.
Back (left to right): Phillipus Ooosthuizen (scorer – Boers), Gert Kotzé, J Coetzer, W de Fransz, Piet du Plessis, C. E. Perera, Sydney Tennant (umpire – Boers), AC Solomonsz (umpire – Colts)
Middle (left to right): Jim Ludovici, Cornelius Otto, S. P. Joseph (scorer – Colts), Alexus Smuts, Tommy Kelaart, RC Dunn, EA Joseph, AT Pollocks, J Forsyth, Tommy Hilder

Ancient DNA reveals 'into Africa' migration by Rebecca Morelle (BBC News), 8 October 2015

12 October 2015

An ancient African genome has been sequenced for the first time.

Researchers extracted DNA from a 4,500-year-old skull that was discovered in the highlands of Ethiopia.

A comparison with genetic material from today's Africans reveals how our ancient ancestors mixed and moved around the continents.

The findings, published in the journal Science, suggests that about 3,000 years ago there was a huge wave of migration from Eurasia into Africa.