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The President’s Keepers and state capture: black intellectualism needs to focus, please

It is astonishing that a book revealing deep-rooted and widespread corruption and state capture in government should instead prompt a pointless debate about Jacques Pauw and his supposed audience. South Africa has an undernourished literary tradition. Even among the sophisticated, one still finds confusion and struggle over what constitutes a news article, commentary, analysis, narrative journalism and so on, and why a writer might choose to employ these methods. Ask any editor and they will show you the bald spots on their…

#BlackMonday: Whither the political leadership?

That South Africa is a bitterly divided society is a trite observation, and those divisions must inevitably play out in how different groups interpret social ills that affect us all. Black Monday was one such moment – hundreds of people across the country wore black and marched to protest farm murders. The march, which was supported by AfriForum, agricultural and business groups, as well as ordinary citizens, was sparked by the brutal murder of a farmer in the Western Cape during a robbery. Crime is a terrible problem in our…

The Fees Commission Report will not ease #FMF

: The presidency released the Fees Commission report on 13 November 2017. First will come the outrage. Then the protests. Then more protests. The end to the university crisis is nowhere near at hand, and the release of the report by The Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training (The Fees Commission) will not produce the answer that students so desperately want to hear. There will be no easing of the financial chokehold that is strangling so many of them to death. The City Press reported on Sunday that the Fees…

Who is Hlengiwe Mkhize, the new Minister for Higher Education and Training?

On Tuesday, President Jacob Zuma suddenly announced a Cabinet reshuffle – his second in 2017 – where he finally removed the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) minister Blade Nzimande from cabinet. The reshuffle means that the DHET is now in the hands of Hlengiwe Mkhize, formerly the minister of Home Affairs, who had been in that position for just 6.5 months. She must now deal with, among many other issues, the fight over the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training (Fees Commission) and the…

These students escaped a flooded minibus on the N2 highway during Tuesday’s storm in Durban

On Tuesday, Durban was wracked by a terrible storm. There was mass damage to infrastructure, roads were completely flooded and eight people tragically died. A minibus carrying University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) medical students back from their practical classes was caught on the flooded N2 highway. The Daily Vox spoke with Stacey Petzer and Stephanie Naidoo about what transpired as they escaped from the flooded vehicle. Stephanie Nicole Naidoo, 22, Durban, occupational therapy student It was an ordinary prac day, a Tuesday,…

How FC Barcelona could end up in Stoke on a cold rainy night

Spain is in the grips of a crisis at the moment. This week the Catalan region – located in the north-western corner of the country – voted by an overwhelming majority to secede from Spain. This was in spite of a brutal police crackdown on the vote, which had been declared unlawful by the government in Madrid. Despite opposition from the national government, it appears Catalonia will forge ahead with a unilateral secession. The secession movement is inspired in great part by Spain’s painful history. The country fought a…