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Africa's aquifers aren't being protected as they should

Africa's aquifers aren't being protected as they should

28th October 2015 NGOs often punt the digging of wells as the solution to the long distances women in rural areas travel to collect water. These wells do improve the... 

Free university education is not the route to social justice

Free university education is not the route to social justice 

27th October 2015 “Free education in our lifetime” is the campaign slogan many students have adopted in the recent protests across South Africa against university... 

South African student protests are about much more than just #feesmustfall

South African student protests are about much more than just #feesmustfall

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th October 2015 Sembene Ousmane’s harrowing novel God’s Bits of Wood has been on my mind a lot lately. It explores the political dynamics underpinning the 1947... 

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South African students and universities may now be trapped in a cycle of conflict

South African students and universities may now be trapped in a cycle of conflict

27th October 2015 Universities are a microcosm of society. They represent a gateway to education, opportunities and advancement. This makes them an obvious site of... 

Poverty is driving a rise in the number of Nigerian child hawkers

Poverty is driving a rise in the number of Nigerian child hawkers

27th October 2015 Child street hawking is common sight on streets in Nigeria’s cities. Children sell products such as boiled groundnut, fruit and chips that they... 

China's economic slowdown threatens African progress

China's economic slowdown threatens African progress

27th October 2015 Africa’s prosperity increasingly depends on China. Given recent signs of a slowdown in the world’s largest economy, Africa’s short- and long-term... 

Why Italy's income-based scheme for university fees makes sense

Why Italy's income-based scheme for university fees makes sense

26th October 2015 Students in South Africa are crying out loudly for free university education. Has their dream been realised elsewhere? The answer is yes: in many... 

South African protests – I'm an academic who marched alongside the students – here's why

South African protests – I'm an academic who marched alongside the students – here's why

26th October 2015 Standing with students protesting isn’t a matter of solidarity: it is an act of recognition of one’s self. Standing with students during the... 

University fees – how to structure a system that benefits poor students

University fees – how to structure a system that benefits poor students

26th October 2015 Students across South African universities have embarked on protests against planned fee increases and are also demanding free education. Business... 

Despite threats, Africa is looking to nuclear with Russia and China's help

Despite threats, Africa is looking to nuclear with Russia and China's help 

26th October 2015 Many African countries are in the grip of a nuclear fad. They believe nuclear energy will bring with it an international currency of prestige.... 

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