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University Fees in South Africa

University Fees in South Africa

South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande has announced it is up to the country’s universities to ‘individually…determine the level of (fee) increase that their institutions require…’. But he cautioned that no university’s fees should be raised by more than 8% for 2017. This follows a blanket freeze on fees in 2016 that left a number of universities on the verge of financial collapse. The Conversation Africa asked Professor Suellen Shay to unpack Nzimande’s announcement.

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DKR Concepts

DKR Concepts

Started in July 2015, DKR Concepts is the brain-child of a brother and sister duo: Kgosi and Dikeledi Rallele. D for Dikeledi, K for Kgosi and R for Rallele. The siblings joined forces to develop innovative business concepts to bridge the gap between the Khayelitsha township and the rest of the city.

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Women’s Day Celebration

Women’s Day Celebration

‘You strike a woman; you strike a rock’. These words were sung in Pretoria and echoed nationwide on 9 August, 1956. Over 20,000 women filled the streets of the city, united by their rejection of the new pass laws proposed by the apartheid government. This day is celebrated as National Women’s Day.

Arts & Culture News

Black Panther

Black Panther

Earlier this year, hordes of comic book fans and mainstream audiences gathered to watch Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. The film has so far been the highest grossing film of the year, having made over a billion US dollars worldwide. However, there was the introduction of a character, who pounced majestically onto screen, sending comic book fans into a frenzy of excitement – Black Panther.

Human Rights News Special Feature

Evaluating the RDP

Evaluating the RDP

It’s a scorching day in Khayelitsha. Even if it’s much too hot to stay in the sun, people are crowded in the middle of the streets, sweat trickling down their backs. The centre of their attention is Mr Bonginkosi Madikizela, minister of Human Settlements in the Western Cape, who is visiting a housing project. ‘When will sanitation be supplied?’ The residents ask him repeatedly. He promises them that he will make sure to fast-track it, before getting back into his car and driving away.

Health Human Rights News

A Woman’s Right to Her Own Body

A Woman’s Right to Her Own Body

According to the HIV Stigma Index, 7% of HIV-positive women report being victims of forced sterilisation. As well as this, 43% of South Africans who are HIV positive suffer from ‘internalised stigma.’ Allegations of forced sterilisation have been made in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Swaziland – among female HIV-sufferers, disabled and underprivileged women.

Lifestyle Travel

Berlin

Berlin

Every place on this planet tells a story. Even the smallest, tucked away places on earth have a history to share. Located in northeast Germany, where people from all over the world come together, there is a place that has an undeniably remarkable written history: Berlin. Six letters illuminating the epitome of sophistication, beauty and the enigmatic. It is a vibrant and gritty playground like no other.

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Where Words Meet the Sea

Where Words Meet the Sea

The beach has always been a place of recluse for me; a place of peace and serenity. I grew up on the sandy shores of New York beaches and my love for the ocean never waned. Whenever I am not near the sea I feel an invisible force pulling me back to it. Whether I realise it or not, I always find myself returning to the place that helped shape me and mold me into the person I am today. The ocean will always be a part of me; it is there that I feel whole and complete.

Health Special Feature

The Slavery of Alcohol

The Slavery of Alcohol

Alcohol is the main drug in South Africa with 30% of the population being either alcoholics or at risk of becoming so. According to WHO, South Africans drink in excess of five billion litres of alcohol per year. If that’s not bad enough, alcohol abuse tends to be a prerequisite to health problems, criminality and socio-economic burdens. But who is the abuser behind these statistics? And what can be done to prevent alcohol abuse?

Health Special Feature

Hot Mental Health in South Africa

<span class="hot">Hot <i class="fa fa-bolt"></i></span> Mental Health in South Africa

Mental heath has been a mystery that has eluded the world for ages. While society continues to make exponential strides in diagnosing and treating physical illness somehow mental illness has fallen behind in every aspect from education and awareness to funding and treatment. So this poses an important question. Why doesn’t society have a better understanding of mental illness?

Education Youth

Youth Health Festival

Youth Health Festival

Youth Day is a day where everyone takes a moment to celebrate the young people of South Africa as well as remember those who were lost in the country’s pursuit of freedom, specifically the Soweto Uprising of 1976. This year, the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation hosted the Youth Health Festival (YHF) at the Artscape to help educate young men and women from Cape Town about sexual health and HIV/AIDS, a crisis that affects over 300,000 children in South Africa alone.

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Inspired Youth Programme

Inspired Youth Programme

In 2014 Dene Botha, the founder and managing director of Pride Factor, had a simple dream – to make a difference in the lives of teenagers in South Africa. Now two years later he has teamed up with Greg Secker of the Greg Secker Foundation to create the Inspired Youth Programme. A platform that is not only opening new doors for the youth of South Africa, it is shattering the outdated mind-set of what it means to be a successful and to achieve one’s passions and dreams.

Lifestyle Travel

Venice

Venice

Venice. An island surrounded by the Venetian Lagoon. Commonly the number one choice for newlyweds embarking on their honeymoon, this city receives more than 20 million tourists every year and is a World Heritage Site.

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My Dolce Vita

My Dolce Vita

A well-known journalist and writer, Guido Piovene claimed: ‘La Calabria sembra essere stata creata da un Dio capriccioso che dopo avere creato diversi mondi, si è divertito a mescolarli insieme.’ Literally translated, this means: ‘Calabria seems to have been created by a capricious God who, after creating different worlds, was amused to mix them together.’ These words ring true if you are lucky enough to travel through the heart of Calabria. Here you’ll see an inspiring blend of magical with mystical, especially in some of the less frequently travelled areas of the province.

 

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