Student coalition in the University of Limpopo centres Thomas Sankara as leadership inspiration

By BO Staff Writer Student Representative Council (SRC) elections are set to begin at the University of Limpopo, Turfloop this week. The elections, which usually happen towards the end of the academic year, got postponed last year because of the #FeesMustFall protests which rocked the university. Three student formations, Black First Land First Student Movement …

Xolela Mangcu, the Uncle Tom of our times?

By Ncedisa Mpemnyama Xolela Mangcu is a professor. I am a student. He is a black man. I’m a black man too. Mangcu is an elder. Some people these days call me elder – I believe they mean that with all its annoying ramifications. Mangcu thinks he’s wise. I think so too – generally I …

Can we trust Ngugi and Mangcu with decolonisation?

By Sisipho Fongoqa & Lindsay Maasdorp On Friday, March 3, the literary giant Ngugi wa Thiong’o was hosted by the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) lecture series ‘Great Text/Big Questions’, where he gave a public lecture at the Baxter theatre. The event is the first in a series and aims to centre decoloniality. Decoloniality is …

Matric Results: Who Has Really Failed?

By Lindsay Maasdorp The 2016 matric results have been released and the white-centered view is that the black majority have failed dismally in achieving white standards. Biko says: “Township life alone makes it a miracle for anyone to live up to adulthood.” How is it then possible that white-centered learning that privileges an assessment based …

Zimbabweans to help solve the education crisis in SA

By BO Staff Writer The radical Black Consciousness movement, Black First Land First (BLF), has called upon the government of South Africa and the largest teacher’s trade union, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), to approach our Zimbabwean neighbors to come to the rescue of the ailing South African education system. The call was …

How Germany and America Differ on Job Training

By Kyle Jaeger The conventional wisdom in America is that landing a good job requires a degree from a four-year college. But in Germany — where the youth unemployment rate is half that of the U.S. — many students pursue a different path, opting for vocational training programs that set them up for careers directly …