FULL STATEMENT: President Jacob Zuma announces free education for the poor and the working class

By BO Staff Writer President Jacob Zuma has announced free higher education for students from poor and working class homes. The programme will start next year and will be phased in over the next five years. Eligible students will be funded through grants, which will include tuition, study materials, meals, accommodation and transport. Read the …

BREAKING NEWS: President Jacob Zuma releases higher education commission report

By BO Staff Writer President has finally released the long awaited report of the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training. Some of the recommendations includes the increase of government expenditure on higher education and training to at least 1% of the GDP, the existing NSFAS model be replaced by a new Income Contingency …

Julius Malema tells Wits EFFSC to “cancel” shutdown to protect white monopoly capital

By BO Staff Writer Students in various institutions of higher learning around the country, including the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), University of the Free State (UFS) and the University of Cape Town (UCT), have been actively involved in the struggle for free decolonised education, the demilitarization of campuses and the dropping of charges …

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 …