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 …

Finland’s flourishing education system

By BO Staff Writer In 2012 the Saunalahti School in Espoo, Finland – which was designed by “an award winning Helsinki firm Verstas Architects” – was opened to some 750 students. It has since schooled hundreds of students, from preschool children to teenagers. It has also gained the reputation of being “the living room of …

UKZN BLF-SM success during SRC elections

Media Statement “You can kill revolutionaries, but you can never kill ideas.” – Thomas Sankara University of KwaZulu Natal BLF-Student Movement (UKZN BLF-SM) would like to thank all the students of the UKZN Howard College Campus who participated and voted in the Student Representetive Council (SRC) elections. Your voices have not fallen into deaf ears. …

BLF supports the #FeesMustFall march against Pravin Gordhan

MEDIA STATEMENT Black First Land First (BLF) shall today join the #FeesMustFall march to parliament to demand that Pravin Gordhan stops his neoliberal policies which denies black students access to education. The State President has long ago asked Pravin Gordhan to find the money for free education. However instead of taxing white capital and making …

Urgent letter from an academic at Wits University

By BO Staff Writer Below is a letter by Wits academic, Kelly Gillespie, to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan regarding the funding crisis and securitization of university institutions. Gillespie posted the letter on Facebook. Dear Mr Pravin Gordhan I wonder if you have any sense of what my colleagues and I went through today at Wits …

BLF-SM presents: UMHLABA!NOW

August/September 2016 The BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST-STUDENT MOVEMENT (BLF-SM) dedicates this issue of UMHLABA!NOW to the legacies of STEVE BANTU BIKO who died on 12th September 1977 and the MARIKANA MINERS who died in August 2012. Drawing from, inter alia, these revolutionary legacies, BLF-SM is determined to achieve its strategic objective of realizing FREE BLACK …

UKZN Howard College #FeesMustFall – call to join mass student demonstration on 3 October 2016

By Thobani Zikalala “Each generation must out of relative obscurity discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it. … When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe” – Frantz Fanon In 2015, the greater student population of this country made the call …