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To legalise or not to legalise?

by: Sheilan Clarke - 3 December 2015

To legalise or not to legalise?

In part one, we explained to you about the Medical Innovation Bill that is currently up for debate. Here’s a bit more information to help you decide which side of the argument you’re on. Now in part two, we get the opinion from two experts — a medical doctor and a drug counselor and a...

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Should we legalise cannabis for medical use?

by: Sheilan Clarke - 27 November 2015

Should we legalise cannabis for medical use?

The Medical Innovation Bill, a controversial bill, that seeks to legalise cannabis for medicinal use has been proposed. Cannabinoids — a chemical extracted from the cannabis plant is good for treating conditions like chronic headaches and severe pain as well as easing the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, HIV&AIDS and even cancer. But others argue that...

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Win one of 3 airtime vouchers by completing our survey on the language policy for higher education

by: Sheilan Clarke - 26 November 2015

Win one of 3 airtime vouchers by completing our survey on the language policy for higher education

VIP recently hosted a debate on the Language Policy for Higher Education on Cape Town TV. We’ve highlighted what the policy is about as a way of helping you complete the survey below. Policy Hack on Cape Town TV Gcobisa Yani, a member of Open Stellenbosch community, joined us for an in-depth look at life...

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EFF steals Cyril Ramaphosa’s shine at free education discussion

by: Sheilan Clarke - 6 November 2015

EFF steals Cyril Ramaphosa’s shine at free education discussion

During the deputy president’s speech on university fees, free education and unemployment, the EFF showed a willingness to help find answers.  “We are here to assist you” Deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa — who is usually heckled by the red-berets about Marikana — was offered help and support in finding money for the fees crisis. “We...

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“If government wants to enforce free education, it can’t be for everyone” – Blade Nzimande

by: Sheilan Clarke - 30 October 2015

“If government wants to enforce free education, it can’t be for everyone” – Blade Nzimande

The higher education minister this week said, in parliament , that if the government wanted to enforce free education, then it can’t be for everyone. This follows two weeks of #FeesMustFall protests at universities around the country calling for free education. Nzimande also urged NSFAS to stop relying only on government funding to operate. NSFAS...

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5 things MPs discussed about young people during the third term

by: Sheilan Clarke - 2 October 2015

5 things MPs discussed about young people during the third term

There were many interesting events in parliament over the past few months. From discussions about military conscription to Stellenbosch University’s appearance in parliament, here are five youth-related highlights from parliament’s third term. Sending SA’s youth to the army Earlier this year the presidency revealed they were discussing using military conscription as a way of dealing...

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We’re looking for you to shake things up in parliament

by: Sheilan Clarke - 25 September 2015

We’re looking for you to shake things up in parliament

From the recent student protests to the increasing youth unemployment rate, our country seems ripe for youth-specific political interrogation. We’re inviting young South Africans to submit crucial issues that you would like to present to parliament. If your submission is chosen, we’ll train and send you off to Parliament in Cape Town to present to...

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Lack of internet access marginalises learners, says MP

by: Sheilan Clarke - 18 September 2015

Lack of internet access marginalises learners, says MP

Oversight visits by the Portfolio Committee of Basic Education as well as the Telecommunications and Postal Services committees to schools in Limpopo and Port Elizabeth revealed that lack of internet and student protests are some of the issues young people in those provinces have to deal with. Members of parliament are required to visit different...

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“I think we need to re-examine the current NSFAS model”

by: Sheilan Clarke - 11 September 2015

“I think we need to re-examine the current NSFAS model”

“NSFAS has become a crocodile with a large mouth syphoning money from the government,” says Sithenkosi Lungisa. He is an SRC member at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape. Sithenkosi was a panel member for our “VIP Debate Club: Has NSFAS Failed Us?” and “Policy Hack: Fixing NSFAS” debates. Here is more about him...

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Students struggle to access NSFAS funds

by: Sheilan Clarke - 4 September 2015

Students struggle to access NSFAS funds

Fort Hare University students say there are problems with the way funding is channeled through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). We spoke to one of the students at the university while having a look at the NSFAS Act. What the Act say about loans and bursaries The Act says that the money for...

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