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Can #DataMustFall be a movement to force prices down?

by: Neo Maditla - 20 December 2016

Can #DataMustFall be a movement to force prices down?

There was a time, about three years ago, when I used to be able to load 2GB on my phone, and it would last me nearly a month. Now I’m lucky if it lasts for over a week, and the situation seems to be getting worse. It’s almost as if the data disappears. And I’m...

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I couldn’t participate in #FeesMustFall protests because of my anxiety

by: Nkhensani Manabe - 22 November 2016

I couldn’t participate in #FeesMustFall protests because of my anxiety

Last year in UCT, and this year at Wits, I found myself on the outside of both the Rhodes Must Fall and the Fees Must Fall movements. As a humanities student, I saw the protests as a tangible manifestation of the theories we grappled with in class. Yet I chose not to attend mass meetings and...

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[Pictures] Heavy police presence disrupts #FeesMustFall parliament protest

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 27 October 2016

[Pictures] Heavy police presence disrupts #FeesMustFall parliament protest

Yesterday, Cape Town #FeesMustFall students marched to parliament to protest for free and decolonised education. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was giving the mid-term budget policy statement in parliament. The minister came out to accept and sign the students’ memorandum then went back into the National Assembly. Students stayed outside parliament singing protest songs. In the afternoon, chaos ensued....

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Does the #FeesMustFall decolonised national anthem exclude other South Africans?

by: Lufuno Ramadwa - 21 October 2016

Does the #FeesMustFall decolonised national anthem exclude other South Africans?

Members of #FeesMustFall in Wits and Stellenbosch, last week, introduced what has been deemed the “decolonised national anthem”. The students substituted the Afrikaans part of the national anthem with new Zulu lyrics. A reasonable number of people feel that this new anthem, by using only Nguni languages, is excluding other South African languages. Also, by...

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How I became Solomon Mahlangu

by: Keneiloe Nkomo - 27 April 2016

How I became Solomon Mahlangu

I first auditioned for the lead role in the movie Kalushi two years ago. I had never heard of Solomon Mahlangu, but when I saw the script  I knew that it was a powerful story and I had to be a part of it. After my first audition, the director (Mandla Dube) decided to go...

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The #2X Story: VIP

by: Lee Molefi - 26 April 2016

The #2X Story: VIP

The “#” has become a powerful symbol that has gone far beyond just tracking Twitter trends. It has given young people an alternative way to take part in politics and make an impact. Through online activism, they have found a way to shift agendas, and forced themselves into national discourse, in addition to claiming their space...

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About 50 UWC students with no accommodation have been squatting in res lounges

by: Onele Liwani - 3 March 2016

About 50 UWC students with no accommodation have been squatting in res lounges

Just over a month after universities reopened, a group of about 30 young women and about 20 young men at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) say they still have nowhere to live. For the past few weeks, two of the on-campus residence lounges have been their home. Living in cramped conditions, some have...

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Why we set up #Shackville, UCT students share their reasons

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 16 February 2016

Why we set up #Shackville, UCT students share their reasons

On Monday, the first day of lectures at UCT, students built a shack on upper campus. This was to make a statement to the university about insufficient housing for students. The shack – which they mockingly named Shackville – was complete with a porta-potti on the side, the way it would be in some informal...

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#FeesMustFallReloaded: Are Wits students ever going to go back to class?

by: Lethabo Bogatsu - 25 January 2016

#FeesMustFallReloaded: Are Wits students ever going to go back to class?

#Asinamali and “No free education, no elections!” are some of the slogans that join a long line of #FeesMustFall slogans by Wits University students as they picked up, over the past few weeks, where they left off last year. After last year’s historic countrywide protests which led to president Jacob Zuma announcing a 0% fee...

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#FeesMustFall reloaded: Why protests aren’t over

by: Kamaria Balkisson - 13 January 2016

#FeesMustFall reloaded: Why protests aren’t over

After the last year’s #FeesMustFall movement brought campuses all over the country to a standstill, President Jacob Zuma agreed to a zero percent increase at the Union Buildings. But in 2016 the students are back at it again saying #FeesMustFallReloaded. Outside Wits this week, students and family members waited in vain for registration to start. But by...

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