The success of start-ups such as Slack, BuzzFeed, and some sects of the on demand economy such as Uber and Air bnb were all part of the refining and spread of start-up culture. A culture that is often sold using the stories of individuals who quit something solid to ‘chase their ambitions’, ‘work in […]

Over the last few weeks, we have seen intense policing and private security at various university campuses across the country. This followed an announcement by the Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande that universities will determine their own fees for 2017, with increases capped at 8%- a move that was merely a passing of the […]

The excessive, indiscriminate force; arbitrary arrests and detentions that are currently taking place in our higher education institutions and surrounding areas, have put a spotlight on securitisation and militarisation. But neither is new, South Africa has for some time consistently been steadily securitising and militarising in various ways. Think of the way private security has […]

Technology can help change activism for the better. A few years ago, an isolated community in the North West province faced eviction from their land, but the power of the simple cellphone changed that. Cellphones harnessed the power to connect people in numbers, coordinate action, secure legal expertise, and engage the community, the media and […]

Siboniso*, a 21-year old from Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal, fears he might never receive a certificate for a National Diploma he completed at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). He is one of hundreds of graduates who instead of receiving confirmation of their qualifications, were handed statements with amount they respectively owe the institution. I am a National […]

Life Esidimeni’s Baneng Centre patients safe from relocation for now, but fight to safeguard the rights and dignity of those with chronic mental health disabilities continues. The deep inequality of South Africa has a huge impact on access to mental health services, particularly for those dependent on the public health system. It means that poorer […]