Month: October 2015

South Africa university tuition freezed, at least for a while

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South African universities are ranked the best in Africa, and some do well even at global scale. But these universities need funds to keep up the standards. As it happens, much of the funding comes from the students through tuition fees. South African Universities have proposed fee increases of up to 12% next year.

Unsurprisingly, this has not gone well with the students. Many universities in South Africa were forced to close down due to recent FeesMustFall demonstrations. These include highly regarded institutions like Wits University and University of Cape Town.

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“Don’t you have any smaller notes?”

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The topic question is what I hear too often when trying to buy something while travelling abroad. So I have only big notes for a purchase of minimal price. What I pay with cash is drinks, snacks, small meals, bus rides, tips or other minor payments. Bigger payments like flights and hotel nights are usually paid by credit cards. Paying with large notes also eats my credibility as a budget traveller. Imagine, for instance, haggling hard for a cheap taxi ride only to hand over a large note hoping he got enough change.

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Springboks remains a white man’s team

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The South African Rugby team, nicknamed Springboks, are chasing their third world title at the ongoing Rugby World Cup. Despite shocking loss to Japan in their first game, Springboks are still considered among the strongest teams of the tournament.

Yet not every South African celebrate when their rugby team wins. Some of them go as far as supporting the opponents of Springboks. The reason is evident when you look at the racial composition of the team, which has earned the negative nickname “All-Whites”.

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