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The minister responds: SA rail agency is broken

A statement from Fikile Mbalula, South African Minister of Transport 15 January 2020 Prasa (the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa) has suffered blows from many years of mismanagement and deteriorating corporate governance. Today it is a broken organisation, struggling to provide an efficient commuter and passenger rail service. Overcrowded trains, ageing infrastructure, old rolling …

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Smart townships: The key to a thriving South African economy … put on hold

A ground-breaking South African project to position South Africa’s townships as the Smart Megacities of the Global South is on hold while new funding is sought. It makes me want to weep … Under the leadership of Emma Kaye, the Cape Digital Foundation’s project, which started as a local government initiative to increase the uptake …

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Dump maths? Sounds like a race to the bottom

10X Investments called on South Africa’s Department of Basic Education this week to reconsider the “potentially catastrophic proposal” to remove mathematics as a pass requirement in the education system. “Just when you thought we needed to raise our game in terms of maths literacy, the national education department starts a consultation on lowering the standards,” …

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Education crisis ‘the civil rights struggle of the day’

Respected African elder statesman Jakaya Kikwete told the World Economic Forum’s Africa meetings in Durban that the education crisis in Africa was today’s civil rights struggle, and called on leaders in the developed and developing worlds to act urgently. Tanzania’s former president was speaking in his capacity as Special Envoy for the Education Commission, a global …

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