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Short of Skills or Jobless Nation: What are we?

The public discourse on skills and the economy in South Africa and beyond is so eloquent about the crisis in education, the shortage of skills, the problem of unemployment and the high cost of labour (that supposedly prevents business from employing people). This discourse is repeated so much that one could easily be convinced that this is widely agreed upon. Treat & Hlatshwayo point out that we are told we need to urgently create jobs but, at the same time, we are told that it would be difficult, if not impossible to do, because of a desperate shortage of skills that supposedly exists among South African workers. I agree with them that this could not be further from the truth.

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This Post is Not Universal!!

A few days ago I had one of the most interesting lectures ever since I’ve arrived at university. The module name is “advance social and market research”. Now I’m not gonna lie but my heart was full of doubt when I chose this module because the title alone sounds intimidating. But when I found out that our lecturer is an Indian, I smiled. Being a girl that comes from a small town outside of Durban called Verulam where a large population of the residents are Indians and going to a typical “Indian” high school, I must admit that I missed being taught by an Indian. So when I found out that my lecturer for this module is an Indian I quickly lightened up and thought to myself “this is going to be fun”.

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A Second Reading of Zuma’s “Africa Remark”: Zuma and the South African Imagination

A substantial amount has been written on President Zuma’s remarks at the Gauteng ANC’s Manifesto Forum. The comments have been contextualized, broken down, and most importantly, deciphered to understand their meaning and Zuma’s thoughts regarding other African states. My role here is not to respond to these critiques, however I want to argue that Zuma’s remarks could potentially be revealing something about the South African public imagination, and “institutional culture”, if I can call it that.

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The Right to Strike Takes Precedence Over the Right to Education

As a preamble of the paper this then came to consideration in making a point that the discussion on whether the right to strike takes precedence over the right to education. Us as the students knowing that the rights are put forth before us, and us being the future intellectuals of the country and the international community, it comes to our being that the strikes that somehow take place are the unnecessary strikes that end up blocking the main reason or the core value of education. Students that end up taking things to the streets is distraction of the core reason one wants to get at the end of the day. The thing that we as students want to get at the end of the day is education that will help us unleash our potential which basically will indeed assist the development of the communities, be it the local or the international.

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Heritage Month: Looking at Languages

Heritage month is the time when South Africans organize various “arts and culture” events, invite artists that speak about black pride and boast that they are very “cultural” – whatever that means. I often question our misuse of the term “culture” in our celebrations of Heritage month, because we associate culture with traditional wear, African praise poets and African songs. Whereas, in our daily lives, we wear skinny jeans and sneakers, we listen to the likes of Rihanna and cosmopolitan poetry because we say the world is becoming hybrid.

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