Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi.Educational technology has huge potential: a response to Nikki Stein

Last week Nikki Stein from SECTION27 expressed reservations about the piloting of paperless classrooms at seven township schools in Gauteng. MEC for Education in the province, Panyaza Lesufi, responds here.

Jan 27, 2015
Panyaza Lesufi
Terry Bell.Where the wealthiest 'wine, dine, bribe and bully'

The annual World Economic Forum (WEF) extravaganza got underway last week as 700 private jets whizzed into the Swiss Alpine resort of Davos. This is a gathering where the heads of immensely rich corporations wine, dine, bribe and bully various power brokers and wannabe tycoons to do their bidding and to adopt policies that suit the corporate world.

Jan 26, 2015
Terry Bell
Workers at the Borcherd's Quarry depot for cleaning portable toilets. Photo by Masixole Feni.City to improve toilet cleaning facility

This is a response by Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, to GroundUp's article "Is this the Dirtiest Job in Cape Town?" published on 21 January.

Jan 23, 2015
Ernest Sonnenberg
SWEAT protests DA councillor Ian Iverson's refusal to engage with sex workers outside his office in Kenilworth. Photo by Abigail McDougall.Constitutional rights apply to sex workers too

A year ago, some boys in my street came home late at night with a sex worker. They refused to pay her.

Jan 22, 2015
Abigail McDougall
State of the art technology for a handful of learners is no way to build the "classroom of the future", argues the author. Photo is of a mud school in the Eastern Cape. (Courtesy Equal Education)Classrooms of the future?

The air is thick with the excitement of the first week of school. Stories of bright-eyed learners whose parents are dropping them off for the start of their school careers, donning their too-big uniforms and carrying backpacks almost the size of the learners themselves, are all over newspapers, radio stations, televisions and social media.

Jan 21, 2015
Nikki Stein
Teodoro Obiang, who been president of Equatorial Guinea since 1979. Photo by Amanda Lucidon. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.What Africa's premier soccer tournament means to Equatorial Guinea

The brutal kleptocracy of Equatorial Guinea hopes to gain a measure of international acceptance by hosting the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) soccer spectacle that kicked off this weekend, writes Terry Bell. The oil and gas wealth generated by this “Kuwait of Africa” provides the economic wherewithal for the ruling elite to buy favours while the bulk of the population wallows in repressive poverty. Bell was the only foreign journalist to cover the independence of Equatorial Guinea more than 46 years ago.

Jan 19, 2015
Terry Bell
FW De Klerk. Photo by US State Department via Wikipedia (public domain).Why Cape Town should not name a street after FW De Klerk

Once again, there is a furore about plans to name a major Cape Town street after former apartheid president FW de Klerk. As well there should be, although there is considerable support for the proposal.

Jan 19, 2015
Terry Bell
Photo by Flickr user Valentina Cala (CC BY 2.0).Charlie Hebdo: Let's not fall into the politically correct trap

Charlie Hebdo journalist Laurent Leger is no stranger to South African newspaper readers. Over the last ten years or so, as a freelancer, Laurent has written several reports for South African newspapers on the French connection in the arms deal, and also on failed attempts to find the killers of ANC Paris representative Dulcie September.

Jan 13, 2015
Alide Dasnois
Photo by Flickr User Danumurth Mahendra (CC BY 2.0).Cartoons and the Prophet Muhammad

The question of whether Prophet Muhammad can be depicted in Islam is something that perhaps most Muslims have failed to explain. With every cartoon or drawing, most people wonder why Muslims are in such an uproar – and admittedly, in some cases in a manner that is frankly unbefitting of the Prophet himself.

Jan 13, 2015
A’Eysha Kassiem
"Je Suis Charlie" means "I am Charlie" and is being used across the world to express solidarity for the victims of the brutal attack in Paris on the magazin Charlie Hebdo."Silence must not be allowed to win"

Today GroundUp publishes this image in solidarity with journalists all over the world following the attack in Paris on ​the staff of ​Charlie Hebdo, in which ten journalists and two police officers were killed.

Jan 7, 2015
GroundUp Staff