South Africa’s Higher Education – What We’re Not Talking About

There’s a great deal being written about the fees protests at universities and all the news around it. Whether fees can be reduced, or eliminated completely, remains a major topic of discussion. I’ve written one or two things about this myself, but I’ve purposely stayed away from commenting on any of the recent fees news … Continue reading South Africa’s Higher Education – What We’re Not Talking About

Fear and Loathing on Johannesburg Roads

Johannesburg traffic is everything they say it is, and more. Above all else there are three observations I make about traffic in this city on an almost daily basis. Firstly, I sometimes get this suspicion that traffic is something of a living thing picking up some sort of karmic energy. The reason I say this … Continue reading Fear and Loathing on Johannesburg Roads

The Dumbing Down of Society – Who is to Blame?

A few weeks ago I was on a plane travelling from Johannesburg to East London. In the row in front of me were three young men, probably around the age of early university. I didn’t take too much note of them until we began commencing our descent, and I had to put my laptop away. … Continue reading The Dumbing Down of Society – Who is to Blame?

Where SA’s tertiary education should be heading

Sometimes even I need to break from my free market, private enterprise beliefs to an extent. The #feesmustfall movement has gained high exposure and news interest in the last year. But looking beyond the politics of the situation, I am a firm believer that access to universities should be free for deserving students. Key word … Continue reading Where SA’s tertiary education should be heading

Never Stop Learning

Graduation Speech - Cape Town (29 July 2016) We’re here today to honour the graduates sitting in front of me, and we’re here today in the name of education. I can’t think of anything more worthy of celebration in a young person’s life than educational achievements such as this. The unfortunate thing about the term … Continue reading Never Stop Learning

Much to Learn

I couldn’t let the birth of my daughter and first child go by without at least a few written words on the occasion. What better time to resurrect a blog that has been gathering dust. I won’t focus on the whole experience, but needless to say, it is an incredibly emotional rollercoaster. I’ve never been … Continue reading Much to Learn