Monday, September 12, 2005

SRC Handover Speech

Handover Address by Nyiko Floyd ShivambuSRC President 2004/5
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
12 September 2005

Vice Chancellor the 12th of September marks a very important day in the history of South Africa and the South African student activism. Today marks exactly 28 years, of apartheid police operations assassination of one of the most prominent student leaders in the history of South Africa. Steve Biko, the first President of the South African Students’ Organisation was assassinated on the 12th of September 1977, for upholding and promoting the ideas he held about the then South Africa and what could be the future South Africa.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Challenges for Access and Equity in South African Higher Education

Challenges for Access and Equity in South African Higher Education
Nyiko Floyd Shivambu
Introduction
The concepts ‘access’ and ‘equity’ are widespread and recurrent in pronouncements and policy contents of the South African Higher Education sector. Certainly, these concepts connect all higher education stakeholders in the recognition that total emancipation of and social transformation of South Africa and Africa calls for access and equity, most specifically for communities that are previously disadvantaged.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Societal Tribalism in South Africa

SOCIETAL TRIBALISM IN SOUTH AFRICA\
Nyiko Floyd Shivambu (2003)

Discussion paper prepared for the Inter-varsity seminar at the University of Pretoria in September 2003.

African political leaders, experiencing it as destructive to their ideals of national unity, denounced it passionately. Commentators on the Left, recognizing it as a block to the growth of appropriate class awareness, inveighed against it as a case of 'false consciousness'. Apologists for the South African apartheid system welcoming it as an ally of continued white dominance encouraged it. Development theorists, perceiving it as a check to economic growth, deplored it. Journalists, judging it an adequate explanation for a myriad of otherwise puzzling events, deploy it mercilessly. Political scientists, intrigued by its continuing power, probe at it endlessly. If one disapproves of the phenomenon, 'it' is 'tribalism'; if one is less judgmental; 'it' is 'ethnicity'.

FLOYD'S PERSPECTIVES

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