South Africa's minister of finance Pravin Gordhan is again on a collision course with the country's Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations. The row has unsettled the country's already shaky currency, the rand. It's also prompted a group of senior academics from four universities to pen an open letter.
The days are getting shorter and gloomier. They remind me, I thought this morning, of several of my exes. I'd ignored the alarm for at least 30 minutes, but finally capitulated to its and Monday's siren song when the dog stuck her very cold nose into my neck.
(This is the second of two* blog posts about the Times Higher Education Africa Universities Summit held in Accra, Ghana in late April 2016. The first can be found over here.) African universities seem to occupy a strange in-between space. They are frequently viewed by governments and taxpayers as being a luxury item; a cost rather than an investment.
The University of Ghana's campus in Legon, Accra, is gigantic. It's a little city within the city, complete with staff and student housing, a banking mall, sports fields and, soon, a massive teaching hospital. There are also a few museums, which we visited as part of a tour to round off day one of the Times Higher Education Africa Universities Summit.
I could probably navigate huge swathes of this city in my sleep. Hell, I've done it before - head nodding, eyes bleary, either starting or finishing a long day at work and wondering why my body's in the car while my brain is still in bed.
He lay alone in a shallow grave at the base of a cliff for hundreds of years. Then, in 2008, patrol staff at a game lodge stumbled across the man's remains-and he became the first mummy ever found in Botswana.
He lay alone in a shallow grave at the base of a cliff for hundreds of years. Then, in 2008, patrol staff at a game lodge stumbled across the man's remains - and he became the first mummy ever found in Botswana.
Let me tell you a terrible secret. The world doesn't stop when the person you love most of all says the words "I have cancer." It grinds on, instead, at its usual pace, and you become one of those sad-eyed people who spaces out while sitting at the traffic lights.
Today has not been a good one for South Africans' wallets: the price of lamb, beef and mutton will rise by between 12 and 14% in 2016, and electricity prices are about to hike yet again. Add to that a weak currency and a fluctuating petrol price (it's at around R12 per litre at the moment), and we're living through expensive times.
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