Natasha Joseph on Muck Rack

Natasha Joseph Verified

South Africa
Education Editor, Conversation Africa

Education editor for @TC_Africa, Contributing editor to @Index_Magazine. Loves dogs. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my hero. Header photo by @skinnderella

The “strong” delusion — 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.

University rankings in Africa: a thorny issue — (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.

African universities under the microscope in Accra — 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.

Dame Janet Suzman on why South Africa’s apartheid-era censors wouldn’t dare touch Othello

Home, or something like it — 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.

Scans and DNA Tests Reveal the Secrets of a Rare African Mummy — 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.

Scans and DNA tests reveal the secrets of a rare African mummy — 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.

How to love a sad-eyed person — 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.

Lunchboxes, data deals and walking more often: how to save money — 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.

Higher education gets a fair deal in tough times from Budget 2016 — A great deal was at stake for South Africa when its Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his much-anticipated 2016 Budget speech. University funding was, as always, among the items covered during the speech - but this year South Africans were probably listening more closely than usual.
More Articles →
Jul 26, 2016

The subscriber you have tweeted is unavailable. Off to lie on a beach for a couple of weeks. Bye :)

Jul 26, 2016

@Rbjacobs I can't get an actual human to answer the phone in your credit card division - want to activate card for travel. Sigh.

Jul 26, 2016

If a journalist is complimented on Twitter for merely doing their job and doesn't RT the compliment, did it really happen?

Jul 26, 2016

"Welcome to FNB Premier, which is just a recording on loop saying you're going to be helped. And then you die. Still waiting."

Jul 26, 2016

If only the evil robot overlords who run FNB's call centre would let me talk to an actual human being. That would be so great.

Jul 26, 2016

An old debate in the media world, but one that's always fascinating: is it a conflict of interest for journalists to be activists?

Are You a Journalist?

Make a Portfolio

Create a free Muck Rack account to customize your profile and upload a portfolio of your best work.