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Natasha Joseph

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

South African academics ask Zuma to "stop the war" on finance minister — 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 “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.
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Sep 27, 2016

RT @LoveNLunchmeat: When I tell you I like camping, I'm really just telling you I like eating S'mores and murdering drifters in the woods.

Sep 27, 2016

The man who died at Wits (see the university's thread on the matter) has been named as Celumusa Ntuli, 39, from Soweto.

Sep 26, 2016

In case you missed follow up to my recent tweet, @Wits_News says it will release deceased man's name once permission granted by his family.

Sep 26, 2016

@brodiegal @Wits_News Entirely possible, of course. Would be nice to note that in the statement to clarify. The absence of a name jars.

Sep 26, 2016

I hope that the man or woman who died at Wits (see @Wits_News) is named soon - all reports refer only to "the worker", which is a bit cold.

Sep 26, 2016

Pretty awesome hearing @MarianneThamm talk with heart and fire about how much we have going for us in SA.

Sep 26, 2016

Well, @MarianneThamm just announced that she'd like to eat @poplak's brain "with a little Chianti". It's been that kind of launch.

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