Tuesday, 5 December 2023

South Africa, China and BRICS on Gaza

Six days after South Africa referred Israel to the ICC, on 21 November 2023 Ramaphosa, as BRICS chair, convened the (virtual) BRICS Extraordinary Joint Meeting of BRICS Leaders and Leaders of invited BRICS Members of the situation in the Middle East. On the same day, the South African parliament voted on a motion proposed by South Afri...

By Emmanuel Matambo, Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS), University of Johannesburg 8 days ago

South Africa’s immigration proposals are based on false claims and poor logic – experts

Since the Refugees Act was passed in 1998, only about 300,000 people have been granted refugee status. Many of these have since left South Africa or needed to reapply (so they may have been counted more than once). Of these 300,000, only a small percentage have become permanent residents, let alone citizens.

By Loren B Landau - Co-Director of the Wits-Oxford Mobility Governance Lab, University of the Witwatersrand and Rebecca Walker - Research Associate at the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand 10 days ago

South African university students use AI to help them understand – not to avoid work

Through their use of AI tools, students can tailor content to address their specific strengths and weaknesses, to have a more engaged learning experience. AI tools can also be a sort of personalised online “tutor” with whom they have “conversations” to help them understand difficult concepts.

By Professor Tanja Bosch, University of Cape Town & Chikezie E. Uzuegbunam, Rhodes University 13 days ago

Water Crisis Looms Large on the Horizon: South Africa on the Brink

Rural communities, heavily reliant on agriculture, are facing dire consequences. Crop yields are diminishing, threatening food security and the livelihoods of those dependent on farming. The agricultural sector, a significant contributor to the nation's economy, is grappling with the dual challenges of power shortages and water scarcity.

By Rofhiwa Mudau - Joburg Post 13 days ago