Higher education: The vital role of universities on the battlefield of unexpected economic calamities. Francis Petersen. Daily Maverick. September 2021.

South Africa is in trouble. No matter what your political or ethical persuasion – this much is abundantly clear. And if some of the opinions expressed lately by prominent economists are anything to go by, many are losing faith in whether we can still turn around a downward economic trajectory.

But before we make up our minds either way, it is important to first face a truth that lies at the core of it all: It is impossible to build a thriving economy on the back of a divided society. This makes societal reform a logical departure point for any economic relief efforts.

And here the higher education sector has a definite and vital role to play. Read more