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Apartheid and Nazi Germany

Here are citations from Richard Rive's Buckingham Palace District Six  (1986)  David Philip Publisher Cape TownWe are of course talking about life before the final solution and before the invasion of Poland and the physical destruction of the Jews.  We are talking about the pre-war and pre-kristallnacht  https://www.google.co.za/search?q=kristallnacht&biw=1024&bih=618&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=a_cPVLzeFs7b7Aa7roCgBQ&sqi=2&ved=0CDMQsAQHere are citations from Solomon Kazen's speech Katzen is a German Jew who escaped Nazi Germany and became the owner of the five buildings in District Six called ironically Buckingham Palace Stripping of the right to vote, separation (apartheid) between the master race and the subhuman-- 
Posted on 10/09/2014 08:59:29

An idea for interdisciplinary teaching and learning

Here is an article that appeared at the Guardian on the 30th of August.  Here are some ideas of what could be done with first year students at university of all disciplines 
Posted on 01/09/2014 11:22:28

children dying: A child is a child is a child is a child

The two sides have gone so mad to the extent of displaying anger and disgust when people "dare" to mourn the death of the children of the other side "enemy".  He/she who dares  reminding that a child is a child and the other side mourns its own children is called a "traitor", "an insane lefty/liberal" and other insults. Only we have the right to mourn our children.  Only our children count.  The other side's children are just numbers, "collateral damage", the fault of those beasts who shoot at Israel. How dare you mention Palestinian children die in their hundreds? Look at this beautiful child? Look at what those animals did? They killed this child deliberately.  Those Palestinian  children die when hamas used them as human shields.  It is not our fault.  We are only protecting our children, like this beautiful one.    Meanwhile children are gone, no more. Racism and euro-centrism is also displayed A European child, with light complexion, skin, eyes and hair.  What is he doing among the 'barbarians' "darkies"?  How many "darkies" non-European looking is he worth?  I am being cynical, and hurtful. The eyes and innocence of those children haunt me for days now.  I am functioning very badly. The children become pawns in the game.  Part of political and nationalistic discourse.  They lost their identities and lives in all possible ways.  They are nationalized and internationalized.  They become part of propaganda games, narrative games, language game.
Posted on 25/08/2014 09:42:35

An example of group exercises in the first week of the first year at university

I want to avoid sessions where the arrival at university  will be thrown information at them as they passively wonder around overwhelmed and confused. I want to find a way for them to share interesting accounts of concepts that they are expert in and which can very easily be transformed into academic accounts and skills.  I want to create sessions where the students will be able to share things they know well from their experiential, personal, tacit and embodied knowledge that we can easily transform together to academic knowledge, language, practices, disciplines, methodologies and methods.                          For example:                                    Death and mourning, funerals , tradition, what is done and how it is done.   How it works in practice?  
Posted on 20/08/2014 09:00:31

The transition of South Africans from school to university : what are we to do to make it smoother and less overwhelming and shock to the young students

South African youngsters go through an extremely difficult time when they come to universities.  They are overwhelmed and find it hard to adjust and cope.  The first months are awful for them.They feel isolated, lonely and shocked.  They have no clue what is going on. What can we do about so as not to lose them?
Posted on 18/08/2014 15:26:50

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Purchasing of Tablets/Laptops with Nfas book allowance

The move to allow students to use their book allowance to purchase laptops and tablets is great. however the products on offer from van schaik (george campus) is not of great quality and overpriced. we can only buy product from approved vendors or rather vendors listed on the merchant list a...
Posted on 03/07/2014 11:00:33

RE:AcerEdu discounts

This reply is from Jacques Wessells, Facilities Planner, ICT Services.Both the Acer and Lenovo prices and products to students are the result of the ASAUDIT working group for student laptops and supported by the PURCO group. In short ASAUDIT is a standalone organisation made up of all participati...
Posted on 15/02/2012 13:16:35

AcerEdu discounts

Is anyone else not impressed at all by the AcerEdu discounts? Every notebook for sale can be purchased either for less (R1600 less in the case of the most expensive model) or at very similar prices from major online retailers in SA. The bundled Windows 7 Professional and Office 2010 Professional ...
Posted on 10/02/2012 11:23:19


The gym at 2nd ave was managed by the Sport Management staff and students (academic programme) The swimming pool was never part of the gym. We as sport management did however agree to keep an eye on the pool in terms of who was using it etc. The maintenanvce and upkeep of the pool was - and...
Posted on 27/01/2012 14:58:22


The pool on the 2nd Avenue campus was part of the gym. The gym has been converted into offices and the archives of the university. The pool is unfortunately no longer operational.
Posted on 17/10/2011 12:57:31


Maybe they shut down the gym, but the pool is still there. Don't know who's in charge of it now.
Posted on 15/10/2011 10:56:13


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