The death of universities?

A radio feature concerning MOOC’s and free online courses.

Khan Academy, Edx, Harvard, MIT and the BBC all contribute to this new model of online education.

Could this new model make Universities redundant?



More than 1 metric ton of Dagga confiscated in Gauteng

The drug watch initiative in Gauteng has confiscated thousands of drugs off the streets since its commencement in June.

An estimated 1220 kg of Dagga has been confiscated followed by 330 kg of Nyaope, also known as whoonga, the potentially lethal drug combining multiple substances such as crushed ARVs and rat poison.

Whoonga, the potentially lethal drug found on some streets of South Africa. Image at Blogspot

The majority of the arrests were made in Orlando, totaling 1020, followed closely by Sebokeng and Benoni with 857 and 820 arrests respectively.

The head of Crime Line, Yusuf Abramjee, praised the public and the police for “making it uncomfortable for drug dealers and manufacturers to continue holding the public at ransom.”

Other than making arrests and confiscations, Drug Watch is supporting drug affected families to rehabilitative programs with the hope of the culprits to be reintegrated into society.


Rhodes is safest student town for murder in country

According to recent crime stats, the number of cases reported in 2013 has shown evidence of Rhodes University having the lowest rates of murder out of the other major student towns in South Africa.

Stellenbosch, though lowest on attempted murders, had the highest number of murders per 10,000.

  Murders per 10,000 Attempted Murder per 10,000 Assaults per 10,000
Stellenbosch 6.7 17 89
Potchefstroom 4.5 27.5 130
Rhodes 4.2 22 42
Alice 6.5 25 30

Potchefstroom lead the way in assaults at 130 cases per 10,000 people. It also took number one spot for attempted murder at 27 per 10,000.

Alice showed a high murder rate with 6.5 per 10,000 but the lowest assualts out of the four towns researched.