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Student protestors have pushed their way through Parliament’s gates (M&G ZA) with police responding by launching what witnesses said were ‘stun grenades’ into the crowd. The South African Students Congress has called for a #NationalShutDown of all universities after rejecting the government’s proposed 6% cap on fee increases.

The Daily Vox (@theDailyVox) is live tweeting from outside Parliament and IOL News is also live blogging. Check the @reportedly team’s stream for a digest of everything that’s happened this week as students from Johannesburg to Cape Town demand university #FeesMustFall


South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande says fee increases at SA universities will be capped at 6% (Business Day) . This comes after days of student protests across several campuses against more proposed hikes. More protests are happening today as # #NMMUShutDown#UPRising and #FeesMustFall continue to trend on SA Twitter.

Modupe Odele (@moeodele) takes a look at the few, ‘known knowns about US drone policy‘ in Africa (African Arguments) as the U.S. continues to increase its military presence on the continent (M&G Africa)

Saraki’s ‘code of conduct tribunal‘ begins today as the embattled senate president faces 13 charges of corruption. Premium Times is live blogging today’s proceedings. Share your reactions on Twitter using #sarakiontrial

Biz Dev

Intelligent Energy CEO, Dr. Henri Winand takes a critical look at what, ‘Facebook and Zuckerberg forgot‘ as the key to global connectivity (Quartz).

Standard Bank’s senior political economist, Simon Freemantle (@SACFreemantle) took to GE Reports to continue the debate over whether Africa’s economy is still rising.

Team Rize is live today from Accra for Invest in Ghana. The event is an opportunity for regional companies to better understand local bankable projects, network with investors and learn ways to connect with, ‘some of the most exciting economies and markets’ in Ghana. Follow #IIG2015 for live updates throughout the day.

Identity & Culture

Product designer for Slack HQDiogenes Brito (@uxdiogenes) gives an in-depth look into the decision making + design work that went into Slack’s new, “Add to Slack” button and why sometimes a brown hand isn’t, just a brown hand (Medium).

The archive video stream from last Thursday’s, “Think Out Loud” is now available (New Republic). Billed as, ‘a discussion about the “black digital intelligentsia” changing American thought’ and hosted by Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith), the conversation features, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Ebony Magazine senior editor Jamilah Lemieux, Duke professor Mark Anthony Neal, Director of the Schomburg Center Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Assistant Rutgers Professor Brittney Cooper, and Lehigh professor James Braxton Peterson.

And Mel Bailey (@melb4freepress) shares a story of how an innovative workshop in Dakar brought together a group of tailors, programmers, textile workers, stylists, and graphic designers to discover new ways to combine software with traditional textile design techniques.

Our (Urban) Environment

Art historian, designer and founder of accrascope, Charlotte Langhorst has these 9 tips for urban planners who want to build more resilient and sustainable cities. Check out more of Eunice Onwona’s (@eonwona) features on Accra as one of the 100 Resilient Cities in our series, ‘Road to Resilience‘.

Theoretical astrophysicist, Adam Frank looks back through history for NPR and wonders exactly, ‘how hard is it‘ for societies to reinvent urban infrastructures?


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