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#FeesMustFall2017: South African Students Demand Answers To Possible 2018 Fee Increase

A timeline of events that have occurred as South African students wait to learn if their fees will increase for the 2018 academic year.

South African students have been protesting and making demands amid anticipation for universities to announce fee increases for the 2018 academic year.

Since the end of August, President Jacob Zuma has had the final report of the Heher Commission on the feasibility of free higher education, but the report has not been released, TimesLIVE reports.


As a result, students at the University of the Free State (UFS) protested against a proposed 8 percent fee increase last Friday. Thirty-six students were arrested at the Bloemfontein campus, but were released Sunday evening.

However, seven UFS students were arrested and detained in a police van for four hours Wednesday. A member of the South African Students Congress (SASCO), two members of the Student Representative Council (SRC) and four members of the university's student parliament were held.

"They put us in the van and drove to the police station and parked the car," Arthur Moyana, chairperson of SASCO, tells News24. "We have been in this car for four hours and nothing is happening. We cant even find out why they have arrested us for walking on campus."

Free State police spokesperson Sergeant Christopher Mophiring tells News24 that the students were arrested for public violence on the QwaQwa campus over the past few weeks. Before releasing the students from the van, he added that the "police had to finish the paperwork before taking the students out of the police van."

On the UFS Bloemfontein campus, about 50 students gathered outside the student center to call for free higher education. The SRC was to hand over a memorandum to the university's management Wednesday morning, but was delayed due to an executive meeting with management.

At a mass meeting Tuesday, University of Cape Town (UCT) students called for the immediate release of the Fees Commission Report and a 0 percent fee increase for the 2018 academic year, The Daily Vox reports.

Student leaders stated at the meeting that they stand in solidarity with students at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and UFS. They called for a demilitarization of both campuses, The Daily Vox says.

UCT students' other demands include "a report on the expenses of security services on campus for the past two years, clearance of historical debt for 2017 and no financial barriers to registration" for the 2018 academic year. They also want the university to seriously look into suicides that have occurred in the past 2 to 5 years. The students "believe institutional realities like financial exclusion, racism and sexual violence could be linked to student suicides."

They then handed over the list of demands to UCT Vice Chancellor Max Price.

CPUT and UCT students then marched to Parliament Wednesday to demand that Zuma must release the report. He along with members of parliament were there for the release of Finance Minister Malusi Gigabo's medium term budget policy statement. They were met with police as two UCT students were arrested outside of Parliament.

Students still attempted to shut down UCT as they marched and disrupted tests and learning activities.

Stay tuned for more #FeesMustFall2017 developments. For more on why this movement is imperative for young South Africans now, read this essay by Mohau Bosiu for The Daily Vox.

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Kayode Kasum’s Quarantine Watchlist

From 'Wives on Strike' to 'Goodwill Hunting' here's what the Nigerian filmmaker is watching while stuck at home in Lagos.

Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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The Nigerian artist also recently announced an upcoming EP.

Mr Eazi is back with his latest track, 'I No Go Give Up On You," his latest song since the release of "Kpalanga" at the top of the year.

The track, is a mid-tempo love song, with Eazi singing sweetly to his lover about his unwavering feelings for her. He released the track under his ever-growing emPawa initiative, with a humorous visualizer to accompany it. The song was produced by Blaq Jerzee.

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Def Jam Africa Launches in South Africa and Nigeria

Def Jam Africa launches with a roster of South African and Nigerian hip-hop and Afrobeats artists.

Universal Music Group today announced the launch of Def Jam Africa, a new label division within the continent dedicated to representing the best hip-hop and Afrobeats talent on the continent. According to a press release from UMG, Def Jam Africa will "follow the blueprint of the iconic Def Jam Recordings label, which has led and influenced the cutting-edge in hip-hop and urban culture for more than 35 years."

The label will initially be based in two of the continent's main music and entertainment hubs Joburg, South Africa and Lagos, Nigeria, but will identify and sign artist talent from across the entire continent.

Def Jam Africa launches with a roster that includes some of the most successful African talent including Nigeria's Larry Gaaga and Vector alongside South Africa's Boity, Cassper Nyovest, Nadia Nakai, Nasty C, Tshego, Tellaman and Ricky Tyler. A majority of who were already signed to UMG.

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This roster will be supported by dedicated A&R, marketing, creative and digital teams from the UMG teams in both Nigeria and South Africa and will report to Sipho Dlamini, the MD of Universal Music Sub-Saharan Africa & South Africa.

Dlamini shared in a press release that the aim for Def Jam Africa is to become the authentic and trusted home of hip-hop and urban culture in Africa. "Def Jam Recordings has always historically pushed the boundaries of the genre," he said, "and we are excited to create a new community of artists within the continent, shaped around the unique and multi-cultural sounds, rhythms and productions coming from our streets, in order to help elevate hip-hop, afrobeat and trap music from Africa, to reach new global audiences within the continent, across the diaspora and beyond."

Jeff Harleston, interim Chairman & CEO for Def Jam Recordings said:

"Def Jam is a globally recognized brand, synonymous with excellence in hip-hop, and we enthusiastically welcome the launch of Def Jam Africa as an opportunity for audiences worldwide to discover the incredibly talented hip-hop artists emerging from across the continent."

Earlier this year, Nasty C announced he would be releasing his third studio album Zulu Man With Some Power through Def Jam Recordings which was a joint venture with Universal Music Africa. New releases from the Def Jam Africa should be expected this year.

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