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This is why the University of Cape Town May Stop Offering Law Degree

It's reported that the CHE had raised concerns about UCT's academic support for black law students and the success rate of black students in general.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is one of the leading universities in Africa and the world. Yet its law faculty may lose accreditation for its Bachelor of Laws (LLB) undergraduate program.


This was after the Council of Higher Education (CHE) released a statement on Wednesday, following its National Review of LLB Program, stating that UCT, the University of Zululand and University of Limpopo were at risk.

Walter Sisulu University's law qualification has already been withdrawn, while the three institutions under question have until May 2018 to prevent this by responding to the concerns raised by the CHE.

It's reported that the CHE had raised concerns about UCT's academic support for black law students and the success rate of black students in general.

"We have taken note of the CHE's particular focus on excellence, ethics and equity, and the critical need for transformation across the industry," said Dean of UCT's Faculty of Law, Penelope Andrews. "These are all issues that the faculty has been deeply immersed in for several years now and has made significant progress on. As we take some of these developments for granted now, we suspect that our initial submission may not have adequately detailed the extent of those activities, discussions and reflections within the law school."

Read the full reports on News24 and Daily Maverick, and read UCT's full response on the university's website.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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