The Kgotla as a spatial mediator on South African University campuses

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dc.description.abstract Higher education in South Africa is experiencing a time of accelerated change, increasing complexity, contested knowledge claims and inevitable uncertainty. Academia, and by proxy the place which accommodates the academic function, stand central to this debate. The need for a decolonised curriculum on the African continent dates back to the inauguration of the Association of African Universities (AAU) in 1967. The AAU called for the adherence to world academic standards in the service of Africa and its people. The #FeesMustFall (#FMF) movement placed renewed prominence on the necessity of a curriculum that includes Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS). In spatial terms, the Kgotla forms part of the IKS. The Kgotla represents both a meaningful place and a system of communication. The spatial construct surrounding the #FMF movement lacks interrogation and debate. This article highlights the requirement of a meaningful place on South African university campuses where different voices can be heard. The importance of place is analysed at the hand of two #FMF events. Firstly, the Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) sitting down to meet with disgruntled students. Secondly, the President of South Africa leaving protestors in wait on the southern terrace of the Union Buildings. This article concludes by stating the need for a place on South African university campuses to address the complex issues facing not only students but society at large. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject UNIVERSITIES en
dc.subject MEDIATION en
dc.subject KGOTLA en
dc.title The Kgotla as a spatial mediator on South African University campuses en
dc.type Journal articles - Non-HSRC staff en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 7(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2019/20 en
dc.ResearchGroup Education and Skills Development en
dc.SourceTitle Journal of Student Affairs in Africa en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9812903 en
dc.URL en
dc.PageNumber 29-46 en
dc.outputnumber 14406 en
dc.bibliographictitle Launscher, J. (2019) The Kgotla as a spatial mediator on South African University campuses. Journal of Student Affairs in Africa. 7(1):29-46. en
dc.publicationyear 2019 en
dc.contributor.author1 Launscher, J. en

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