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CHE > Media and Publications > Che Events Presentations > National imperatives and the micro-politics of higher education change
Reggie Ngcobo
November, 2004
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)

Presentation by Prof. Reggie Ngcobo (Interim Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Tshwane University of Technology) at the Colloquium on 10 Years of Democracy and Higher Education Change held 10 to 12 November 2004.

The slogan - South Africa, a world in one country - is used in tourism circles to promote the abundant natural wealth and diversity of scenery of our country. However, in a socio-economic perspective, South Africa actually comprises two totally different worlds.

On the one hand there is the privileged minority who enjoys a standard of living second to none with opportunities to pick and choose from. On the other, there are the poverty-stricken masses of millions upon millions of our countrymen and women for whom survival from one day to the next is their first and only priority.

The main differences between these two groups are to be found in their divergent needs and the opportunities available to them. As a result they are poles apart in how they view the future.

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