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Students at Stellenbosch University have campaigned for it to change its language policy. Credit: bbc.com

Why South African students want to be taught in English

Stellenbosch University’s plan to drop Afrikaans as the language of instruction and teach in English has been warmly received, not only by students who are enrolled at the institution but by the rest of South Africa.

Screenshot of some of the images found under the hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou on Twitter.

Here is the Africa the media never shows you

The portrayal of Africa by mainstream media, particularly Western media, paints it as a dark, ugly, hopeless place that is ridden with civil war, militant groups, corruption, violation of freedoms, starvation, chaotic urbanisation and utter desperation.

Mmusi Maimane, recently elected Party Leader of South Africa's Democratic Alliance (DA)

South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) elects Mmusi Maimane as first black leader

South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has elected its first black leader, a move the party hopes will widen its appeal. Mmusi Maimane, 34, was clear favourite to succeed outgoing leader Helen Zille.

Mmusi Maimane, Leader of the Opposition (Democratic Alliance) in South Africa's National Assembly

Could Mmusi Maimane become the first black leader of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA)?

South Africa‘s official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party, is expected to elect its first black leader at a congress starting Saturday, May 9th. The election of a black leader of the DA would be a watershed moment for the predominantly white party.

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Trevor Noah's 'Daily Show' gig is bigger to South Africans than Charlize Theron ever was

On Monday morning, when it was confirmed that Trevor Noah would be the next host of the Daily show, something shifted in the psyche of the South African entertainment scene.

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How not to write about Africa: Use "African Spring"

On October 30, as thousands of determined Burkinabe put an end to the 27 year rule of their Western-backed autocratic leader, Blaise Compaoré, journalist Hewete Selassie asked a question (in a tweet) that pops up whenever mass protests break out somewhere in Africa: “So is #BurkinaFaso the beginning of the African #Arabspring?”