Opinion

Science and tech got a raw deal in new cabinet

16 June 2019 - 00:07

Arguably the most disappointing change President Cyril Ramaphosa made when cutting back (a little) on the size and composition of his new cabinet was the merger of the departments of higher education and science & technology. It will without question mean that science and tech will vanish under the weight of the ruling party's self-inflicted chaos in both university funding and the quality of teaching.

You can sort of tell there was little thought put into what the final cabinet might look like, especially on that last-day round of consultation as the president and the ANC and its allies argued about how the spoils of power were to be divided. Why not put arts and culture with higher education? Or any other combination?..

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