As we celebrate youth month we should not only remember past youth generations that relentlessly fought the apartheid regime, but also reflect on the socio-economic evolution of Africans in general and blacks in particular. The emergence of the black middle class has tilted the general socio-economic position of black people in South Africa. This has changed the character of the student populace in institutions of higher education mainly because this middle class stems from institutions of higher learning.
South Africa's population is largely made up of young people; those who are below the age of 35 years constitute about 66% of the total population. With over 54 million South Africans, 18.5% are between the ages 10-19; and 24% are aged 15-24 (StatSA, 2014).
"Capitalism is a system bereft with crisis" Karl Marx was (and still is) dialectically, historically and materially correct as the brutal system of capitalism is obsessed with private profits accumulation, as opposed to profits accumulation for social needs of men and society. The sadist lies spread by capitalism that socialism failed do not mean capitalism has passed.
5 December 2013
INSPIRED by the vigilance of previous generations of student activists who fought for education transformation under tougher conditions, GUIDED by the spirits of our fallen leaders amongst them Babalwa Ntabeni and Lincoln Morgan and MOTIVATED by the zeal and determination of toiling students across the land, WE the 1061 strong delegates to the 18th SASCO National Congress gathered from the 1st to the 5th of December at the University of Venda in Limpopo province.
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7 January 2016
The 19th Nation executive committee of the South African Students' congress (SASCO) notes and welcomes the release of the 2015 Matric results. We do so with caution and worry with some persistent trends. Whereas we are satisfied with the overall pass rate of 70.7 %, we are however concerned with the decline of 5% from the 2014 results. We are also worried about the consistent low performance of 3 of our poor and "rural" provinces; the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu Natal and Limpopo.
12 November 2015
The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba has granted a waiver to international students who are currently on study visas. This announcement comes after SASCOs call for study visas for international students to be extended to ensure that international students are not adversely affected from the revised examination time tables due to the recent student protests.
Let me begin by expressing my deep condolences to all of you for the loss of yet another giant of our struggle Mme Ruth Mompati. This heroin was an exemplary leader of high calibre. She epitomized all the revolutionary values of our struggle, sacrifice, commitment, discipline and most importantly love for the people. We salute iSithwalandwe, imbokodo, uyibekile induku ebandla.
The Red Spark Theoretical Journal is a South African Students Congress publication issued quarterly to reflect and analyse contemporary issues that affect the society at large. We remain an independent student organisation that is rooted within the National Democratic Revolution as led by the reliable leader of the alliance, the ANC and our approach to matters affecting the ANC-led government and the mass democratic movement we will always use our CC (Contradictory-Complimentary) Approach when articulating our perspective to those issues.