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'I don't think the difference will be great' - Analyst Heitman on SANDF in Alex

File picture of army trucks lining before entering Alexandra Township in May 2014. Picture:Vumani Mkhize/EWN

Inter-Ministerial Committee to address migration

In the aftermath of various spates of xenophobic violence, the deployement of the army to Alexandra in Northern Johannesburg and a collaborative amy-police raid of a hostel in Jeppestown has lead to an Inter-Ministerial delegation at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria. EWN's Barry Bateman is there:

We've got a delegation of about 150 people at this meeting with political leaders, business leaders and community organisation leaders. The President will take into consideration suggestions from all these sectors as to how to move forward with regards to migration.

Meanwhile, questions abound over the presence of the army in Alexandra township, in Northern Johannesburg, after Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula's Tuesday announcement. Defence analyst, Helmut Heitman:

In any army, the main success factor lies in having a body of disciplined people. The foreign deployments to the DRC and other parts of Africa have shown that our soldiers do have the necessary discipline. The only problem is that the ordinary soldier isn't trained to address crowd control, so I don't think the difference is going to be that great.

Noakes to face the music over tweet

Professor Tim Noakes - the author of The Noakes Diet - is now facing a charge at the Health Professions Council after he said on Twitter that a mother should wean a child on a low carbohydrate, high fat diet - rather than using porridge. Principal Dietician at Stellenbosch University's Nutrition Information Centre, Irene Labuschagne:

A child only needs milk until six months of age, and thereafter, you want a child to start eating, starting with soft porridge. This helps to teach the child to swallow and you'd want the carbohydrates that come with porridge because a child shouldn't survive on breast milk alone. The convenience and affordability of weaning food has to be considered.

North West to Moses Kotane?

Processses are underway to debate whether the North West province should renamed. ANC MPL in the North West Legislature, Gordon Kegakilwe:

We want to rename the province because the current name is actually a direction. It is high time that this must be tested formally, which is why we have tabled this formally and it will be debated in the North West Legislature. The name of Moses Kotane suggested by the ANC is symbolic because he is someone who fought for liberation.

'Black Studies' for UCT

The University of Cape Town (UCT) says it's working on changing parts of its curriculum as part of transformation. At the same time, there are calls for what is called 'Black Studies' to be introduced, as been done in the US. Associate Professor of Sociology at UCT, Professor Xolela Mangcu:

It's a field of study that's grown in the late 1960's that grew at Harvard, Yale and various other Ivy League institutions. Students at UCT have called for this stream of study in addressing transformation. It was called 'Black Studies' because it was making a statement that 'blackness' isn't a matter of skin pigmentation, it is more a state of mind, much like what Steve Biko alluded to. This is a matter of study as a state of mind. I list schools such as Harvard and Yale as examples to make to colleagues who say the introduction of such study would 'drop standards at UCT' and I say 'did Black Studies drop standards at Yale and Harvard?'


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