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Exiled Venezuelan intellectual Moises Naim makes telling points in his brilliant treatise The End of Power – selected by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to kick off his 2015 “year of books”. Among Naim’s arguments is how technology and social media is transforming old power equations, delivering enormous clout to splinter groups that have the potential to grow into mass movements. In South Africa, this trend is gaining momentum precisely where Naim would expect it to – at the leading “protest” universities UCT and Wits, which enjoy a history of activism. Those caught in outdated paradigms of where power actually lies, risk misinterpreting protests like #Rhodesmustfall and now UCT students’ fight for affordable accommodation. Applying might is very rarely right. And certainly not when your arsenal is stocked with antiquated weaponry. – Alec Hogg
By Lizeka Tandwa, News24
UCT students set paintings alight
By Mpho Raborife, News24
Cyril Ramaphosa: The Audio Biography
Listen to the story of Cyril Ramaphosa's rise to presidential power, narrated by our very own Alec Hogg.