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Understand your country with Business Day: Education

In South Africa’s 2013 national budget, the allocation to basic education is set at R17.592bn. Still, more than 90% of schools in the country are without functioning libraries

THE BIG ISSUE: Fixing our broken schools takes more than money

FACILITY FAILURE: Phumlani Kubheka, a maths, technology and natural science teacher at Slangrivier Primary School in a rural area outside Newcastle, stands outside the school’s makeshift communal kitchen. He is one of the many teachers who stay in mud huts and caravans on the school property during the week because there is no transport to get them back to their homes. Picture: JACKIE CLAUSEN

Free basic education in SA is in crisis. Business Day brings together three experts to discuss what can be done to change this state of affairs

Understand your country with Business Day: Foreigners

The second TV advertisement in Business Day’s “Understand your country. Or lose it” campaign deals with issues of inequality, governance and the rights of both foreigners and SA citizens

Understand your country with Business Day: Housing

This — Business Day’s third advertisement in the “Understand your country. Or lose it” campaign — deals with the issues of governance and the national housing crisis

Opinion

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Understand your country. Or lose it

We must fight for our country, help it to grow and prosper and be happy, be more open and less frightened to speak

THE BIG ISSUE: Do we need more state, less state, or a better state?

FACILITY FAILURE: Squatters in of Honeydew, northwest of Johannesburg, are sandwiched between highly priced properties. About 200 people live in the 39 shacks without water or sanitation. Picture: Bafana Mahlangu, SOWETAN

Have we reached a situation in SA where wealth buys rights? Is SA for sale to the rich? Are we losing our democracy to the elites? Business Day presents a debate on inequality

LETTER: Bringing sunshine

UNDERSTAND IT: The first advertisement in Business Day's new campaign addresses education in South Africa.

In this season of electioneering, the Business Day advert will probably set a few minds pondering

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