The water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa is easing a bit, but the city and many of its businesses and institutions are forging ahead with expensive efforts to increase supply, including private desalination plants.
Student protesters in South Africa are chalking up another victory in their "decolonization" campaign. Stellenbosch University, once a bastion of apartheid ideology, has agreed to stop teaching in Afrikaans and switch to English as the main language of instruction.
Yesterday was Pi Day, when nerds around the world celebrate the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. (Pi, of course, begins with 3.14, hence 3/14 is Pi Day.) On Wednesday, students at COSAT created posters to honor that most famous of non-repeating, irrational numbers.
Last year, Abongile Xeketwana and Monwabisi Dingane designed a chemistry experiment that was good — really good. It won the Cape Town city high school chemistry competition. Then it won the provincial competition. Then it won the national competition. That's right — two kids from Khayelitsha are, one could argue, the top young chemists in South Africa.
In Khayelitsha, police are often accused of not doing their job. Citizens say they are forced to take justice into their own hands. Alleged criminals are often put to death by mobs, in full view of children.
We have created a new Twitter account — @PRISchoolYear — and are handing over the keys to teachers around the world. Every week or so, a new teacher will share a bit about what things are like in his or her classroom.