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Africa news roundup: 12-18 April

Naledi Pandor gets capped with a PhD, two South Africa-based Fellows of the Royal Society named, Africa gets own artificial intelligence network, and more…

Pandor graduates with PhD from Pretoria

South Africa’s education minister and previous science minister Naledi Pandor received a PhD degree in education from the University of Pretoria on 16 April. The minister described simultaneously studying for the degree and being a cabinet minister as “demanding”. Family time and sleep suffered said the minister, whose research topic was ‘The contested meaning of transformation in higher education in post-apartheid South Africa’. Her thesis has not yet been published, but her international examiner, Fazal Rizvi from the University of Melbourne, Australia, said it gave him ”a more nuanced understanding of South African higher education”.

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