Universities are the product of the political and socio-economic systems in which they are embedded. South Africa’s political and socio-economic system has undergone significant transformation as a result of the country’s democratic transition. This transition has been a double-edged one. On the one hand, we have had a political transformation which involved enabling the access of South Africa’s black population to institutions of governance and State. On the other, we had an economic transformation in which the South African economy has been increasingly integrated into the global economy with significant consequences for private public enterprises.
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