The Covid-19 pandemic, like the #FeesMustFall movement, has shown the gaps and vulnerability of traditional universities in an era that requires more flexibility in their operational systems.
It is now clear, given the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic, and especially the struggle in the Global North to cope and contain the spread of the virus, it will be a while before things go back to normal.
For us, in South Africa, things are looking optimistic. As it stands now, we might recover before the Global North. Yet, even if we were to contain and manage the spread of the virus before the Global North, we are still part of the global political economy.
We need the Global North and it does not help us if they are under lockdown. Universities in South Africa are also part of this political economy and after this lockdown, they have to reconsider their readiness for the next global disaster.
The lockdown has several implications for universities in South Africa. Universities have sent their students home and they have been informed that the second term will be completed online. There will be no physical classes in the second term. There are four critical issues that...