Kafka in Africa - Part 2

Kafka in Africa - Part 2

Distinguished German academic knotted in still more SA red tape.

Noseweek reecently reported on the seemingly endless bureaucratic nightmare faced by Professor Ulrich van der Heyden of Humboldt University in Berlin after his arrival in South Africa as an official guest of the University of South Africa (Unisa) in Pretoria.

As a professor in the theology faculty of his home university – with a particular interest in the history of the German missionary societies in 19th Century South Africa – he had been delighted to receive an invitation from Unisa’s department of Biblical and Ancient Studies to join them for 14 months as a paid visiting researcher. But Unisa’s research management department failed to advise him of all the red tape awaiting him before he could be received by his hosts.

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