Black Man, You Are On Your Own analyses the ideology, politics and organisational features of SASO (South African Students' Association) and their intellectual, political and social determinants. It analyses the role played by SASO in the educational, political and social spheres and the factors that shaped its activities. The book assesses SASO's contribution to the popular struggle against apartheid education and race, class and gender oppression and is therefore an important source of information for schools, libraries and universities. The original text has been extensively revised to make the emergence, ideas and activities of the Back Consciousness movement, and specifically the South African Students' Organisation (SASO), available to a wider audience.
Dr Saleem Badat is Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University, South Africa. Between 1999 and 2006 he was Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Higher Education, which advises the Minister of Education on higher education policy. During the 1980s he occupied leadership positions in local and national student political organisations and the National Education Co-ordinating Committee, and was coordinator of Grassroots community newspaper.
Conceptualising SASO. Apartheid and black higher education. 1960 to 1976-77; SASO: The ideology and politics of Black Consciousness. 'SASO on the Attack': Organisation, mobilisation and collective action. The character, role and significance of SASO.