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How to break the impasse between opposing camps in ivory trade debate

23rd May 2018 Elephants are in an extremely precarious state in both Africa and Asia. Demand for ivory from Africa has caused significant declines in wild... 

The future is African

22nd May 2018 The African continent is unique for many reasons: our diverse landscapes, melting pot of cultures, rich biodiversity, fertile soils and vast... 

How to ensure communities living near mining activities get a better deal

9th May 2018 The South African government and the Chamber of Mines are in the process of formulating a new Mining Charter. The charter serves as a blueprint for... 


When elephants fight: will the US-China trade war hurt South Africa?

19th April 2018 When US President Donald Trump announced that he would ask Congress to impose a 25% tariff on more than 1 300 Chinese imports amounting to an... 

What China’s President Xi’s extended tenure means for Africa

11th April 2018 China’s decision to suspend presidential term limits is still reverberating around the world. The announcement, made after a vote by China’s... 

Rest in power, Mother of the Nation

6th April 2018 The late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was eminently revered as the ‘Mother of our Nation’ – a courageous matriarch who fought tirelessly for a... 

Will the ‘Ramaphosa dawn’ ripple across SADC?

20th March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa recently completed his first official tour of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region since becoming... 

Women-friendly trade: what can governments do better?

9th March 2018 It’s a familiar sight at border posts: women with baskets groaning under the weight of fresh produce, cheap manufactured goods or handicrafts ready... 

South Africa’s foreign policy under Zuma: Towards greater strategic partnerships

23rd February 2018 South Africa’s 2019 general elections will be a critical moment for democracy as the country welcomes a post-Zuma future. Equally important is the... 

Balancing Cyber Security and Internet Freedom In Africa

14th February 2018 With Bitcoin volatility making daily headlines, even those living in the technological ‘Dark Ages’ are realising that the future is digital.... 

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