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Zimbabwe: troubled nation now faces tough foreign policy choices

Zimbabwe: troubled nation now faces tough foreign policy choices

4th October 2018 The toxic presidency of Mugabe may be over, but the new Zimbabwean government of Emmerson Mnangagwa must quickly make some hard foreign policy... 

Digging up the numbers on informal mining in Nigeria

Digging up the numbers on informal mining in Nigeria

By: Africa Check     4th October 2018 Millions of people in Nigeria survive on artisanal and small-scale mining, the country’s minister of mines and steel, Abubakar Bwari, reportedly... 

Why has manufacturing employment declined so rapidly?

Why has manufacturing employment declined so rapidly?

By: Econ3x3      3rd October 2018 The manufacturing sector has performed poorly and employment has fallen sharply. Policy has tended to push manufacturing onto a more... 

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Victim surveys show that crime in South Africa may be dropping, yet fear is rising

Victim surveys show that crime in South Africa may be dropping, yet fear is rising

3rd October 2018 South Africans consistently rank crime among their top concerns, second only to unemployment. Between 2003 and 2015, 79% of people surveyed... 

 China’s salami slicing takes root in Africa

China’s salami slicing takes root in Africa

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      3rd October 2018 Mass indignation greeted the revelation that South Africa was to receive a R370-billion ‘gift’ from China, amid criticism about the lack of... 

Gandhi and Mandela: a tentative interpretation

Gandhi and Mandela: a tentative interpretation

By: Raymond Suttner     2nd October 2018 Mohandas Karamchand “Mahatma” Gandhi and Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela were very different types of persons in most respects. But it is too easy to... 

 Boko Haram exposes the cracks in Nigeria’s military strategy

Boko Haram exposes the cracks in Nigeria’s military strategy

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      2nd October 2018 For nearly three years the Nigerian government has stuck to its claim that it has ‘technically defeated’ Boko Haram. Recently though, the terror... 

It's time to stop the appropriation of South Africa's visual archive

It's time to stop the appropriation of South Africa's visual archive

2nd October 2018 In an interview published in the New York Times, American visual artist Hank Willis Thomas describes his work as “collaborative storytelling”. He... 

Why do people work? Respect trumps money in South Africa case study

Why do people work? Respect trumps money in South Africa case study

1st October 2018 In South Africa, more than 50% of working age adults don’t have jobs. But is the country asking the right questions when it comes to understanding... 

 How serious is the African Union about democracy?

How serious is the African Union about democracy?

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      1st October 2018 Most African countries now hold regular elections, albeit often flawed and contested. Fewer coups on the continent are largely the result of the... 

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