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South Africa can't save itself just by talking the talk. It must walk the walk

South Africa can't save itself just by talking the talk. It must walk the walk

3rd March 2017 South Africa is fast approaching a crossroads at which it will have to choose between structural reform and a lurch to populist nationalism. So,... 

How South Sudan's warlords triggered extreme hunger in a land of plenty

How South Sudan's warlords triggered extreme hunger in a land of plenty

2nd March 2017 A man-made famine? That question has been on the lips a lot in recent days after it was declared in South Sudan. The last time this happened in... 

Thabo Mbeki calls for a 'rebirth'. Is South Africa up to the task?

Thabo Mbeki calls for a 'rebirth'. Is South Africa up to the task?

1st March 2017 The appointment of former South African president Thabo Mbeki as Chancellor of one of the country’s largest tertiary institutions, the University... 

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Rest in power, Miriam Tlali: author, enemy of apartheid and feminist

Rest in power, Miriam Tlali: author, enemy of apartheid and feminist

1st March 2017 Renowned South African author Miriam Masoli Tlali passed away on February 24 2017, aged 83. Born November 11 1933 in Doornfontein, Johannesburg,... 

South Africa needs to do more to plug its deficit than target the rich

South Africa needs to do more to plug its deficit than target the rich

27th February 2017 Faced with a growing deficit, depressed revenue generators and a limited tax pool, South Africa’s finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, once again... 

Why Gordhan's silence on South Africa's nuclear option is a good sign

Why Gordhan's silence on South Africa's nuclear option is a good sign

24th February 2017 South Africa’s Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan said very little about the energy sector in his recent budget speech. The word “energy” came up... 

Replacing South Africa's finance minister, or his deputy, would carry a heavy cost

Replacing South Africa's finance minister, or his deputy, would carry a heavy cost

21st February 2017 Many see the decision by South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) to send the disgraced former CEO of the power utility Eskom to... 

Zuma had a chance to galvanise South Africans. He blew it

Zuma had a chance to galvanise South Africans. He blew it 

21st February 2017 South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma presented his 2017 state of the nation address on the back of mounting socio-economic challenges for a country... 

What the rest of Africa can learn from The Gambia's transition to democracy

What the rest of Africa can learn from The Gambia's transition to democracy

20th February 2017 The tensions that followed the historic electoral defeat of Gambia strongman President Yahya Jammeh has been a litmus test for democracy in Africa... 

Barack Obama: an enduring legacy for advocates of democracy in Africa?

Barack Obama: an enduring legacy for advocates of democracy in Africa?

17th February 2017 American President Donald Trump’s February 13 calls to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma are his first signals of... 

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