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South Africa budget 2016: nifty political footwork may not be enough

South Africa budget 2016: nifty political footwork may not be enough

25th February 2016 One of the most politically important steps taken by Pravin Gordhan, South Africa’s finance minister, in his 2016 Budget is also one of the most... 

South Africa's finance minister tackles wastage, boosts confidence

South Africa's finance minister tackles wastage, boosts confidence

25th February 2016 A great deal was at stake for South Africa when its Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his much-anticipated 2016 Budget speech. The... 

Economic forecasting: why it matters and why it's so often wrong

Economic forecasting: why it matters and why it's so often wrong

24th February 2016 Anybody who has seen a convertible caught in a rainstorm understands the importance of weather forecasts. And the expectation that the forecast is... 

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How South Africa’s media deny the country’s youth a voice

How South Africa’s media deny the country’s youth a voice 

24th February 2016 During the transition to democracy in the early 1990s, the media in South Africa underwent a shift in their operations and understanding of what... 

Dying from a treatable disease: HIV and the men we neglect

Dying from a treatable disease: HIV and the men we neglect

23rd February 2016 In rural Malawi it is not uncommon for neighbours to see a skeletal man being pushed in a wheelbarrow by his son or his brother. The frail man is... 

Africa's informal seed system needs to brought in from the cold

Africa's informal seed system needs to brought in from the cold

23rd February 2016 African governments and donors have spent huge sums of money on seed systems. Simply put, seed systems are networks of organisations, individuals,... 

How South Africans fork out billions in 'taxes' collected by stealth

How South Africans fork out billions in 'taxes' collected by stealth 

22nd February 2016 South Africa has an unaccounted for tax. By unaccounted I mean it is a tax which does not appear anywhere in the government accounts, including... 

South Africa's civil servants are the country's new labour elite

South Africa's civil servants are the country's new labour elite

19th February 2016 Foundation essay: Our foundation essays are longer than usual and take a wider look at a key issue affecting society. The rise of public sector... 

South Africa – Finely balanced between autocracy and democracy

South Africa – Finely balanced between autocracy and democracy

18th February 2016 South Africa has spent the last 20 years in transition, oscillating between a deepening and a reversal of democratic liberties. Global patterns... 

South Africans are demanding more of their leaders, and democracy

South Africans are demanding more of their leaders, and democracy

17th February 2016 South Africa’s peaceful transition to democracy is widely admired on the continent and around the world. This year, the country marks the 22nd... 

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