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Latest Raymond Suttner

Mandela in Cuba

Raymond Suttner

When Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, he asked me to write his speeches. At one point, Thabo Mbeki and myself were both designated... 

Latest Ebrahim Fakir

The South African Constitution and its malcontents - Is the Constitution permissive or prohibitive of social and economic justice?

Politics 360 - Ebrahim Fakir

2021 marked the 25th anniversary of the South African Constitution. It was celebrated to be sure, but without much fanfare. Other than a debate in... 

Latest Econ3x3

Part 2: Fiscal Dimensions of South Africa's crisis


In the first article in this series, we examined the history of SA’s economic policy and some of the roots of its current fiscal crisis. We looked... 

Latest Institute for Security Studies

Neither the Security Council nor the AU is grasping the GERD nettle

Institute for Security Studies

Diplomatic efforts to resolve the long-simmering dispute between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan over Ethiopia's great dam on the Blue Nile now seem to... 

Latest South African Institute of International Affairs

How Covid-19 Undermines Democracy in Africa

South African Institute of International Affairs

As the recorded number of infections in Africa edges towards the six-million mark, it has become clear that Covid-19 is not only a public health... 

Latest Real Economy

Our thoughts at this difficult time


2021 is proving to be another difficult year for South African business. Despite rising minerals prices and some credible signs that initiatives... 

Latest Saliem Fakir

Intersectional issues in renewables: the race debate in the energy sector


We must guard against the idea that green means socially responsible and equitable. Green and optimum social outcomes are not synonymous;... 

Latest The Conversation

Nigeria isn’t ready to deal with rising COVID-19 cases

The Conversation

With rising cases of the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Nigeria, there is heightened concern about how well the country is prepared to... 

Other Opinions

#Phoenix22: Black lives don’t matter

Other Opinions

Perhaps this depends on who died or who did the killing, as in the #Phoenix22 killings, writes our award-winning columnist Bhekisisa Mncube in his... 

Latest Aubrey Matshiqi

The Health of the People Must be the Supreme Law

Political Insight - Aubrey Matshiqi

Cicero, the highly gifted orator and lawyer - he of the heydays of the Roman Empire, once argued that the health of the people, the health of... 

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