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Quick read: South Africa’s 2019 election in numbers

Quick read: South Africa’s 2019 election in numbers

By: Africa Check     28th May 2019 In May 2019 South Africa held its sixth democratic election. Millions queued to make their mark on a longer than usual ballot paper. The dust is... 

 Turning East Africa’s tensions into strengths

Turning East Africa’s tensions into strengths

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      27th May 2019 Can the threats to the East African Community (EAC) trade bloc, including accusations of ‘trade wars’ and border closures between Rwanda and... 

Do eight professionals leave South Africa for every one that comes in?

Do eight professionals leave South Africa for every one that comes in?

By: Africa Check     27th May 2019 In an April 2019 episode of the Money Show on talk radio 702, host Bruce Whitfield explored why South Africa’s economy was “in trouble”. “Brain... 

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The seven things new leaders need to do to fix South Africa

The seven things new leaders need to do to fix South Africa

27th May 2019 South Africa’s new national government and nine new provincial executives have taken office following recent elections. They all have a huge job to... 

South Africa needs a functioning parliamentary budget office: now's the time to fix it

South Africa needs a functioning parliamentary budget office: now's the time to fix it

24th May 2019 South Africa’s Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) is in complete disarray. In the 10 years since it was established by law, and the five years it... 

 Algeria, Sudan and the power of protest

Algeria, Sudan and the power of protest

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      24th May 2019 In the past two months, historic anti-government protests across Algeria and Sudan have forced their ageing autocrats to resign after decades of... 

East Africa: Marine-based ‘blue economies’ offer massive potential

East Africa: Marine-based ‘blue economies’ offer massive potential

By: South African Institute of International Affairs      24th May 2019 Developing ocean-based resources in areas such as fisheries, aquaculture, coastal tourism, transport and ports, mining and energy, could generate... 

Out of step

Out of step

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2019 A new report on global energy investment in 2018 points to an ongoing misalignment between approved expenditure on new fuel and power projects and... 

 Will free trade be Africa’s economic game changer?

Will free trade be Africa’s economic game changer?

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      23rd May 2019 The ambitious African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) which technically enters into force on 30 May could be the game changer for... 

Data fails to capture complexity of South Africa's unemployment crisis

Data fails to capture complexity of South Africa's unemployment crisis

23rd May 2019 It’s been 25 years since democracy dawned in South Africa. But apartheid’s legacies still scar the country. Poverty remains high; inequality... 

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