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Opinion: Is nuclear part of the answer to sub-Saharan Africa’s electricity shortage? 

21st July 2021 In this opinion article, South African Institute of International Affairs’ Isabel Bosman argues that, despite its pitfalls, nuclear is still an... 

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The Centre is holding

21st July 2021 ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope…’ These... 

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They Call It “The Purge SA”: A Cognitive Dissonance

20th July 2021 There is no definitive truth about any given situation – more than one truth can exist simultaneously without invalidating the other. For example:... 

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South Africa: A nation sitting on a keg of gun powder

19th July 2021 French social psychologist Gustave Le Bon describing the process of de-individuation in his 1895 book titled The Crowd: A study of the Popular Mind... 

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ZumaRiots: Stalingrad Strategy Needed

16th July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa must grow a spine and declare a State of Emergency, writes our award-winning columnist, Bhekisisa Mncube. Mr President,... 

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Beware before you share! These #ShutdownSA videos are misleading

By: Africa Check     14th July 2021 South Africa’s Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces have been rocked by days of looting, protests and violence. The immediate cause was demands that... 

Zuma: It always ends in tears

Zuma: It always ends in tears

9th July 2021 Jacob Zuma inhabits a parallel universe where he believes he is the law unto himself, writes award-winning columnist, Bhekisisa Mncube Mr... 

After all the bluster

After all the bluster

9th July 2021 In the end, it all ended with a whimper. The threats, grand promises to ‘defend Zuma to the last drop of blood’, mobilisation, press conferences,... 

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First, do no harm: Promote formal economy for small business, but not at expense of informality (Part Two)

8th July 2021 The informal sector imposes serious limits on the productivity of firms. It is far preferable for all firms to operate in the formal sector. But... 

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We need a fresh, fleet-of-foot approach to funding small business development (Part One)

8th July 2021 It is extremely difficult for large bureaucracies, staffed by people of whom few have any experience running a business, to provide effective... 

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