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South Africa: Gold mine pollution is poisoning Soweto’s water and soil – study finds food gardens are at risk

South Africa: Gold mine pollution is poisoning Soweto’s water and soil – study finds food gardens are at risk

24th May 2024 For 140 years, gold mines in Johannesburg, South Africa have been leaking wastewater contaminated with heavy metals. The acid mine drainage from... 

African Standby Force turns 20: has it helped keep the peace? The pros and cons

African Standby Force turns 20: has it helped keep the peace? The pros and cons

24th May 2024 1. Why was the African Standby Force established? The African Union (AU) adopted the African Standby Force’s policy framework in 2004. The force... 

Kenya is badly prepared for floods: four steps to reduce devastation and deaths

Kenya is badly prepared for floods: four steps to reduce devastation and deaths

23rd May 2024 Floods in Kenya in April/May 2024 led to the deaths of over 250 people and caused damage estimated at 4 billion Kenya shillings (US$35-million).... 

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UK-Rwanda migrant deal challenges international protection law

UK-Rwanda migrant deal challenges international protection law

23rd May 2024 In late April 2024 the British parliament passed a law – the Safety of Rwanda Act – enabling it to transport migrants arriving in the UK to Rwanda.... 

Drained but proud: how it felt to organise South Africa’s first democratic election in just 4 months

Drained but proud: how it felt to organise South Africa’s first democratic election in just 4 months

22nd May 2024 How difficult was it to organise the 1994 elections? Imagine building an aircraft while flying it at an incredible speed over a short distance,... 

Small businesses can help South Africa fight unemployment if they get proper support – study

Small businesses can help South Africa fight unemployment if they get proper support – study

21st May 2024 South Africa has an alarming unemployment rate of about 32.1%. Solutions have been elusive. The unemployment rate has been consistently high for... 

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Over 26-million South Africans get a social grant. Fear of losing the payment used to be a reason to vote for the ANC, but no longer – study

15th May 2024 Social grants to reduce poverty feature prominently in the campaign promises of political parties in South Africa’s 2024 national and provincial... 

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South Africa will be president of the G20 in 2025: two much-needed reforms it should drive

15th May 2024 South Africa will play an important international role in 2025 as president of the G20. The G20 is a group of 19 countries as well as the African... 

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South Africa’s plan to move away from coal: 8 steps to make it succeed

9th May 2024 The South African government’s Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan was launched in November 2023. It is a roadmap guiding the country away... 

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South Africa elections: Zuma’s MK Party has hit the campaign trail with provocative rhetoric and few clear policies

8th May 2024 Former South African president Jacob Zuma surprised many in December 2023 by declaring he’d canvass for a new rival to the African National... 

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