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Electoral systems need urgent reform. South Africa is no exception

Electoral systems need urgent reform. South Africa is no exception

Updated 3 hours ago The long running political soap opera unfolding in Westminster over a decision taken two years ago in a referendum to leave the European Union has... 

How portrayal of protest in South Africa denigrates poor people

How portrayal of protest in South Africa denigrates poor people

18th April 2019 Poor people in South Africa often feel that the only way they can be heard is to protest. The past few days have shown that not even this gets them... 

Rekindling hope is the missing elixir needed to fix South Africa's economy

Rekindling hope is the missing elixir needed to fix South Africa's economy

17th April 2019 South Africa’s election season is underway. But current debates are stuck in a time warp. The country needs to look beyond the familiar nostrums... 

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Omar al-Bashir: a military autocrat with a shrewd sense of politics

Omar al-Bashir: a military autocrat with a shrewd sense of politics

12th April 2019 The reign of Omar al-Bashir is over. His 30 years of rule are finally at an end. Like previous Sudanese leaders, he was finally toppled by the... 

Ramaphosa's presidency is drawing voters back to the ANC: new study

Ramaphosa's presidency is drawing voters back to the ANC: new study 

11th April 2019 The latest research into the voting preferences of South Africans finds that trust in the country’s president is the single most important... 

South Africa's new science policy holds promise, but there are gaps

South Africa's new science policy holds promise, but there are gaps

11th April 2019 South Africa has adopted a new policy to drive science, technology and innovation. The last White Paper on the subject was issued in 1996 and had... 

Why fixing primary health care is crucial to making South Africa healthier

Why fixing primary health care is crucial to making South Africa healthier

10th April 2019 By some measures – healthy life expectancy, obesity and depression, among others – South Africa is the unhealthiest country on earth. That’s a... 

South Africa doesn't have enough women in foreign policy. Why it matters

South Africa doesn't have enough women in foreign policy. Why it matters

9th April 2019 The first ever conference of women foreign ministers took place in Canada last year. Ministers from 17 countries, including Ghana, Kenya, Namibia,... 

Portraying Rwanda's genocide as an encounter with hell

Portraying Rwanda's genocide as an encounter with hell

4th April 2019 Quoting the words of one local missionary, the Time magazine cover of May 1994 reads: There are no devils left in Hell, They are all in Rwanda. 

South Africa's informal sector: why people get stuck in precarious jobs

South Africa's informal sector: why people get stuck in precarious jobs

3rd April 2019 South Africa has a jobs crisis. In the fourth quarter of 2018, 6.14-million people were out of work, an unemployment rate of 27.1%, which is one of... 

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