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Aziz Pahad: the unassuming South African diplomat who skilfully mediated crises in Africa, and beyond

Updated 3 hours ago Aziz Goolam Pahad, who has died at the age of 82, was a South African anti-apartheid activist, politician and deputy minister of foreign affairs in... 

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South Africa has one of the strongest navies in Africa: its strengths and weaknesses

Updated 3 hours ago The deaths of three members of the South African Navy (SA Navy) on 20 September 2023, when a freak wave swept them off the deck of the submarine... 

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Environmental disasters and climate change force people to cross borders, but they’re not recognised as refugees – they should be

27th September 2023 As our planet warms, we’re experiencing more frequent and severe weather events, rising sea levels, prolonged droughts and altered ecosystems.... 

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South African tourism: informal traders need support, not more red tape

26th September 2023 South Africa is an attractive tourist destination for foreign travellers on the African continent. It ranks 27th out of 128 countries in the world... 

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South African hominin fossils were sent into space and scientists are enraged

26th September 2023 When a Virgin Galactic commercial flight soared into space on 8 September 2023, there were two Virgin Galactic pilots, an instructor and three... 

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Zulu land dispute: Ingonyama Trust furore highlights the problem of insecure land tenure for millions of South Africans in rural areas

22nd September 2023 The recent fallout between the Zulu king, Misuzulu, and his now late traditional prime minister, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, over the running of the... 

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AU and G20: membership will give Africa more say on global issues – if it speaks with one voice

20th September 2023 After seven years of advocating for full membership, the African Union (AU) will join the Group of 20 “most important industrialised and developing... 

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South Africa’s destructive storm surges: geoscientist reveals the 3 factors that drove them

20th September 2023 A series of powerful tidal surges battered coastal areas in South Africa’s Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces over the weekend... 

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South Africa’s smallholder vegetable farmers aren’t getting the finance they need: this is what it should look like

20th September 2023 Fresh efforts are being made to increase the share of black ownership in South Africa’s agricultural sector. This follows decades of missteps and... 

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Corruption in South Africa: would paying whistleblowers help?

19th September 2023 Whistleblowing is an important tool in fighting corruption. In South Africa, the commission of inquiry into state capture recommended that the... 

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