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South Africa’s apartheid regime manipulated borders. Today, the effects linger

12th November 2021 The issue of land, especially its redistribution, remains contentious in South Africa 27 years after the formal end of apartheid. Land... 

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FW de Klerk: the last apartheid president was driven by pragmatism, not idealism

11th November 2021 Few recent historical figures in South Africa provoke more divergent views than Frederik Willem (FW) de Klerk. He was president of the country from... 

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Myths and truths around South Africa’s recent renewable energy auction

11th November 2021 South Africa’s department of mineral resources and energy recently announced its choice of companies to build and operate a new “batch” of... 

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COP26: Two worlds talked past each other – or never even met

10th November 2021 At the 2021 UN climate change conference in Glasgow, moving between the corporate slickness of the official “Blue Zone” (a UN-managed space which... 

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The World Bank and IMF are using flawed logic in their quest to do away with the informal sector

8th November 2021 Many low and middle-income countries face a myriad of challenges. But policies that can address them are few and far between. The challenges... 

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South African voters are disillusioned. But they haven’t found an alternative to the ANC

5th November 2021 South Africa’s historic 2021 local elections have highlighted a deep hole in its party politics – the governing party is in decline, but most... 

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South Africa’s ANC dips below 50%. But opposition parties fail to pick up the slack

5th November 2021 South Africa’s 2021 local government elections were momentous. They mark the first time that the now ruling party and erstwhile liberation... 

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South Africa’s power grid is under pressure: the how and the why

3rd November 2021 South Africans are facing another round of power cuts despite promises from South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, that it would keep the lights on.... 

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South Africa’s local elections: new entrants likely to be the big winners

29th October 2021 Though a ritual, elections yield new insights about the state of the citizenry and the political elite. Life changes, either for the better or... 

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Rwanda and Senegal will host Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine plants: what’s known so far

28th October 2021 The lack of vaccine production capacity in African countries has been the subject of much concern and hand-wringing in the wake of the Covid-19... 

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