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Parties aren't taking big issues seriously in South Africa's election campaign

Parties aren't taking big issues seriously in South Africa's election campaign

1st April 2019 Democracy is meant to be a system in which political parties compete to convince the people that they have answers to their most pressing problems.... 

Why restructuring South Africa's power utility won't end the blackouts

Why restructuring South Africa's power utility won't end the blackouts

29th March 2019 Recent power cuts and the announcement that South Africa’s power utility Eskom will be receiving R23-billion (about USD$1.5-billion) a year in... 

Poor coverage of floods in southern Africa? Blame the media bosses

Poor coverage of floods in southern Africa? Blame the media bosses 

27th March 2019 South African media has been criticised on social media for its initially superficial and underwhelming coverage of the massive floods in... 

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Land reform in South Africa is doomed unless freed from political point-scoring

Land reform in South Africa is doomed unless freed from political point-scoring

27th March 2019 Black landlessness has become a convenient weapon for political populists in South Africa. With elections around the corner, the lingering... 

 South Africans go to the polls in May: what you need to know

South Africans go to the polls in May: what you need to know

26th March 2019 South Africa holds its sixth national election on May 8, coinciding with the country’s celebration of its silver jubilee as a democracy this year.... 

Fixing South Africa's public schools: lessons from a small-town university

Fixing South Africa's public schools: lessons from a small-town university

22nd March 2019 South Africa’s public schooling system is riddled with problems. Drop-out rates are high, pupils lack proper support and mentoring, and the... 

Irrigating Africa: can small-scale farmers lead the way?

Irrigating Africa: can small-scale farmers lead the way?

20th March 2019 We often hear that irrigation in Africa is too limited, and that the key to a “green revolution” on the continent is to expand to levels seen in... 

Why some won't be celebrating Namibia's independence 29 years on

Why some won't be celebrating Namibia's independence 29 years on

19th March 2019 Namibia’s South West African People’s Organisation (Swapo) is an exception among the liberation movements that became governments in Africa. As... 

Responses to Zimbabwe highlight gulf between the region and the west

Responses to Zimbabwe highlight gulf between the region and the west

11th March 2019 The post-Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe continues to struggle to establish its legitimacy. While this is the case the terms of its future international... 

 Can Benin protect itself from terrorism in the region?

Can Benin protect itself from terrorism in the region?

11th March 2019 Since February 2018, there have been about 60 terror attacks in the eastern region of Burkina Faso. Although no group has claimed responsibility,... 

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