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Teaching in troubled times: South African academics try a new approach

Teaching in troubled times: South African academics try a new approach

8th March 2016 Academics in South Africa have perhaps more responsibility than ever before. The country’s universities are in flux. Enrolment rates have more than... 

How South Africans can use their constitution to fight for social justice

How South Africans can use their constitution to fight for social justice

8th March 2016 Seasoned South African social rights activist Mark Heywood is of the view that the country’s constitution can be championed by any citizen, in the... 

How Mbeki's character and his AIDS denialism are intimately linked

How Mbeki's character and his AIDS denialism are intimately linked

3rd March 2016 Former South African president Thabo Mbeki’s character was a salient feature of his presidency. Accusations that he suffered from character flaws –... 

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South Africa faces difficult times, but disaster is not inevitable

South Africa faces difficult times, but disaster is not inevitable

1st March 2016 Finance minister Pravin Gordhan’s budget speech has generally been well received. Nevertheless, many people still fear that South Africa is on the... 

South Africa's budget hits right notes but won't stave off downgrade

South Africa's budget hits right notes but won't stave off downgrade

26th February 2016 In times of crisis budget speeches are usually a lugubrious affair. The first by finance minister Pravin Gordhan since his return to the post is... 

South Africa's budget promises will require buckets of political capital

South Africa's budget promises will require buckets of political capital

26th February 2016 The South African economy has been performing very poorly. Like other commodity exporters, export prices have weakened dramatically, company... 

Pravin Gordhan

South Africa budget 2016: nifty political footwork may not be enough

25th February 2016 One of the most politically important steps taken by Pravin Gordhan, South Africa’s finance minister, in his 2016 Budget is also one of the most... 

South Africa's finance minister tackles wastage, boosts confidence

South Africa's finance minister tackles wastage, boosts confidence

25th February 2016 A great deal was at stake for South Africa when its Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his much-anticipated 2016 Budget speech. The... 

Pravin Gordhan

Economic forecasting: why it matters and why it's so often wrong

24th February 2016 Anybody who has seen a convertible caught in a rainstorm understands the importance of weather forecasts. And the expectation that the forecast is... 

How South Africa’s media deny the country’s youth a voice

How South Africa’s media deny the country’s youth a voice 

24th February 2016 During the transition to democracy in the early 1990s, the media in South Africa underwent a shift in their operations and understanding of what... 

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