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OECD survey strengthens case against VAT increase in South Africa

OECD survey strengthens case against VAT increase in South Africa

31st July 2015 In the debate around a possible increase in the value-added tax (VAT) rate in South Africa, left wing trade unions are likely to point to the... 

Yahya Jammeh, president of Gambia

Why Gambia is not ideal to host Africa’s human rights watchdog

30th July 2015 When one thinks of human rights in Africa, The Gambia might spring to mind as an example of a country with a domestic record of grave violations.... 

 In South Africa childhood hunger and obesity live side by side

In South Africa childhood hunger and obesity live side by side

30th July 2015 There is a bizarre paradox at work in South Africa: children are either going hungry or are eating too much of the wrong foods. This means that... 

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Why we need to tread carefully in drawing up human rights rules for business

Why we need to tread carefully in drawing up human rights rules for business

29th July 2015 Devising the rules for holding businesses responsible for the effects of their operations on human rights, which are inherent to all human beings... 

Newspaper ownership: political influence trumps the promise of profits

Newspaper ownership: political influence trumps the promise of profits

28th July 2015 The Financial Times, one of the great global journalism institutions, has been sold by the Pearson Group to the Japanese media company Nikkei. This... 

South Africa’s struggling agricultural sector: what went wrong 20 years ago

South Africa’s struggling agricultural sector: what went wrong 20 years ago  

27th July 2015 South Africa’s decision to play by the global rules of free trade post 1994 put the country’s agricultural sector in a difficult position. While it... 

Dealing with African epidemics needs more than just a health response

Dealing with African epidemics needs more than just a health response

27th July 2015 Understanding the complex linkages between food systems, wildlife, and environmental health raises questions about the governance of epidemics in... 

Improving student teachers' in-school experiences is a smart investment

Improving student teachers' in-school experiences is a smart investment

27th July 2015 For some student teachers, the compulsory practical period they spend in a school before qualifying is the highlight of their degree. During this... 

How to design more stable democracies that better fit African realities

How to design more stable democracies that better fit African realities

24th July 2015 The state of democracy in Africa is one of the most controversial and difficult questions facing the continent today. Is Africa getting more or... 

Africa’s forests may be our last chance to slow climate change

Africa’s forests may be our last chance to slow climate change

23rd July 2015 Deforestation is now the second leading cause of global climate change. Debates on this topic often centre on the Amazon, given the high-profile... 

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