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Khartoum: the creation and the destruction of a modern African city

23rd May 2023 Khartoum is – was – a city that did not know war or fighting in its recent history. Now it is in the grip of a civil war between rival military... 

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South Africa’s 10 year-olds are struggling to read – it can be fixed

23rd May 2023 More than 80% of South Africa’s grade 4 pupils – who are on average nine or 10 years old – cannot read for meaning. That means they can’t answer... 

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US laws to promote home-grown industries will hurt African economies

19th May 2023 The Biden administration has ratcheted up protectionism and industrial policy amid surging economic tensions with China. Legislation passed in 2022... 

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South African diamonds adorn the crown of King Charles – why they’re unlikely to be returned

19th May 2023 Opera singer Pretty Yende and foreign minister Naledi Pandor were not the only South African presence at the coronation of King Charles III. Also... 

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91% of sub-Saharan African workers don’t save for old age: why that’s a problem and how to fix it

18th May 2023 Less than 10% of the workers in sub-Saharan Africa save for old age, the lowest rate for any region in the world. That implies most of the... 

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Did South Africa sell arms to Russia? Only a series of unlikely scenarios could have made it possible

17th May 2023 On 11 May 2023 the US ambassador to South Africa, Reuben Brigety, claimed that South Africa had secretly exported arms to Russia in December 2022.... 

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Sudan is awash with weapons: how the two forces compare and what that means for the war

16th May 2023 Armed conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces has escalated following an outbreak of violence in April... 

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Millions of young South Africans are jobless: study finds that giving them ‘soft’ skills like networking helps their prospects

16th May 2023 The fact that more than half of the South African population is under 30 years could be beneficial for the country’s economic growth and... 

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Justice Yvonne Mokgoro: South Africa’s trailblazing defender of justice, human dignity and the constitution

16th May 2023 Many great legal minds have made important contributions to the development of the law, justice and constitutionalism in South Africa. One figure... 

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South Africa walks a tightrope of international alliances - it needs Russia, China and the west

12th May 2023 Relations between the People’s Republic of China and Russia on one hand and the west, specifically the US, on the other have become increasingly... 

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