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Food security ‘experts’ don’t have all the answers: community knowledge is key

28th July 2022 South Africa is in the grips of a food system paradox. It’s a country known for its agricultural production and has a sophisticated policy... 

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South Africa has been warned that it faces an ‘Arab Spring’: so what are the chances?

27th July 2022 Former South African President Thabo Mbeki recently launched a sharp critique of the governing African National Congress (ANC) for failure to... 

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Why Russia is on a charm offensive in Africa. The reasons aren’t pretty

27th July 2022 Russia is the source of less than 1% of the foreign direct investment into Africa. Substantively, then, Russia brings little to the continent. But... 

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Cryptocurrencies are gaining ground across Africa. That’s both good news and bad

26th July 2022 Cryptocurrencies have become popular in African and other developing countries. That’s according to a policy brief released recently by UNCTAD, a... 

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Africa’s free trade area offers promise for cities – but only if there’s investment

26th July 2022 The African Continental Free Trade Area came into operation on 1 January 2021. This is a considerable achievement. The free trade area is now the... 

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Ethiopia’s dam dispute: five key reads about how it started and how it could end

26th July 2022 The US has revived diplomatic efforts to resolve the dispute sparked by Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project on the Nile.... 

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Angola’s Dos Santos failed to provide a moral example and stop the plunder of the state

22nd July 2022 Silence is what comes to define the life and the death of the former Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos (1942-2022), who died recently at a... 

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Moving the Maasai: Tanzania is repeating Kenya’s colonial past

22nd July 2022 Images of distressed members of the Maasai community being forcibly moved from their homes, beaten and harassed by police and the army in northern... 

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South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki at 80: admired on the continent more than at home

22nd July 2022 Thabo Mbeki, who succeeded Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s second post-apartheid president, celebrated his 80th birthday on 18 June 2022.... 

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Religion and state need to be in balance to protect democracy in South Africa

21st July 2022 The relationship between religion and the law is often complicated. It is sometimes even conflicted. At the heart of the matter lies the tension... 

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