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South Africa’s president needs to show more urgency in stopping rogue spies 

7th October 2021 The parliament of South Africa’s oversight committee on intelligence recently tabled its 2019/2020 annual report. The engrossing and depressing... 

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Scientists sound the alarm over drought in East Africa: what must happen next

5th October 2021 Every few years, it is devastating to watch the same tragedy: a weather cycle that brings debilitating drought and hunger to East Africa,... 

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Is the resource curse hard-baked into African economies? China’s approach hints that it may not be

5th October 2021 Countries with abundant natural resources – gold, diamonds, crude oil– often fail to transform that advantage into favourable development outcomes.... 

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Change what South African men think of women to combat their violent behaviour

5th October 2021 South Africans wish to see men and boys change their violent behaviour towards women and girls to stem the worsening tide of male violence against... 

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Head of UNAIDS unpacks the knock-on effects of COVID-19. And what needs to be done

30th September 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened global inequities. The world’s poor have bore the brunt of national lockdowns and will struggle to recover and... 

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We can’t banish Covid-19. But we can end the pandemic with vaccinations

28th September 2021 South Africa’s daily rate of new infections has been on a steady decline for some time. But, truth be told, a fourth wave is probably just on the... 

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A granular look at UK’s COVID-19 ‘red list’ shows why it’s deeply flawed

27th September 2021 Earlier this year the UK introduced a “traffic light” system in yet another attempt to contain and mitigate the effects of Covid-19. The system... 

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The making – and then breaking – of South Africa’s Robben Island Museum

23rd September 2021 South Africa’s Robben Island Museum is an institution limping though a pandemic, and weighed down by its roller coaster history. In our book,... 

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The genocide of signed languages: protecting the linguistic rights of Africa’s deaf children

23rd September 2021 Deaf rights to language, expression, literacy and education have been marginalised throughout history. And signed languages have taken second place... 

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Rewarding academic achievement in schools creates barriers: a South African perspective 

21st September 2021 Most South African parents and learners are familiar with the school practice of rewarding learners for academic achievement visibly, tangibly and... 

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