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The South African government has been buying farmland for black farmers. It’s not gone well

10th January 2023 When the African National Congress came to power in South Africa in 1994, an expressed priority was land reform. This was to address the fact that... 

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ANC in crisis: South Africa’s governing party is fighting to stay relevant - 5 essential reads

15th December 2022 South Africa’s governing party, the African National Congress (ANC), is in a crisis. Having dominated the country’s politics since democracy in... 

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Africa’s ports race is hyped as ‘development’ but also creates pathways for plunder

14th December 2022 Ports have long been integral to Africa’s connectivity with the rest of the world. Yet over the last 15 years, a new stage in maritime... 

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Child nutrition programmes can feed inequality: model from South Africa shows how context shapes lives

14th December 2022 Interventions to improve nutrition, especially for children and pregnant women, can be critical for health, physical growth and cognitive... 

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Joe Biden is meeting African leaders - why free trade is a major talking point

14th December 2022 African leaders face a dilemma over trade relations with the United States. Should they push for the extension of the Africa Growth and Opportunity... 

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US-Africa summit: four things African leaders should try to get out of it

13th December 2022 US president Joe Biden will be hosting African leaders at this week’s summit, as a group. This has its advantages. The 50 African leaders have the... 

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Climate crisis in Africa exposes real cause of hunger – colonial food systems that leave people more vulnerable

12th December 2022 In the waning hours of the year’s biggest climate change conference – COP27 – we learned of a deal to create a loss and damage fund. This is... 

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Durban coastline: sewage polluted beaches pose threat to holiday makers and the environment

12th December 2022 Large numbers of businesses in eThekwini on South Africa’s eastern seaboard – which includes the port city of Durban – rely heavily on tourism.... 

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Janusz Walus parole: South Africa’s constitutional court was right - but failed the sensitivity test

9th December 2022 On 21 November 2022 the Constitutional Court of South Africa ordered the release on parole of Janusz Walus, the Polish national who assassinated... 

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Climate change is not what South Africans see as their main problem: a survey breaks it down

9th December 2022 Climate change is a major threat to food production, and is displacing people and increasing the risks to health globally. Addressing climate... 

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