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Vigilantism in South Africa carries historical imprints of past violence against black people

23rd June 2022 South Africa’s history of discrimination, racial segregation and extralegal violence has influenced patterns of violence today. Colonial and... 

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What it’ll take for the Guptas to face corruption charges in South Africa

23rd June 2022 Now that Rajesh and Atul Gupta have been arrested in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), there is a great deal of speculation as to when the brothers... 

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What’s driving the surge in South Africa’s fuel price

20th June 2022 Increases in the domestic price of fuel are big news in South Africa, with the price of petrol, diesel and paraffin reaching new highs. The... 

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The air in South African Highveld cities smells foul in the winter: here’s why

20th June 2022 People living in South Africa’s biggest city Johannesburg have been subject to pungent smells in the air similar to rotten eggs. It’s not the first... 

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China to adopt genetically modified maize and soy: why it matters for South Africa

17th June 2022 Something important for global agriculture happened this past week but received minimal media coverage. The Chinese National Crop Variety Approval... 

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South Africa’s epochal 1976 uprisings shouldn’t be reduced to a symbolic ritual

17th June 2022 On the morning of Wednesday, 16 June 1976, young students from schools across Soweto set out on a march through the sprawling black township... 

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Rising food prices hit poor people the hardest: a close look at inflation in South Africa

14th June 2022 Concerns about rising food prices are making the headlines across the world as pressures mount in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The war... 

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What Lesotho can teach Eswatini and South Africa about key political reforms

10th June 2022 Two southern African countries, South Africa and Eswatini, are undergoing important reforms. South Africa is reviewing its electoral system while... 

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution: a seductive idea requiring critical engagement

9th June 2022 Narrative frames are fundamental to unifying ideologies. They frame what is possible and impossible, which ideas can be accepted and which must be... 

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South Africa is in search of a fairer electoral system. But what’s been tabled is flawed

9th June 2022 South Africa is amending its electoral law to make it fairer by enabling citizens to contest provincial and national elections without being forced... 

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