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South Africa has spent billions in 4 years to create jobs for young people: how their wages affect the broader economy

16th February 2024 In October 2020 the South African government launched a collection of public employment programmes, initially intended as a response to the... 

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Wagner Group is now Africa Corps. What this means for Russia’s operations on the continent

15th February 2024 In August 2023, Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin died after his private jet crashed about an hour after taking off in Moscow. He had been... 

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West Africa trade will take a hit as Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso leave Ecowas

15th February 2024 The membership of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has been whittled down from 15 to 12 following the unilateral withdrawal... 

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17-million South Africans live on communal land – new study of a rural valley offers insights on how to manage it

14th February 2024 The Tyhume River, flowing from the forested Amathole Mountains in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, gives its name to a valley of 20 villages... 

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100 years of radio in Africa: from propaganda to people’s power

13th February 2024 Radio is thriving across Africa. Exact figures are difficult to come by because audience research differs across countries. But studies estimate... 

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University rankings are unscientific and bad for education: experts point out the flaws

By: Reuters     13th February 2024 We rank almost everything. The top 10 restaurants in our vicinity, the best cities to visit, the best movies to watch. To understand whether the... 

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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa aims for upbeat tone in annual address, but fails to impress a jaundiced electorate

12th February 2024 This year’s State of the Nation Address – delivered annually in February by South Africa’s president – was bound to be stuffed with electioneering... 

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Tanzania’s elections are vulnerable to state abuse – urgent law reforms are needed

9th February 2024 Tanzania’s electoral law reform is overdue for an overhaul. This was made most apparent by the 2019 local elections and the 2020 general elections.... 

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Macky Sall throws Senegal’s democratic credentials into doubt

8th February 2024 Senegal’s President Macky Sall announced in early February that presidential elections, originally scheduled for 25 February, would be postponed... 

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Money and ageing: South African study shows cash grants help people live longer and have better memory function

7th February 2024 Nearly half of South Africa’s 60-million people receive social grants, ranging from child support to pensions. The grants are designed to provide... 

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