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Zuleikha Mayat: South African author and activist who led a life of courage, compassion and integrity

7th February 2024 Few Indian South African women have achieved wider public recognition than author, human rights and cultural activist Zuleikha Mayat, who passed... 

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South Africa needs to manage migrants better. That requires cleaning up the Department of Home Affairs

7th February 2024 Legal grievances against the South African Department of Home Affairs, including contempt of court cases, are depressingly common. Too frequently... 

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Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger want to leave Ecowas. A political scientist explains the fallout

6th February 2024 Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger have sent Ecowas, west Africa’s main political union of 15 countries, a formal notice of their withdrawal from the... 

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Hage Geingob: Namibian president who played a modernising role

6th February 2024 Hage Gottfried Geingob served as the third president of Namibia from 2015 until his death on February 4 2024. He was Namibia’s first prime minister... 

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Thirty years of rural health research: South Africa’s Agincourt studies offer unique insights

6th February 2024 In 1992 a group of academics from the University of the Witwatersrand introduced a health and socio-demographic surveillance system in remote,... 

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Surveillance and the state: South Africa’s proposed new spying law is open for comment – an expert points out its flaws

6th February 2024 In early 2021, the South African Constitutional Court found that the country’s State Security Agency, through its signals intelligence agency, the... 

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South Africa’s military is expected to do more than ever with tighter budgets: how the force has declined over 30 years

6th February 2024 The South African National Defence Force marks 30 years this year, having been established on 27 April 1994. It’s as old as the country’s... 

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South Africans are opting to go off-grid: how they’re being helped, and hindered, in their efforts

2nd February 2024 Eskom, South Africa’s State-owned power utility, struggles to generate and supply a stable flow of electricity to meet demand. In 2023, there were... 

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African countries are struggling with high debt, demands to spend more and collapsing currencies: the policy fixes that could help

1st February 2024 Highly indebted African countries are facing stark trade-offs between servicing expensive debt, supporting high and growing development needs, and... 

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Nelson Mandela’s personal items under the hammer in New York? Why it outraged some, and what’s at stake

31st January 2024 An identity document, a pair of reading glasses, a hearing aid and a pair of worn shoes. These are just some of Nelson Mandela’s personal items... 

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