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Will the ‘Ramaphosa dawn’ ripple across SADC?

20th March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa recently completed his first official tour of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region since becoming... 

Women-friendly trade: what can governments do better?

9th March 2018 It’s a familiar sight at border posts: women with baskets groaning under the weight of fresh produce, cheap manufactured goods or handicrafts ready... 

South Africa’s foreign policy under Zuma: Towards greater strategic partnerships

23rd February 2018 South Africa’s 2019 general elections will be a critical moment for democracy as the country welcomes a post-Zuma future. Equally important is the... 


Balancing Cyber Security and Internet Freedom In Africa

14th February 2018 With Bitcoin volatility making daily headlines, even those living in the technological ‘Dark Ages’ are realising that the future is digital.... 

APRM@15 - Has African Governance come of Age?

9th February 2018 In the Americas, when a young Latina girl turns 15, she celebrates her fiesta de quinceañera, a coming of age ceremony. Across the Atlantic Ocean,... 

Outlook for the South African mining industry

8th February 2018 Hot on the heels of Davos, the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba provides an opportunity for the new ANC president, Cyril Ramaphosa, to send the... 

Africa’s Year of Trump: Troubling Questions for the Continent

26th January 2018 One of the enduring images of 2017 was US President Donald J. Trump, a few months into his tenure, squinting bare-eyed at a solar eclipse. During... 

Role of the Youth in APRM’s quest for good governance, development and democracy

10th January 2018 The revitalisation of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is evidence of African governments’ renewed commitment to strengthening good... 

The good, the bad and the ugly: an economic review of Zuma’s presidency

15th December 2017 President Jacob Zuma became ANC president and later president of South Africa when the full impact of the 2008 global financial crisis hit. We... 

Where next for the APRM as the AU transforms?

13th December 2017 As institutions mature, they should take stock to gear themselves for the future. Led by Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, a process is under way at... 

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