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24 February 2017
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21 Feb 2017
 
 
Replacing South Africa's finance minister, or his deputy, would carry a heavy cost
THE CONVERSATION
Many see the decision by South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) to send the disgraced former CEO of the power utility Eskom to parliament as the precursor to another attack on the...
 
 
 
 
Zuma had a chance to galvanise South Africans. He blew it
THE CONVERSATION
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma presented his 2017 state of the nation address on the back of mounting socio-economic challenges for a country that’s squandered its development opportunities....
 
 
20 Feb 2017
 
What the rest of Africa can learn from The Gambia's transition to democracy
THE CONVERSATION
The tensions that followed the historic electoral defeat of Gambia strongman President Yahya Jammeh has been a litmus test for democracy in Africa beyond the tiny west African nation. It’s five...
 
 
17 Feb 2017
 
Barack Obama: an enduring legacy for advocates of democracy in Africa?
THE CONVERSATION
American President Donald Trump’s February 13 calls to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma are his first signals of interest in sub-Sahara Africa. Trump reportedly...
 
 
15 Feb 2017
 
 
 
What "decolonised education" should and shouldn't mean
THE CONVERSATION
University students in very different countries – South Africa, England and the US – argue that it’s time to decolonise higher education. What does this mean? What would acquiescing to the...
 
 
14 Feb 2017
 
Zuma's speech was full of 'alternative facts' rather than a reflection of reality
THE CONVERSATION
South African President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation speech will be followed by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget speech next week on February 22. They represent the country’s two main...
 
 
13 Feb 2017
 
Zuma's speech: the story of a country that's fallen for the 'politics of the belly'
THE CONVERSATION
South Africans have yet again been treated to a grotesque bastardisation of the idea of a state of the nation address. In its proper sense, a state of the nation address ought to be a signpost down...
 
 
10 Feb 2017
 
What South Africa can do about youth unemployment in the short run
THE CONVERSATION
South Africa’s youth unemployment rates are now considered to be chronic. The latest figures show that about 48% of South Africans between 15 and 34 were unemployed in the third quarter of 2016....
 
 
 
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