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South Africa must look to history to level the playing field for school kids

South Africa must look to history to level the playing field for school kids

4th May 2018 South Africa’s history of segregation has left its footprints in many places. Take the case of semi-rural Franschoek in the country’s Western Cape... 

Mnangagwa's Zimbabwe inches forward – but where is it headed?

Mnangagwa's Zimbabwe inches forward – but where is it headed?

3rd May 2018 The five months since the fall of Robert Mugabe have been far from easy for his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Zimbabwe’s new government has made... 

South Africa's print media is failing to empower citizens on corruption

South Africa's print media is failing to empower citizens on corruption

3rd May 2018 The mainstream media can play an important role in fighting corruption. Investigative journalists in South Africa, for instance, helped to expose... 

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What Buhari and Trump stand to gain from state visit

What Buhari and Trump stand to gain from state visit

30th April 2018 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the Obama White House three years ago was ecstatic. By contrast, his visit this week to the Trump... 

Rwanda can't achieve reconciliation without fixing its democracy

Rwanda can't achieve reconciliation without fixing its democracy

26th April 2018 This month Rwanda marks 24 years since the genocide that left almost one million people dead. Healing is paramount in a society that’s not quite... 

South Africa's strike rate isn't as bad as it's made out to be

South Africa's strike rate isn't as bad as it's made out to be

25th April 2018 South Africa’s parliament is currently debating amendments to the Labour Relations Act that will change how workers can go on strike. For example,... 

Why the film 'Winnie' met all the criteria of a good documentary

Why the film 'Winnie' met all the criteria of a good documentary

24th April 2018 In life as well as in death, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has sharply divided South Africans. This was evident in responses to a documentary about... 

Coverage of Sierra Leone's election reflected stereotypes, not reality

Coverage of Sierra Leone's election reflected stereotypes, not reality

23rd April 2018 Sierra Leone recently held peaceful presidential elections. But you would not know it from the media, which suggested that the country was... 

Millions of urban Africans still don't have electricity: here's what can be done

Millions of urban Africans still don't have electricity: here's what can be done

20th April 2018 At least 110-million of the 600-million people still living without access to electricity in Africa live in urban areas. Most are within a stone... 

African leaders are more constrained by democratic rules than you think

African leaders are more constrained by democratic rules than you think

18th April 2018 Africa is often imagined to be a place in which presidents can do whatever they want, unencumbered by constitutional or democratic constraints. A... 

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