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Teaching Mandarin in schools is another slap in the face for African languages

Teaching Mandarin in schools is another slap in the face for African languages 

12th November 2015 It’s said that behind every powerful language is an army and money. Consider the case of English. In South Africa, as in its other colonies, the... 

Why lending through community-based organisations makes sense

Why lending through community-based organisations makes sense

12th November 2015 This is part of a series of articles The Conversation Africa is running on financial inclusion and micro credit and their role in economic... 

El Niño threatens southern Africa with yet another drought

El Niño threatens southern Africa with yet another drought

12th November 2015 Southern Africa is in for a bumpy, dry ride. There is a 50% chance of a drought occurring this summer that could have an impact on the whole region... 

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Why it's time South Africa's foreign policy was driven by ideas (again)

Why it's time South Africa's foreign policy was driven by ideas (again)

11th November 2015 Understanding South Africa’s foreign policy has proved elusive these 20-odd years past. The brilliant South African cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro... 

Mozambique needs a community-driven approach to electrification

Mozambique needs a community-driven approach to electrification

11th November 2015 Mozambique has one of Africa’s lowest electrification rates. The national grid reached just 23% of the population in 2012. Around 68% of... 

Universities must rethink how they retain and nurture young academics

Universities must rethink how they retain and nurture young academics

11th November 2015 In the years after South Africa became a democracy, the country’s universities began a tough process of change. They worked to improve access for... 

How Ghana's universities are trying to open the doors of learning

How Ghana's universities are trying to open the doors of learning

10th November 2015 Thirty years ago, there was really only one way to be a university student in Ghana: finish school, enrol as a full-time candidate and dedicate... 

Explainer – The role of court interdicts in managing protests

Explainer – The role of court interdicts in managing protests

10th November 2015 A few days into the protests that swept South Africa’s campuses during October, university managers turned to the courts for help. A number of... 

Why textbooks are a crucial part of every child's learning journey

Why textbooks are a crucial part of every child's learning journey

9th November 2015 South Africa’s education system is widely accepted to be in crisis. An alarming number of its children are functionally illiterate and innumerate.... 

Why dependence on natural resources is bad for the DRC

Why dependence on natural resources is bad for the DRC

9th November 2015 Many African countries have in recent years shown phenomenal economic growth. But recent developments on global markets – including the drop in... 

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