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What Nelson Mandela can teach us about lifelong, dialogue-rich learning

What Nelson Mandela can teach us about lifelong, dialogue-rich learning

12th October 2015 Nelson Mandela’s life and writings reveal his fascination with education. The late statesman’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, often profiles... 

How the failed ideals of 1970s activists haunt post-apartheid South Africa

How the failed ideals of 1970s activists haunt post-apartheid South Africa

12th October 2015 Foundation essay: Our foundation essays are longer than usual and take a wider look at key issues affecting society. South Africa is in many ways a... 

An integrated, sustainable fix is key to solving Africa's energy woes

An integrated, sustainable fix is key to solving Africa's energy woes

12th October 2015 Two out of every three Africans – a staggering 620 million people – do not have access to modern energy. And lack of energy is just one of many... 

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Food insecurity is a reality for millions of South Africans living in informal settlements

Food insecurity is a reality for millions of South Africans living in informal settlements

12th October 2015 Up to 70% of households in South Africa’s informal settlements skip meals or eat the same meal on most days. The breadwinners also regularly... 

When communities help authorities tally births and deaths, health care equalises

When communities help authorities tally births and deaths, health care equalises

9th October 2015 Recent research suggests that two thirds of deaths across the world are unrecorded. In addition, unrecorded deaths occur more frequently among... 

How Africa can build inclusive, safe and sustainable cities

How Africa can build inclusive, safe and sustainable cities

9th October 2015 Recently, world leaders gathered in New York to commit to the new sustainable development goals. For the first time, a specifically urban goal is... 

Engineering graduates can help Africa to meet its sustainable development goals

Engineering graduates can help Africa to meet its sustainable development goals

9th October 2015 Engineers will play a vital role in meeting the challenges laid out by the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Their skills, and... 

Smaller African cities need sustainable energy intervention

Smaller African cities need sustainable energy intervention

9th October 2015 Africa is experiencing a massive flow of people into urban areas. This is happening in major urban centres such as Lagos, Accra and Dar es Salaam... 

Debunking the myth that orality trumps literacy in Africa

Debunking the myth that orality trumps literacy in Africa

9th October 2015 Africa is often said to be the oral continent. This is a persistent stereotype which maintains that people in rural sub-Saharan Africa mainly... 

Africa's old men's club out of touch with continent's suave, burgeoning youth

Africa's old men's club out of touch with continent's suave, burgeoning youth 

8th October 2015 There is something unmistakably common in Africa: the continent’s ageing and long-serving presidents. Its five longest presidencies stretch between... 

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