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19 January 2017
                       
 
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19 Jan 2017
 
 
High stakes as West Africa prepares military action against Gambia's Jammeh
THE CONVERSATION
In further escalation of the post-election crisis in The Gambia, President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency just a day before his official mandate was due to come to an end. The...
 
 
South Sudan: why the international community needs to act urgently
THE CONVERSATION
The international community is focused on defeating ISIS, dealing with the Syrian conflict and the refugee crisis on their doorsteps as well as home grown terrorism. But, now more than ever, it...
 
 
18 Jan 2017
 
Why junk status still hangs over South Africa
THE CONVERSATION
Although South Africa avoided a downgrade to non-investment grade, or junk status, in 2016, the country is not yet out of the woods and may be downgraded this year. The reasons for this are ongoing...
 
 
17 Jan 2017
 
The African towns falling into decline and poverty after mining companies use resources then exit
THE COVERSATION
The town of Fria in Guinea was built around bauxite mining in 1957. It used to have good facilities: water, electricity, schools, housing and hospitals. But since the last company mining there...
 
 
16 Jan 2017
 
How The Gambia is testing West Africa's resolve to protect democracy
THE CONVERSATION
The Gambia is an opportunity to reinforce election quality norms for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The 15-member regional group was initially set up as a trading bloc. But...
 
 
12 Jan 2017
 
 
 
China's ban on domestic ivory trade is huge, but the battle isn't won
THE CONVERSATION
China has published a notice that the processing and sale of ivory and ivory products “will be stopped by December 31, 2017”. China’s credible commitment to this end follows a decision taken at the...
 
 
Child victim or brutal warlord? ICC weighs the fate of Dominic Ongwen
THE CONVERSATION
The trial of Dominic Ongwen before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is like none other springing from the killing fields of the Great Lakes of Africa. These include the...
 
 
11 Jan 2017
 
 
 
South Africa has work to do to make government more accountable
THE CONVERSATION
The South African government completed its term as lead-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in December 2016. The partnership is an international initiative formed by eight countries in...
 
 
How bucking climate change accord would hinder fight against HIV/AIDS
THE CONVERSATION
The potential withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement has broad implications for society and the environment. While much attention has concentrated upon melting glaciers,...
 
 
10 Jan 2017
 
South Africa can't compete globally without fixing its attitude to maths
THE CONVERSATION
South Africa is not producing enough school leavers who are competent in maths and science. This is a fact borne out by international assessments such as the Trends in International Mathematics and...
 
 
09 Jan 2017
 
Africa is poised for sustainable growth and development. But there are risks
THE CONVERSATION
As we know, growth accelerations are pretty commonplace among developing countries. Economist Ricardo Haussman and his colleagues identified 83 growth accelerations of eight consecutive years at 2%...
 
 
20 Dec 2016
 
Trump's threat on climate change pledges will hit Africa hard
THE CONVERSATION
US President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the US Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, publicly questions the existence of climate change. He, and presumably Trump himself, opposes...
 
 
14 Dec 2016
 
Pressured South African schools had no choice but to relax maths pass mark
THE CONVERSATION
Starting now, South Africa’s pupils will be able to obtain as little as 20% in mathematics in Grades 7, 8 and 9 and still progress to the next year of learning. This has been touted by many as...
 
 
13 Dec 2016
 
UCT: UCT fees decision considers needs of students from lower-income families
STATEMENT
Keeping in mind the importance of students’ commitment to fee-free education and the urgent economic position of academically qualified students who cannot afford higher education, the University...
 
 
08 Dec 2016
 
Drought in southern Africa points to urgent need for climate change plans
THE CONVERSATION
It is expected that temperatures in southern Africa will rise to between 1.5°C and 3°C due to climate change by the year 2050. This is likely to cause heavy fluctuations of weather patterns and...
 
 
 
                       
 
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