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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
 
Facts or alternative facts? Zuma’s 10th State of the Nation Address checked
AFRICA CHECK
Amidst unprecedented security measures, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma delivered his tenth State of the Nation Address on 9 February 2017. We fact-checked his speech. Energy  
 
 
12 Feb 2017
 
DA: Wilmot James on Esidimeni 94: DA calls for urgent investigation into top officials who were warned about danger
STATEMENT
Today I wrote to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to request that he launches an urgent investigation into why it is that, despite the fact that the Director-General (DG) Ms MP Matsoso of the...
 
 
10 Feb 2017
 
NT: Minister of Finance heads of argument
STATEMENT
The Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan’s heads of argument in the matter involving Oakbay are now available on the National Treasury website....
 
 
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....
 
 
07 Feb 2017
 
Patient deaths show South Africa's care for the mentally ill is in disarray
THE CONVERSATION
A report in South Africa detailing the death of 94 people with mental health disorders who were moved from the Life Esidemeni Hospital and placed in inadequate facilities has sparked outrage and...
 
 
06 Feb 2017
 
South Africa has made significant gains in racial transformation
INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS
The IRR’s transformation audit, in its January issue of Fast Facts, reveals that racial transformation of the South African workplace, asset ownership and state institutions has been significant...
 
 
02 Feb 2017
 
Grain SA: Detection of a new pest caterpillar for the first time in South Africa
STATEMENT
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) received several reports from farmers of an unidentified Lepidoptera pest causing damage to maize between 16 and 27 January 2017....
 
 
TAC: TAC demands full accountability for Life Esidimeni tragedy
STATEMENT
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the report of South Africa’s Health Ombud, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, into the Life Esidimeni tragedy in Gauteng. The devastating report titled “The...
 
 
How farmers in Africa are finding ways to sustainably use wetlands
THE CONVERSATION
Swamps, marshes, floodplains and mangrove forests, all known as wetlands, are a precious resource. In their natural state they provide a range of eco-system services. They regulate water flows,...
 
 
 
                       
 
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