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South Africa’s first election was saved by a Kenyan: the fascinating story of Washington Okumu, the accidental mediator

12th April 2024 What’s sometimes forgotten about the 26-29 April 1994 vote that installed the African National Congress (ANC) government in South Africa is that,... 

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What happened to Nelson Mandela’s South Africa? A new podcast series marks 30 years of post-apartheid democracy

11th April 2024 When Nelson Mandela stood in front of the Union Buildings in Pretoria in May 1994 as South Africa’s first democratically elected president, my... 

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South Africa is short of academic statisticians: why and what can be done

11th April 2024 Our world is awash with data. A 2019 article published by the World Economic Forum estimated that, by 2025, about 463 exabytes of data will be... 

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Rwanda’s genocide could have been prevented: 3 things the international community should have done – expert

10th April 2024 As the world marks the 30th anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi ethnic group in Rwanda, it is important to understand what the... 

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South Africa’s crucial water supplies from Lesotho: what the six-month shutdown means for industry, farming and residents

8th April 2024 The main water supply to South Africa’s economic hub, greater Johannesburg in the Gauteng province, and to the country’s breadbasket in the Free... 

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South Africa’s conservation model: why expanding the use of biodiversity to generate money is a good idea

5th April 2024 South Africa’s government is calling for public comments on an updated version of its existing biodiversity economy plan. The National Biodiversity... 

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Africa now emits as much carbon as it stores: landmark new study

4th April 2024 A landmark new study has found that, in the last decade, the African continent has started emitting more carbon than it stores. When the total... 

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El Niño disasters: governments know what’s coming, but are unprepared – what must change

3rd April 2024 Drought disasters in southern Africa are mainly attributed to a lack of preparedness, inadequate response and mitigation and poor risk reduction... 

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South Africa’s laws aren’t geared to protecting against climate change: judges are trying to fill the gap

3rd April 2024 South Africa has plenty of environmental laws but none that specifically oblige government officials to consider the risks and impacts of climate... 

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South Africa’s electricity crisis: what political parties say in their election manifestos about solving it

28th March 2024 South Africa is in the middle of a deep electricity crisis. In 2023 the public, many of whom are voters, experienced the worst loadshedding to... 

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