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How the Mandela myth helped win the battle for democracy in South Africa

29th April 2024 Political history scholar Jonny Steinberg’s 2023 book Winnie & Nelson: Portrait of a Marriage is a double biography of South Africa’s most famous... 

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Owning a gun in South Africa offers some safety, but risks run high for users and society – expert

29th April 2024 South Africa has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, eclipsed only by Honduras and a handful of Caribbean island states. Furthermore,... 

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South Africa’s young education researchers need networks to share experience more than pressure to produce outputs

26th April 2024 South Africa has for many years been a strong player in several areas of world-class research. Some of the country’s researchers have made major... 

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R21 anti-malaria vaccine is a game changer: scientist who helped design it reflects on 30 years of research, and what it promises

25th April 2024 Until three years ago nobody had developed a vaccine against any parasitic disease. Now there are two against malaria: the RTS,S and the R21... 

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Rwanda’s post-genocide model prioritises security over freedom and equality – a risk to future stability

25th April 2024 Rwanda, a small and landlocked central African country, has made remarkable socio-economic progress since the 1994 genocide in which an estimated... 

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History for sale: what does South Africa’s struggle heritage mean after 30 years of democracy?

24th April 2024 One of my favourite statues is the one of Nelson Mandela at the Sandton City shopping centre in Johannesburg. Larger than life, its oversized... 

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MeerKAT: the South African radio telescope that’s transformed our understanding of the cosmos

23rd April 2024 South Africa’s Karoo region is a vast semi-arid area that stretches across four of the country’s provinces. It is sparsely populated and renowned... 

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Two new malaria vaccines are being rolled out across Africa: how they work and what they promise

23rd April 2024 Malaria incidents are on the rise. There were 249-million cases of this parasitic disease in 2022, five-million more than in 2021. Africa suffers... 

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South Africa’s security forces once brutally entrenched apartheid. It’s been a rocky road to reform

22nd April 2024 One of the important tasks that faced South Africa’s democratic government after 1994 was to reform the apartheid-era security apparatus. The... 

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South Africa’s electricity crisis: a series of failures over 30 years have left a dim legacy

19th April 2024 In 1994, apartheid ended and the African National Congress (ANC) won South Africa’s first ever democratic elections, promising “Electricity for... 

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