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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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South Africans fighting for Israel in Gaza: what does the law say?

26th March 2024 South Africa’s foreign minister, Naledi Pandor, said the country’s citizens fighting for the Israel Defence Forces in Gaza faced prosecution upon... 

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Senegal: Macky Sall’s reputation is dented, but the former president did a lot at home and abroad

26th March 2024 Macky Sall’s legacy as Senegal’s president since 2012 became more complex in his last year in office. The year was so filled with transgressions... 

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Kenya’s greylisting for weak action on money laundering and terrorism financing: what that means and what must happen next

26th March 2024 Kenya and Namibia are the latest African countries to be placed on the Financial Action Task Force’s grey list over their weak measures against... 

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Parents who believe their children can have a better future are more likely to read and play with them – South African study

25th March 2024 Every day, a small group of women make their way through the community of Sweetwaters, near the South African city of Pietermaritzburg, with bags... 

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Chad presidential election: assassination of main opposition figure casts doubt on country’s return to democracy

20th March 2024 The assassination of Chad’s main opposition leader, Yaya Dillo, is hanging heavy over presidential elections due in early May. Dillo was killed on... 

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Niger has cut military ties with the US: why this is bad for the Sahel’s security

20th March 2024 Niger – a landlocked country of 25-million people in one of the most unstable parts of the world – recently announced it was suspending military... 

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2024 Senegal election crisis points to deeper issues with Macky Sall and his preferred successor

19th March 2024 The botched attempt by Senegalese president Macky Sall to postpone the presidential election has stirred unnecessary tension in an already strained... 

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76% of Africa’s energy could come from renewable sources by 2040: here’s how

19th March 2024 Over half of Africa’s people – about 600-million – lack access to even the bare minimum of electricity. The tough question to answer is how access... 

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