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South Africa’s apartheid legacy is still hobbling research – a study of geography shows how

27th February 2024 Knowledge matters. It informs how we think about the world around us. It informs our decisions and government policies, supporting economic growth... 

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Mozambique’s unstable and expensive power supply is devastating small businesses – study examines what’s gone wrong

27th February 2024 Inside a small bakery in Maputo, the morning’s batch of 150 loaves of bread has just gone into the oven. But there’s a problem: the electricity has... 

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Pregnant women in South Africa should be offered social grants – it’ll save the state money in the long run

26th February 2024 A baby’s first 1 000 days, from the time of conception until their second birthday, is a crucial window of opportunity to optimise their potential... 

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Free movement in west Africa: three countries leaving Ecowas could face migration hurdles

22nd February 2024 For Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, a recent decision to withdraw from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has thrown up questions... 

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Africa’s debt crisis needs a bold new approach: expert outlines a way forward

22nd February 2024 It hasn’t been easy for African states to finance their developmental and environmental policy objectives over the past few years. Recent events... 

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Women in South Africa’s armed struggle: new book records history at first hand

21st February 2024 South Africa’s young democracy was a culmination of years of sweat, blood and revolution against the apartheid regime. In the early 1960s, after... 

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Jobs in South Africa: the labour market is recovering from Covid – but unskilled and less educated people are still being left behind

20th February 2024 For more than three decades the South African economy has had very high rates of joblessness. The country’s economy has been unable to create... 

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HIV among older South Africans in rural areas: big study shows there’s a problem that’s being neglected

20th February 2024 South Africa continues to have a high prevalence of HIV among all age groups. About 8.2-million people or 13.7% of the population live with HIV,... 

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Corruption and clean energy in South Africa: economic model shows trust in government is linked to takeup of renewables

20th February 2024 South Africa relies heavily on energy from coal-fired power stations, which emit large quantities of carbon. But making the transition to greater... 

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South Africa has spent billions in 4 years to create jobs for young people: how their wages affect the broader economy

16th February 2024 In October 2020 the South African government launched a collection of public employment programmes, initially intended as a response to the... 

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