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South Africa's future hinges on Ramaphosa's strategic skills

South Africa's future hinges on Ramaphosa's strategic skills

South Africa’s 2018 State of the Nation address by the president of South Africa has been postponed. This unprecedented step makes it clear that the country is seeing the final days of Jacob Zuma as president although it may take a day or a week or two before things are finalised

Africa must work with partners to mitigate the impact of Trump's agenda

Africa must work with partners to mitigate the impact of Trump's agenda

US President Donald Trump did not refer to Africa once in his first State of the Union Address. His predictable focus was on several highly contentious domestic issues Americans will have to resolve for themselves

Zuma's reluctance to leave office is offering sound lessons in democracy

Zuma's reluctance to leave office is offering sound lessons in democracy

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma is digging in his heels and refusing to relinquish the top job despite mounting pressure from his own party, the African National Congress

Audit exposes UN food agency’s poor data-handling

Audit exposes UN food agency’s poor data-handling

A key World Food Programme web-based computer system is unreliable and the agency doesn’t protect sensitive personal data

Breakfast with Mugabe: a play, a friend and a tragedy in two acts

Breakfast with Mugabe: a play, a friend and a tragedy in two acts

More than a decade ago I wrote a play called Breakfast with Mugabe which was directed by Antony Sher and produced by The Royal Shakespeare Company in 2005. The play suggests why the former Zimbabwean leader spiralled into paranoia

Why poor parents in Nairobi choose private over free primary schools

Why poor parents in Nairobi choose private over free primary schools

The numbers of low-cost private schools in low and middle-income countries have exploded in recent years. These schools charge fees that are affordable to the poorest segment of the population

Gains against malaria at risk from US cuts, donor complacency

Gains against malaria at risk from US cuts, donor complacency

Dishes, pots, clothes, and cabinets – the entire contents of Jennifer Nyiranda's house are piled up on the ground outside her front door. But the eviction is only temporary, and it’s worth it

Why treating water scarcity as a security issue is a bad idea

Why treating water scarcity as a security issue is a bad idea

Helen Zille, the Premier of the Western Cape in South Africa, has made two startling claims about the water crisis in the province. She says there will be anarchy when the taps run dry, and that normal policing will be inadequate

How South Africa is keeping its worst invader - famine weed - at bay

How South Africa is keeping its worst invader - famine weed - at bay

The poisonous herb, Parthenium hysterophorus, is one of the world’s most destructive invasive plants. It threatens biodiversity, national food security and human health

Africa’s all too preventable cholera crisis

Africa’s all too preventable cholera crisis

Southern and East African countries are facing a severe cholera outbreak that is exposing the failure in public sanitation and the impact of government neglect

What southern Africa can learn from other countries about adapting to drought

What southern Africa can learn from other countries about adapting to drought

Rainfall in South Africa is naturally highly variable with total amount of precipitation very different between years and across the country

Five facts that prove South Africa's nuclear power plan should die

Five facts that prove South Africa's nuclear power plan should die

Under the presidency of Jacob Zuma, South Africa has been trying to implement a massive new nuclear programme. The initiative stood against a growing body of evidence pointing to the fact that nuclear isn’t needed

Achille Mbembe on how to restore the humanity stolen by racism

Achille Mbembe on how to restore the humanity stolen by racism

African philosopher, Achille Mbembe, has gained an enviable reputation as a scholar that challenges the tenets of modernity

Is South Africa seeing a return to the rule of law? More evidence is needed

Is South Africa seeing a return to the rule of law? More evidence is needed

It appears as if the Gupta family, known for being politically connected to South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma and accused of “state capture”, have not had a good start to the year

Cancer is costing BRICS economies billions each year

Cancer is costing BRICS economies billions each year

Premature – and potentially avoidable – death from cancer is costing tens of billions of dollars in lost productivity in a group of key developing economies