When Vladimir Putin announced at the weekend that OPEC would extend oil production cuts, broadcasting a deal before the group had even met to approve it, the move angered some member nations.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's meeting in the Korean Demilitarized Zone produced a barrage of headlines and images, but left analysts questioning whether it was a small step for publicity or a giant leap for peace.
President Ramaphosa made two references to China in his recent State of the Nation Address.
South Africa faces a double burden of hunger and malnutrition, on the one hand, and obesity with associated non-communicable diseases, on the other. In many countries, in both the global North and South, malnutrition and obesity frequently co-exist in the same people. This is a condition known as “hidden hunger”.
Thursday's opening of Parliament celebrates the improvements made since 1994. While these improvements reflect what happened across the continent since 1989, Michael O'Donovan writes, we are reminded that both South Africa and the continent need to do much more before the full benefits of democracy are realized.
President Cyril Ramaphosa must set achievable short, medium and long terms goals, and promise less. This according to political analyst and research director at Unisa's democracy and governance programme, Professor Lesiba Teffo.
Thursday sees the opening of the sixth parliament. From Thursday the 400 representatives elected by voters on May 8 start work fashioning the laws that will govern the country.
On the eve of South Africa’s sixth democratic elections on 8 May, thousands of young people took to Twitter to state reasons for why they had no intention to cast their votes. They used the hashtag #IWantToVoteBut.
There are dictators and autocrats who are breathing a little easier today. The intolerant, the narrow-minded, the scared, the defensive, the haters of freedom and particularly freedom of speech, are watching us lay to rest the man who never left them alone.
Most of the reasons people don’t take their medication aren't related to the antiretrovirals themselves, but rather social and systemic issues.
Human Rights Watch is calling on the Mozambican government to do more to ensure equal access to education for children living with albinism. It's released a report, which has found that children living with the condition in the country's Tete province still face bullying, rejection and stigma.
Botswana’s High Court has ruled that private consensual sex between adults of the same sex is no longer criminal.
Data released by StatsSA last week indicate that the total value of all the goods and services produced in South Africa (i.e. the Gross Domestic Product or GDP) fell in the first quarter of 2019.
Political analyst, Somadoda Fikeni, says queue jumping may become an issue of contention should the City of Johannesburg forge ahead with their decision to rebuild shacks along the Jukskei River in Alexandra.
Alessandra Prioreschi, University of the Witwatersrand Data from South Africa has shown that over two thirds of young women are overweight and obese. This predisposes them to non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Most women are not exercising enough, and consumption of processed and calorie-dense foods and high amounts of sugar is common. It […]
As the return of cloud and frozen hurricane-force winds seal off Mount Everest for another year, questions are being asked about how to police the world's highest peak after the deadliest climbing season in years.
While the risks and merits of e-cigarettes – or vaping – continue to be fiercely contested, medical evidence is stacking up to suggest that vaping could be as harmful as cigarette smoking. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health recently published findings that indicate bacterial and fungal toxins harmful to humans were found […]
Business Leadership South Africa's Chief Operations Officer (COO), Busi Mavuso, says the government’s actions need to posture the country as an attractive investment destination.
Economic analyst, Peter Baur, from the University of Johannesburg, says President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to move South Africa in a new direction towards economic development and increased international investment in the country.
Political analyst Professor Tinyiko Maluleke says President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech was a wide-ranging and called it a good omen. Guided by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, Ramaphosa took the oath of office at the Loftus Stadium, Pretoria.
I have spent the past two decades living in southern Africa, and often joke about being a “romantic, rather than economic, refugee.” I feel very at home in SA and in the region, as do my children who know this to be home. As Africa Day rolls around yet again, an incident two days ago […]
The official statistics body, Statistics South Africa (StatsSA), released employment figures for the first quarter of 2019 (i.e. January to March) on Thursday.
Despite the progress, unfortunately, most of our cities are still highly spatially fragmented due to segregated and class-based colonial planning systems, and in South Africa, apartheid planning policies, writes Andries Carl Nel.
What if the May election results applied to local government - a clear victory for the African National Congress at municipal level in May election?
Head researcher at Milpark Business School, Dr Sam Koma, says the issue of Deputy President David Mabuza might have been motivated by political interest.
Political Analyst and Associate Lecturer at Wits University, Thokozani Chilenga-Butao says it is strange that African National Congress (ANC) deputy president, David Mabuza is willing to have his swearing in as a Member of Parliament postponed.
South Africans recently went to the polls in a national election which the African National Congress (ANC) won by a wide margin.
South Africans love it when Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions fly the flag for African football at the Fifa World Cup, but they don’t pay much attention to its politics, or to its volatile neighbourhood.
Speculation on President Cyril Ramaphosa's make-up of the new cabinet is gaining momentum as he is expected to announce new ministers and deputies.
The International Scientific Community urges Benin President Patrice Talon to call new elections on a new basis that guarantees, instead of excluding it before hand, the effective participation of the opposition in an open and transparent national competition.