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Black Consciousness in South Africa demands a much wider historical lens 19 October 2019, 9:08 AM

This year marks the 42nd anniversary of Black Wednesday, when the apartheid regime banned 18 civic organisations in a targeted attack on media freedom and civil society.

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What limits? How African leaders cling to power for decades 18 October 2019, 3:28 PM

Guinea erupted in protest this week over proposals to draft a new constitution that could allow President Alpha Conde to extend his legal mandate and run for a third term in 2020.

We must go beyond singular responses in the fight against child poverty 18 October 2019, 10:38 AM

Two-thirds of children in sub-Saharan Africa face all manners of hardship. These include poor living conditions, low educational outcomes, high levels of malnutrition and often high risks of exposure to different forms of violence.

From the Desk of the President: Building an inclusive economy 14 October 2019, 8:05 AM

In his letter from the Desk of the President, this week, President Cyril Ramaphosa has focused on the economy and initiatives the government is taking to improve the country's competitiveness.

Abiy Ahmed has won the Nobel Peace Prize: but big challenges still await Ethiopia 12 October 2019, 10:02 AM

Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, has won the Nobel Peace Prize. He becomes the 100th Nobel Peace Prize winner, and the first Ethiopian to receive the accolade.

Insights from research on how to break cycle of violence against women 11 October 2019, 10:47 AM

In a recent speech President Cyril Ramaphosa emphasised the need for harsher sentences for the perpetrators of gender-based violence and femicide.

We did the sums on South Africa’s mental health spend. They’re not pretty 10 October 2019, 7:45 AM

South Africa has taken steps towards strengthening mental health care in the last 20 years. These include reforming the Mental Health Care Act 2002 and developing a National Mental Health Policy Framework and Strategic Plan 2013–2020.

DTI sends SA business owners to World Food Moscow Fair 9 October 2019, 12:20 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) deserves praise for funding a delegation of South African business owners to the World Food Moscow fair, an action-packed four-day food, and beverage annual event that attract scores of industry captains from around the world.

Could President Trump be impeached and convicted – but also reelected? 8 October 2019, 11:32 AM

The launching of an “official impeachment inquiry” into President Donald Trump’s conduct has sailed America into largely uncharted waters.

From the desk of the President: Buhari’s state visit 7 October 2019, 9:43 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa played host to President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria on a state visit. The President writes that it turned out to be an extremely successful visit.

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Ramaphosa launches ‘From the Desk of the President’ 30 September 2019, 1:52 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has introduced a weekly message known as “From the Desk of the President”, where he will be addressing issues that are of interest to South Africans.

Working towards universal internet access and digital equality in South Africa 30 September 2019, 12:00 PM

“All South Africans – and especially those who cannot afford it and other vulnerable groups – need a daily first tranche of free internet access to exercise their basic human rights such as access to government services, participating in the digital economy, looking for jobs, online communication and for learners and students to access online educational resources.  This is the only way to achieve universal access to information and digital equality amongst our citizens, including the rural poor who have access to mobile phones.”

Pushing pause on gender-based violence 25 September 2019, 11:01 AM

Games and films filled with violence are in our homes, on the Internet and on our smartphones. But does media reflect a violent society, or does it play a role in perpetuating violence and sexual abuse in society?

WADA must not let geopolitics influence how it handles Russian athletes 24 September 2019, 7:07 PM

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) needs to realize that the never-ending saga of its investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes is good for neither Russia nor itself.

Don’t bet on the UN to fix climate change – it’s failed for 30 years 23 September 2019, 8:14 AM

The UN’s Secretary General António Guterres is calling on world leaders to come with concrete and realistic plans to bring their national net carbon emissions down to zero by 2050 at UN’s Climate Action Summit on September 23 in New York.

Xenophobia puts South Africa’s moral authority in Africa at risk 22 September 2019, 11:51 AM

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was heckled during the recent funeral service of Zimbabwe’s erstwhile leader Robert Mugabe. It was easy to guess why. When he stood to speak, Ramaphosa apologised for weeks of violence in his country targeted at non-national Africans.

Colombian cities gather green speed with electric buses 20 September 2019, 4:30 PM

Buses belching black clouds of smoke in Colombia's city streets could gradually become a thing of the past as two major cities in the South American nation launch fleets of electric buses to curb air pollution and planet-warming carbon emissions.

‘Who will apologise for those enslaved by Nigerians as prostitutes, drug addicts?’ 17 September 2019, 6:05 PM

Political analyst, Zamikhaya Maseti, says the Special Envoys deployed by President Cyril Ramaphosa should offer no apologies but rather a stern warning to the various governments to make sure their nationals adhere to the rule of law while in South Africa.

Cape Flats remains crime hot spot 12 September 2019, 7:25 PM

Analysis of data from the 2018/19 Crime stats reveals that Nyanga and Delft, both in Cape Town ,appear as two of the most dangerous places to live in, in South Africa.

More than half the country struggles to survive despite improving conditions in South Sudan 11 September 2019, 6:53 PM

 In spite of a slight improvement in the food security situation since June 2019, more than half the population of South Sudan – some 6.35 million people – do not know where their next meal will come from, three United Nations agencies warned today.

A Recipe for Africa: Tolerance, Trade and Youth Opportunity 6 September 2019, 6:25 PM

Africa has a recipe for sustainable growth, following this year’s agreement on a ground-breaking trade deal that promises to soften borders across the continent, the Co-Chairs of the World Economic Forum on Africa told participants in the closing session today.

South Africans weigh in on attitudes towards Women 6 September 2019, 4:20 PM

With the focus on Women during August, the demonstrations in Cape Town at the same time as the WEF conference on Africa and the attention in the media the last few weeks on incidents of gender-based violence, Ipsos examines the diverse opinions that South Africans have towards issues of women’s place in marital relations as well as violence towards women. 

Economic analyst does not believe in Mboweni’s recovery plan 31 August 2019, 8:41 AM

Economic analyst, Duma Gqubule, says he does not believe that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's strategy to help reduce the unemployment rate will have a major effect in the short term.

Socio-economic exclusion identified as one reason for Pretoria violence 28 August 2019, 6:03 PM

A researcher at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Selby Xinwa, says the mistrust between police and the community as well as the socio-economic exclusion that some South Africans feel, sparked the violence in the Pretoria CDB.

Hlabisa’s daunting task of growing and uniting the IFP 25 August 2019, 4:42 PM

Incoming IFP Velenkosini Hlabisa is now due to take over from Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who has led the party since its inception in 1975.

Amid crises, frayed U.S. ties give China’s Xi political cover at home 16 August 2019, 4:01 PM

To the outside world, China's ruling Communist Party is confronting some of its strongest political and economic headwinds in decades.

SANEF and five others vs EFF and another – Setting the record straight 14 August 2019, 6:16 PM

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) notes and welcomes the public debate in the wake of our Equality Court application against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its leader, Julius Malema.

Mayor’s recall likely to divide ANC: Analyst 14 August 2019, 8:02 AM

Political Analyst Zakhele Ndlovu has warned that the recall of the embattled eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and the Msunduzi Municipal Mayor Themba Njilo is likely to further divide the African National Congress.

‘Legal battle with Mkhwebane will affect Ramaphosa’s credibility’ 11 August 2019, 6:14 PM

Some political analysts have warned that the current legal battles between President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Public Protector Busisiwe  Mkhwebane will have far-reaching consequences for Ramaphosa's credibility.

Diversity and inclusion for women 9 August 2019, 6:28 AM

Celebrating Women’s Month is not reverse prejudice or an attempt to discount the great men in society. Just as apartheid was dethroned because of activism, championing this course is in pursuit of redressing the inequalities through advocacy and leadership.