What Kenya must look out for before easing COVID-19 restrictions

3 June 2020, 2:57 PM
Kenya’s initial response to COVID-19 was highly praised as effective in suppressing the spread of infections. There is cautious optimism as the country prepares for reopening of schools and economy due to a daily spike in cases and fatalities, writes Dr. Mark Nanyingi of the University of Liverpool.
BRICS summit in Johannesburg: here’s what the five countries are looking for 25 July 2018, 11:47 AM

All eyes are on Johannesburg for the 2018 BRICS summit, as the likes of Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi take their places at the table. It marks the tenth annual gathering for this international organisation of the leading emerging economies. So what can we expect? The summit of the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, […]

The BRICS summit will take place in Sandton.
How to judge the success of the BRICS summit? Three questions will do the trick 24 July 2018, 8:45 AM

The 10th BRICS summit to be hosted by South Africa is going to be closely watched. It comes at a time when extraordinary global political and economic challenges are facing the world. The BRICS bloc is made up of 5 of the leading countries in the global South — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The […]

South Africa is one of the most “unsafe” countries: Law and Order index 23 July 2018, 9:17 AM

South Africa is the sixth least secure country out of the 142 countries with an index value of 58,    that’s according to the Gallup 2018 Global Law and Order report.

Despite the risks, migration fixates many in Ivory Coast 19 July 2018, 5:59 AM

Ivory Coast is the fourth biggest source of migrants seeking to get to Europe, according to the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) -- an illegal influx that has caused a political ruckus in European countries.

2018 FIFA World Cup review – Europe’s rise in dominance 18 July 2018, 6:12 PM

What started as a World Cup with all the confederations represented has ended of looking more Euro than World. It ended like a European Cup with only two South Americans teams, Brazil and Uruguay, in the Round of 8 and an exclusive club of Euro members, Belgium, Croatia, England and France, in the Round of 4.

Pres Barack Obama delivers Nelson Mandela lecture 17 July 2018, 10:11 PM

Former US President Barack Obama has said in his Nelson Mandela Lecture that Madiba's focus on human rights remains a key lesson for the world.

Blame politicians, not Mandela, for South Africa’s unfinished business 17 July 2018, 8:40 AM

July 2018 marks Nelson Mandela’s centenary year. Why is he still so revered across the world?

Obama’s Mandela lecture comes at an auspicious time for democracy 14 July 2018, 9:03 AM

Former US President Barack Obama will aim high with his Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg on July 17th.

Demands in Eskom talks could cause financial instability 14 July 2018, 7:21 AM

Some economists say the unions in the Eskom wage talks are being ambitious by asking for a salary increase of more than seven per cent

Trump’s portrayal of NATO in crisis carries risks for alliance 13 July 2018, 7:29 PM

Donald Trump's portrayal of NATO as an alliance in crisis has raised concern that the U.S.president's nagging criticism might erode U.S. public support ...

A big moment for Africa: why the MeerKAT and astronomy matter 13 July 2018, 8:07 AM

Astronomy in Africa will take a giant leap forward with the unveiling of the 64-dish MeerKAT array in South Africa on July 13. The MeerKAT will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere until the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is completed.

Analysis: Set-piece decider proves it is still a simple game 11 July 2018, 4:33 PM

For all the intricate planning, cagey tactics and chess-like choreography, the simplicity of football was again emphasised as France secured a place in the World Cup final from a basic set-piece. Antoine Griezmann’s near-post corner was firmly glanced in by Samuel Umtiti as he beat Marouane Fellaini in the air to earn France a 1-0 […]

Obama’s Mandela lecture comes at an auspicious time for democracy 11 July 2018, 9:33 AM

Former US President Barack Obama will aim high with his Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johanesburg on July 17th. According to his close adviser and former speechwriter Benjamin J. Rhodes, Obama views this as the most important speech he has given since leaving the White House, one that will set the tone for his post-presidency. Obama must deliver […]

EU migration policies seen building blocks for “Fortress Europe” 10 July 2018, 2:48 PM

Deals on migration agreed in the European Union and Germany may end up more about rhetoric than reality but they indicate a shift toward a "Fortress Europe" way of thinking that could pose the bloc's biggest existential threat yet.

My answer to Julius Malema: Jacques Pauw 6 July 2018, 7:57 PM

My answer to Julius Malema: Jacques Pauw

Why SA’s new political party funding bill is good news for democracy 6 July 2018, 11:53 AM

Legislation to control private party funding in South Africa is long overdue. South Africa is one of very few democracies in the world that don’t regulate the private funding of political parties.

Zwelithini has allowed political parties to use him: Analyst 6 July 2018, 5:55 AM

Political analyst, Mcebisi Ndletyana, says it's a shame that the King of AmaZulu Goodwill Zwelithini has yet again made offensive remarks which have the potential to incite violence.

Government and traditional institutions urged to co-exist 5 July 2018, 10:22 AM

Political analyst and senior researcher at Xubera Institute for Research and Development Xolani Dube says traditional institutions and goverment will always have confrontations but will always find a way to manoeuvre around it.

Poorest households paying significant taxes to the state 4 July 2018, 5:47 PM

Consumers taking advantage of the VAT exemptions are able to limit the impact of the VAT increase on their finances, writes Michael O'Donovan.

Helsinki summit is good for global peace, stability 4 July 2018, 8:03 AM

In less than two weeks, United States President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will meet face to face at a much anticipated summit in Finland’s capital, Helsinki.

Tracking the fuel price 3 July 2018, 1:30 PM

Depending of fuel type and grade, geographical location etc, the litre price of petroleum fuels will now generally exceed R16 a litre.

Brazil's Neymar in action.
Analysis: Halfway reflection of the 2018 FIFA World Cup – the tournament begins 30 June 2018, 3:57 PM

Renowned coach Zipho Dlangalala writes the most unfortunate part is due to some teams underperforming in the first round, we will only have one of the following teams in the final (in alphabetic order ) Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France, Portugal, Uruguay. This gives teams that otherwise, would not have reached the last four, a chance to make a name.

Global Views on Cyberbullying 29 June 2018, 9:12 PM

Global awareness of cyberbullying is increasing, however 1 in 4 adults globally have still never heard of it.

S Africa’s universal health care plan falls short of fixing an ailing system 29 June 2018, 8:58 AM

South Africa’s Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has finally gazetted the bill detailing an ambitious plan to roll out universal health care in the country through a National Health Insurance.

Revisiting the bang African teams get for the bucks they spend on the World Cup 27 June 2018, 8:35 AM

Are African teams – at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia they were Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria and Senegal – getting the best bank for the bucks they invest in their teams and coaches attending the competition.

Job Mokgoro
Makgoro promises collective leadership in North West 25 June 2018, 8:15 AM

Newly appointed North West Premier Job Mokgoro says he hopes his tenure as Premier will be looked at as as opportunity for collective leadership.

Power to Caster Semenya for taking the fight to IAAF 22 June 2018, 8:42 AM

Generally, South Africa’s double-Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya is a noticeably shy, reserved person. Had it not been for her vocation as a world-renowned athlete, I bet, too few people would know about her, writes Abbey Makoe.

Police strategy to reduce violent crime in South African could work. Here’s how… 21 June 2018, 8:38 AM

More than 90% of violent crimes in South Africa fall outside the categories named in the police's new anti-crime strategy.

Analysis: Ponderous Portugal spared embarrassment by Morocco’s profligacy 20 June 2018, 6:14 PM

European champions Portugal were let off the hook by Morocco's wasteful finishing and another Cristiano Ronaldo moment as they notched up a fortuitous victory in the World Cup on Wednesday.

UN police prevent conflict and sustain peace 19 June 2018, 8:29 PM

By Luís Carrilho* On 21 June, police executives and international experts from around the world will gather at United Nations Headquarters to articulate a common vision for United Nations Police to effectively meet contemporary challenges. Member States will be asked to nominate their finest police officers and, together with the United Nations, further refine their skills needed to be most effective in today’s […]