South Africa: How Prioritising Education in South Africa Can Prevent Violence
In the early afternoon, five days a week, a school bell disrupts the stillness in the streets of Touwsranten, a village 30km east of George, South Africa. The sound of more than… Read more »
South Africa: South Africa's Damaged Intelligence System Is At a Crossroads
South Africa's new Crime Intelligence head Peter Jacobs has a mountain to climb in order to fix the mess Richard Mdluli left behind. Minister Bheki Cele's announcement on 29 March… Read more »
Africa: South Africa and Nigeria Are Crucial for Continental Initiatives
The impressive turnout at the African Union's Extraordinary Summit on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on 21 March showed the continent's united fervour to boost… Read more »
South Africa: South Africa Can Balance Its Water System, but the Clock Is Ticking
South Africa's water system hangs in the balance, as residents of Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay know all too well. But around the world cities, regions and countries have faced… Read more »
South Africa: How to Free South Africa's Police After State Capture
Now that South Africa has undergone a profound political shift with the appointment of President Cyril Ramaphosa, the hard work of rebuilding various state institutions must begin.… Read more »
Africa: Is Gaddafi Still Dispensing Largesse From the Grave?
The news that Bashir Saleh Bashir, former chief of staff and reputed 'banker' to the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, was shot last Friday in Johannesburg has again raised… Read more »
South Africa: Can SA's Parliament Redeem Itself As an Oversight Mechanism?
South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has inherited a country in disarray. Public finances are a mess and it will take time to strengthen democratic institutions and entrench a… Read more »
South Africa: Budgeting to End Violence?
Surely no one would want to trade places with South Africa's Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba on 21 February when he presents the national budget to Parliament. Political… Read more »
Africa: South Africa's Water Crisis Is Bigger Than the Cape
South Africa is running out of water. Not just Cape Town, the entire country. The problem is most immediate in the Mother City, but the country has been overexploiting its national… Read more »
Southern Africa: A Wind of Change Blows Through the Region
It was an eventful 2017 for the Southern African region. The end of an era, it seemed, as political dinosaurs shuffled off the stage. In September, Angolan president José… Read more »
South Africa: Can Ramaphosa Revitalise South Africa's Foreign Policy?
Many South Africans are hoping that Cyril Ramaphosa will inject badly needed energy, integrity and economic savvy into the country's lacklustre and sometimes corrupt and… Read more »
Southern Africa: It's Time for Africa to Act on the DR Congo
The AU must resume its leadership role; taking a back seat to SADC is a recipe for inaction. Read more »
December 14, 2017
South Africa: Nation's Squandered Chance to Show Real Leadership
Last year South Africa announced its decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). But the country's efforts were stalled when the Pretoria high court ruled in… Read more »
December 11, 2017
South Africa: Accurate Statistics Are Needed for Farm Murder Debate
Recently thousands of farmers, supporters and sympathisers took to South Africa's streets in an emotional but peaceful protest against the violent attacks on and murders of those… Read more »
December 15, 2017
Africa: When 'Democracy' Becomes 'Regime Change'
This week Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa and of its ruling African National Congress (ANC), was extremely preoccupied preparing for the party's national conference which… Read more »
December 12, 2017
South Africa: Country's 'Short-Term Pain' or 'Long-Term Gain' Future
South Africa is at a crossroads. The political choices to be made during the African National Congress's (ANC) leadership elections on 17 December will determine the country's… Read more »
November 29, 2017
South Africa: Do Foreigners Really Commit SA's Most Violent Crimes?
Blaming undocumented foreign nationals for crime in South Africa is nothing new, despite the lack of evidence to back such perceptions. However the South African Police Service… Read more »
November 07, 2017
Africa: What Do We Know About Murder in South Africa?
The most recent crime statistics released by the South African Police Service (SAPS) revealed that 19 016 murders were recorded in the 2016/17 financial year - 3 460 more than in… Read more »
October 31, 2017
South Africa: Is Zuma's Nuclear Gamble Still in Play?
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's Medium Term Budget Policy Statement last week had one simple message: we are drowning in debt. Read more »
October 06, 2017
South Africa: Violent Homes Breed Violent Societies
Violence against children is an international crisis. A recent report by Know Violence in Childhood says that 1.7 billion children around the world experienced some form of… Read more »
October 09, 2017
South Africa: What Story Will Latest Crime Stats Tell?
The South African Police Service (SAPS) is due to release the annual crime statistics in the next two weeks. These figures provide a useful indication of the country's crime… Read more »
September 26, 2017
South Africa: State Capture – the Corporate Fallout
As South Africa reels almost daily from allegations of 'state capture', the focus has mostly been on the accountability of those in power who have approved tenders for their… Read more »
September 13, 2017
South Africa: SA's Parliamentary Watchdogs Must Up Their Guard
During South Africa's recent presidential question time in Parliament, President Jacob Zuma managed to evade just about every question - specifically the ones linking him directly… Read more »
September 04, 2017
South Africa: To Achieve Equal Opportunity, SA Needs Quality Education
The best way to achieve and maintain equal opportunity in South Africa is through quality education that targets the poor and offers them the means to gain experience and advance… Read more »
September 05, 2017
Africa: Wildlife Crime - Why Diverse Data Will Drive Better Responses
Since 2006, Southern Africa has been facing an increasing poaching crisis. The securitisation of national parks and private reserves has become a multi-million-rand industry. The… Read more »
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