South Africa: Is a Single Human Rights Body in the Country's Best Interest?
Ten years ago, South Africa's Parliament formed a committee to review the country's 'Chapter 9' and associated institutions tasked with supporting democracy, human rights and… Read more »
Africa: Africa Is Stepping Up to Help Save the Oceans
Plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050 - unless countries start to limit the number of manufactured products that end up as marine debris. This is one way governments are… Read more »
Africa: Dear Theresa May - a Counter-Terrorism Lesson From Africa
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Egypt: Do Cairo and Khartoum Have Anything in Common Anymore?
This is an especially tense time in the relationship between Sudan and Egypt, which has always been fraught. But as the geopolitical tectonics start to shift, both in Africa and… Read more »
Africa: Is China's Belt and Road Initiative Just a Bedtime Story?
'Once upon a time several routes led from China to central Asia and to Europe. It was called the Silk Road. People put things on camels and crossed the desert to trade with other… Read more »
Central Africa: The Lord's Resistance Army Is Far From Finished
The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has abducted over 700 people and displaced hundreds of civilians so far this year. In February alone it carried out 16 attacks in which 70… Read more »
South Africa: A Case of Poisoned Chalice or Poisoned Politics?
It would not be unreasonable to think that the post of national commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) is a poisoned chalice. In the past decade, seven people -… Read more »
Africa: There's More to Africa's Growth Story Than Lagging Income Rates
As part of the 'Africa rising' narrative, much has been made of the continent's growth story. The global recession of 2007/8 hit Africa hard, but it remained remarkably resilient,… Read more »
Angola: Angola Grapples With its DR Congo Foreign Policy Problem
Congolese foreign minister Léonard She Okitundu has been touring the continent for the past few weeks in an attempt to rally African leaders' support for the current… Read more »
Africa: Will the Lesotho Army Accept a Thabane Victory?
What will it take to cure the chronic instability of Lesotho's politics? This perennial question looms large once again as the tiny mountain kingdom entirely surrounded by South… Read more »
Africa: AMISOM Needs a Mandate for Peace and Development
The mandate of the African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) officially expires today, 31 May. Although the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) extended the mission's role… Read more »
Africa: We Can Honour UN Peacekeepers By Preventing Conflicts
29 May is International Day of United Nations (UN) Peacekeepers. It honours the memory of UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives and pays tribute to all peacekeepers who have… Read more »
Africa: Why No Lift-Off for Africa's Branch of the Brics Bank?
The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) would open its Africa Regional Centre (ARC) in Johannesburg in March 2016, South Africa's then finance minister Pravin Gordhan confidently… Read more »
Africa: Can Former Liberators Lead Africa Into the Future?
During a debate in Johannesburg earlier this month, economist Moeletsi Mbeki - brother of former South African president Thabo Mbeki - said he thought the African National Congress… Read more »
South Africa: Are IS Returnees a Risk for South Africa?
With significant progress in the retaking of Mosul - the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) last major stronghold in Iraq - and continued losses in Syria, many of ISIS'… Read more »
Africa: Be Ready for the Next Global Cyberattack
On 12 May, more than 150 countries were attacked by ransomware with over 200 000 computers infected. Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that encrypts a computer's… Read more »
South Africa: Is Protest the Only Way to Achieve Change?
Violent protests in Eldorado Park, Ennerdale and surrounding areas in the south of Johannesburg and in Coligny in North West province have made headlines over the past few weeks.… Read more »
Africa: Leaders Take Blame for Continent's Resource Curse
African leaders tend to lay the blame on others for the 'resource curse' - the way the continent's natural resources have mostly bred rampant corruption, enriched elites and… Read more »
Somalia: Nation Needs More Action, Less Lip Service
Drought, a lack of security and inclusive politics, unemployment and poverty, piracy and the terror group al-Shabaab continue to plague Somalia. And while there has been progress… Read more »
South Africa: Can Secrecy Strengthen Democracy?
Can Parliament hold the executive accountable if motions of no confidence in the president are not exercised through a secret ballot? That is one of the key questions that South… Read more »
Africa: Population Boom - Burden or Opportunity?
Africa's population is the fastest growing in the world. It is expected to increase by roughly 50% over the next 18 years, growing from 1.2 billion people today to over 1.8 billion… Read more »
Africa: Morocco's Exports From Western Sahara Hang in the Balance
South Africa has been accused of 'sabotaging' Morocco's commercial interests in Africa by seizing a vessel carrying phosphate mined by Morocco in Western Sahara. Read more »
South Africa: The Fuzzy Logic of Radical Economic Transformation
'Radical economic transformation' (sometimes 'radical socio-economic transformation') has become the battle cry - or more prosaically the bumper sticker - of the Jacob… Read more »
Africa: Final Push for Peace in Somalia?
Despite global efforts to combat terrorism in Somalia, al-Shabaab's attacks continue and the group still controls large parts of the country. Read more »
Africa: Why Were SA's Oil Reserves Sold Illegally?
This past week South Africa's new Minister of Energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, directly contradicted the statement that former minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson made to Parliament regarding… Read more »