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    Women’s Rights in “Weak” States: The Promises and Pitfalls of Gender Advocacy in Transition

Women’s Rights in “Weak” States: The Promises and Pitfalls of Gender Advocacy in Transition

Milli Lake explores how and to what extent the spotlight on sexual violence has restructured judicial priorities in eastern DR Congo and South Africa.

Following a reported decline in conflict-related sexual violence in DR Congo, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict recently referred to the country as its “most successful story” yet.

The Special Representative’s claim […]

Book Review – Mandela’s Kinsmen by Timothy Gibbs

Anne Heffernan says Mandela’s Kinsmen by Timothy Gibbs should be required reading for  anyone seeking to understand the imprint of rural and Bantustan politics on South Africa’s national stage.

On 15 December 2013, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in the rural village of Qunu, in South Africa’s rural Eastern Cape. Mandela had grown up in Qunu, at the […]

Book Review: Thabo Mbeki by Adekeye Adebajo

Nicodemus Minde says this book offers not only Thabo Mbeki’ s story but the history of the nationalist and anti-apartheid struggle movement of the African National Congress.

Adekeye Adebajo, the director of the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation at the University of Johannesburg writes a short and succinct biography of former South African President Thabo Mbeki. For a writer who […]

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    Recalibration or Power Consolidation of African Ruling Parties?

Recalibration or Power Consolidation of African Ruling Parties?

Nicodemus Minde explores the recent political changes in African ruling parties. Are they recalibrating or consolidating power?

There is an interesting wave of political change that has been happening in African ruling political parties. The resignation of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn came a week after that of South African embattled President Jacob Zuma. While the nine lives of Jacob […]

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    When the ANC finally apologises for Zuma, South Africa can move forward

When the ANC finally apologises for Zuma, South Africa can move forward

Azad Essa delves into the many scandals that plagued Zuma before his final act and how the ANC turned mostly a blind eye. 

In the end he wanted us to feel sorry for him. Before Jacob Zuma finally uttered the words “I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect,” he wanted to make […]

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    Book Review: Ties That Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa edited by Shannon Walsh and Jon Soske

Book Review: Ties That Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa edited by Shannon Walsh and Jon Soske

In Ties That Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa, editors Shannon Walsh and Jon Soske bring together contributors to investigate the intimacies and complicities that friendship can crystallise in the context of the histories of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. With the volume focusing on the role that friendship can play in both dismantling and constructing difference, this is a […]

  • Permalink Kapula Candles is a large scale industry today, but it started as a microenterprise with founder Ilse Appeklgryn making these handcrafted candles in her home.
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    Can SMEs address the agenda of Radical Economic Transformation in South Africa?

Can SMEs address the agenda of Radical Economic Transformation in South Africa?

Vrinda Chopra analyses whether the increasing focus on small, medium and microenterprises is a viable way of reducing inequality in South Africa.

 

The problems of South Africa’s persistent inequalities are glaring in the face of an unemployment high of 27.7 per cent and youth unemployment at a staggering 50 per cent. The tenacious face of inequality showed itself with the […]

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    Why the pressure for higher minimum wages is gaining traction in Africa

Why the pressure for higher minimum wages is gaining traction in Africa

Kenya and other countries are grappling with stagnant wages amidst rapid economic expansion, writes Julians Amboko.

On 1 May this year, while observing Labour Day celebrations, Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, announced an 18 per cent hike in the minimum wage, the country’s most ambitious raise in just about a decade and one that scaled up the minimum wage to Kes […]

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    The Southern African wild card: High foreign debt, weak currencies and default risk

The Southern African wild card: High foreign debt, weak currencies and default risk

Further turbulence may be on the horizon, but this is a market any Africa-focused investor cannot afford to ignore, writes Julians Amboko.

 

The dawn of 2017 seems to have pried open a can of worms in Southern Africa. In just about four months, Mozambique, not too long ago displaying strong economic growth and bullish investor sentiment, has defaulted in servicing a […]

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    Book Review – We, the People: Insights of an Activist Judge by Albie Sachs

Book Review – We, the People: Insights of an Activist Judge by Albie Sachs

Those looking for an antidote to the current political tumult might find solace in the personal reflections of Albie Sachs, a lawyer and activist who helped to shape, and later interpret, South Africa’s constitution, says Nick Branson.

In a context of persistent inequality, mass unemployment, and allegations of corruption at the highest levels of government, South Africa’s post-apartheid settlement […]

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