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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 […]

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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 […]

October 4th, 2017|Business, Featured|0 Comments|
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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 […]

August 23rd, 2017|Business, Featured|0 Comments|
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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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    Book Review – Pioneers of the Field: South Africa’s Women Anthropologists by Andrew Bank

Book Review – Pioneers of the Field: South Africa’s Women Anthropologists by Andrew Bank

Anne Heffernan says this book represents an important contribution to the history of social anthropology by reclaiming the place of its foremothers.

Andrew Bank opens his new monograph, Pioneers of the Field: South Africa’s Women Anthropologists, in the anthropology corridor of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Bank describes this hallway as lined with a ‘fictitious lineage’ of portraits of […]

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    Biometrics, surveillance technologies and the rise of the ‘security state’ in South Africa

Biometrics, surveillance technologies and the rise of the ‘security state’ in South Africa

Providing biometric data as a means of identification is supposed to drastically reduce fraud and identity theft, however, many are unaware that there are a number of potential dangers for users of this technology, finds Marc Davies.

Fingerprints are among our most intimate markers of identity and we are told that no two are alike. But we can lose control over how […]

March 22nd, 2017|Featured, Society|0 Comments|

In Honour of Everyday Heroes #IWD2017 #BeBoldforChange

On International Women’s Day 2017, Rochelle Burgess recalls an encounter with a mother of three in a rural village in South Africa. She contends that it is in the stories and struggles of women in such far off places where the most crucial lessons for female leadership in Africa can be found.

Nearly 10 years ago, I organised a […]

March 8th, 2017|Featured, Gender|0 Comments|
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    Argentina’s Agricultural Sector Holds Many Lessons for African countries

Argentina’s Agricultural Sector Holds Many Lessons for African countries

Argentina is a strong example of how state action can transform a country’s agricultural sector, writes Wandile Sihlobo.

At the 2016 International Grains Council Conference in London, I sat in admiration as Jesús Silveyra from Argentina’s Ministry of Agriculture presented his country’s ambitious 2020 development plan for the agricultural sector. Silveyra highlighted six important points, namely: Argentina plans to increase […]

January 25th, 2017|Featured, Resources|0 Comments|
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    Après Zuma: Can the African Union Save Itself? #28thAUSummit

Après Zuma: Can the African Union Save Itself? #28thAUSummit

Chidi Anselm Odinkalu discusses the challenging issues facing African Heads of States at the Africa Union Summit taking place from 22-31 January 2017.

The African Union (AU) has until its Summit in Addis Ababa from 22-31 January 2017 to rescue itself from institutional sclerosis. A coincidence of fiscal, succession, diplomatic and governance crises jostling for the attention of its forthcoming […]

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