Is South Africa Heading for a Storm?

November 26, 2019

Despite having a technocratic president in Cyril Ramaphosa, are the structural underpinnings of the economy so weak that South Africa’s future is endangered? Allied to weak economic foundations are the questions of corruption and extremely poor public administration. The mismanagement at both...

Why Is the Radical Right Obsessed With Southern Africa?

September 12, 2019

In 2018, the President of the United States Donald Trump posted a rather enigmatic tweet about“farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers” by the South African government. What initially seemed puzzling was soon everywhere. A few days later, during the former UK...

A Rich River of Life: The Importance of Free Movement

April 08, 2019

In a fair world, freedom of international movement would be a fundamental human right, and the obstacles put in its way removed. The complex river of human movement brings with it creativity, resilience and, sometimes, challenges. But its fertile depths are the source of many of our gains if...

Africa Opens Up Borders to Free Trade

April 11, 2018

The creation of a continental free trade area across the African continent poses unique conflict of interest challenges for the signatories. In March, African leaders descended upon Kigali, Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills’ capital, to ink an agreement that is meant to smoothen the rough...

Cyril Ramaphosa and the Future of the ANC

February 19, 2018

The ANC’s ability to pivot and unite around a new candidate displays a degree of unity that bodes well for its ability to weather future electoral contests. On February 14, Jacob Zuma resigned as president of the Republic of South Africa, a position that he had held since 2009. The African...

Raising Voices Against Trump

January 23, 2018

Donald Trump’s first anniversary in office has been marked by numerous problems, from a government shutdown to accusations of racism. During a meeting on immigration at the Oval Office on January 11, President Donald Trump degraded poor countries in Africa, along with Haiti and El Salvador,...

Morocco Is Giving South Africa a Run for Its Money

January 08, 2018

What made 15 African Union members vote against Morocco’s admission? Nearing the one-year anniversary of Morocco’s admission into the African Union (AU), further interpretations can be made concerning the implications of the AU’s majority 39-15 vote. Following Morocco’s historic...

Will Jacob Zuma Drag the ANC Down With Him?

November 28, 2017

As the ANC’s conference approaches, many within the governing party are beginning to count the cost of a leader who lacks the public's trust. In December 2007, delegates at the National Elective Conference of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) took an ill-fated gamble on...

Is Retirement Tourism the Answer to South Africa’s Economic Growth?

July 18, 2017

A growing demographic can help South Africa pour funds into a struggling economy. The last few years in South Africa saw a deterioration of economic growth and political wrangles around leadership and socio-economic policies. The country is facing both economic and job-growth conundrums. The...

Africa This Month: A Tale of Two Harvests

May 31, 2017

Eastern African famine is cause for concern as southern Africa’s bountiful harvests offer hope — as does the containing of an Ebola outbreak in a remote part of the continent. Much of Africa’s modern story has been told through the lens of fragility, famine and conflict. These three...

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