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...

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...

A Stress Test for Democracy in South Africa

May 10, 2017

In South Africa, there is a new branch of the ANC emerging that calls for radical change and advocates against corruption. Riding on Nelson Mandela’s promise of freedom, equality and opportunity, the African National Congress (ANC) has exercised unchallenged electoral dominance over South...

Africa This Month: Nuclear Power Program Out, Malaria Vaccine In

April 30, 2017

Despite economic shocks and political turmoil, the jettisoning of a shady nuclear deal and the launch of a malaria vaccine are great news for Africa. In the March edition of Africa This Month, the authors warned about the risk of famine in parts of the continent. This month, the Famine Early...

Is South Africa Facing More Economic Trouble Ahead?

April 22, 2017

The South African economy faces challenging times ahead as the country’s credit rating plummets. Hopes have receded in the past three weeks for a steady recovery of South Africa’s fragile economy with the downgrade earlier this month of the country’s credit rating to junk status. The...

Africa This Month: Famine Fears After Drought and Flood

March 31, 2017

Climate change, droughts, floods, growing populations, civil strife, slowing economies and flailing states are putting lives of millions at risk. As these authors have pointed out earlier, Africa’s landscape is on uncertain ground as the global economy experiences a downturn. Of course, some...

Unarmed Women Fight Poachers in Africa

March 08, 2017

In one of Africa’s largest reserves, an all-women group protects wildlife without using any weapons or violence. Since being founded in 2013, the Black Mambas have prevented poachers from the Olifants West Region of Balule Nature Reserve in South Africa and expanded to cover the entire Balule...