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Sunday, 5 December 2021

Why South African political parties must find a balance between rural versus metro support

The trouble with metropolitan cities, or metros, is that, even in the best of times, they are hellishly difficult to govern. By metros I mean large, complex and dynamic urban agglomerations that are recognised internationally as metropolitan. In South Africa the definition includes small agglomerations of Buffalo City (on the east coas...

By Philip Harrison 5 days ago

Omicron is the new COVID kid on the block: five steps to avoid, ten to take immediately

South Africa reacted with outrage to travel bans, first triggered by the UK, imposed on it in the wake of the news that its genomics surveillance team had detected a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The Network for Genomics Surveillance in South Africahas been monitoring changes in SARS-CoV-2 since the pandemic first broke out. ...

By Shabir A. Madhi 6 days ago

New book on South Africa’s history puts black people at the centre, for a change

Thula Simpson’s new book, History of South Africa from 1902 to the Present, is an event-packed narrative history. It is reminiscent of the style of Eric Walker’s History of Southern Africa eight decades ago – a very influential book, prescribed for many university history classes – except this time black South Africans are central to t...

By Keith Gottschalk 9 days ago

What lies behind uprisings in Eswatini: the unfinished business of democratic reform

The Kingdom of Eswatini, the small, landlocked southern African country that shares borders with South Africa and Mozambique, has been in political turmoil since May. The country is Africa’s last absolute monarchy. The death of Thabani Nkomonye, a 25-year-old University of Eswatini law student, at the hands of the police in early Ma...

By Hlengiwe Portia Dlamini 10 days ago


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