[OPINION] Books paint contrasting pictures of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
UWC political scientist Keith Gottschalk says writings on Winnie Mandela almost all fall into one of two categories – either hagiography or demonology.
[OPINION] Why al-Shabaab targets Kenya, and what can be done to stop attacks
The Conversation Africa’s Moina Spooner and Julius Maina spoke to Brendon Cannon and Martin Plaut following a deadly attack in Kenya.
[OPINION] Why photographs of dead in Nairobi terror attack failed journalism
Foreign press took away the dignity of victims killed in the Nairobi terror attacks by publishing their pictures, argues academic George Ogola.
[OPINION] Steps Mnangagwa should take instead of fiddling with petrol price
President Emmerson Mnangagwa's decision to double the price of petrol shows very poor judgement and bad leadership.
[OPINION] Cheat sheet for VCs running universities in turbulent times
Jonathan Jansen says that his long tenure in higher education has taught him that there’s additional knowledge that’s useful for a university leader to have, particularly in these turbulent times facing higher education.
[OPINION] The ANC must offer more than promises to win over South Africans
The African National Congress faces two big challenges: fewer South Africans trust it, while its electoral support has been waning.
[ANALYSIS] A referendum on land reform in South Africa? Brexit suggests not
Referenda have their place in democracy, but can also be misused.
[OPINION] What DRC’s election means for emerging democratic culture in Africa
The recent poll in the DRC was messy. Nevertheless, it showed that significant change is underway in the country.
[ANALYSIS] The ANC: the story of a liberation movement that’s lost its lustre
The ANC, alienated from intellectuals and the middle class and having lost most of its talented youth leadership, is clearly on a downward path.
[ANALYSIS] Why competitive elections are not good for every democracy
Elections are supposed to hold politicians accountable: Officials who fear losing their seat will work harder for voters. But in some countries, political competition actually makes government worse.
[ANALYSIS] Making New Year’s resolutions personal could make them stick
Psychological studies show we can overcome resistance by setting goals that tap into what we find meaningful and that reflect our needs.
[ANALYSIS] Why Ebola is proving hard to beat in the DRC
Instability in the DRC and Ebola's deadly properties is making it hard to contain the virus.
[OPINION] Cheap oil is blocking progress on climate change
The laws governing supply and demand could steer all of us down a road to devastating degrees of global warming, argues an energy scholar.
[OPINION] Global warming raises risk of more severe droughts in Cape Town
Droughts close to this magnitude have occurred in the past (for example in the late 1920s, early 1970s, and 2003 to 2004) and led to water shortages in Cape Town.
[OPINION] Why the ANC itself is the chief impediment to Ramaphosa’s agenda
Political commentator James Hamill says that the principal barriers to President Cyril Ramaphosa's success resides within the African National Congress (ANC) itself.
[OPINION] SA’s electoral body has work cut out to ensure legitimate 2019 poll
The Electoral Commission of South Africa’s failure to ensure a credible voters’ roll threatens to undo its legacy of conducting internationally acclaimed elections.
[OPINION] Ramaphosa is missing an economic policy. What needs to be in it
South Africa has dug itself into a deep hole. Ramaphosa’s efforts to root out corruption are a good – but not sufficient – first step to getting the economy onto a sound footing.
[ANALYSIS] Human rights 70 years on: important victories as well as major misses
Human Rights Day might not be a reason for celebrations but it is a helpful reminder that a great deal is already anchored in frameworks that recognise human dignity and well-being.