ANALYSIS: COVID-19: What happens if some countries don’t vaccinate?
It seems unlikely that the pandemic can be fully contained through the existing prevention measures or that it’ll soon burn out. This happens when infections slow down because a significant proportion of the population has developed “herd immunity”.
ANALYSIS: Zuma defiance is a grave moment. But it’s not a constitutional crisis
The former president is in a corner and largely isolated. His only option is to stir the pot so much that it gives him some kind of bargaining power.
ANALYSIS: Ruling on SA’s spy law is a victory for privacy, but loopholes remain
The Constitutional Court judgment is a huge victory, not only for journalists and lawyers who stand to benefit directly and immediately, but for broader society.
ANALYSIS: Trump’s acquittal is a sign of ‘constitutional rot’ in the US
The vote to acquit former President Trump for inciting the attack on the Capitol is a symptom of the dramatic decline of the US constitutional system, which is being eroded from within.
ANALYSIS: Racism has a physical impact on the body – here’s how
Racism operates at multiple levels to negatively affect health. Physical violence and rampant infectious diseases are the tip of the iceberg.
ANALYSIS: Treating Zuma gently has failed. What now for SA’s corruption inquiry?
The Constitutional Court described former President Jacob Zuma’s lack of cooperation with the commission as "reprehensible".
ANALYSIS: Zuma abuse of spy agency highlights need for strong civilian oversight
Revelations show that the State Security Agency did little to safeguard the country and much to protect Zuma's political faction and to funnel public money into private ends.
ANALYSIS: Will coronavirus really evolve to become less deadly?
The seductive logic goes that from an evolutionary perspective, it makes no sense for a pathogen to harm the host on which it depends for its survival.
ANALYSIS: Presidents who subvert democracies can hit a brick wall: ask Zuma
South Africa’s Constitutional Court rebuke to Jacob Zuma in its latest judgment reminds him that no-one, not even the president, is above the law.
Why the West is morally bound to offer reparations for slavery
A truth commission on the trans-Atlantic trade and symbolic financial compensation could go a long way in the West acknowledging it should never have engaged in the slave trade.
ANALYSIS: Jonas Gwangwa embodied SA’s struggle for a national culture
The revered trombonist, composer and cultural activist never wished to be 'the state composer' but remained political until the end, in service of the people.
ANALYSIS: Why being stuck at home drains our creativity
The disappearance of the corner coffee shop means more than lost wages.
ANALYSIS: Mutating coronavirus: Herd immunity now harder, but there’s still hope
New strains, some of which appear to be more infectious than the original one, are threatening to derail progress in fighting the disease.
ANALYSIS: Here’s how South Africa failed to get its act together on vaccines
Critics of the South African government argue that it has done too little too late to secure vaccines, and that it doesn't have a proper plan in place for rollout.
Social media's seizing of the Uganda election narrative was good for democracy
The migration to social media has been driven by two key factors: it's youthful voting population and excitement for Bobi Wine.
EXPLAINER: Dummy’s guide to how trade rules affect access to COVID-19 vaccines
A waiver on some intellectual property rules at the WTO for COVID-19 vaccines would ensure more equitable access, but wouldn't solve all the problems facing developing countries.
Was it a coup? No, but siege in the US was the violence of a fragile democracy
Media organisations, social media and other commentators are debating if the siege on the US Capitol was indeed a coup d’etat.
An Africa-wide survey of the economic impact of COVID-19 on cultural industries
Data on the impact of COVID-19 on African cultural and creative industries is patchy, and this survey hopes to shed light on it.