[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.
[OPINION] Sexual violence as weapon of war: Why Nobel Prize for Peace matters
Forms of conflict-related sexual violence include – but are not limited to – rape, forced pregnancy, slavery and torture.
[OPINION] Liberation hero Mugabe evokes polarised emotions among Zimbabweans
Robert Mugabe’s name is synonymous with both Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle and its post-colonial politics. His role has been central to the country’s dynamics since the early 1960s – and could well set the tone for the foreseeable future.
[OPINION] Why under valuing families is a problem for South Africa’s economy
Importantly, low-income countries that have moved to middle-income status have done so mainly by investing in human capital, particularly, health, education and infrastructure.
[OPINION] Why memories of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission still ache
Twenty years after the final report of South Africa's Truth Commission, dealing with the past will always remain "unfinished business".
[OPINION] SA taxpayers can’t keep bailing out broken airline
South Africa can't afford its national airline anymore -- nor can it afford to close it down. What's the next step?
[OPINION] Lifestyle diseases could scupper Africa’s rising life expectancy
The leading causes of death in sub-Saharan Africa for adults 15 to 49 years were Aids, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal disorders, and road injuries.
[ANALYSIS] Is South Africa’s Constitutional Court protecting democracy?
South Africa’s Constitutional Court has performed remarkably well in protecting democracy since 1995.
[ANALYSIS] Shades of Brazil as anti-corruption drive in S Africa turns nasty
The Economic Freedom Fighters' strategy of painting President Ramaphosa and his allies as corrupt is unlikely to succeed.
[OPINION] Policies in South Africa must stop ignoring families’ daily realities
The diversity of families is one of the important underlying themes of the South African Child Gauge 2018.
[ANALYSIS] Ideas to make toilets fit for purpose in Africa’s cities
Existing toilets aren't a good fit for parts of sub-Saharan Africa because many areas lack water and there's often no proper plumbing.
[ANALYSIS] Why giving title deeds isn’t the panacea for land reform in SA
The main reason land reform in South Africa has been lethargic is not the Constitution, but a flawed approach.
[ANALYSIS] Why Moyane’s removal is key to Ramaphosa’s chances of success
Tom Moyane's axing as the head of the South African Revenue Service ends one of the last vestiges of Jacob Zuma's continued influence in the country's governance.
[ANALYSIS] Crisis proofing South Africa’s water security
South Africa is a water-stressed country, but the crisis point can be avoided.