[ANALYSIS] Why do so many people fall for fake profiles online?
Almost every online deception, fraud and scam – even propaganda and misinformation campaigns – begins with a fake social media profile. How do fakers get real people to agree to be friends?
[ANALYSIS] Empowering women at centre of controlling population growth in Africa
Empowered women make millions of decisions that add up to a better demographic situation for themselves, their children and for Africa.
[OPINION] The private use of marijuana legalised. Why it’s a good thing
The Constitutional Court judgment is to be applauded for doing away with the assumption that marijuana use by adults in private is always wrong.
[ANALYSIS] How far must people in Africa travel to get to a hospital?
Only 16 out of 48 African countries and islands have access to hospital services within the WHO's two-hour time threshold.
[ANALYSIS] Here’s why ex-offenders in SA should get a resettlement grant
Politicians' kneejerk dismissal of an idea that could help rehabilitate ex-offenders is unhelpful.
[ANALYSIS] Why inquiry into corruption in SA needs to act with urgency
Justice Zondo needs to get under the skin of the politics of state capture in South Africa, to get on record what happened, and why.
[OPINION] Does SA have a microplastics problem? Our research says yes
South Africa needs to strengthen its response to plastic pollution.
[ANALYSIS] SA citizens lose out as politicians play havoc with coalitions
Troubles in South Africa's coalition-led local governments are affecting accountability, governance stability and service delivery.
[ANALYSIS] ‘Fake food’ in SA: myths, misinformation and not enough data
Foreign shop-owners in South Africa are accused of selling counterfeit food and food beyond its sell-by date. These claims are driven by politically charged opinions, not evidence.
[OPINION] South Africa won’t become less violent until it’s more equal
Increasing police patrols won't solve South Africa's high rates of violent crime. Underlying problems need to be addressed.
[ANALYSIS] What would it mean to decolonise palaeontology?
Ancient indigenous people often collected fossil shells, teeth and bones that have provided critical clues about human origins.
[ANALYSIS] Flu plane: are we really ready for a global pandemic?
In the event of pandemic flu, poor countries will suffer the most.
[OPINION] From our ancestors to modern leaders: the story of corruption
Corruption permeates all levels of society from low-level public servants accepting petty bribes to national leaders stealing millions of dollars.
[ANALYSIS] To zero-rate, or not to zero-rate: the complex VAT debate
South Africans debating the zero-rating of certain products for VAT purposes must realise it isn't a panacea for poor people and should be accompanied by other policies.
[OPINION] Xenophobia in SA: why it’s time to unsettle narratives about migrants
Framing xenophobic violence as a question of immigrant victimisation invites divisions between neighbours.
[ANALYSIS] Memory loss: Here’s how young people can stay mentally fit
To feel that your memory may not be up to scratch can be unsettling or even downright frightening.
[ANALYSIS] Is China worsening the developing world’s environmental crisis?
There are many reasons behind these troubling trends, but one loopms especially large: China’s booming economy.
[ANALYSIS] May in Africa: Post-Brexit development agenda smacks of desperation
Theresa May is the latest in a long line of prime ministers who have evoked the potential of 'Africa' for their own political purposes.