Zuma court ruling: South Africans witness a massive day for democracy

Hugh Corder, University of Cape Town The accountability of public governance in South Africa has come a long way since 1994. When the transitional constitution was hammered out in negotiations in 1993, the primary consideration was to establish an unshakeable commitment to government under law in terms of a binding constitution. Founded on the “rule …

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How sexting is creating a safe space for curious millennials

Melissa Meyer, University of Cape Town Millennials have become cyborgs. They exist far beyond biology and through a variety of technological devices which don’t function as external entities but as a platform and backdrop to their daily lives. They were born between 1980 and 2000, and are regarded by researchers as an open-minded, responsive and …

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Tanzanian rice swells yield from salty soil

By Charles Ngereza Scientists in Tanzania have developed a high-yielding, salt-resistant rice variety that could benefit millions of farmers across Africa. The variety, dubbed SATO1, can yield several tonnes of rice per hectare even in salty ground — up from just 0.5 tonnes for traditional varieties that grow poorly in such soil, the researchers say. …

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Côte d’Ivoire’s credible response to the Bassam attacks

Yvan Guichaoua, University of Kent and Fahiraman Rodrigue Kone, Université Alassane Ouattara de Bouaké The attacks that took place in mid-March at Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, provoked the familiar knee-jerk reactions from 24-hour news outlets whose take on these events is often questionable. Due to their strictly Western perspective, these reports sometimes border on the grotesque. …

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Science meets farming to reveal Africa’s best bean

By Bruno Awio, Inga Vesper The second of our INASP/SciDev.Net data challenges features an agricultural project from Uganda. A team of scientists joined 358 farmers in two districts to test the best bean they were growing in terms of robustness, yield and marketability. And most importantly, a bean that can prosper in the dramatically changing …

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