South Africans take stock as country celebrates Freedom Day

Dirk Kotze, University of South Africa More than any other public holiday, South Africa’s Freedom Day serves as a symbol of how far the country has come since its historic elections in 1994. The country’s peaceful, negotiated transition from an apartheid past earned it international acclaim. It represented the new values of inclusive politics, reconciliation …

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How Ghana could turn waste plastic into profits

By Jon Spaull     “I wish one day Ghana will process its own mineral resources,” says Etornam Bani Fiadou, PhD student and assistant lecturer at the University of Mines and Technology (UMAT) in Ghana. Ghana is the second largest producer of gold in Africa and a major producer of manganese and the main aluminium …

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The 60s and Red Africa: a decade searching for African utopias

Gerard McCann, University of York Congo’s first democratically elected prime minister Patrice Lumumba was a celebrity in Yugoslavia. Lumumba’s execution in 1961 caused such outrage that the Belgian embassy in the Yugoslav capital Belgrade was ransacked. Yugoslav leader Josip Tito was himself a regular visitor to Africa – he went to Gamal Abdel Nasser’s Egypt …

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How African countries stack up in the ‘good society’ stakes

Ferdi Botha, Rhodes University Which is the best African country for citizens to live in? A recently developed barometer has measured just that. The Good African Society Index, published in 2015, measures the quality of society in African states, exploring how African countries perform relative to each other in a number of domains. The index …

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Ebola, Zika epidemics are driven by pathologies of society, not just a virus

David Sanders, University of the Western Cape This article is a foundation essay. These are longer than usual and take a wider look at a key issue affecting society. The global health threats posed by recent viral epidemics, such as avian flu, H1N1, Ebola and Zika, have been happening too frequently to be dismissed as …

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