African economies must diversify to survive

By Imogen Mathers If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or go here to download.   Gold mining in South Africa hit the news last week, when the high court gave the go ahead for up to half a million miners to seek damages from gold companies due to …

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The time ‘the other Kennedy’ visited apartheid South Africa

Kenneth Kaplan, University of the Witwatersrand “RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope” was recently screened at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) with filmmaker Larry Shore on hand to discuss the film. The documentary chronicles American Senator Robert Kennedy’s visit to South Africa in 1966, recording many historical moments around his …

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Africa’s rising middle class: fact from fiction

Henning Melber, University of Pretoria Since the turn of the century the middle classes of the global South have taken centre stage in economic policy circles. Animated by diversification of some countries’ economies, a handful of economists from international agencies and think-tanks began a discourse that then entered African and development studies. This in turn …

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El Niño and fighting leave 80 million in food crisis

By Barbara Axt Armed conflict and the droughts caused by the El Niño effect have left 80 million people around the world in acute food crisis this year, reveals a food security report. The report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme adds that a …

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25 years after independence Eritreans still yearn for freedom

Thabo Leshilo, The Conversation Eritrea marks 25 years of independence from Ethiopia this month. It is now one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world and is run by a repressive government. The Conversation Africa’s politics and society editor, Thabo Leshilo, asked Valerie Frank* to shed light on the secretive country as it marks …

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