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Get with it: AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (left). GovernmentZA

African Union falls behind the times as regional conflicts rage

When the South African president, Jacob Zuma, returned from the African Union summit last weekend, his press statement said almost nothing that could not have been written before he left. The summit decided…
Icon and reality: Nelson and Winnie Mandela as seen on screen. Production Companies Videovision Entertainment Distant Horizon Origin Pictures (in association with) Pathé

Long Walk humanises Mandela, but do we lose sight of the man who was Madiba?

The timing could not have been more poignant: as South African president Jacob Zuma announced to the world that Nelson Mandela, the father of his nation, had breathed his last, Mandela’s daughters, Zenani…
South Africa wants to tackle development challenges on its own terms. Julien Behal/PA

Why South Africa has ripped up foreign investment deals

Over the past few months, South Africa’s government has cancelled foreign investment treaties with Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, Switzerland, Spain and the Netherlands. The reasoning behind this tells…
Apartheid legacies of corruption and violence have held South Africa back, but there is still hope. Julien Behal/PA

Let’s not be impatient, there is hope for South Africa’s future

South Africa is not the most comfortable country to live in. Unemployment levels dwarf those in the troubled economies of Europe. The unemployed survive because families redistribute income internally…
Surly: Zuma’s presidency has been marked by scandal and mismanagement. WEF

Zuma is just the face of South Africa’s democratic malaise

South Africa is mourning the death of Nelson Mandela, a founding father like no other. His legacy includes a still-lauded constitution, four peaceful, free and fair democratic elections (five if 2014 follows…
‘We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again.’ AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Mandela: in South Africa, death and politics are bedfellows

South Africa – and the world – has said its formal goodbye to Nelson Mandela. It was a celebration of a life gloriously lived, an event that united us as a global family. Earlier this year, I reflected…
As the world prepares to farewell Nelson Mandela, attention turns to how to honour his legacy. EPA/Kim Ludbrook

Mandela funeral: avoiding the caricature of Madiba’s legacy

A life magnificently lived in the service of humanity. This is why there is such a simultaneous outpouring of grief and celebration with the passing of Nelson Mandela, or Madiba. He has brought South Africa…
Mandela was a key force in South Africa against AIDS denialism. SCHALK VAN ZUYDAM/AP

Mandela’s stance on HIV set him apart from his ANC successors

In the past few days since the passing of Nelson Mandela, the father of the South African nation, it has become apparent just how much Madiba meant not only to us, but to the rest of the world. He is a…
Mandela’s long walk to freedom - his release from prison in 1990. Greg English/AP

Mandela death: saying goodbye to a global icon

How do you say goodbye to a global icon? The answer must be: with dignity and by being true to the values that he fought for. By these standards, we all have done Nelson Mandela a disservice. The international…
Making history: Mandela addressing the United Nations in 1990, shortly after being released from prison. UN Photo/P Sudhakaran

Is there life for South African democracy after Mandela?

As the figurehead of South Africa’s struggle for freedom, Nelson Mandela inspired generations of political activists around the world. He is, quite possibly, the most revered politician in world history…
Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died, but it will take the nation he united - South Africa - some time to come to terms with his passing. EPA/Kim Ludbrook

Nelson Mandela dies: man who reinvented South Africa as a ‘rainbow nation’

Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, has died at the age of 95. The fears of South Africa, the nation that once was deeply divided in its perceptions of Mandela, have now been realised…
Tarnished brand: South African football. Shine

Puma leaps out of South Africa amid rising market morality

German sportswear company Puma recently ended its contract with the South African Football Association (SAFA), after football’s world governing body, FIFA, found that there was “compelling evidence” that…
President Jacob Zuma’s party remains the dominant force in South Africa despite a number of political and social changes. EPA/Kim Ludbrook

South Africa: what does the future hold for the ‘rainbow nation’?

As part of my work for the University of Sydney and the Australian government, I’ve visited South Africa seven times since retiring from politics in 2006. Each time something new has happened, and what…

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