Mmusi Maimane, leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance, woos voters in hotly-contested Nelson Mandela Bay.
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In previous elections speculation in South Africa focused on the likely size of the ruling ANC's majority. This time the question on people's minds is: will the ANC win or lose Nelson Mandela Bay?
Supporters of Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters hold a mock coffin of the governing ANC during an election rally in 2014.
Unscrupulous politicians are adept at using regressive story lines that feed insecurities. That could be dangerous ahead of South Africa's hotly-contested municipal elections.
Billions of dollars are lost yearly to illegal fishing, with West Africa being one of the worst-affected regions.
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Crime on the ocean is not only about illegal fishing – it ranges from drug smuggling to human trafficking and modern-day slavery as well.
There’s too much focus on the footprint of large businesses on the environment, leaving small businesses out.
The impact of small businesses on the environment has largely been ignored, but getting them to implement environmental management systems won't be easy. This is because of their culture of resisting red tape and the way they operate.
Students have been agitating for an end to public university fees in South Africa.
Free public higher education is possible and necessary. It's also realistic, if it's based on thorough research, consultation and students giving back through community service after graduation.
Women support Jacob Zuma outside court during his 2006 rape trial. Women are often complicit in sustaining patriarchy.
Seemingly poles apart, Donald Trump and Jacob Zuma have something in common: they are both prominent patriarchs with populist support. And they both count women among their staunch supporters.
Africa’s future looks bright – if it embraces its many innovators.
There are plenty of innovators, scientists and inventors in Africa doing remarkable work today. So why does the myth of Africa being devoid of scientific innovators persist?
South African companies aren’t doing enough when it comes to sustainability reporting.
Research shows that South African companies are neglecting the more challenging aspects of sustainability reporting.
Supporters of South Africa’s ruling ANC cheer at a rally to launch the party’s 2016 local government elections manifesto in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Poor attendance at the launch of the ANC’s local elections manifesto shows the party no longer holds much weight with the electorate in the key Nelson Mandela Bay, which it has dominated since 1994.
Heads of state at an African Union session in Addis Ababa. They have signed up to a plan that envisages strengthening institutions and governance.
If the governing ANC ignores the calls for Zuma's resignation,it may undermine South Africa's leadership on the continent. It creates the idea that he can undermine the constitution with impunity.
Allegations that President Jacob Zuma’s friends, the Gupta family, corruptly dictate cabinet appointments have plunged South Africa into a political crisis.
Lobbying political actors to achieve particular outcomes is an acceptable practice in a democracy. But state capture, as is allegedly happening in South Africa, denotes holding the state to ransom.
The US and Cuban flags with Havana’s National Capitol Building in the background.
Cuba's National Capitol Building has been reclaimed as the seat of the National Assembly 54 years after it was abandoned by the new revolutionary government. There are lessons in this for others.
The reintroduction of lions and hyena has led animals in South Africa’s Addo Elephant National Park to behave differently.
Kudu and buffalo altered their activity when lions and spotted hyena were reintroduced into the areas where these species lived.
Racial tensions are becoming increasingly common among South African university students.
University students in South Africa tend to fall into a "single story" trap, ignoring other individuals’ experiences to construct an understanding of the country's political realities.
What’s the point of academics producing amazing research if they don’t share it widely with the general public?
Very few academics do a great deal to share their often important and relevant research with the general public. What's holding them back?
AIDS activists protest outside South Africa’s parliament in Cape Town.
Seasoned social rights activist Mark Heywood argues that the constitution provides South Africans with more rights and entitlements than they may be aware of.
South African finance minister Pravin Gordhan had to tread carefully to please many competing interests in his budget.
South Africa's finance minister means well, especially in his bid to cut public sector expenditure. But his success requires strong leadership and strategic alignment across the entire public sector.
Modern, transformative university leaders invite and really listen to all perspectives.
In future, universities will only survive if they can produce knowledge fast and innovate. This will require transformational leadership that gets everyone involved.
Organisations increasingly need to put procedures and practices in place to manage their reputation in the social media age.
The increasing use of social media in the financial sector has made it difficult for companies to exercise control, while at the same time allow employees freedom of expression in the workplace.
Students have been steadfast in their demands of universities and the South African government. But what might the unintended consequences be?
Social change has its own dynamic. This makes it an unpredictable, uncontrollable and unknowable force – one with often unintended consequences.