South Africa’s army currently has about 80,000 active personnel.
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South Africa's army is in a dire situation because the government hasn't provided sufficient funding over the past two decades, hampering its ability to fulfil its duty.
Black South African students need fewer excuses and more support from universities.
Students from South Africa's public school system battle to cope with the rigorous demands of any university degree without genuine, committed support.
Unrestricted access to information is vital to a vibrant democracy.But if this information is inaccurate, biased or falsified, the fundamental freedom of informed choice is denied.
Cyril Ramaphosa celebrates his election as deputy president of South Africa’s embattled governing ANC.
Cyril Ramaphosa is in pole position to become president of South Africa's ruling ANC, 20 years after he lost the position by Thabo Mbeki. But, it won't be easy. Neither will rebuilding the party.
Coastal states like Indonesia and South Africa are beginning to take the necessary steps to manage the proliferation of fisheries crime.
Indonesia and South Africa are making strides against transnational organised fisheries crime.
South African President Jacob Zuma. He has survived a bid to have him removed and might strike back.
All eyes are on the next move from President Jacob Zuma after he survived a bid from senior ANC colleagues to remove him. The fallout is expected to be focused on the economic cluster of government.
Students in South Africa are tired of Western, Eurocentric university curricula.
More than two decades after apartheid ended, South African universities still tend to offer a view of the country and continent that is rooted in colonial and apartheid thinking.
They might be certain, but they don’t have to be brutal.
Tax systems in post-colonial Africa need to be reformed. For instance, there ought to be rebates for advancing moral good or educating future taxpayers.
Organic farming has numerous benefits for people.
Organic farming has many benefits. It can better people's lives and it's good for biodiversity and the climate.
Women in South African cultural industries feature prominently on stages and in studios, but not in its boardrooms.
South African creative and cultural industries have taken some early steps to elevate women to leadership positions, but there is still some way to go.
University students are fed up that their calls for free education are being ignored.
South Africa's higher education minister has dealt with fee increments for 2017 but sidestepped students' fundamental issue: an ongoing call to make higher education free for all.
Hair speaks of the past, and of cultural heritage.
Hair has long been modified for aesthetic and other ends. But skewed power structures have meant that women, particularly women of colour, have borne the brunt of stereotyping and prejudice.
EFF leaders Godrich Gardee, left, Julius Malema and Floyd Shivamvu brief journalists in Alexandra, near Johannesburg.
The EFF is sending a strong message to South Africans that it wants to be known as the only political home for radical change.
Bob Marley’s album ‘Legend’ is still an international bestseller.
Bob Marley is one of those rare artists who continues to touch the hearts of millions of people across the world, even though he died more than three decades ago.
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.