Young people understand the value of education but find fees prohibitively high in a context of widespread unemployment and low incomes.
The huge problem of youth unemployment in South Africa appears to be getting worse. New research will hopefully amplify their voices and inform more realistic interventions to combat the monster.
The price of voice communication has come down in South Africa. But poor regulation and a lack of competition means that the country still has some way to go to reduce the cost of communication.
Talk show host Jerry Springer enters the stage on a motorbike as co-host of the 2008 Miss Universe contest.
Daytime television talk shows are known for their confrontational style. But there is a different model: a harmonious, cohesive and relational approach may offer a better way to communicate.
A protester smokes marijuana during a march calling for the legalisation of cannabis in Cape Town.
Despite protests in South Africa being largely peaceful, municipalities are placing unreasonable restrictions on the right to protest, which sometimes amounts to a veto of that right.
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.
BRICS leaders at a meeting ahead of the G20 summit in Turkey in 2015.
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The BRICS bank is positioning itself to play a significant role in those areas in which the international financial institutions are seen to have failed.
The biggest concern is that nuclear power is too expensive for South Africa and investing in it will cripple the economy.
South Africa's nuclear plans have been put on hold. In light of recent events in the country, pressure is being put on the government to halt the process.
Students want colonial symbols, such as this statue of Cecil John Rhodes, gone from their universities.
Calls for the decolonisation of countries, institutions, the mind and of knowledge are not new. In South Africa, these changes are crucial and long overdue. But they must be carefully thought through.
Few banks have successfully entered the retail banking sector in South Africa in the past 25 years.
How did a small South African bank manage to rise through the ranks at a time when consumer and investor confidence was at a low?
Mothers and their babies at a clinic in Johannesburg. South Africa leads the Global South with its expansive social protection programme.
The gendered nature of social welfare is invisible and taken for granted – particularly in development contexts.It's time to debate a more gender-sensitive and equitable welfare agenda in the South.
Piles of evidence don’t make any difference if they’re not being used to develop policy.
Researchers and policymakers need to talk to each other. If they don't, important research will merely gather dust and policies might do more harm than good.
The emerging world order needs leaders with specific modes of intelligence to deal with the challenges ahead.
A leader with high contextual intelligence understands that they need the 'right set of glasses' to look at the world.
Khartoum at sunset. The city’s architectural heritage is under threat.
Students at the University of Khartoum are protesting about a secretive plan to move the institution from its historic buildings.
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki.
A central goal of Thabo Mbeki’s African Renaissance was the right of African people to determine their own future. But the country he governed struggled to embrace his pan-African vision.
School nutrition programmes help reduce the risk of children developing obesity.
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In-school nutrition programmes can reduce the chances of children suffering from childhood obesity.
High-rise buildings amid shacks in Luanda. President Dos Santo has announced plans to retire amid growing unease among Angolans over deepening poverty despite a recent oil boom.
Angola's Dos Santos is buying time. His promise to step down is an attempt to diffuse growing political tensions, as repression continues. He might relinquish his position, but not his power.
South African and ANC President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
South Africa's governing ANC has to respond to public outcry about state capture or run the risk of electoral losses.
The shadows of a mother and child are cast on a shack in a township in South Africa. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko.
Progress in South Africa's welfare system is being hindered by corruption, labour disputes and a lack of research and innovation in the field.
Lecturing is an important, intimidating job and the academic’s role is changing all the time.
Universities stand to benefit enormously if excellent teachers are celebrated and given the chance to share their skills, and if they have the power to really change their institutions.
Women scientists are far more common today than they were in the early 1900s.
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Women have come a long way in science, but plenty of work remains. After all, gender bias in science doesn't happen in a vacuum.