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.
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.
Dance music, with its advanced technology and millions of fans, is the fastest-growing musical genre.
Thanks to technology the DJ has become a musical God of sorts. Under post-capitalism, where we’re looking for a new way of understanding cultural objects, the DJ now plays a pivotal role.
Every student has their own story and their own concerns. Lecturers need to listen.
Coming to understand students' individual stories allows lecturers to guide, mentor and support them.
Finance minister Pravin Gordhan’s budget speech has put the ANC government’s plan to fight poverty and reduce inequality back in the spotlight.
Finance minister Pravin Gordhan would need President Zuma’s undivided support to drive bold economic reforms. But, signs suggest that he does not have such support and is undermined by the president.
Cattle drink water from an almost dry dam in South Africa. The drought in the region is one of a number of troubling issues that remain largely hidden from public sight.
One of the many intriguing ideas of the Austrian philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein, was this: the limits of my language means the limits of my world. Does this explain the failure to see the gathering gloom…
President Jacob Zuma delivers his State of the Nation address.
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Jacob Zuma tried to cover everything under the sun in his State of the Nation address. The speech was not pivoted on an anchor. It was a collection of inputs from various government departments.
South Africa hasn’t veered away from nuclear as an energy option, but President Jacob Zuma signalled a slowdown.
President Zuma indicated a welcome slowdown in the South African government's stated intention to invest in nuclear power plants.
Students demand free access for all at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Many people dismiss the idea of free, quality public university education out of hand. But there are many ways to make it happen - and it all ties back to the idea of education as a public good.