A replica of the remains of “Lucy” at the National Museum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
When it comes to valuable African fossils, much is at stake. They often unearth disputed ways of debating archaeology as a science of ‘discovery’.
South Africa needs to build a mental infrastructure that will allow people to individually and collectively engage in a bold, courageous and trutfhul dialogue.
Students cheer as a statue of Cecil John Rhodes is removed from the University of Cape Town in April 2015.
There is a risk that because of fatigue, frustration and silencing the important moment created by South Africa's student movements will pass by with no proper, long-term structural change.
A recent protest by South African schoolchildren which had to be quelled by an under-resourced police force.
It is exactly forty years since the Soweto uprising in June 1976 where the South African police met the students with brutal force. How much has changed in terms of policing?
A singular focus on divestment from oil and gas companies to counter climate change could be detrimental.
The broad principle of companies, government bodies and universities divesting from oil, gas and coal companies is sound. But its application needs more sophistication.
Trucks wait at the no man’s land on the Kenyan-Tanzanian border. Attitudes towards cross-border movements differ widely.
Resistance to free movement across borders in many countries suggests that large numbers of African citizens see foreign migrants as competition to local labour and businesses.
Low and middle income countries are increasingly the target of tobacco manufacturers.
Countries that have successfully decreased illicit trade have typically used a combination of political will and technology. South Africa should join the pack.
Deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, left, and.
chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at a special session to mark Moseneke’s retirement.
The retirement of Dikgang Moseneke, one of South Africa's eminent judges and the Constitutional Court's deputy chief justice, is a moment to reflect on the court's place in society and his legacy.
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.
One-third of the world’s population is latently infected with the bacteria that cause tuberculosis.
Scientists have found proteins in the body that promote lung inflammation which helps the bacteria that causes TB to spread throughout the lung.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court embodies values of justice and transformation. How can law schools do the same?
For law faculties, the transformative vision embodied in South Africa's constitution provides a potent driver for change. So what does a transformed law faculty look like?
Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), greets supporters at the launch of the party’s local election manifesto in Soweto.
Understandable anger about the excessive inequality in South Africa lies at the heart of the rise of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters. The problem is how the party wants to address these issues.
Research on animals like the Black Sparrowhawk, using biomarkers, can help map how urbanisation affects animals.
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Urbanisation exposes wildlife to new man-made stresses which affect species in a variety of ways.
Movements of insectivorous species that migrate, like the cuckoo, may be influenced by the migration of prey insect groups.
Birds migrating to Africa are threatened by issues like habitat loss. Studying their movement patterns will show the challenges these species encounter on the continent.
Activists outside the European Commission show their disdain for existing measures against tax evasion and money laundering.
In Africa, commercial activities are the largest component of illicit financial flows. This is followed by organised crime and then public sector corruption.
There’s a big gap what between universities teach and what industries need.
Financial institutions in Africa are worried that universities aren't producing graduates with relevant skills for the industry.
Demand is growing for statistical ecologists to research climate change. Rapidly growing mega-cities in Africa, like Lagos, face the highest risks.
Some of the most in-demand ecologists in Africa are specialists in statistics. But this is currently a scarce skill combination in Africa.
There are several ways to defend a defamation claim in South Africa.
Is it defamatory to ‘name and shame’ alleged rapists? Absolutely, according to South African law – and those who share that information on social media are liable too.
As South Africa celebrates 22 years since the end of apartheid this month, a new survey by Afrobarometer suggests the country still has a long way to go in fulfilling the promises of freedom.
Des informations adaptées aux besoins des fermiers permettent de réduire leur vulnérabilité climatique.
De récents travaux menés en Inde et en Afrique montrent que pour s’adapter aux changements climatiques, il convient d’associer connaissances locales et dernières données scientifiques sur le climat.