It's still unclear whether Zimbabwe will manage an effective transition to participatory democracy and freedom. And the current signs are not encouraging.
The single greatest failure of current punditry is the refusal to recognise that context matters. A one-size-fits-all approach to solving Zimbabwe's complex set of problems simply won't help.
Countries - including many in Africa - have moved towards democracy incrementally. They have zig-zagged and sometimes regressed. Events in Zimbabwe should be seen in this light.
Protesters at a rally outside parliament in preparation ahead of the proposed impeachment of President Robert Mugabe.
A week after the army issued its limp-wristed and ambiguous statement that Mugabe should go, he remains in place, and a new avenue - impeachment - is being pursued to get rid of him.
The storm clouds above South Africa’s universities could be dissipated with careful fiscal planning.
Alternative scenarios for tertiary funding in South Africa are set out in a completely separate report from the Davis Tax Committee drawing from work done by the higher education department.
President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace have become increasingly divisive figures in Zimbabwe.
The protracted political crisis in Zimbabwe has worsened since President Mugabe fired vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa. Now the military has entered the fray, raising fears a coup is imminent.
Ukrainians mark the first anniversary of the Orange Revolution in 2005.
South Africa's governing party is invoking concepts and emulating strategies first developed by authoritarian regimes in Eurasia.
There are claims President Jacob Zuma may push through irresponsible proposals relating to higher education funding.
The imposition of the fee free higher education proposal on South Africa's National Treasury without due consideration represents an escalation of the state capture led by President Jacob Zuma.
There is a lack of public support for nuclear in South Africa.
South African President Jacob Zuma's efforts to promote his unpopular nuclear project are weakening him politically but he still seems keen to pursue it.
Rural areas across South Africa are hosting battles for control of land.
A different form of state capture is underway in South Africa's rural areas where traditional leaders are selling off people's land to miners. But communities are fighting back.
South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba kicked the can of change down the road during his medium term budget speech.
South Africa's finance minister's medium term budget speech offered hope of potential economic game changes. But will he be bold enough to make them?
Running out of options. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba speaks after delivering his medium term budget.
South Africa's 2017 medium term budget reveals a growing gap between revenue and expenditure which places the country in a highly vulnerable financial state.
Former policeman Joao Rodrigues giving evidence at the Timol Inquest.
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Will the Timol case create the necessary political will to open dozens more inquests into apartheid deaths? Maybe, but government machinery has proven to be rusty and extremely slow.
Madagascar is taking steps towards addressing statelessness with a new nationality law.
For many years, statelessness in Madagascar was spurred by racial and gender discrimination.
Business Leadership South Africa new CEO, Bonang Mohale, is leading a brave fight against corruption.
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Business Leadership South Africa has in the recent past assumed a stinging position against public sector corruption. Bonang Mohale explains the stance taken by the lobby group.
Des Masaï avec accessoires « typiques ».
Une visite des terres Maasai serait incomplète sans l’achat d’accessoires « typiques ». Or, ces derniers sont en réalité le résultat d’une rencontre de longue date entre l’Afrique et l’Europe.
Tapping into ancient DNA can help us understand ancient humans’ movements and lives.
Illustration: Marlize Lombard, Maryna Steyn and Anders Högberg
Archaeology is not only about stones and bones: it is mainly about the people of the past. DNA is one way to get from the stones and the bones to the people and their stories.
Filming of Maasai and tourist interactions.
How can we understand each other, especially when stereotypes cloud our view? An ethnographic movie captures a sense of the 'other' in an encounter between Maasai villagers and Dutch tourists.
Groups de touristes au village, la réalisatrice est à droite en train de tourner.
Quels regards et quels clichés portent les uns sur les autres ? Une étude ethnographique a capturé via caméra ces instants de rencontre, entre une famille masaï et des touristes néerlandais.
Archbishop Tutu teaches that punishing wrongdoers, with an eye for an eye, is unjustified.
Filckr/UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre
Archbishop Bishop Desmond Tutu is well known for having invoked an ubuntu ethic to evaluate South African society, and he can take substantial credit for having made the term familiar.