South Africa’s economy isn’t growing. Solutions are within its grasp.
The South African Reserve Bank has forecast zero percent growth for 2016. Some urgent steps are needed to get the country out of this hole.
Activists protest the criminalisation of sex work outside the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.
International AIDS Society/Abhi Indrarajan
Mobility is not only a risk factor for HIV – it is also a structural determinant in how HIV responses are designed and implemented.
Trinn Suwannapha/World Bank
The International AIDS Conference is more than just a talk shop. The platform it offers for engagement between governments, scientists and civil society is of undisputable value.
Boris Johnson outside Whitehall in London.
Boris Johnson, the man who led the Brexit campaign, has been appointed as the UK's chief diplomat. It has sent shudders down many spines, but does Africa need to worry?
Portrait of Miriam Tlali as part of Adrian Steirn’s 21 Icons South Africa project. Date: 15.10.2014.
Adrian Steirn/Courtesy of 21 Icons South Africa
A South African novel, published in 1980 and dealing with the Soweto student uprising four years earlier, still provides lessons for students today.
Activists, health-care workers and scientists in South Africa were faced with a horrific epidemic but went on a ruthless crusade to turn it around.
Some countries in Africa are well placed to follow the path of development pioneered by a number of Asian countries.
It's important to interrogate the key factors that pushed countries from Third World to First World status in the 20th century. Asia's experiences hold many lessons for Africa.
The 90-90-90 strategy is an attempt to get the HIV epidemic under control by adopting a ‘test and treat’ approach. This is part of the plan to eliminate AIDS by 2030.
Johannesburg Civic Centre.
'Up Up: Stories of Johannesburg’s Highrises'
Taking stock of modernist buildings and their potential for reuse is a necessary public project in Johannesburg. A new book that tells the stories of reuse in this African metropolis can help do that.
A protest in Cape Town against the SABC’s decision not to broadcast violent protests.
South Africa's public broadcaster is in a state of crisis, gripped by paranoia and facing accusations of censorship. Can it be saved?
Is a Zika vaccine being tested ahead of vaccines for other flaviviruses because Zika’s occurring in the context of an international sporting competition?
Recently two events concerning the Zika epidemic coincided: two potential vaccines against the virus were declared a success when used in mice, and Jason Day withdrew from the Olympic Games.
The cover art of ‘Bitches Brew’ by Mati Klarwein.
‘Bitches Brew’ and ‘Live-Evil’, two albums from Miles Davis’ electric period, have more than musicological significance. They challenge the listener to think beyond aesthetics and form.
South Africa's response to the country's economic woes has amounted to little more than band-aid treatment. Government must do more to set the economy on a solid growth path.
How countries manage their currencies is now more critical than ever. Nigeria has followed in the footsteps of South Africa by opting for a free-floating exchange rate regime.
Rioters threw stones and looted shops during a recent protest at the Phomolong informal settlement outside Pretoria.
The past decade has shown a strong connection between political protests and the looting of foreign-owned shops in South Africa. Research shows that local leaders use protests to maintain their power.
In-depth surveys allow governments to drill their understanding down to street level.
Image courtesy GCRO/Clive Hassall
Without data, people don't know what to believe or whom to trust. Empirical, thorough data collected by academics can help to fill important governance gaps.
Markets plunged after the UK voted to exit the EU. Africa’s trade relations with both the EU and UK will be affected by the decision.
Emerging market countries that rely heavily on commodity exports will be hit hardest by Britain's decision to leave the European Union.
Mammals like otters use their whiskers to orientate themselves – just like their pre-mammalian ancestors did.
A tiny pit on mammal-like animals’ snouts has revealed a great deal about how mammalian hair originated.
A radical tightening of exchange controls against corporations and wealthy individuals offers a short-term solution to South Africa's balance of payments crisis.
South African President Jacob Zuma inflated the size of his cabinet, making it among the largest in the world.
Although not a panacea, cutting down the number of deputy ministers would go a long way to helping government get its finances onto a more stable footing.