Alors que Johannesburg accueille 182 pays pour étudier les restrictions commerciales touchant 500 espèces, la militarisation des parcs naturels et la financiarisation de la faune nous interpellent.
Markets and militarisation as responses to wildlife threats are dangerous because they often fail.
Military responses to combat poaching are a problem. They marginalise communities where poachers come from and can have longer term implications.
People risk being physically harmed during violent protests. But there is also an emotional element at play.
This skull belongs to the carnivorous gorgonopsian therapsid Smilesaurus ferox which lived 255 million years ago.
Cradle of Humankind/Flickr/Wikimedia
Modern sabre-tooth mammals have their canines constantly on display. This allows them to seduce mates. But was sexual selection also an important phenomenon among our pre-mammalian ancestors?
University students are fed up that their calls for free education are being ignored.
South Africa's higher education minister has dealt with fee increments for 2017 but sidestepped students' fundamental issue: an ongoing call to make higher education free for all.
Des coiffures et des textures qui font l.
’objet de nombreux préjugés.
De l’esclavage au colonialisme, en passant par les lycées d’Afrique du Sud, la coiffure des noirs est scrutée, critiquée, disciplinée. Une question bien moins superficielle qu’il n’y paraît.
As degrees become more commonplace, African graduates are struggling more to find jobs.
Global economic realities shouldn't deter African universities from continuing to push for massification. But they must do so armed with knowledge, lessons from elsewhere and strong funding models.
Former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan. He left the job after concerted political attacks.
Attacks on the South African Reserve Bank and events in India that led to the exit of the governor of the country's central bank are a warning that banks aren't immune from political meddling.
The earliest hominin cancer.
Patrick Randolph-Quinney (University of Central Lancashire/University of the Witwatersrand)
Cancer is not the modern disease many believe it to be. New fossil evidence from two South African caves suggests that its origins lie deep in prehistory.
When did the Anthropocene epoch start?
How long the Anthropocene will last, and what will be its most enduring attributes, will not be driven and decided scientifically.
Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk played a critical role in the making of the 1994 political transition in South Africa.
The morality challenges faced by South Africa's governing party are largely a function of fundamental factors established in 1994.
Realpen Pencil is a young instant live drawing artist who lives and works in Accra, Ghana.
Ghana’s Chale Wote festival's main aim is to provide an alternative platform for the arts. It uses street arts to break creative boundaries and cultivate a wider audience for the arts in West Africa.
South Africa’s finance minister Pravin Gordhan chats with Lesetja Kganyago, governor of the country’s Reserve Bank.
Is the South African Reserve Bank safe from the wave of state capture sweeping through a number of the country's institutions?
Johannesburg skyline: the challenge is to create a city that is liveable, safe and resource efficient.
Populations revolt when lives are improving but not fast enough to meet their rising expectations.
One of the first dilemmas that black people face is whether to let strangers touch their hair – and under what circumstances.
When it comes to black hair, “common sense” is the least reliable tool for decision making since even black people are constantly changing their minds about what they want to do with their hair.
However powerful technologies may seem, choices are made by people – not the machines they invent.
Very few organisations in the field of civic technology are choosing the right tools for the job.
Marketers take advantage of the fact that children sometimes can't recognise the difference between product placement and advertising.
Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand stops running during the 5000m race to help Abbey D'Agostino of the USA after D'Agostino suffered a cramp.
Although the Olympics have come to an end, fans will continue to be gripped by the infinite micro-narratives that sports fixtures provide. But are these narratives comparable to literary creativity?
Each can of a sugar sweetened beverage has nine teaspoons of sugar. This is more than the recommended daily limit of six.
South Africa's massive and growing obesity epidemic has much to do with people's excessive daily sugar intake.
A supporter arrives at an ANC rally in July 2016 addressed by President Jacob Zuma.
In this new world where its lost thousands of votes does South Africa's ruling ANC know who it is, how to be in opposition, or how it might fight its way back to winning ways?