The Financial Times newspaper has been bought by Japanese media house Nikkei. Does the ownership of a newspaper make a difference? It certainly does.
The sale of the Financial Times marks the end of 60 years of benign custodianship, which has allowed the pink paper to be one of the more successful in dealing with the challenges of the internet.
The National Bank of Austria, the most recent example of central bank nationalisation.
The continued ownership of shares in central banks by private investors may be a superfluous relic but it enhances governance and adds to the transparency and accountability of central banks.
The poor and the middle class will be the hardest hit if the South African government increases the value-added tax.
The South African government should weigh its decision carefully whether to increase value added tax (VAT) as indirect taxes fall most heavily on the poor and the middle class.
Every year, more than 20,000 babies are stillborn in South Africa.
For South Africa to reduce its stillbirth rate in line with its international pledges, it will have to scale up its several of its maternal health programmes.
The heritage of Africa’s Sibudu Cave needs to be preserved as development plans threaten the site.
Africa needs to protect the Sibudu cave from development.
It’s a little intimidating when all of those chairs are full, but teaching large classes doesn’t need to stress you out.
Large classes don't have a good reputation when it comes to fostering student learning. But there are a few ways for teachers to adapt to bigger classes.
Dolerite sills so distinctive of the Karoo scenery in South Africa.
South Africa's Karoo area has potential for gas deposits and other mineral deposits like nickel and copper.
Rather than rejecting all indigenous knowledge as witchcraft or as somehow inferior, we should explore the value in different knowledge systems.
There are valuable and authentic wisdom traditions in all cultures. How can indigenous knowledge be woven into the existing science curriculum?
Artistic reconstruction of two Tiarajudens males during combat in the Permian of southern Brazil.
New evidence shows marked similarities between two fossils – one from Brazil, the other South Africa. This confirms compelling geological findings that continents were once one giant land mass.
People take to the street to celebrate the annulment of an anti-homosexuality law by Uganda’s constitutional court in Entebbe last year.The law was signed by the east African country’s President Yoweri Museveni earlier.
South Africa, whose constitution protects gay rights, is well positioned to defend the continent’s LGBTI citizens. But it is reluctant to take positions at odds with the majority of African states.
Vocational training shouldn’t be dismissed as an easy, lazy alternative to completing formal schooling.
Modern vocational programmes must prepare students for complex work which demands a skills and knowledge mix that is different but not necessarily easier than school subjects.
The language of learning is a politically fraught matter in South Africa, harking back to the tragic 1976 Soweto uprising.
There's an ongoing debate about how best to promote multilingualism in schools. But is this debate relevant when it comes to teaching science?
Children develop based on their interactions with people, books and cultural artefacts. History textbooks could have a great deal to teach them about empathy.
Are history textbooks constructing the past in a way that allows learners to develop empathy by walking in many different people's shoes?
Frontline nurses say their views on nursing policy is often overlooked because policymakers do not recognise the importance of their clinical experience.
There are several benefits of nurses providing input in policymaking processes. In South Africa, though, there are several barriers that prevent this.
Proposals by the Film and Publications Board to monitor online activities may be much more difficult to implement than envisaged.
Censorship may not be the answer, but there needs to be acknowledgement of the challenges involved in the disruption of media that the internet is wreaking across the planet and in people's homes.
Book theft in South Africa has recently been under the spotlight.
The late Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko and political philosophers Frantz Fanon and Achille Mbembe top the list of writers who get routinely abducted by discerning pirates of the book world.
Supporters listening to Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, at Freedom Park in Marikana, South Africa.
The much-awaited report into the Marikana Massacre of 2012 is finally out. A new book tells how the miners' struggles went on to influence labour relations across industries in South Africa.
Money is much more than just bank notes and coins issued by central banks.
The misguided belief that banks create money out of nothing has generated public anger with organisations and individuals calling for an overhaul of the system and an end to money creation by banks.
A member of the King Cricket family, aka the Parktown prawn, is found across the southern hemisphere.
King Crickets, or Parktown Prawns as they're more commonly known in South Africa, have been terrifying Johannesburg residents for many years.
Teachers can learn a great deal from their pupils’ mistakes in maths.
What if instead of dismissing wrong answers as a sign of failure, maths teachers tried to understand how their pupils came to that answer and then guided them in the right direction?