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Drinking during pregnancy is harmful and can lead to foetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Shutterstock

Why alcohol remains a big threat to unborn babies in South Africa

There is no specific policy guiding the prevention and management of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in South Africa.
Efforts to stop gender-based violence must include men and women. Jenny Berg/Frontline AIDS

What works to stop gender-based violence and what doesn’t

There are a number of effective interventions to prevent gender-based violence among adult women and men at risk of HIV infection. But little is known about the effectiveness of these in young people.
Central banks and other financial sector regulators have not always paid adequate attention to the sector’s impact on the environment. Shutterstock

Central banks are waking up to climate change dangers. It’s about time

Central banks are expected to act without fear or favour. But to deal with climate change, they may have to encourage financial institutions to favour certain types of activities over others.
Ambiguity of the transformation rules made it possible for mining companies to renege on their commitments. Shutterstock

Disconnect between business and state contributed to Marikana massacre

A lesson from the 2012 massacre of mineworkers is the need for government to retain its role as primary governance agent, enforcing clear rules and ensuring the provision of public goods and services.

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