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A strong judiciary isn’t enough to keep democracy in place. Kenya’s Supreme Court decision nullifying the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta is a case in point. Reuters/Baz Ratner

A year of illusions: five things we learnt about democracy in Africa in 2017

The past 12 months provided further evidence of the danger of democratic backsliding in Africa. But it also saw powerful presidents suffer embarrassing setbacks in a number of countries.
Are calls for unity in the ANC an attempt to prevent Cyril Ramaphosa from cleaning out the stables if he wins the presidency. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Why talk of unity in South Africa’s ANC is disingenuous, and dangerous

The ANC’s elective conference has very important implications for South Africa’s future. Whoever leads determines the kind of leader the country will get, and what policy trajectory will be taken.
Children must be taught to read for comprehension, not just to parrot what they hear. Shutterstock

South Africa has a reading crisis: why, and what can be done about it

The problem in learners' reading performance lies in how reading is taught in most South African schools. Learners are not taught to understand the written word and make sense of it for themselves.
Data should be open, shareable - but not at the expense of African researchers and communities. Shutterstock

Africa must keep its rich, valuable data safe from exploitation

A focus on collaboration among African universities and research institutions is crucial in developing national policies that meet the principles of open data while keeping it safe from exploitation.
Carefully tracking the migration habits of birds like the Barn Swallow can help to conserve these species. Shutterstock

Why a proper record of birds in Africa is so important – for Europe

If Europe is going to reap the benefits of conservation measures at home, its experts need an understanding of where “their” birds migrate to when they head off to Africa.
Farm dwellers like Zabalaza Mshengu live in extremely precarious conditions. Association for Rural Advancement

How farm dwellers in South Africa think about home, land and belonging

Farm dwellers' conclusion is that the politics associated with land is not about an organised emancipatory movement. Farm dwellers are mainly preoccupied with daily survival strategies.
A sign at a march in Soweto, South Africa, shows just how important social support is for lesbians. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Family, community and university support helps lesbian students thrive

Family support, being valued in their own homes and enjoying strong support from their social structures helped instill lesbians in a conservative South African province with a strong sense of self.
There are claims President Jacob Zuma may push through irresponsible proposals relating to higher education funding. Reuters

What the hijacking of South Africa’s Treasury means for the economy

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.

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