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Africa has the chance to innovate and grow, with the right policies and investment. Shutterstock

Calestous Juma: how Africa can honour his legacy

Calestous Juma believed that Africa needed an integrated science, technology and innovation framework. The continent can make this happen.
New ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa shortly after hearing he’d been elected to the top job. EPA/Kim Ludbrook

What does Ramaphosa’s victory mean for South Africa’s economy?

Brought to its knees by the recklessness of the Zuma presidency, the South African economy needs a new deal. The ANC's new leader Cyril Ramaphosa needs to act quickly if he's going to make his mark.
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.

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