Nelson Mandela, arriving for Thabo Mbeki’s inauguration in 2004.
Mandela continues to serve as a rare example of a principled politician committed to forgiveness and reconciliation.
South Africa’s Union Buildings in Pretoria.
South Africa's governance challenge can't simply be fixed by reorganising the structure of government.
Nelson Mandela embodied South Africa’s long, arduous journey to freedom and equality.
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Nelson Mandela's centenary celebrations provide a chance to debunk the lie that he sold out black South Africans.
Teachers from different backgrounds and cultures are important for pupils’ learning.
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Learners benefit from being exposed to multiple and unfamiliar teacher identities.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela carved her own political identity in the struggle for freedom.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's struggle was for humanity, oftentimes waged in an inhuman way.
In a society like South Africa's that is increasingly becoming polarised, simplified opinions should be approached with caution.
The obituary of the Zuma administration can be summed up with its ethos: grab as much and as fast as you can.
South Africa has been dubbed “the rape capital of the world”.
South Africa has tended to prioritise race relations over gender relations since formal apartheid ended.
Ron Eland, at far left, in Great Britain’s 1948 Olympic team. The stories of Eland and other black athletes must be told.
Pic taken from Haliday, J. (1950). Olympic Weight-lifting with Body Building for all. London: Pullum & Sons
Writing and rewriting black sporting history is a means of redressing exclusion.
Farm dwellers like Zabalaza Mshengu live in extremely precarious conditions.
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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.
Land ownership patterns in South Africa have not really changed since the advent of democracy.
There is very little clarity as to who owns what land in South Africa. A lack of reliable data and statistics doesn't help.
Getting access to a university doesn’t necessarily mean feeling comfortable in that space.
Students experience intense feelings of discomfort, confusion and even embarrassment at being classified as “different” and an “anomaly” alongside the norm of white academic success.
Demonstrators protest against the decision by the South African Broadcasting Corporation to stop airing violent protest scenes.
As South Africa marks Media Freedom Day, it's clear that its battle isn't over. Attacks on journalists continue --through physical intimidation and there's also the threat of new laws.
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
South Africa's Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, claims the intelligence services are being used to discredit him and prevent him becoming the country's next leader.
Cape Town reggae artist, Teba Shumba.
Reggae in South Africa has lost its visibility and prominence inside the country after apartheid. But local artists have built up extensive international links.
Many are questioning South Africa’s constitutional democracy amid high poverty and unemployment.
Has South Africa's constitutional project failed? Is the country's constitution an obstacle to meaningful redistribution and land reform?
Protests over housing at, an informal settlement near Johannesburg.
Recent events suggest that South Africa's government may be resorting to short-term measures to pacify anger over lack of housing. But what's needed is a major overhaul of the housing policy.
People with albinism often isolate themselves to avoid discrimination.
People with albinism tend to identify with the black rather than the white community. Their physical differences, though, mean they don't fit into either race group.
The resources kids have at school and home influence their performance in science.
Policies must seek to improve the manner in which the language of instruction is taught to learners who don't speak that language at home.
In Maboneng, bikes and bistros abound. In adjacent inner-city Johannesburg, people struggle to survive.
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Maboneng in Johannesburg represents one strand of the type of urban “development” that's advocated for by the proponents of “global cities”.