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Tom Thabane, prime minister of Lesotho, during a recent visit to Ethiopia. Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Lesotho’s prime minister plays for time. But the end beckons

Power is visibly draining away from Tom Thabane. But, even at 80 years old, he remains a wily operator, and seems determined to cause maximum trouble to secure his immunity from prosecution.
People affected by xenophobic violence queue prior to being transported back to their countries from Johannesburg, South Africa. Kim Ludbrook/EPA-EFE

Telling the complex story of ‘medical xenophobia’ in South Africa

The experiences of non-nationals in South Africa’s public health care system are more complex and varied than implied by the dominant discourse on "medical xenophobia"
Africa needs average economic growth of over 7% for several decades if it’s to reduce poverty and increase income levels. Shutterstock

What needs to be done to make Africa politically stable

Africa is still witnessing an increase in social turbulence, unrest and protest. Only rapid, inclusive economic growth combined with good governance can make the continent less volatile.
The political troubles of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe comes with lessons for his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Lessons for South Africa’s Jacob Zuma in Robert Mugabe’s misfortunes

The unfolding misfortunes of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe hold key lessons for his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma who faces the possibility of a forced exit.
In Africa mediation mandates are typically contained in resolutions passed by the UN the AU or sub-regional bodies that attempt to resolve conflicts. Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Study on African mediation highlights the significance of the mandate

Mediation is common in Africa but there hasn't been enough emphasis on how it affects the outcome of peace negotiations.

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