Country superstar Dolly Parton has a huge following across Africa.
Africa's broadcasters have a large role to play to ensure that country and western grows to its full potential on the continent.
Dolphins contribute important knowledge about ocean health.
Marine mammals are often referred to as sentinels of the ocean and research on whales and dolphins in particular contributes important knowledge about the health of our seas.
Women in colourful traditional dress in Nosy Be, Madagascar.
Island philosophies can be used to decolonise university courses and teaching. They can also advance sustainable development models and, ultimately, achieve responsible tourism.
In the transition to democracy in South Africa the promise of a more gender-equal society has struggled to gain traction.
South Africa has one of the worst records of violence against women in the world. But not all women in the country seem to want to change this.
The rise of the middle class in Africa is fuelling consumer economies and protection policies. But they tend to be disconnected from sustainability issues.
President Jacob Zuma was slammed as being irrational for the recent cabinet reshuffle.
Democracy and good governance require politicians to engage in reasoned debate, informed decision making and measured judgements. This presupposes rationality. Is this always true?
Land reform remains a divisive subject 23 years after democracy in South Africa.
After South Africa's first democratic election in 1994, the previously oppressed and dispossessed black majority hoped for constitutional restitution of their land. This has largely failed.
SACP’s Blade Nzimande, left, with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
After tiptoeing around the idea of contesting state power South Africa’s Communist Party is looking to strengthen its position now that the ANC is no longer the dominant force it used to be.
Computed tomography scans of a frog skeleton. These fossil frogs are useful to track climatic change.
Fossils of the lowly frog indicate that the evolution of South Africa's west coast winter rainfall pattern is more complex, and possibly occurred much later, than previously thought
Lolabelle, the artist and musician Laurie Anderson’s dog being taught how to play the piano.
In many cultures and religions dogs are more than protection and security. But do they have an after-life?
Academics find themselves in a world filled with people who aren’t interested in facts.
Populist movements are on the rise. Their supporters distrust the establishment, elites, authority and official sources. The post-truth world is a post-expert world.
South Africa’s army currently has about 80,000 active personnel.
Flickr/Spc. Taryn Hagerman, US. Army Africa
South Africa's army is in a dire situation because the government hasn't provided sufficient funding over the past two decades, hampering its ability to fulfil its duty.
Black South African students need fewer excuses and more support from universities.
Students from South Africa's public school system battle to cope with the rigorous demands of any university degree without genuine, committed support.
Unrestricted access to information is vital to a vibrant democracy.But if this information is inaccurate, biased or falsified, the fundamental freedom of informed choice is denied.
Cyril Ramaphosa celebrates his election as deputy president of South Africa’s embattled governing ANC.
Cyril Ramaphosa is in pole position to become president of South Africa's ruling ANC, 20 years after he lost the position by Thabo Mbeki. But, it won't be easy. Neither will rebuilding the party.
Coastal states like Indonesia and South Africa are beginning to take the necessary steps to manage the proliferation of fisheries crime.
Indonesia and South Africa are making strides against transnational organised fisheries crime.
South African President Jacob Zuma. He has survived a bid to have him removed and might strike back.
All eyes are on the next move from President Jacob Zuma after he survived a bid from senior ANC colleagues to remove him. The fallout is expected to be focused on the economic cluster of government.
Students in South Africa are tired of Western, Eurocentric university curricula.
More than two decades after apartheid ended, South African universities still tend to offer a view of the country and continent that is rooted in colonial and apartheid thinking.
They might be certain, but they don’t have to be brutal.
Tax systems in post-colonial Africa need to be reformed. For instance, there ought to be rebates for advancing moral good or educating future taxpayers.
Organic farming has numerous benefits for people.
Organic farming has many benefits. It can better people's lives and it's good for biodiversity and the climate.