A fire rages through wetlands close to Cape Town in February 2017.
The danger of fires in the Cape region this season is partly dependent on how the Fynbos has been managed over the past few decades.
Less than 1 in 10 people living with a mental health condition in South Africa receive the care that they need.
Khayelitsha in Cape Town, South Africa. The country can’t afford to be distracted from problems of poverty, inequality and joblessness.
The ideas about the Fourth Industrial Revolution being punted by the World Economic Forum will fail to contribute to economic growth and job creation, and will amplify existing inequalities.
Each of South Africa’s former presidents treated the state broadcaster very differently. From left Jacob Zuma, Nelson Mandela, and Thabo Mbeki (2008).
The South African Broadcasting Corporation, like South Africa itself, is a symbol of contradictions. While there are bad people who work for it, there are also many good ones.
Power station in South Africa.
More and more evidence has accumulated which shows that changes in global and regional climate over the last 50 years are almost entirely due to human influence.
Working hours in the informal sector are long, and earnings often low.
The informal sector represents an opportunity to improve the lives of a large part of the workforce. Government should desist from harming livelihoods and broaden the scope of policy measures.
The view of our planet from aboard the International Space Station.
Of all the planets in the solar system, there’s a reason we call Earth home. It’s made of just the right stuff. It’s not too small, or too big, or too hot or too cold. It’s just right.
An oiled penguin in the aftermath of a spill in the waters of Algoa Bay.
Oil spills from a project that's designed to harness the economic potential of South Africa's oceans are threatening the world's largest remaining African Penguin colony.
Ethiopia’s national carrier is a key link between China and Africa.
The aviation ambitions of several African countries are linked to Chinese investment.
African elephant in Kruger national park, South Africa.
In large ecosystems, managing elephant populations so they don't exceed a certain threshold number is arbitrary.
The drug trade is the main source of income for gangs in Cape Town.
At present South Africa is simply placing a potentially dangerous market into the hands of criminal syndicates and international traffickers.
Moody’s, the only rating agency that keeps South Africa above junk, is scheduled to review its credit rating in November 2019.
How South African manages the fallout from its likely downgrade by Moody's in November will determine whether the country will be forced to turn to the IMF for a bailout.
South Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has had to intervene to protect judges from unfair criticism.
As a branch of government, the courts must naturally be accountable for the exercise of their power. The means of achieving their accountability must be balanced against their necessary independence.
There’s nothing inherent in Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies that will result in economic growth.
Even a cursory glance at earlier industrial revolutions will show that they have not been associated with the interests of the working or underclasses.
Infecting the City – a performance arts festival in Cape Town.
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From Cape Town to Kisumu and Greater Manchester, cities around the world are seeing the benefits of festivals that celebrate traditions and people.
Ambiguity of the transformation rules made it possible for mining companies to renege on their commitments.
A lesson from the 2012 massacre of mineworkers is the need for government to retain its role as primary governance agent, enforcing clear rules and ensuring the provision of public goods and services.
South African Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane listens to public complaints in Cape Town.
The Public Protector's Office has become embroiled in political scandals under the current incumbent, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Today’s gang violence on the Cape Flats can’t be divorced from Cape Town’s history of forced removals.
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Given the framework within which removals under the Group Areas Act took place in Cape Town, a social disaster was inevitable.
In the near future, the ability to code will be as essential as knowing how to read, write and count.
South Africa's introducing coding as a school subject but until teacher education, IT infrastructure and internet connectivity issues, among others are addressed, the country has a long way to go.
Lion bones masquerade as tiger bones in China.
South Africa has the biggest captive big cat industry in the world and it is largely unregulated.