Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). He has openly questioned Nelson Mandela’s economic policy legacy.
South African opposition politician Julius Malema has blamed economic policies put in place during Nelson Mandela's era for the country's high levels of inequality. He may have a point.
Migrant entrepreneurs in South Africa face constant security threats and enjoy minimal protection from the police.
Contrary to the view that all migrants take jobs from South Africans, research shows that migrant entrepreneurs generate employment for local citizens.
Jacob Zuma’s bungling over the finance minister position has left him politically vulnerable.
South African President Jacob Zuma has lost control of his party and his administration. It is time citizens came together and gave the old man a helping hand to exit.
A nurse weighs a baby at a clinic in Johannesburg. South Africa has released its policy document to implement its universal health coverage plan.
South Africa's plan for universal health coverage has taken another crucial step with the introduction of a new policy document aimed at delivering more equitable healthcare.
In many parts of Africa skin lightening is a popular practise despite the health risks associated with it.
Unregulated over-the-counter skin lighteners can have detrimental effects on the men and women who use them. So why are governments in Africa not taking steps to ban these products?
The South African currency, the rand, fell to its lowest level in four years after President Jacob Zuma removed the country’s finance minister.
The removal of Minister Nene is a significant act. The fact that he has been replaced by someone who is unknown and untested simply compounds it.
Mary Robinson, championne de la justice climatique.
L’envoyée spéciale pour le changement climatique de l’ONU et ancienne présidente de l’Irlande répond aux questions de six experts de The Conversation sur les négociations en cours à la COP21.
Robinson: ‘Climate change is a threat multiplier.’
UN special envoy and former Irish president Mary Robinson talks to leading experts about the 2015 Paris climate negotiations.
HIV services are not geared towards men even though they make up two-thirds of the HIV-related deaths globally.
Although men make up two-thirds of HIV-related deaths, there are not enough services geared towards helping them.
University of Johannesburg students summarise their goal in a hashtag. The question is, what happens next?
Student protests in South Africa saw triumph for the hashtag and success for the slogan. What lies beyond this as students push for genuine change in universities?
The original antigenic sin has made fighting diseases really difficult.
Innovative initiative aims to inspire pupils on the continent to take up careers in science.
Scientific evidence shows overwhelmingly that people across the world are genetic refugees from Africa.
Despite science refuting the existence of different human races, people have used "race" throughout history to divide and denigrate certain people while promoting their claims of superiority.
What sets brilliant university lecturers apart from their more average peers?
Teaching often comes second to research in universities. A group of award winning lecturers explains why teaching is the best part of their work.
Things can’t just carry on as ‘normal’ now that university students in South Africa have demanded massive systemic change.
The students' movement has stretched South Africans in personal, professional, powerful and provocative ways. Have academics been stretched enough to reflect deeply on the status quo at universities?
World Health Organisation director-general Margaret Chan at the launch of a new global campaign against antibiotic resistance.
More than 700,000 people die each year from antibiotic-resistant infections. The World Health Organisation is trying to end the age of ignorance to protect this global common good.
A farmer sitting on a water tank he uses to supply his livestock.
The current drought in southern Africa is as a result of a powerful El Niño event. Better planning and forecasting could help mitigate the effects.
Some South African universities said they felt sufficiently threatened to obtain interdicts against protesting students.
Universities were widely criticised for turning to the courts during a series of student protests in South Africa. So why did they do it, and did the interdict process work?
Pied crow numbers are growing because of powerlines and climate change. This growth is distressing to some.
South Africa's pied crows are moving to areas where the climate suits them more.
Africa’s future academics must be found, developed, nurtured and retained.
Africa needs to develop a new generation of academics to drive the continent's teaching, learning, research and critical thinking into the future.
South African student protesters make their feelings clear: education is a right and should be free.
As South Africa's students call for free university tuition, it's worth asking whether higher education would be free in a truly just society.