A woman votes in Lesotho’s 2017 national election. New elections are due in October.
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The country has had five governments in 10 years. Every time a government collapses, the reform programme follows suit.
Basotho men wearing the traditional blankets during the annual horse race held on the king’s birthday.
Lesotho has done a good job of curbing the powers of its monarch and making its electoral system inclusive.
Raymond Zondo, South Africa’s new chief justice.
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Zondo’s career is made up of a tapestry of highlights, from lawyer to senior judge. He has written more than 200 judgments.
Judge Mandisa Maya, South Africa’s Chief Justice-elect.
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Her values of integrity, impartiality, professional ethics, and court decorum make her the ideal person to head the country’s judiciary.
King Letsie III of Lesotho. Frustration with politicians has led to a rise in popularity of the monarchy in recent times.
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A monarch with absolute powers is just as dangerous as self-serving politicians in a democracy.
The move towards an open process for appointing judges is unprecedented in Lesotho.
The appointment of judges has hitherto been an obscure and oftentimes clandestine affair. This has produced incompetent judges and led to claims that the judiciary is beholden to the executive.
Ultra-processed foods and sugary drinks contribute to rising rates of obesity.
A disruption of societal norms created by industry interference is urgently required to create a shift in the food system.
Moeketsi Majoro, Lesotho’s new Prime Minister. A minor constitutional amendment enabled his ascension to power.
The fundamental structure of the current constitution, which is cast in classical Westminster conceptions, is unsuited for modern-day constitutionalism.
Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane and his new wife, Maesaiah, at the Magistrate Court in Maseru.
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The doctrine of equality is ingrained both in theory and in the express provisions of Lesotho’s constitution.
Insects are nutritious and many species contain relatively more protein than conventional meat sources.
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Because insects are an affordable and local food source rich in protein, they can be used as a meat replacement.
A wax figure of Charles Darwin, whose theories about species have influenced science for centuries.
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Humans have an innate interest and ability in naming biologically meaningful entities, or species. Taxonomy, then, vies for the title of world’s “oldest profession”.
The apartheid government built universities for black students far from major cities or safe routes.
The system of apartheid is long gone. But its legacy of poor funding for historically black universities - and of planning that banished black universities to cities’ margins - remains.
Understanding the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis has won a South African molecular biologist international recognition.
Funding for South African higher education is inadequate considering past inequalities. Even more alarming is the fact that plans for research development and innovation in science remain elusive.
South Africa’s Bryan Habana celebrates scoring the Springboks’ sixth try against Samoa.
The psyche of defeat is linked to various things: the team’s maturity, captaincy, level of preparedness, confidence in coaching staff and personality characteristics of individual team members.
A Springbok fan cheers before the Rugby World Cup quarter-final match between South Africa and Australia at the Wellington Regional Stadium in 2011.
When South Africa won the Rugby World Cup in 1995 the country felt invincible and united. Twenty years later it is going through a tumultuous time which is even affecting its attitude to the Springboks.
Robert Mugabe on the day the 91-year-old president read out the wrong speech at the opening of parliament.
Robert Mugabe is no novice when it comes to reading wrong speeches. But he is in good company.