Solar has lit up remote communities. The next step is to link these communities to an energy market.
South Africa could become a test bed of technologies that enable households, especially in remote areas, to join electricity trading markets.
Outside a coal burning power station in Witbank. Companies will now pay each time they emit a ton of greenhouse gases.
South Africa will introduce the carbon tax which should be used to ensure benefits to poor communities.
Unlike their South African counterparts, Indian call centre workers have better career prospects.
Unlike India's, South Africa's business process outsourcing sector is not generating jobs that offer workers the chance of progressing up the career ladder.
South African parliamentarians need impartial and expert advice about public finance issues.
With the current state of the South African economy and public finances, the Parliamentary Budget Office could play a major role in ensuring that this happens. But the office is in complete disarray
International unemployment standards ignore a big part of South Africa’s labour market problems.
South Africa’s embrace of international conventions has buttressed the country’s reputation in statistical circles. But these global standards prove a poor fit for the country.
The Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, the country’s seat of government.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has revived a presidential advisory unit shut down by his predecessor. He needs it if he is to use his power effectively to improve his government's policy coherence.
A view of Sandton City, the richest square mile in Africa, towering over Alexandra township, in Johannesburg.
In matters of policy-making and governing, understanding the systemic complexity of interrelated forces is crucial to avoiding failure.
None of South Africa’s political parties are offering middle class black people a home.
The black middle class are angry at their exclusion from mainstream economic activity.
Johannesburg’s economic hub, Sandton, lies right next to the sprawling and extremely poor Alexandra township.
Wealth inequality in South Africa is not only intolerably high, its also not reducing.
Access to finance is consistently listed as the biggest obstacle for start-ups Africa.
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Some entrepreneurship support models work better than others. Governance and structure is key to their success, or failure.
Th University of Nairobi. Universities in Kenya are struggling to keep afloat.
Kenya's once financially healthy universities are in financial straits.
A man challenges police during a protest in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg.
To claim that protests are being organised suggests sinister motives. But all protest is organised. So are cake sales and shopping expeditions.
South Africa urgently needs to get its economy moving again.
Half of South Africa's population remain chronically poor, and the quarter in-between struggle to stay out of reach of destitution.
Millions of South Africans rely on taxis for their daily commute.
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Violence is very common on South Africa's various taxi routes.
Understanding how people move through job sectors is crucial.
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Little is known about how many people transition between the informal and formal sectors, a phenomenon called "churning".
A barman using candle light as another rolling blackout affects large parts of South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg.
South Africa isn't having an honest debate about proposals to fix its power utility Eskom, and the role that renewables might play.
Villagers till their fields in South Africa’s North West Province. Access to land for small holder farmers remains unresolved.
Land reform programme has done very little to improve access to land for black South Africans.
A young girl walks through a field of failed maize crops in the semi-arid Kitui County in southeastern Kenya.
The availability of data and evidence in the agricultural sector is critical for decision making
Dutch vessel, Willem van Oranje, harvests sand off Kenya’s coast.
Kenya needs a national strategic environmental assessment which focuses on the use of sand for large scale construction.
A man offers his services at a traffic intersection in Cape Town. Almost 55% of South African youth are unemployed.
A national minimum wage could benefit young people who have jobs and stimulate those who have given up trying to find work. But those without work need additional help.