South Africa has struggled to get schooling right across the board.
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It's easy to report on access and inputs, but much more difficult to achieve educational quality and meaningful outcomes.
Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons, megalomaniac? Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.
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Some lessons from leadership theory for anyone aspiring to sit on the Iron Throne.
Actor Peter Paul Muller as Bram Fischer in the film ‘An Act of Defiance’.
South African lawyer Bram Fischer has been idealised in a post-1994 context. He was raised in a position of privilege, but he used it to defy the injustice of the society that raised him.
Nelson Mandela and outgoing president Frederik Willem de Klerk.
Nelson Mandela's dream of a great rainbow nation has been badly but not fatally undermined by corruption, violence and inequality.
Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s “Gangster State” is one of South Africa’s top sellers.
Political books touches a certain chord in South African society that makes them bestsellers.
The collapse of VBS Mutual Bank in South Africa shows that corruption is endemic.
Much deeper social forces underlie the struggles within the governing ANC and society over the shape of the economy.
A statue of Ethiopia’s last emperor, Haile Selassie, at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa.
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Leaders go in and out of fashion, making statues built in their memory a tricky issue.
Let us now praise famous men.
Several outstanding women were nominated, but Rainbow Murray, an adviser to the series, says the public vote showed how we're still more inclined to recognise male achievement.
In this October 1998 photo, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu dance after Tutu handed over the final report of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Pretoria.
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Wherever there is an ugly, unresolved injustice pulling at the fabric of a society, there is an opportunity to haul it out in public and deal with it through a truth commission.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the launch of the governing ANC’s 2019 elections manifesto in Durban.
The vision set out by Cyril Ramaphosa has the seeds for galvanising South Africans to get back on the right path. But it urgently needs a plan to make it happen.
Peter Storey (middle) outside the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg, 1985.
Christian leaders played a very significant role in fighting apartheid. One of them, Peter Storey, tells in his autobiography what shaped his convictions.
Umkhonto weSizwe founder Nelson Mandela, receives military training at an Algerian FLN camp in Morocco, 1962.
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The Algerian revolution had a profound effect on both Mandela and Fanon's thinking about colonisation, oppression and freedom.
The TRC’s first hearings in 1996. Left to right: Nomonde Calata, a TRC counsellor, and Nyameka Goniwe.
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Twenty years after the final report of South Africa's Truth Commission, dealing with the past will always remain "unfinished business".
Detail from Father of the Innocents, from the series, Mandela A Life’s Journey, by John Meyer.
The desire to eulogise, as often appears to be the case in this exhibition, does not allow space for questions that might allow for a fuller explication of the nature of Mandela’s legacy and its relevance beyond South Africa.
The “Mandela and me” exhibition includes posters from the Anti-Apartheid Movement’s campaign.
Corporate interests undermine the British Council's mission to build trust.
Mangosutho Buthelezi in parliament.
Mangosuthu Buthelezi carries extensive accountability for the sectarianism that characterised politics in South Africa before 1994.
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
He left an enduring legacy of embedding democracy and involving civil society in the pursuit of peace.
Nelson Mandela garnered much support from the UK during apartheid in opposition of the then government’s stance.
From the early 1980s, local governments in the UK began renaming streets, housing estates and community centres after Mandela as an act of protest.
Fertile valleys in rural Eastern Cape where Nelson Mandela was born.
Photographs tell the story of Nelson Mandela the humanist and take us into the settings that shaped his childhood.
Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin greets former South African President Nelson Mandela in 2000.
Mandela did not make the decision to jettison Taiwan and recognise China. He adhered to a decision by the governing ANC.