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The impact of extra cash payments introduced during the COVID pandemic in South Africa is being considered. Mujahid Safodien/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa has spent billions in 4 years to create jobs for young people: how their wages affect the broader economy

When evaluating the costs and benefits of the employment programme, and similar ones such as social grants, ‘extra’ economic benefits need to be part of the calculation.
Crowds gather at the Saturday market in Lalibela, Ethiopia in 2019. Sub-Saharan Africa’s population is growing three times faster than the global average. (Shutterstock)

Demography and reproductive rights are environmental issues: Insights from sub-Saharan Africa

Environmental policymakers and scholars must listen to sub-Saharan Africans’ voices and recognize the importance of population for achieving sustainable development goals.
International Court of Justice President Joan Donoghue, center, and other judges arrive prior to the preliminary order announcement on Jan. 26, 2024. Remko De Waal/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

UN court ruling against Israel shows limits of legal power to prevent genocide − but rapid speed

While the International Court of Justice lacks enforcement powers, its new provisional measure could heighten pressure on both Israel and Hamas to save civilian lives and free the hostages in Gaza.
Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, SC, receives a hero’s welcome at Oliver Tambo International Airport on arrival from The Hague. Alaister Russell / AFP via Getty Images.

South Africa’s genocide case against Israel is the country’s proudest foreign policy moment in three decades

Palestine remains the single issue on which South Africa’s support for a people’s struggle has been unquestionably consistent.
Palestinians look at the destruction after an Israeli strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on Jan. 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

Western moral credibility is dying along with thousands of Gaza citizens

The West no longer has credibility when it criticizes Russia, China or any other state for human rights abuses or breaches of international law due to its feeble response to Israel’s assault on Gaza.

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