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The presence of power is often taken for granted. Take Mthokosizi Ntumba, killed by the South African Police Service while caught up in recent student protests at Wits University. It seems that no matter how many civilians are tortured, harassed and killed by the police, nor how many stories abound of corruption and incompetence in...
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Africa is expected to start to recover in 2021 from the economic damage wreaked by the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to the continent’s worst economic recession in half a century. This is one of the key findings of the African Development Bank Group’s African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2021 report released on 12 March 2021.  The...
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Kenya’s supreme court in 2017 became the first court on the African continent to annul a presidential election after full due process. In February last year Malawi’s high court, sitting as a constitutional court, followed suit in cancelling the results of the May 2019 presidential election.  Not only did the judges demonstrate extraordinary courage in...
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During the peak period of the pandemic, Openserve doubled speeds for free on its network, introduced symmetrical speeds to its fibre portfolio and increased sync profiles. Openserve also offered numerous incentives, including discounted or free installations. It launched and enhanced its various offerings to provide customers with affordable internet connectivity options through its Openserve Fibre...
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South African police killed someone every 20 hours last year on average, according to statistics released late last year by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid). The 424 deaths reported represent a slight decrease from 2018/2019 when 440 people died “as a result of police action.” Since the killing of Collins Khosa and Nathaniel Julius, there has been...
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In 2020, Africa was the sole continent where political violence rose relative to 2019. More than 17 200 distinct events of political violence were recorded in 2020, resulting in over 37 600 reported fatalities; this represents an increase of more than 4 000 events from 2019, and nearly 9 000 more reported fatalities. Deaths increased...
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We have asked some of Africa’s leading academics and thinkers to reflect on what the inauguration of a new US president means for Africa. This series is produced In collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand’s African Centre for the Study of the United States. Since the first impeachment of US President Donald Trump in...
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We have asked some of Africa’s leading academics and thinkers to reflect on what the inauguration of a new president of the United States means for Africa. This series is produced in collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand’s African Centre for the Study of the United States COMMENT As the twilight of the Trump...
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We have asked some of Africa’s leading academics and thinkers to reflect on what the inauguration of a new US president means for Africa. This series is produced In collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand’s African Centre for the Study of the United States The comprehensive victory of the Democratic Party in the United...
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South Africa’s department of health gathered the country’s best and brightest for a virtual briefing on Monday evening. Here scientists presented the latest findings on a variant of the new Covid-19 — called 501Y.V2. This variant was first identified in South Africa in 2020 by a genomics team led by the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and...
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