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Governance failure is at the root of xenophobic violence

Anti-immigrant vigilantism is recurring with increasing frequency in SA. The consequences of ongoing violence will be felt by all the country’s residents

Can Kenya get its youth to vote?

Young people could be a powerful force for change in the country — if they’re given more of a political voice

Why is the Aids conference still held in the Global North?

Researchers have found that 96% of global health conferences happen in high- or middle-income countries. Fewer than four in 10 attendees at these gatherings ...

A deputy president in waiting?

With Cyril Ramaphosa emerging strongly from the ANC policy conference this weekend, his re-election as party president in December looks secure — for now, at ...

All aboard the populist bandwagon

As the ANC tries to arrest any further electoral decline, it’s taken a turn to populism — in rhetoric, at least. It’s tying itself in knots in the process

CLAIRE BISSEKER: ANC is trapped in a policy time warp

The party’s economic policy document was mildly progressive; its conference deliberations last weekend were not. Delegates took a step backwards on the ...

What’s behind SA’s housing boom?

Despite higher interest rates and surging fuel and food prices, housing activity remains surprisingly resilient — for now at least

Is this the big tourism bounce-back?

SA’s hospitality sector seems headed for pre-Covid highs, but a shortage of domestic flights could hamper recovery

Fear reigns in rural Zimbabwe

An increase in political violence is expected ahead of next year’s national election. Rural women activists — well out of the eye of the media — are thought to ...

Artisanal gold mining in SA is out of control. Mistakes that got it here

The spotlight must now turn to the systemic reasons artisanal gold mining has become such a threat to peace and security

How crazy rules are stifling JSE empowerment stocks

Is a fixation with maintaining black ownership inadvertently stifling efforts to broaden — and grow — empowerment participation on the JSE?

10 BEE contenders to watch

Two of them are unlisted, but Thebe almost certainly soon will be and investors can buy Sabvest shares for an indirect stake in Masimong

Is SA moving towards real empowerment?

No longer aimed at the huge enrichment of the connected few, BEE is on track for a much broader spread of wealth, with employee share schemes gaining ...

What’s behind the Reserve Bank’s pivot?

If anyone doubted the resolve of the Reserve Bank to keep a lid on inflation, last week’s 75 basis-point rate hike would have dispelled it. But what caused the ...

Could a greylisted SA take a $38bn hit?

SA’s law enforcement agencies need to step up if the country is to avoid being labelled lax on money-laundering and terrorist financing. If they fail, trading ...

Numsa at war with itself

SA’s largest union was interdicted from holding its elective conference as rival factions battle for control