Opinion & Analysis

Mar 26, 2018
Election manipulation is a hot story. In the last few days, Cambridge Analytica, which claims to use data to change behaviour including that of voters, has been accused of breaching…
Mar 19, 2018
The South African economy looks uncomfortably the same to the one inherited when the country transitioned from apartheid to democracy in 1994. Which is why it’s time for a robust…
Mar 15, 2018
Tiger Brands, the South African food giant at the centre of the listeriosis storm engulfing the country, is facing serious brand erosion as a result of the way it handled…
Mar 13, 2018
South Africa has had the biggest listeriosis outbreak in the world that resulted in more than 180 deaths to date. The Conversation Africa’s health editor Candice Bailey spoke to Prof…
Mar 10, 2018
Africa is home to an extensive and diverse medicinal plant life. This includes commonly used herbs like Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), Devil’s claw (Harpagophytum procumbens), Buchu (Agathosma betulina), Cape Aloe (Aloe…
Mar 08, 2018
South Africa’s ongoing education crisis, specifically access to schooling and learning material has been well publicised. Government has responded with subsidy offers, but simply providing financial aid does not solve…
Mar 08, 2018
Zimbabwe will hold fresh elections at the end of July this year, a sign that, following decades of rule under autocratic leader Robert Mugabe, the southern African nation is on…
Feb 17, 2018
One never forgets their first job. For me it was not the work experience that left an indelible impression, though it was appreciated. It was that one day at work…
Feb 16, 2018
Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa – forgive me, President Ramaphosa – is self-evidently a private and reserved human being. Since his decision to contest the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC),…
Feb 08, 2018
In a move that has exposed Kenya’s fragile democracy, the government recently shut down the country’s three biggest TV stations. This unprecedented, unlawful and panicked response was supposed to ensure…
Feb 07, 2018
I began my research career in the last century with an analysis of how news organisations were adapting to this strange new thing called “the Internet”. Five years later I…
Feb 04, 2018
The global retail group Steinhoff is reeling under allegations of accounting fraud. Since the allegations surfaced last year the CEO of the multi-billion dollar business, Markus Jooste, has fallen on…
Feb 02, 2018
Facebook has a world of problems. Beyond charges of Russian manipulation and promoting fake news, the company’s signature social media platform is under fire for being addictive, causing anxiety and…
Jan 17, 2018
Official reactions from Africa were appropriately critical of President Donald Trump’s credibly reported comments about not wanting more immigrants coming to the US from “shithole” countries. This included all those…

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