The Battle for Free Education in South Africa

By Ndumiso Daluxolo Ngidi The Youth Uprising South Africa recently witnessed 10 days of student-led protests that shut down tertiary institutes across the country. Only comparable to the 1976 Student Uprising, the #feesmustfall protests have arisen as the biggest act of youth defiance and most influential student movement in the post-apartheid period. The move...
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Examining Labor Migration Policy in South Africa

By Dr. Zaheera Jinnah Migrating for work is one of the oldest and most common forms of migration in the world. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) there are approximately 232 million migrant workers in the world today. For workers, migration represents an opportunity to find work, diversify skills and experience, and remit earnings ...
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Understanding the African Consumer

By David Stevens Much has been made of the development of the African consumer as the driving force of long term African growth.  In 2012, McKinsey’s The Rise of the African Consumer saw the consumer market as the “single-largest business opportunity,” on the continent, and projected consumer-facing industries to grow by $400 billion by 2020. The report goes on to lo...
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Tightening the Screws on Microfinance

By Faith Kiarie South Africa is currently embroiled in a debate regarding interest rates in the microfinance sector. In my previous article, I briefly referred to a “dearth of microfinance” in South Africa. This is a term that’s often associated with micro lending, microcredit and consumer credit. Here, it is used broadly for all providers of microfinance services ...
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Burundi: Two Hugs to Solve the Crisis?

 By Roland Rugero The morning of Aug. 20, the phone buzzes and a message comes through Whatsapp: “The President will take his oath in a few minutes…” However, the day before, most credible sources had confirmed that the presidential inauguration would take place Aug. 26. Those in the know were relentlessly eyeing the Kigobe Parliament House for the fresh coat of paint ...
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Making Financial Services Work for South Africans

By Faith Kiarie It is often argued that for economic growth in Africa to be politically and socially sustainable, it must be inclusive. Considering the unpredictability of the future, it is crucial that individuals and businesses have access to affordable financial services so that they can weather income shocks and spend easily. The number of people with ...
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Addressing Hate Speech in African Digital Media

By Mohamed Keita Across Africa in recent years, cycles of xenophobia, ethnic hatred, and homophobia have sometimes degenerated into deadly spasms of violence. On many occasions, the dissemination of unfiltered incendiary messages on digital media and social media platforms allows hateful messages to become more widespread—and quickly. The deadly xenophobic violence i...
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The Spaza Spirit

By Faith Kiarie In May 2008, xenophobic attacks against foreign African nationals living in South Africa left tens of thousands displaced and numerous businesses and homes destroyed. A new wave of similar attacks erupted again earlier this year in the township of Soweto and quickly spread to other parts of the country. Such attacks have been ongoing since they fi...
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Celebrating Transition: Apartheid to Democracy

This is a repost of an article that first appeared on African Futures of the SSRC.               By Justice Edwin Cameron and Justice Albie Sachs At the entrance to the Constitutional Court of South Africa stands a sculpture of a large man yoked to a cart. His burden is a human one: a man and woman who themse...
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Hong Kong’s Warning Signs for South Africa – The African Angle

By Ufrieda Ho It’s busy and noisy in the fast food joint not far from the old Hong Kong airport where Mak Yin-ting is sipping a cold red bean drink at a corner table. The noise doesn’t bother the journalist, who’s also head of the Hong Kong Journalism Association (HKJA), but the stranger at the next table leaning too far back in his seat, as if straining to...
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