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Global energy crisis forces an ‘undignified transition’

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted some to make an about-turn on coal but their scramble has not sealed the fate of renewables

What is reconciliation in the South African context?

In 2021, there were 16 different understandings of the concept. At the top of the list is the understanding of reconciliation as forgiveness. This is understandable but problematic.

Plasma gangs: How South Africans’ fears about crime created an urban legend

A tale of criminality, magic, violence and fear offered a way to foreground the contradictions that come with living in a township

Ramaphosa tells parliament to act on Zondo’s findings on the State Security Agency

The president has singled out the part of the state capture report that recommends an investigation that includes Arthur Fraser’s alleged abuses be resumed

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Death of Zimbabwe’s funeral business

Burial societies and companies have collapsed and people can no longer afford decent burials for their family members

South Africa, Kenya and Morocco invest in electric car charging stations

As demand for electric cars rises on the continent, public and private sector investors are lining up a series of charging stations on major highways, entertainment and recreation spots including those outside capital cities

Language of learning at odds with learning of language

Children learn to read and write more easily if they are first taught in their mother tongue. In Ghana, as in many African countries, that’s easier said than done

A year after the riots, South Africa is a tinderbox waiting to be lit

Some of the conditions in which the July unrest occurred have abated but others, such as the spiralling cost of living, have worsened

Hawkers struggle after Soweto mall looted, vandalised

Informal traders selling their wares outside Jabulani Mall are worried about further unrest as unemployment and the rising cost of living fuel public anger

Workers didn’t cause Eskom crisis

The utility’s employees went on an unprotected strike but years of poor decisions wrecked the energy producer

How spies shape South Africa’s political path

From Mbeki to Zuma to Ramaphosa, the facts and fictions of the intelligence networks have shadowed political players and settled power struggles

Time for young leaders to take over ANC’s top six positions, Ronald Lamola says

The justice minister, who is angling to become the party’s deputy president, was quick to add that there should be a generational mix in leadership

I’m ready to pass the baton – ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe

Mabe has been at Luthuli House for some years but is now ready for a new chapter

Shell v Wild Coast: Science, research and erring on the side of caution

Court applicants have argued that the company should be required to conduct an environmental impact assessment, based on the best available science, which has advanced considerably since Shell’s permit to conduct seismic surveys was granted

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Lights, camera, action with Kuda Jemba

Meet Kuda Jemba, the emerging film director who went from directing music videos for some of SA’s biggest stars to directing Kelly Khumalo’s upcoming reality show

Colleges need a professional council

The failure to establish a regulatory body is not in line with policy, limiting funding and seriously inhibiting potential benefits

Early childhood development sector rises above flood

The deluge in KwaZulu-Natal put learning under strain but ECD practitioners are overcoming the difficulties

Future of our world is in our hands

Education is key to giving our children a chance to navigate, and thrive in, a complex modernity

Is the English cricket form as fickle as Ramaphoria?

What the former has which the latter conspicuously lacks is a behind-the-scenes ‘enforcer’ to establish a bold new ethos

Test cricket is dead, but not for the eager Proteas

Even before the demise of this format of the game was predicted, the women’s team had little opportunity to experience and enjoy it

How The Ghost have kept Orlando Pirates alive

Supporters’ branches, despite financial challenges, have been the lifeblood of football teams in South Africa

Boris Johnson: the ‘greased piglet’ slips away again

All politicians need luck and Boris Johnson –once described as a "greased piglet" – has had more than most in his career.

UK PM braced for Tory no-confidence vote

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed defiance on Monday ahead of a no-confidence vote among Conservative MPs, after dozens rebelled over a string of scandals that have left the party's public standing in tatters

Multilateralism has a role in an evolving world

The climate crisis, Russia’s war in Ukraine and the Covid-19 pandemic have increased levels of poverty

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