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South Africa at risk of spillover from international inflation, economists say

Higher international oil prices, for example, could affect local transport costs through second-round effects

Johannesburg council member Jolidee Matongo touted as front-runner to take over as mayor

The ANC will likely announce a candidate to take over as the city’s mayor next week after consultation with provincial and national leaders

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On failed states and the pitfalls of Western commentary

The tendency of Western commentators to dress up African tragedies in the patronizing logic of relativism

Anglophone Cameroon plays politics with no-work day

With Mondays enforced as off-days from work in conflict-ridden Cameroon, gathering at dog meat eateries to consume the delicacy and drink alcohol has become a weekly pastime.

Clashes in Tunisia after president ousts PM amid Covid protests

Street clashes erupted Monday outside Tunisia's army-barricaded parliament, a day after President Kais Saied ousted the prime minister and suspended the legislature, plunging the young democracy into a constitutional crisis

Carbon tax to align to UN treaties

Amendments to offset regulations published on 8 July give clarity on big emitters carrying old carbon credits to a new framework

Tobacco farmers want the taxman to do more to control illegal cigarette trade

The Black Tobacco Farmers’ Association the introduction of a minimum price level for cigarettes

Employment bloodbath on the cards

The unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal has deepened the country’s unemployment crisis as the government mulls additional relief funding

IEC to ask the courts to postpone local elections

The chairperson of the Electoral Commission of South Africa said the Moseneke inquiry found that the elections would not be free and fair if held in October

Cabinet reshuffle not on cards yet

There are calls for the president to act against ministers said to be responsible for the state’s slow response to the unrest, but his hands are tied

EFF loses high court bid to unseal CR17 campaign records

Judge Cassim Sardiwalla says there are no compelling private or public reasons for disclosure

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Angélique Kidjo puts Africa at the centre

Her latest project, Mother Nature, continues a musical trajectory that reflects on Africa’s history, the world’s perceptions of the continent and its influence on music everywhere

Fundraiser: That’s the VC’s job description

Subsidy cuts and rising unemployment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic means how to finance higher education is the most significant challenge

School system produces dropouts who are used to drive unrest

Our government needs to interrogate our education system because worse is still to come through the hands of the youngsters who they have failed

The enduring value of the English Olympiad

The annual contest asks participants to write responses to questions that aim to elicit their understanding of a range of prescribed texts. This activity, simple on the face of it, asks a great deal from its participants

What lies behind Africa’s elusive World Cup glory?

Men’s national football teams have done well in junior world tournaments, but that success hasn’t been replicated on the senior global stage. What causes this and how can it be corrected?

Tokyo Olympics: Your guide to Team SA

South Africa will be hoping to build on an impressive Rio, but face a number of challenges

Loyalty and loathing in the Champions League

As Al Ahly take on Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa’s greatest coach has been tasked with denying his homeland a sought-after star

Saudi smashes Covid fraud ring ahead of hajj

The suspects in the fraudulent certificates case are alleged to have used social media to advertise their services

Heathrow airport to fast-track vaccinated passengers

The programme is slated begin on 19 July, the date on which most Covid-19 restrictions in the UK are set to be lifted

Haiti President Jovenel Moise assassinated — interim PM

Haiti President Jovenel Moise was assassinated at his home early Wednesday morning by a group of armed individuals

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