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ANC unlikely to replace Joburg mayor Matongo before 1 Nov

A party source said the ANC in Johannesburg would most likely call on one of the mayoral committee members to stand in as mayor until the local elections

Coups are always a bad idea – even the popular ones

Why are coups happening more frequently? The most significant trend is the deepening democratic deficit across many African countries, and a corresponding decline in effective enforcement of democratic norms

Almost two million voters register for local elections

Young people make use of online portal and women account for more than half of the total registered

Free State regions cry foul after dissolution by interim provincial committee

Regional ANC leaders have asked Duarte to intervene after the interim provincial committee resolved to dissolve their branches ahead of local government elections

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Photos capture Africa’s mighty as they fall

Alpha Condé is not the first president to have his humiliation captured on camera.

The convenient myth of an Africa spared from Covid-19

There are few, if any, studies to support Pfizer chief executive’s assertion that the global south would be more vaccine-hesitant than the north

How Alpha Condé overthrew Alpha Condé

Since the coup d’état, Guinea’s head of state has been in the custody of the military officers. But it was the president who was the primary architect of his own downfall

If the inflation-driving supply strain in the US lasts, it could put South Africa...

In South Africa, a strong trade surplus, buoyed by robust commodity prices, will cushion our economy against pressure arising from US policy

Capitec Bank flies high above Viceroy’s arrow

The bank took a knock after being labelled a loan shark by the short seller, but this has not stymied its growth

Municipal employees to get a 3.5% increase after wage deal

The South African Local Government Association said a three-year wage deal had been agreed on the remuneration of municipal employees

Zuma’s rescission application dismissed with costs

Former president Jacob Zuma fails to meet requirements in his application to set aside his contempt order and prison sentence

ANC members take legal action over council selection disputes

Nine ANC members in the North West’s Greater Taung Municipality have sent a letter to the national list committee threatening to go to court should the ANC not respond to their demands.

Duarte wants ConCourt to punish Zille for local government elections tweets

If the candidate nomination process is not reopened, the ANC would lose 13 local municipalities it currently governs with a comfortable majority

Sisters pave the way with ecobricks

The durable bricks are made from 30% recycled plastic, some of which they collect from a network of 50 waste pickers

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Matric exam timetable changes to accommodate elections

Moving the national senior certificate exams forward also allows matrics who are old enough to cast their ballots on 1 November

Early education can play a powerful role in fostering inclusion

The positive effect on the children has spilled over into the local community and improved social cohesion

Global benefits for students, universities

Online learning provides many opportunities for international students to overcome the usual hurdles of studying in South Africa

‘Stadiums are our second homes’: Sport’s vaccine incentive

Fans are desperate to return but authorities in the sector have shown little appetite to tackle difficult questions

Nijel Amos’ spirit not dampened by Tokyo setback

The Botswana middle-distance runner suffered an injury in qualifiers and could not make a podium finish in the finals. Though gutted, he is hard at work again and hopes to do better in the next Games

Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy and football’s inconvenient truths

A French defender’s rape allegations raise difficult ethical questions about whether and when clubs should suspend players

Make Brazil great again: Bolsonaro’s right-wing policies are not the trump

To understand more about what’s going on in South America’s most populous country, and what might happen next, The Continent spoke to João Bosco Monte, the head of the Brazil Africa Institute

9/11: It’s all I’ve ever known

Aaron White was six years old in New York City when the Towers fell. For the lucky ones, life just moved on

Did 9/11 really change everything? It’s hard to tell if you’re brown

Witnessing 9/11 in New York, the fear and the unity, no one could agree if we were entering a new world, or a depressingly familiar one

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