Ian Black

Guest Author

Cheap oil pushes Saudi reform

Saudi Arabia is realising that it has to look to a future that does not depend solely on fossil fuel.

Saudi executions go global

Awkward alliances in the fight against terror have complicated a proper response.

Russia’s Syria gambit could be a game changer

Reports from the scenes of Russia's air strikes suggest that the targeting of groups other than Isis was deliberate. Yet the detail may not matter.

Iran quietly extends its strategic influence in Syria

Tehran plays a critical role that unnerves its allies in the regime as much as its enemies.

Iran wants respect from the West

A nuclear deal has been struck, now the country seeks to play a positive role in the region.

No power, no water, no hope

Israel is finding it harder to deny targeting Gaza infrastructure, but it still claims that tunnels and rockets are its primary focus.

Israel’s path ‘worse than apartheid’

Noam Chomsky states that if Israel is boycotted, the same fate should befall the United States. He further believes that a boycott could backfire.

Syria: A farce worth reckoning with

The 'blood election' has been widely denounced 
– but it strengthens Al-Assad’s regime regardless.

Blunders and stubborness hobble Syria talks

Syria: The long road to finding peace after years of war.

Vaccination ceasefire urged in Syria

A polio outbreak to the east of the country has reinforced the call for relief workers' safety.

EU warning to Israel wields clout

Boycotting Jewish settlements is a stark reminder that Europe is tiring of the stalled 'peace process'.

Blood, fear cast pall over Ramadan

Secular and fundamentalist friction rages as Egyptian military cracks down on coup backlash.

Press Releases

Itec serves up high-tech integrated surveillance system for family food company

The system includes facial recognition software and a thermal screening solution that will provide instant temperature screening of all employees

Transport Month

An infrastructure-led recovery will help to stimulate demand in the South African economy, which is vital post the Covid-19 pandemic

Limpopo’s Economic Recovery Plan to fight Covid-19 impact

Billions have been set aside to help farmers and industries get back on their feet as part of the Limpopo Socio-Economic Recovery Plan

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

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