Nicole Beardsworth

Nicole Beardsworth holds a PhD in politics from the University of Warwick, an MA in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand and an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford.

Lies, damn lies and WhatsApp: Why it pays to listen to political rumours in Zim

The rumour mill can shape politics — and reveal uncomfortable truths

Zambian economy on slippery slope

In the face of spiralling debt, the Patriotic Front will struggle to take the next election

Zimbabwe: Who is in control?

Mnangagwa’s slim election victory, followed by violence, has observers asking why he would do this when all he needed was international credibility

New rules and ghost voters threaten Zimbabwe’s vote

In a shock new change, the ZEC is to adjust the electoral protocol in the ZEC elections handbook to reposition the country’s voting booths

Ahead of Zimbabwe’s elections, all bets are off

The 2018 election is the last hurdle that President Emmerson Mnangagwa needs to clear before his government will get the global stamp of approval.

The case for putting ‘none of the above’ on the ballot in the 2019 elections

In recent years, several countries have introduced a ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) option on the ballot in general elections.

Botswana’s electoral disconnect ― and how it keeps the ruling party in power

By disconnecting presidential terms from electoral cycles, ruling parties in Botswana and South Africa preserve the ‘incumbency effect’

Is the wind of change blowing across southern Africa?

With the possibility of a election and presidents stepping down at the end of 2018, what is certain is that the region will look very different

Youths sound call for change

Africa's young people suffer from political apathy, but a group in Senegal bucks the trend. Nicole Beardsworth reports.

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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