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Viral authoritarianism during the Covid-19 pandemic

Authoritarian leaders have often used natural disasters to tighten their grasp on power. We are seeing the same happen during the coronavirus crisis, in dictatorships and democracies alike

The pandemic is being used to erode democratic freedoms. Civil society must fight back

Both authoritarian and democratic governments are responding to the coronavirus crisis by instituting frightening new powers

Democracy and charisma: A dangerous liaison

In India and the Philippines, strongmen have consolidated immense power through democratic means. How do we explain this?

What comes after nationalism in Africa? A luta continua

There are a number of cases in the past decade where Africans have managed to push the conversation beyond liberal reforms...

How colonial rule predisposed Africa to fragile authoritarianism

The unstable pathway many post-colonial African states followed was facilitated by the way in which European empires undermined democratic elements

Hong Kong protesters walk tightrope between peace and violence

While millions have hit the streets in remarkable scenes of peaceful people power, protests have also sunk into violence

South Africa must avoid authoritarian solutions

A nationalistic, gangster political faction is ready to exploit the crisis created by social inequality

It’s not right for SA’s left to reject elections

Elections can be used to build a movement that advances a democratic socialist alternative

Misleading myth of truth commissions

Other African countries should not be so quick to blindly copy South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission model

Tanzania’s latest clampdown takes decades of repression to new lows

In Tanzania today, political space has shrunk to the point where protests are suppressed before they emerge

Presidential term limits: Slippery slope back to authoritarianism in Africa

More leaders in more African countries will abolish term limits unless organisations like the African Union take action

Red flags of authoritarian creep

"You should care about the connection between reduced media freedom and a weaker democracy"

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Unions cry foul over SABC dismissal costs and retrenchments

Broadcaster bodies say claims that a recent skills audit is unrelated to retrenchments are ‘irrational’

Finance probe into the Ingonyama Trust Board goes ahead

The threat of legal action from ITB chairperson Jerome Ngwenya fails to halt forensic audit ordered by the land reform minister

Fake trafficking news targets migrants

Exaggerated reports on social media of human trafficking syndicates snatching people in broad daylight legitimate xenophobia while deflecting from the real problems in society

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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'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

Mental Health

During the pandemic there's been a dramatic increase in depression, anxiety and suicides, according to some of the surveys done

Expert financial advice still recommended – especially in uncertain times

A financial advisor is an expert who will help you to protect your wealth and make a realistic plan when unexpected events threaten your wellbeing

What is a virtual card, and how does it work?

A virtual card lets you pay online without ever having to take your card from your wallet or exposing your actual account information

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