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US-Iran crisis raises global tensions

EXPLAINER: What’s happening in the Middle East — and what does it mean for Africa?

Al-Shabab sends ‘a message’ to US with Kenya attack

The deadly attack on Camp Simba comes in response to a dramatic escalation in US drone strikes against the Islamist militant group

“You are too young to mock the government”: Zimbabwean comedian relives her abduction

Samantha Kureya, aka Gonyeti, did not quite understand the power of her jokes — until she was abducted and tortured for them

Mbeki on SA’s foreign policy failures

The former president has laid out to a to-do list for the department of international relations

The enduring appeal of liberation movements

Liberation movements attracted more than half of the popular vote in their most recent parliamentary elections in many African countries

The Ford Ranger XLT: A tough car for tough guys

It’s tough, capable and ready to work for you ... if you can fit it into a parking space, that is

Mbeki on South Africa’s foreign policy shortcomings — and his brush with neo-Nazis

The former president says that South Africa needs clearer foreign policy positions on a range of continental and global issues

AKA, Burna Boy and the African unity concert that wasn’t

The two musicians once billed themselves as pan-African pin-ups. What does their ugly spat say about the state of continental unity?

‘Our cameras will make you safe’

Huawei’s pitch to African mayors ignores concerns that its Smart Cities technology can be abused

Maimane’s next move: starting the ‘Uber’ of politics

“Unemployed” former DA leader announces return to politics at Oppenheimer-backed conference

The trouble with indiscriminate tree-planting in Africa

Planting trees in Africa is proposed by some as a quick fix for climate change. But local experts disagree — and say their voices are being sidelined

Russia in Africa: Soft power comes with hard edges

Amid diplomatic niceties at the Russia-Africa summit in Sochi, Moscow has sent two of its nuclear-capable bombers to Waterkloof

Refugees in Greece face rising hostility

A new government is getting 'tough' on immigration – but local organisations provide crucial support

Tanzania’s mining dispute ends – but at what cost?

Government’s settlement with Acacia Gold may be a short-term victory that scares off new investors

An arms dealer’s guide to philanthropy

Selling weapons systems to Saudi Arabia is not incompatible with charity work, argues Ivor Ichikowitz

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Q&A Sessions: ‘I think I was born way before my time’ — Mamodupi Mohlala

The chief executive of the Estate Agency Affairs Board and the deputy chair of the SABC board, shares her take on retrenchments at the public broadcaster and reveals why she hates horror movies

Public protector’s ‘mistakes’ were made to nail the president, court hears

Busisiwe Mkhwebane discarded facts that were inconvenient to her when she investigated the CR17 campaign, Cyril Ramaphosa’s lawyers argued

CR17 report is not perfect, but the investigation was rational, court hears

So says public protector Busisiwe Mkwhebane’s lawyer, who said she had reason to suspect the money was being laundered through the campaign

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Introducing Greening the Future 2020

We highlight the work of those accelerating sustainable living in SA – at a vital moment for the environment

Western Cape SMBs look to technology to get them through pandemic

Many companies have over-capitalised on IT infrastructure in the past, and are looking for ways to access simpler, cheaper technology that cuts their costs

Land reform still a hot potato

The land has got to belong to all the people of South Africa, and many believe that there’s no other mechanism for that except expropriation

UP chemical pathology scientists develop ground-breaking nanobodies for Covid-19 detection and therapy

Nanobodies are smaller than conventional antibodies and easier to work with so they are ideal for good cheap sensitive rapid tests for Covid-19

Inclusion as learned experience in higher education

Understanding the complexity of intersections between oppressions relating to race and gender is key to any commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and social justice

Local government in crisis: how it can be fixed

Local governments are supposed to promote non-racial development, in a decentralised manner, but the reality does not match up