Compassion vs. coercion: Protecting lives & enhancing legitimacy in COVID-19 Africa

As cases of coronavirus rise across Africa, there is growing recognition that the pandemic could evolve into a crisis not just of health and...
The Continent Issue 3

The Continent – brilliant free African journalism

The Continent is a brilliant new venture from Simon Allison and the team at Mail&Guardian. It brings together fantastic writing from African journalists across...
Credit: The MV Liemba trading with locals on its way to Kigoma, Tanzania/Maximillian Köster

The African Continental Free Trade Area: A Catalyst for Development?

In July 2019 Nigeria finally signed the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, after it had pulled out days before the signing was due. Now...

COVID-19 in Africa: Going Beyond Lockdowns vs. Livelihoods

The COVID-19 outbreak pandemic has rapidly re-shaped ways of life in Africa and across the world. It has destroyed lives, it threatens to undermine...

Why a one-size-fits-all approach to COVID-19 could kill

How should government's respond to COVID-19 and what is the best way to protect citizens? Alex Broadbent and Benjamin Smart argue that a one-size-fits-all...

How can we make research in the “Global South” more ethical?

How to ethically conduct research in what is often called the Global South has become an increasingly controversial topic. Even terms such as "fieldwork"...

Ramaphosa’s lack of leadership hurts South Africa

As South Africa enters what is likely to be an important and difficult year, its president is failing to show effective leadership, argues Andre Duvenhage. On...

The right to protest in South Africa and beyond: from democratic...

As 2019 draws to a close, Jane Duncan reviews subtle measures employed by countries like South Africa to limit protests. Read more about how...

What is the root cause of South Africa’s violence problem?

Everyone knows that South Africa has a violence problem. But few people understand the root causes, or have a good idea about how to...

South Africa – Liberal opposition faces existential crisis

South Africa's opposition party appears to be falling apart following a period of gradual growth. Does this mean even greater ANC dominance? And what...