Richard Jurgens
Richard Jurgens is a former editor of GGA’s flagship publication, Africa in Fact, and has been appointed as editor of GGA’s forthcoming peer-reviewed academic journal, The Africa Governance Papers. He spent 10 years in exile with the ANC in Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as the Netherlands. He has worked in mainstream media, alternative media, the corporate world and for NGOs internationally and in South Africa. A published author with a memoir, a novel and several books of poetry to his name, he has a BA (Hons) in philosophy and is currently completing a Research Master’s degree in public policy studies at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Governance.
GGA mourns Prof Ivor Sarakinsky

GGA mourns Prof Ivor Sarakinsky

GGA mourns the passing of Ivor Sarakinsky, an associate professor in the Wits School of Governance (WSG) and a member of the editorial advisory board of The Africa Governance Papers. Professor Sarakinsky passed away on 17 September 2021 due to ill-health. In its...

Making sense of South Africa’s week of anarchy

Making sense of South Africa’s week of anarchy

South Africans find themselves confronted with the ugly spectre of rioting and looting that has claimed over 100 lives, and also dealt a devastating blow to the economy. The situation remains extremely volatile, and while narratives abound, particularly on social media, facts are in short supply. It is important to examine the situation in as level-headed a manner as possible to gain an understanding of what has really befallen our nation.

Editor’s Note: An opportunity to build resilience

Editor’s Note: An opportunity to build resilience

As I write, the Covid-19 pandemic is in its fourth month. Measures aimed at combating the virus have devastated economies and strained health-care systems everywhere, especially in the developing world. The pandemic is a huge challenge for humanity, but it might be...

The ancient libraries of Africa

The ancient libraries of Africa

Africa: the written word Africa’s great libraries are stories of state formation and empires, and of people who thirsted for knowledge Reading and writing are miraculous activities; they transform the human condition, making possible new modes of social life. In a...

A long and potholed road

A long and potholed road

Sustainable stock exchanges Markets around the world are adopting the environmental, social and good governance agenda, but “integrated reporting” faces problems in Africa By Richard Jurgens In August 2012, police fired on a crowd of striking miners in Marikana, in...

The path out of poverty

The path out of poverty

SDG 1: poverty Africa will be home to 87% of the world’s poorest people by 2030, but that shocking figure hides the real progress made by some countries By Richard Jurgens, Susan Russell and Charmain Naidoo In 2004, the former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev told...

Richard Jurgens
Richard Jurgens is a former editor of GGA’s flagship publication, Africa in Fact, and has been appointed as editor of GGA’s forthcoming peer-reviewed academic journal, The Africa Governance Papers. He spent 10 years in exile with the ANC in Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as the Netherlands. He has worked in mainstream media, alternative media, the corporate world and for NGOs internationally and in South Africa. A published author with a memoir, a novel and several books of poetry to his name, he has a BA (Hons) in philosophy and is currently completing a Research Master’s degree in public policy studies at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Governance.
Making sense of South Africa’s week of anarchy

Making sense of South Africa’s week of anarchy

South Africans find themselves confronted with the ugly spectre of rioting and looting that has claimed over 100 lives, and also dealt a devastating blow to the economy. The situation remains extremely volatile, and while narratives abound, particularly on social media, facts are in short supply. It is important to examine the situation in as level-headed a manner as possible to gain an understanding of what has really befallen our nation.

A long and potholed road

A long and potholed road

Sustainable stock exchanges Markets around the world are adopting the environmental, social and good governance agenda, but “integrated reporting” faces problems in Africa By Richard Jurgens In August 2012, police fired on a crowd of striking miners in Marikana, in...