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Governance Performance Index – South Africa 2024

Governance Performance Index – South Africa 2024

South Africa’s system of local government is presently undergoing its most widespread sequence of changes since the introduction of a new system shortly after our transition to democracy. Politically, the 2021 local government elections produced a record number of...

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Max Price’s statues and storms

Max Price’s statues and storms

Professor David Benatar reviews Dr Max Price’s Price, Max. Statues and Storms: Leading Through Change (Tafelberg, 2023). The book recounts Max Price's experiences as vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town (UCT) during the turbulent "Fallist" years of 2015 to...

SONA must reflect Ramaphosa’s ultimate duty

SONA must reflect Ramaphosa’s ultimate duty

A somewhat perplexing disconnect lies at the heart of South African democracy today. On the one hand, the country continues to perform relatively well, particularly within the African context, on the global indices of democratic quality and political rights which are...

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Eswatini Elections Weekly Tracker

Eswatini Elections Weekly Tracker

SADC deploys Electoral Observation Mission On 19 September 2023, the President of the Republic of Zambia, and Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation announced that SADC will deploy its...

Zimbabwe’s 2023 elections: Who votes and why?

Zimbabwe’s 2023 elections: Who votes and why?

Zimbabwe is preparing for its 23 August 2023 Harmonised Elections. It does so against the backdrop of a complex past, where the struggle for democracy and inclusivity has been marred by political instability, hardships, lack of meaningful electoral reforms, and a...

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Combatting fake news and disinformation is a civil duty

Combatting fake news and disinformation is a civil duty

As electioneering ramps up ahead of the national election later this year, we can expect a marked increase in the proliferation of disinformation, misinformation, and fake news, aided by evolving artificial intelligence (AI) tools that make the discernment between...

Turning the tide: COP28’s pivotal role in safer oceans

Turning the tide: COP28’s pivotal role in safer oceans

This weekend, on the 9th of December, delegates convened at the “Powering Ocean Breakthroughs with 100% Sustainable Ocean Management” event at the 28th UN Conference of Parties (CoP28) in Dubai, to decide on “path-defining” nature-climate investment plans and...

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