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The wild cost of oil exploration: Operation Shell

The wild cost of oil exploration: Operation Shell

​Recent significant oil and gas discoveries seen in the Karoo Basin and the Wild Coast of South Africa have sparked a national debate that raised questions about climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the potential negative impact on local ecologies and...

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New BRICS+ bound to hit a wall?

New BRICS+ bound to hit a wall?

On 24 August, coinciding with a controversial election being held in neighbouring Zimbabwe, the latest BRICS summit concluded in Johannesburg. The BRIC acronym was originally coined by Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill in 2001. Original member countries developed a...

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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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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...

Zimbabwe Elections Tracker 2023

Zimbabwe Elections Tracker 2023

Introduction  On 23 August, the incumbent president of Zimbabwe, President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa of ZANU-PF, will seek another five-year term. Mnangagwa, who ascended to power after the November 2017 coup that ended former president Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule,...

Africa and the tyranny of the cult of mediocrity

Africa and the tyranny of the cult of mediocrity

It is a piercing indictment of African liberation sensibility when, like some biblical Jews in the long desert to Canaan who demanded that Moses returns them to Egypt, Africans begin to loudly express the wish to return to the colonial days. One of the most stubborn...

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