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    1. September 24, 2014

      Business alone cannot bring peace to Israelis and Palestinians

      In the midst of escalating conflict around the Middle East comes the depressing news that a joint Israeli-Palestinian...

    2. beyondbrics

      May 23, 2014

      Zuma's next cabinet: time for change?

      With South Africa’s May 7 election done and dusted and the African National Congress set to extend its 20-year dominance of...

    1. May 9, 2014

      Jubilant ANC faces sobering challenge on sick economy

      As the final votes trickled in to seal a fifth consecutive win for the African National Congress in a South African general...

    2. December 9, 2013

      Nelson Mandela’s death puts spotlight on ANC leadership

      When Thabo Mbeki rose to speak at a prayer service held in memory of Nelson Mandela, the icon he succeeded as president, he...

    3. December 8, 2013

      South Africa grapples with deep structural challenges

      After leading the African National Congress to a historic election victory in 1994, Nelson Mandela went on to defy not only...

    4. December 6, 2013

      ANC looks to life after Nelson Mandela

      There was a time when Nelson Mandela only needed to catch a cold and the uncertainty would cause tremors on international...

    5. July 14, 2013

      South Africa’s deputy president voices fears as ANC risks crisis

      Few people know the inner workings of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress as intimately as Kgalema Motlanthe,...

    6. March 12, 2013

      Sudan and South Sudan reach oil agreement

      ADDIS ABABA – Sudan and South Sudan agreed on Tuesday to order a restart to southern oil exports through Sudan within two...

    7. February 17, 2013

      South Africa: A faded rainbow

      Since the empire-building days of Cecil John Rhodes, politics and mining in South Africa have made for potent chemistry when...

    8. January 22, 2013

      Africa: Continent’s twin poles on different trajectories

      Sub-Saharan Africa’s voice on the global stage has been strongest in the past decade and a half when its two most powerful...

    9. January 13, 2013

      Zuma’s optimism belies challenges

      When Jacob Zuma led a leadership challenge within the African National Congress against then-President Thabo Mbeki five...

    10. December 18, 2012

      Zuma calls for unity after ANC poll win

      South African President Jacob Zuma urged party unity after he won a landslide victory to retain his post as head of the...

    11. December 17, 2012

      Zuma faces ANC leadership challenge

      The African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party, was set for a leadership battle on Monday after Kgalema...

    12. December 14, 2012

      Ramaphosa returns to S Africa spotlight

      For a man who shies away from the limelight, Cyril Ramaphosa, the stalwart of the South African struggle who is now a...

    13. December 9, 2012

      Mandela remains in hospital

      Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, remained in hospital on Sunday after being admitted on Saturday. Mr...

    14. December 3, 2012

      Painful extractions

      Thabo Mbeki was furious. Anglo American had thrived under apartheid, the South African president fumed, built on the labour...

    15. August 9, 2012

      Meles absence fuels regional anxieties

      The prolonged absence of Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s usually hyperactive prime minister, has sparked a covert succession...

    16. August 4, 2012

      Sudan and South Sudan end oil dispute

      Sudan and South Sudan have reached an agreement on oil after months of wrangling that brought the two rivals back to...

    17. beyondbrics

      May 25, 2012

      Out of Africa – but which Africa?

      Bono said it, Ban Ki-Moon said it, Thabo Mbeki said it: the 21st century will be the African century. But as funds single...

    18. May 24, 2012

      Two Sudans to restart talks

      Sudan and South Sudan agreed to restart talks next week with the aim of ending hostilities and settling disputes after...

    19. April 11, 2012

      Troubles remain as Zuma swats his bugbear

      With the clock ticking down to the African National Congress’s crucial five yearly elective conference, a political circus...

    20. beyondbrics

      April 4, 2012

      Malema and the struggle for the ANC

      In recent times, South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has made a habit of fighting its internal battles out in...

    21. March 26, 2012

      Autocratic leader leaves democracy reaffirmed

      Abdoulaye Wade, Senegal’s president for the last 11 years, has ended up a victim of hubris, following the path of other...

    22. January 6, 2012

      South Africa’s ruling party gears up for centenary

      As birthday celebrations go, the African National Congress’s centenary looks set to be a fitting extravaganza for Africa’s...

    23. December 15, 2011

      Head of S Africa anti-graft agency quits

      The recently appointed head of South Africa’s top anti-corruption agency resigned on Thursday after his controversial...

    24. November 30, 2011

      Blundering past the tombstones of apartheid

      South Africa is no longer the place of new hope introduced by Nelson Mandela. Over the past week, after a number of chilling...

    25. November 3, 2011

      Politics: Power struggles blight the ANC

      The African National Congress, a movement that led the struggle against apartheid and which has enjoyed 17 years of...

    26. September 13, 2011

      Zuma offers olive branch to Malema

      Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, has said Julius Malema, the firebrand leader of the African National Congress’s Youth...

    27. September 5, 2011

      Malema dilemma

      Only three and a half years after Thabo Mbeki was ousted from the leadership of the African National Congress, South...

    28. September 1, 2011

      Ramaphosa a symbol of black empowerment

      Cyril Ramaphosa is a towering figure of post-apartheid South Africa who eschewed his political prospects in order to become...

    29. August 30, 2011

      Violent clashes outside Malema hearing

      The power struggle within South Africa’s ruling African National Congress turned violent on Tuesday as police clashed with...

    30. June 27, 2011

      Zuma warns of crisis in ANC and alliance

      Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, on Monday warned that his governing alliance faced a crisis, citing the disappearance...

    31. June 3, 2011

      Zuma faces test after fall in ANC support

      Jacob Zuma was in his element. With his shirt collar open, face lit by a beaming smile, South Africa’s ebullient president...

    32. May 30, 2011

      Comment: Silence over a post-Gaddafi Libya

      As the flamboyant dictator of a small African country digs in against a rebel uprising and western political and military...

    33. December 8, 2010

      West African leaders exclude Ivory Coast

      West African leaders have suspended Ivory Coast from their regional bloc, insisting that Laurent Gbagbo acknowledge he lost...

    34. December 5, 2010

      Mbeki to mediate in Ivory Coast

      A more divisive outcome to the elections that Ivory Coast has been waiting for since 2005 would be hard to conjure up. Once...

    35. October 5, 2010

      Politics: Zuma moves to assert his authority over ANC

      Jacob Zuma was elected to the presidency last year after exploiting a wave of opposition to Thabo Mbeki, his predecessor....

    36. October 5, 2010

      Electricity: Power cuts are likely to return

      The term “load shedding” is grimly familiar to South Africans, two years after rolling blackouts struck the country. The...

    37. October 5, 2010

      HIV/Aids: Circumcision gains in popularity

      When a Muslim and a Jewish surgeon travel to KwaZulu Natal later this month to help local healthcare teams develop...

    38. October 5, 2010

      China: Relationship is deeper than merely trade

      For much of the first half of this year, commentators on South Africa appeared to have an obsessive interest in construction...

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