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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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,...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. December 3, 2012

    Painful extractions

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

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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....

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. September 21, 2010

    Zuma faces tough choices to survive

    Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, has faced a delicate balancing act this week as the ruling African National Congress...

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