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#OrchidsandOnions: A human look at Covid
#OrchidsandOnions: A human look at CovidArticle

Thinking about insurance: clever concept of 'rebooting' 2020; Simple aspirations of people who have seen the world turned upside down...

Brendan Seery 8 Sep 2020

The missing Bill to my marriage
The missing Bill to my marriageArticle

As the world celebrated Pride month this past June, the issue of same-sex marriages in South Africa came before Parliament again, for consideration of the Civil Union Amendment Bill to address and enforce the existing rights of same-sex couples...

Asher Ndebele 27 Jul 2020

After Covid-19, Africa can build back better
After Covid-19, Africa can build back betterArticle

These are challenging times for Africa and the rest of our global village...

Amina J. Mohammed 28 May 2020

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Climate change could increase the threat of malaria in Central AfricaArticle

Central Africa is fighting to maintain momentum in its battle with malaria in the face of various health challenges, climate change and other threats...

23 Oct 2019

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What to expect from Open Design Afrika Festival 2019Article

The 2019 Open Design Afrika (ODA) Festival will be held at venues across Cape Town - with Castle of Good Hope as the main hub - from 18 to 27 October...

18 Sep 2019

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Stronger laws can keep politicians from meddling in financial decisionsArticle

For governments to function optimally, there must be a good relationship between politicians and administrators. This "political-administrative interface" is a key theme of public administration, both in theory and in practice...

Tania Ajam 13 May 2019

Access to finance is consistently listed as the biggest obstacle for start-ups Africa. Wikimedia Commons/The Wot-If? Trust
#AfricaMonth: Entrepreneurship funds in Africa: distinguishing the good from the badArticle

Entrepreneurs have a pivotal role to play in Africa's unemployment crisis. Today over a third of the continent's young workforce (those aged 15-35) are unemployed...

Aubrey Hruby 2 May 2019

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How to negotiate infrastructure deals with China: four things African governments need to get rightArticle

"You don't negotiate with China!" I was quickly told when I started interviewing African public servants about their infrastructure deals with Beijing...

Folashade Soule 9 Jan 2019

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Medium-scale farms are on the rise in Africa. Why this is good newsArticle

Within the past decade, the amount of agricultural produce that medium-scale farms contribute to countries' national output has risen rapidly. In some countries, medium-sized farms now account for roughly 40% of the country's marketed agricultural produce...

Thomas Jayne and Milu Muyanga 18 Dec 2018

President mulls national registry for protection orders
President mulls national registry for protection ordersArticle

Government needs to examine the possibility of introducing a national registry for protection orders, says President Cyril Ramaphosa...

2 Nov 2018

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#OrchidsandOnions: A loud, and crunchy Orchid to KFCArticle

How many of you reading this have not had to bite your tongues as you were rudely, or inefficiently, dealt with by a government employee?

Brendan Seery 22 Oct 2018

Silicosis fund to be established in April 2019
Silicosis fund to be established in April 2019Article

A trust, which will disburse funds for mine workers who contracted silicosis and tuberculosis, is to be established in April 2019...

17 Oct 2018

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South Africa's economy is in a mess. New finance minister must hit the road runningArticle

The latest reshuffling of South Africa's finance minister, following the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene and appointment of Tito Mboweni, may have negative origins but it brings with it some positive energy...

Jannie Rossouw 11 Oct 2018

Egypt is building a new capital city from scratch - here's how to avoid inequality and segregation
Egypt is building a new capital city from scratch - here's how to avoid inequality and segregationArticle

Egypt is the latest country to build a new capital city from scratch, with ambitions to move parliament away from Cairo as early as summer 2019...

Nuno Pinto and Aya Badawy 28 Sep 2018

Affordable housing: City of Cape Town and developers at crossroads
Affordable housing: City of Cape Town and developers at crossroadsArticle

Politicians, civil servants and people in Cape Town's property industry are at a crossroads...

Jonty Cogger and Jared Rossouw 13 Sep 2018

How to reduce the risk of payroll fraud in Africa
How to reduce the risk of payroll fraud in AfricaArticle

Payroll fraud is among the costliest of economic crimes...

Bruce van Wyk 23 Aug 2018

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#OrchidsandOnions: Business of death gets a moving spin... but North-West website doesn't walk the talkArticle

It can't be easy sitting down to come up with an acceptable, non-offensive, advertising idea to promote a business whose stock in trade is, essentially, dead bodies...

Brendan Seery 7 Aug 2018

#Mandela100: How young activists are keeping Mandela's legacy alive
#Mandela100: How young activists are keeping Mandela's legacy aliveArticle

Last month, at a conference on African Inequalities co-organised by our school and the London School of Economics, the first audience question came from a young woman...

Alan Hirsch 6 Jul 2018

Land occupations across the country have skyrocketed this year. New approaches are needed to solve the housing shortage. Archive photo: Mary-Anne Gontsana
Can subsidised rentals help solve the housing crisis?Article

The housing shortage has come to a head this year with a massive increase in land occupations...

GroundUp editors 28 Jun 2018

A stinging list of 'achievements' by Tom Moyane at Sars
A stinging list of 'achievements' by Tom Moyane at SarsArticle

Suspended SA Revenue Service commissioner Tom Moyane racked up a dubious list of "achievements" as head of the nation's tax collection authority, says investigative journalist Jacques Pauw...

22 Mar 2018

DA says freezing public sector salary increases will cancel need for VAT hike
DA says freezing public sector salary increases will cancel need for VAT hikeArticle

The DA says a freeze on increases to public sector salaries in 2018-19 would save R38bn and render unnecessary the need to raise the rate of value added tax (VAT) by one percentage point as proposed in the budget...

Linda Ensor 1 Mar 2018

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Donors shouldn't punish NGOs that disclose misconduct - here's how to help stamp out abuseArticle

The NGO sexual exploitation and abuse scandal has grown ever larger, engulfing many other organisations other than Oxfam...

Angela Crack 1 Mar 2018

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France to force reforms to 'untouchable' rail sectorArticle

PARIS, France - President Emmanuel Macron's government unveiled on Monday plans to push through reforms of France's mammoth rail system, daring to tread where his predecessors have failed...

27 Feb 2018

The real reason why cities in sub-Saharan Africa aren't issuing municipal bonds
The real reason why cities in sub-Saharan Africa aren't issuing municipal bondsArticle

Cities around the world have been financing their long-term investment needs through municipal bonds for centuries...

Jeremy Gorelick 16 Feb 2018

Universities open for new academic year
Universities open for new academic yearArticle

Thousands of university students are getting ready to tackle the 2018 academic year as public universities open their doors for learning...

5 Feb 2018

New award to celebrate African evidence leadership
New award to celebrate African evidence leadershipArticle

UJ's Africa Evidence Network is launching the first annual Africa Evidence Leadership Award, to recognise and honour people who have raised the awareness of evidence-informed decision-making in Africa...

31 Jan 2018

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Boytjie's lost billionsArticle

Markus Jooste, the billionaire face of South Africa's biggest ever corporate scandal, grew up in the world of horse racing and gambling...

Kyle Cowan and Ann Crotty 11 Dec 2017

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Queering the healthcare spaceArticle

Public health facilities are missing an opportunity to reduce HIV transmission because they are ill-equipped to meet the needs of men who have sex with men (MSM)...

20 Nov 2017

Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, Kenya.
Partnerships provide a lifeline for cash-strapped countriesArticle

Governments are reforming to woo private capital, according to the UN, in this third and last part of the partnership in Africa series...

Kingsley Ighobor 20 Sep 2017

Government looks at amending law to accommodate e-hailing services
Government looks at amending law to accommodate e-hailing servicesArticle

The government has taken an initiative to amend the National Land Transport Act in an effort to accommodate e-hailing services which include Uber, Zebra, and Taxify...

28 Jul 2017

The pros and cons of commercial farming models in Africa
The pros and cons of commercial farming models in AfricaArticle

The search is on for alternatives to big plantations and estates that can bring in private investment without dispossessing local people...

Ruth Hall, Dzodzi Tsikata and Ian Scoones 24 May 2017

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DR Congo's street food mushrooms as crisis growsArticle

In crisis-hit Democratic Republic of Congo, people in the capital increasingly turn to street hawkers to feed themselves and their families cheaply…

15 Feb 2017

City cleanup tough on the poor in Benin's economic hub
City cleanup tough on the poor in Benin's economic hubArticle

Traders and hawkers armed with brooms and bags sweep pavements and scoop up rubble in Benin's economic capital Cotonou, where the authorities have ordered a vast city cleanup...

3 Feb 2017

Algeria announces tax hikes in 2017 budget
Algeria announces tax hikes in 2017 budgetArticle

Algeria has adopted a 2017 budget that will see taxes raised to compensate for falling revenues from its key oil sector, officials said on Wednesday...

29 Dec 2016

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Zimbabwe police fire teargas at protest against 'bank notes'Article

Riot police in Zimbabwe fired tear gas and beat up opposition protesters marching Wednesday through Harare against the new 'bond note currency'...

2 Dec 2016

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Why has Africa failed to industrialise?Article

Experts call for bold and creative policies for Africa to facilitate industrialisation...

Masimba Tafirenyika 21 Nov 2016

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BMI-TechKnowledge delves into government ICT spendingArticle

How much does government spend on ICT? Is it enough? And is it well spent? We hear much about lack of coordination, shortages of key skills...

11 Nov 2016

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IMF chief to recommend USD12bn Egypt loan approvalArticle

IMF chief Christine Lagarde said she will recommend the institution approve a $12 billion loan for Egypt...

9 Nov 2016

Gordhan talks healthcare
Gordhan talks healthcareArticle

Finance minister, Pravin Gordhan says we have to find more effective ways of people accessing medicines...

3 Nov 2016

Gordhan's supply chain promise hampered by semantics
Gordhan's supply chain promise hampered by semanticsArticle

References to supply chain problems in the public sector as a catchall term for public procurement policies that lead to fruitless and wasteful expenditure are inaccurate and misleading...

Mungo Park 28 Oct 2016

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Better livestock policies in Africa offer a pathway out of povertyArticle

A majority of rural households in Africa keep different livestock species. But only a small proportion can afford to keep good quality livestock...

Thumbi Mwangi 13 Oct 2016

Industry-specific learning: the future of education?
Industry-specific learning: the future of education?Article

The #feesmustfall movement has gained high exposure and news interest in the last year. Looking beyond the politics of the situation, I am a firm believer that access to universities should be free for deserving students. Keyword: deserving...

Jared Louw 21 Sep 2016

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Nigerians head back to the farm to beat recessionArticle

Too broke to pay for costly imports of rice and palm oil, Nigeria is looking to agriculture to help lift itself out of a recession...

7 Sep 2016

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Zimbabwe threatens social media activists, after protestsArticle

Zimbabwe has threatened to crack down on social media activists pressing to oust President Robert Mugabe's government, warning of the turmoil that followed the Arab Spring...

17 Aug 2016

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Zimbabwe government controls over social media criticisedArticle

The government of Zimbabwe's Computer Crime and Cyber Crime Bill would severely limit citizens' access to information...

11 Aug 2016

Professor André Roux
SA's economy not all doom and gloomArticle

While 2016 might turn out to be difficult for South African consumers in two decades, next year may bring "moderate improvement" to the economy...

20 Jul 2016

Most South Africans need serious financial support to make it through university. GCIS/Flickr
South Africa must open student funding to public scrutinyArticle

South Africa's government is planning a major overhaul of its student funding system...

Temwa Moyo, Nimi Hoffman, Sioux McKennan 4 May 2016

National broadcasters in Africa: The politics of non-reform
National broadcasters in Africa: The politics of non-reformArticle

The transformation of state broadcasters into public broadcasters as envisaged by the African Charter on Broadcasting has failed...

Hendrik Bussiek 3 May 2016

Employment in the downswing of the super cycle
Employment in the downswing of the super cycleArticle

Until commodity prices crawl their way back to higher levels, there is little hope for South Africa's older economic sectors to create jobs...

28 Apr 2016

Regent Business School alumni deems innovative thinking a scarce commodity in the public service sector of Africa
Regent Business School alumni deems innovative thinking a scarce commodity in the public service sector of AfricaArticle

I have always been intrigued by the high levels of sophistication and development defining the standards of living and professionalism in different sectors and or industries of both the Western and Eastern worlds...

Patrick Matjila, Issued by Regent Business School 30 Mar 2016

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