August 5, 2020

Eradicating Pervasive Gendered Information Poverty in South Africa – what needs to be done?

By: Maria Goyayi With the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) redefining the economy into a digitally led economy that is the information economy, the social, political and […]
August 3, 2020

COVID-19 and Gender Based Violence in South Africa: How Can the Scourge Be Curbed?

By: Lizzy Ofusori Gender based violence (GBV) is a serious menace which has led to the death of girls and women in South Africa. The emergence […]
August 1, 2020

The ANC and corruption: straightening the shadow of a bent tree

By: Aubrey Matshiqi Contrary to the promise I made two weeks ago, this article is not about economic policy. It is about the pulse of the […]
July 27, 2020

Making sense of the taxi industry’s skipping of the lockdown ‘red robot’ !

By: Azwimpheleli Langalanga South Africa has been under lockdown for more than three months. The country has recorded almost 500 000 infections of corona virus cases since […]
July 24, 2020

A partnership between citizens and the state is needed to manage the pandemic

By: Dr. Paul Kariuki The harsh reality of these unusual pandemic times has necessitated a rethink about our politics, our values, our vision and our social […]
July 20, 2020

Political Open Sesame: Navigating the Inclusion of Independent Candidate Participation in South African Electoral Processes

By: Bonolo Makgale Introduction The constitutional court ruling on the Electoral Act has been met with enthusiasm; however, there is a possibility this enthusiasm could be […]
July 17, 2020

Economic Policies for Post Covid-19 Recovery: Lessons And Fault Lines From the Spanish Flu.

By: Dr. Jason Musyoka Background As Covid-19 continues to overwhelm the global economy, governments, businesses and ordinary citizens are scrambling for political legitimacy, stability and survival […]
July 16, 2020

South Africa – The Covid 19 crisis has shown that an effective state is not a luxury.

By: Imraan Buccus Not that long ago right-wing authoritarian populism seemed unstoppable. With Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro and Naredra Modi as the three horsemen of the […]
July 16, 2020

The state of our municipalities: Failed politics, a weak state or both?

By: Stef Terblanche With a few exceptions, the multiple failures across municipal government in South Africa reflect the worst of what is wrong in the country. […]
July 16, 2020

Of Lockdowns and Bans: The Beat of COVID-19: The rhythm is ‘gonna’ get you!

By: Sanusha Naidu Introduction In his long-awaited address to the nation on Sunday evening (3 July),  President  Ramaphosa delivered a somber update on the political, economic, […]
July 15, 2020

The people are an asset, not a problem

By: Steven Friedman THIS country would have far fewer Covid-19 infections if the government had seen most of its people as a partner, not a problem. […]
July 13, 2020

Combating Disinformation in times of Pandemic: How to Spot Disinformation on Your Social Media Feeds

By: Maria Lauda Goyayi At times of crisis, especially new and inadequately understood threat, rumours, false news, conspiracy theories and misleading information are quickly born and […]
July 7, 2020

Time to get tough on failing municipalities

By: Dr. Paul Kariuki The auditor general’s report on municipalities for the 2018-2019 financial year produced a grim picture. It was a scathing report given the […]
July 3, 2020

The Protection of Personal Information Act no. 4 of 2013: an NPO legal compliance alert

By: Peter Hendricks Introduction On 26 November 2013, the Protection of Personal Information Act No. 4 of 2013 (“POPI Act”) was passed into law. This act […]
June 30, 2020

Constitutional Court judgment on independent candidates raises deeper questions about democracy

By: Aubrey Matshiqi Elections are important, but what should be more important is the experience of citizens between and beyond elections. It is the quality of […]
June 26, 2020

Placing the Youth in the centre of a Post Covid South Africa

By: Azwimpheleli Langalanga June is a special month in South Africa. Not because of the chilly weather in the highveld, the clear blue skies or the […]
June 22, 2020

Much Ado about Something: Redesigning South Africa’s electoral landscape?

By: Sanusha Naidu On June 11, 2020, the Constitutional Court, the highest court in the land, ruled that as it stands the electoral act is unconstitutional […]
June 17, 2020

SA needs more young people in politics

By: Dr. Paul Kariuki. There is a general sense that traditional politics and representative democracy fails to attract the attention of young people. This is despite […]
June 17, 2020

Covid19 and citizenship in South Africa

By: Steve Friedman Democratic citizenship means holding the government to account – not doing its job. This is always so – but is particularly so in […]
June 16, 2020

The Youth: Their Tasks and Position In Deepening Our Democracy

By: Aubrey Matshiqi I was thirteen when Hector Pieterson was murdered by the apartheid police on 16 June 1976. Ten years later, there was an insurrectionary […]