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 […]
June 16, 2020

The impact of Covid-19 on South Africa Political Landscape

By: Bonolo Makgale The mountain of complaints which were stacked up against the ANC led government relating to corruption and lack of service delivery in under-resourced […]
June 15, 2020

Post-Covid-19 South Africa: A possibility or myth?

By:  Stef Terblanche. When trying to answer the question in the title, one first has to consider just how wide Covid-19 touched and disrupted what we […]
June 15, 2020

Shades of capitalism in South Africa’s response to Covid-19

By: Jason Musyoka (Ph. D) So far in this century, the 2007-2008 global economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic have transformed our society in fundamental ways. […]
June 15, 2020

Covid 19 – progressive forces will need to rise to the challenge of addressing unemployment

By: Imraan Buccus Unemployment is among South Africa’s most serious challenges. Youth unemployment  is a bloodbath with close to 60% of South Africa’s young people unemployed. […]
June 4, 2020

Democracy and Covid-19: Time to recalibrate our democratic options?

By Aubrey Matshiqi As I indicated in the last article, the author George Orwell, once warned that the fact that one lives in a democracy does […]
May 25, 2020

The citizens perspective: The people versus Covid-19 pandemic

By : Mbalenhle.N.F Mkhize  It is no secret that the coronavirus has affected everybody in South Africa and the world in general, but the fact remains […]
May 19, 2020

Sense-making: Why it matters in mitigating Covid-19

By: Dr. Paul Kariuki Covid-19 has not spared nations, their economies, politics, wealth, systems and people. It is such an invisible yet powerful foe. It has […]
May 18, 2020

Government’s management of the Covid-19 pandemic and the need for a lockdown exit strategy

By Stef Terblanche One subject that is ultra-topical at present is of course the Covid-19 induced national lockdown announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 23 March […]
May 18, 2020

The Political Economy of Covid-19

By: Aubrey Matshiqi In the beginning, there was the word – and the word was ‘unity’. All our political parties pledged their support for President Cyril […]
May 15, 2020


By: Jason Musyoka Contextualising historical and ahistorical development ideologies in Contemporary South Africa Development policy in South Africa has always premised from historical injustice, focused more […]
May 4, 2020

Covid-19: A new order for civil society organisations

By: Dr. Paul Kariuki One thing we know for sure is that the world has entered a new order. For civil society organisations, the challenges brought by […]
April 24, 2020

Can democracy be distance friendly?

By: Dr. Paul Kariuki The scale to which the Covid-19 pandemic has hit the world is devastating. Indeed, everything has changed. Economies have been shattered, public […]
April 22, 2020


By: Sthabiso Mdledle In a world desperate for information during this trying time, fake news or unverified information is popping up more often on our timelines […]
April 14, 2020


Call For Papers: 3rd Annual Political Summit: The Democracy Development Program (DDP), is planning to host it’s third annual political summit later in 2020 and invites […]