MPs can be preening, corrupt, overpaid and opportunist. But activists increasingly see them as key allies in the struggle for change against overbearing presidents and ministers.
- Monday, 09 December 2013 17:50
- Gregory Mthembu-Salter and Crystal Orderson in Johannesburg
The ANC has traditionally been the party of the poor, but union leaders say that rings hollow today. Amid a new wave of strikes they claim the ruling party is in the pocket of business and investors. So who will the workers turn to with their vote?
- Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00
- Parsalelo Kantai in Hoima, Greg Mthembu-Salter in Cape Town, Patrick Smith, Prince Ofori-Atta and Marshall Van Valen
Africa's monarchs are resilient. For centuries they ruled through intricate hierarchies of clan and kinship. Then colonial invaders polarised them, deposing some and courting others. Independent African states are proving just as testing for traditional authorities.
- Monday, 28 October 2013 12:29
- Stephen Chan
The big questions – leadership succession in the two main parties, economic strategy and foreign policy – remain unanswered despite the peak of international interest in the elections. But many voters wanted little more than to avoid the murderous violence of 2008.
- Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
- Parselelo Kantai in Nairobi
The constitution approved in 2010 created 47 new counties that elected officials at the 4 March national elections. The county governments will have to provide services, but the earning potential from wooing investors will in some cases be life-changing.
- Friday, 23 August 2013 11:15
- Ntaryike Divine Jr, Emilie Filou, Billie Adwoa McTernan, Nicholas Norbrook, Michael Omondi, Patrick Smith, Marshall Van Valen, Gemma Ware
Too often presidential politics, with its big egos and backroom deals, can feel like the only show in town. Policy plays second fiddle. But leadership is recognising the innovative, sometimes daring, ideas that need backing. Africa has them in spades: from agriculture, healthcare and energy production to new policies to boost financial markets or create a continental standby force.