In Depth

Fri,28Aug2015

In Depth

“They have their own people they want to blame”

Anyone who still thinks that corruption takes place between the frontiers of the public and private space and between a 'private' actor who is assumed to be clean or a victim, and a 'public' official who is assumed to be inevitably pressing for a kickback, is a deluded liberal. Where are these individualized and sacrosanct frontiers in the power structure of South African society and polity? Please someone show me one.

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Young and jobless

Photos© Ton Koene/Zuma/ReaWhile macroeconomic statistics show that the economy continues to grow at a rapid pace, it is not translating into masses of new jobs for Kenyans. The country's middle class still only makes up a small percentage of the population, challenging investors' optimism over the 'Africa rising' narrative

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Why the fuel subsidies pump should be switched off

Max Bankole Jarrett, Deputy Director of the Africa Progress Panel. Photo©All Rights Reserved Despite the climate challenge, we see that billions of dollars are still spent subsidising fuel consumption within Africa and providing exploration subsidies to international fossil fuel companies.

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Clock ticking for Nigeria's Buhari

altThere was no blitz. The days of waiting for President Muhammadu Buhari extended into weeks.

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Taylor and Bashir: A tale of two warlords

Liberia's former President Charles Taylor – locked up in his English prison cell and serving his 50- year sentence with nothing but the very British distractions of tennis and cricket on his television – must be thinking that Sudan's Omar al-Bashir is one lucky bugger.

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Are gay rights a luxury in Africa?

As of 1 July, Mozambique decriminalised homosexuality in its new penal code, legalising same-sex relationships. But more than 30 African countries still have anti-gay laws including in Nigeria, where a bill signed in 2014 contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison and bans gay marriage.

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