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Homo Urbanus Africanus and Change

The Plateau district of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/Photo/ReutersIn 1950, there were 20 million city dwellers in Africa. Today the number has gone up to 400 million and in 2050 it is projected that there will be more than a billion people.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 00:32

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SA Secrecy Bill: Cwele’s Convulsions and Constitutional Challenge

State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele whose wife was convicted for drug trafficking this May has offered a curious assessment of the public interest argument/Photo/ReutersSouth Africa's ruling party State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele on 16 November claimed "foreign spies" have been paying civil society groups to oppose the African National Congress' (ANC) new Protection of State Information Bill.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2011 11:41

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Should Africa's billionaires pay more tax?

As momentum from the Occupy Wall Street protests spreads across the globe, pressure is mounting on the world's richest 1% to pay more tax.

We're asking if, after US tycoon Warren Buffett's challenge to the world's mega-rich to pay more tax, should Africa's billionaires take up his call? Join in the debate.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 December 2011 11:45

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A tribute to Yasmin El-Rufai

The hour of departure has arrived, and we have gone our ways – Yasmin, you to God, while the rest of us remain alive. Which is better God only knowsI am grief-stricken: I lost a close friend over the weekend. Inestimably more than that, her family lost a daughter. Her name was Yasmin El- Rufai and her spirit was one of the most beautiful, intelligent and noble I have ever encountered.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 14:42

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An open letter to Comrade Trevor Manuel

altVeteran South African journalist Tony Weaver pens a letter to South African Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel after the passing of a new state information bill.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 12:12

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DR Congo elections: Could Kabila lose?

Kabila’s victory seems almost anecdotal/Photo/ReutersHis track record is less than exemplary yet he acts as though he has already been re-elected. Wielding a strong control over the Democratic Republic of Congo's state apparatus, the incumbent president did not face any real opposition ahead of the first round of polls, given that his divided opponents made it easier.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 07:55

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