Few phrases sound nobler than “serving my country.” But when the Tanzanian government announced plans to revive compulsory national service to combat “moral decay”, reaction were mixed. Can you teach patriotism by force of law?
Convened for the first time after the 2014 election, South Africa’s fifth democratic parliament soon degenerated into a fracas. As predicted, it was Julius Malema, the headline grabber since he entered opposition party politics, at the centre of the havoc.
As part of its 50th Anniversary Declaration in May 2013, the African Union (AU) set itself the goal of ending all wars in Africa by 2020. But silencing all guns may not be a realistic target, and investing in good governance and a better understanding of the dynamics behind conflict may be more effective in boosting economic and human development.
With the African continent home to the majority of the world’s fastest-growing economies, urban consumer markets and a wealth of natural resources, it’s perhaps not surprising that some of the world’s largest corporations, from Monsanto to Unilever, are rushing to get a slice of the action.
South Africa is a leader on the continent in the struggle for equitable democratic representation for women on Africa’s bodies of power. But after two decades of progress, the outcome of the 2014 elections last month is somewhat disappointing.
The killing of protesting students by Ethiopian authorities at the end of April is part of an ongoing story of wholesale dispossession and state-sponsored violence. Yet it has gone almost completely ignored in the international media. Here’s why.
There was a time when everyone looked to South Africa for African solutions to Africa’s problems. After the advent of democracy in 1994 South Africa was a beacon of hope for the continent. Sadly that situation has not been sustained, writes Benedicta Dube