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The failing ‘political theology’ of Jacob Zuma

The failing ‘political theology’ of Jacob Zuma

As much as president Jacob Zuma and the ANC would see themselves as the saviours of South Africa – in an explicitly biblical sense – many supporters are losing faith in the sermons being served from Zuma’s pulpit.

Government - By The Conversation | 15 January, 2017
We trust our phones more than we trust other people – and that can be a problem

We trust our phones more than we trust other people – and that can be a problem

Our increasing reliance on information from devices, rather than from other people, could be costing us opportunities to build social capital – the intangible bonds that help society function.

Lifestyle - By The Conversation | 14 January, 2017
South Africa’s ANC can only be salvaged by leadership of epic ethical proportions

South Africa’s ANC can only be salvaged by leadership of epic ethical proportions

The August 3 municipal polls consigned the governing African National Congress (ANC) to the opposition benches in some municipalities, including the major urban areas. This makes 2016 a defining year in the history of the country’s electoral politics.

Government - By The Conversation | 8 January, 2017
How and why we are moving beyond GDP as a measure of human progress

How and why we are moving beyond GDP as a measure of human progress

Ever since 1944, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been a primary measure of economic growth. It’s in the news regularly and, even though few can define what it means, there is general acceptance that when GDP is growing, things are good. There are problems with this simplistic formulation.

Finance - By The Conversation | 7 January, 2017
Buying into the myth of romantic love is bad for your health

Buying into the myth of romantic love is bad for your health

We keep on searching for our “missing half”, but divorce rates attest to why this ideal doesn’t exist – and by looking for it, we could be negatively impacting our health and mental well being.

Lifestyle - By The Conversation | 6 January, 2017
Stories of how ordinary South Africans felt the effect of an active public protector

Stories of how ordinary South Africans felt the effect of an active public protector

The public protector has been instrumental in assisting individuals who grapple with unfair treatment from government departments and other public institutions.

Government - By The Conversation | 1 January, 2017
Political turmoil in 2016 can be traced back to the 2008 financial crisis

Political turmoil in 2016 can be traced back to the 2008 financial crisis

The Conversation Africa business and economy editor Sibonelo Radebe asked Thanti Mthanti to highlight the key events in 2016, and look at future prospects.

Finance - By The Conversation | 31 December, 2016
Why connecting all the world’s robots will drive 2017’s top technology trends

Why connecting all the world’s robots will drive 2017’s top technology trends

To work out what shape digital technology will likely take next year, we should look back to the major developments of 2016.

Internet - By The Conversation | 29 December, 2016
5 things you need to know about fitness trackers

5 things you need to know about fitness trackers

People can be active without using fitness trackers, but their self-monitoring features help you set realistic goals and track your progress. Self-monitoring is an effective behaviour change technique.

Lifestyle - By The Conversation | 26 December, 2016
Why children believe that Santa Claus exists

Why children believe that Santa Claus exists

The holiday season is upon us, and so are its attendant myths, most prominent of which is the Santa Claus story.

Lifestyle - By The Conversation | 24 December, 2016
5 ways Christmas affects your brain

5 ways Christmas affects your brain

Whether you love or hate Christmas it’s pretty difficult to avoid – and so your brain may be altered by the experience one way or another.

Lifestyle - By The Conversation | 23 December, 2016
Why South Africans just can’t get along

Why South Africans just can’t get along

Despite narratives of a “rainbow nation” and calls for South Africans to unite – social cohesion remains a problem in the country, and one we can’t seem to shake.

Lifestyle - By The Conversation | 22 December, 2016
Financial gamble? My brain made me do it

Financial gamble? My brain made me do it

Whether it comes to financial planning, extreme sports or dating, some people are willing to take more risks than others.

Finance - By The Conversation | 20 December, 2016
Contact lens material could produce electric cars that recharge in minutes

Contact lens material could produce electric cars that recharge in minutes

Running out of battery has become an all-too regular occurrence for most people with a smartphone. So imagine if you could recharge it in seconds.

Technology - By The Conversation | 19 December, 2016
“Fake news” – why people believe it and what can be done to counter it

“Fake news” – why people believe it and what can be done to counter it

How do we distinguish between facts, legitimate debate and propaganda?

Media - By The Conversation | 19 December, 2016
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