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This is how much firing Gordhan would cost South Africa

This is how much firing Gordhan would cost South Africa

Many see the decision by South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) to send the disgraced former CEO of the power utility Eskom to parliament as the precursor to another attack on the National Treasury and to remove finance minister Pravin Gordhan.

General - By The Conversation | 21 February, 2017
Why opposition parties struggle to win power

Why opposition parties struggle to win power

Survey results show that opposition parties face major obstacles to winning majority support in Southern Africa.

Government - By The Conversation | 21 February, 2017
How unhealthy food ads target poor illiterate people

How unhealthy food ads target poor illiterate people

More than half of the adverts in magazines that primarily target poor, black people are for unhealthy and starchy foods, a new study finds.

General - By The Conversation | 19 February, 2017
Drinking in moderation is healthy for you – but only if you have money

Drinking in moderation is healthy for you – but only if you have money

New research has found that while moderate drinkers are healthier than relatively heavy drinkers or non-drinkers, they are also wealthier.

Wealth - By The Conversation | 17 February, 2017
At what point should a robot be considered a person?

At what point should a robot be considered a person?

If a machine can think, decide and act on its own volition – and if it can be harmed or held responsible for its actions – should we stop treating it like property and start treating it more like a person with rights?

Lifestyle - By The Conversation | 10 February, 2017
What should South Africans expect from the 2017 budget speech?

What should South Africans expect from the 2017 budget speech?

South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has a tough job of rekindling a weak economy.

Business - By The Conversation | 7 February, 2017
How Gerrie Nel’s private prosecutions unit will work

How Gerrie Nel’s private prosecutions unit will work

Private prosecutions are rare in South Africa; legal experts explain how AfriForum and Gerrie Nel’s new dedicated unit will work.

Lifestyle - By The Conversation | 4 February, 2017
For every Dlamini-Zuma accolade there are questions, queries, and red flags

For every Dlamini-Zuma accolade there are questions, queries, and red flags

For every accolade about the woman touted to be the next party president of the ANC after Jacob Zuma ends his second term, there are questions, queries, and lots of red flags.

Finance - By The Conversation | 2 February, 2017
Ever wondered what the rest of Africa thinks of South Africa? Turns out, not much

Ever wondered what the rest of Africa thinks of South Africa? Turns out, not much

South Africa has declared itself as the ‘gateway to Africa’ and as a shining beacon to the rest of the continent – but if you ask other countries how they view their southern-most neighbour, the responses are a little more grounded.

Government - By The Conversation | 28 January, 2017
Ford South Africa failed to protect its reputation. What it should have done

Ford South Africa failed to protect its reputation. What it should have done

Ford South Africa has suffered huge damage to its reputation thanks to its poor handling of a crisis involving some of its Kuga cars.

Motoring - By The Conversation | 27 January, 2017
How to get your fussy kids to eat their vegetables

How to get your fussy kids to eat their vegetables

It’s a question that plagues many frustrated parents at countless mealtimes: How can you get a fussy child to eat vegetables?

Lifestyle - By The Conversation | 21 January, 2017
6 cosmic catastrophes that could wipe out life on Earth

6 cosmic catastrophes that could wipe out life on Earth

If you ask yourself what the biggest threat to human existence is you’d probably think of nuclear war, global warming or a large-scale pandemic disease. But assuming we can overcome such challenges, are we really safe?

Lifestyle - By The Conversation | 20 January, 2017
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
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