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Who Audits the Auditors: Scandal at the Heart of the African Peer Review Mechanism

Inside figures allege that the APRM is fraught with corruption and mismanagement, and that its integrity and independence have been undermined.

Will it be Famine or Feast for Africa as Big Food Retailers Look to the Continent?

Multinationals such as Walmart and Carrefour could easily deal a blow to smaller traders and markets in Africa. But if they choose to work with local firms, they could be a blessing.

‘We're not just Looking for a Loaf of Bread, but the Whole Bakery’: An Interview with NUMSA’s General Secretary

South African union leader Irvin Jim talks to Think Africa Press about the ANC's failures, COSATU's rifts, land reform, workers' rights and more.

South Africa: The Deafening Silence on the Lives and Deaths of the Zama Zama Miners

Why are South Africa's trapped miners being ignored by South Africa's media, political parties and trade unions?

E-Tolls: Buckle Up South Africans, it’s Gonna be a Long Ride

Why did President Zuma authorise a hugely unpopular road tolling system just months before elections? And will it even work?

Bottoming Dollars: What Effect will the US Federal Taper have on Africa?

Ghana's cedi and South Africa's rand are depreciating dramatically as the US slows down quantitative easing. But the US' move is not all bad news for Africa.

South Africa: Will the ANC Lose Any Sleep over Ramphele's Merger with the DA?

Mamphela Ramphele claims that her decision to be the Democratic Alliance's presidential candidate is a game-changer. It isn't.

Blowing Smoke in Africa: Big Tobacco and Child Smokers

Weak regulations – and alleged underhand tactics – are helping big tobacco firms increase demand in Africa, especially among the young.

Mandela's Long Walk to Ethiopia

As a founder of the ANC's armed wing, Mandela was deeply drawn to Ethiopia. His time there tells us a lot about the young leader.

Zimbabwe's Baby Post Office: the Drivers Smuggling Babies across the Border

As Christmas approaches, the Zimbabwe/South Africa border gets busy. Crowds of people cross over, tons of goods are transported, and around 200 babies are illegally smuggled.

What Climate Change Activists Can Learn from Mandela's Great Legacy

Climate change was not a defining issue in Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom, but his philosophy contained profound principles and commitments now needed for climate justice.