Rule of law essential even when political stakes are high

South Africa has awoken to news that a Section 89 panel report has recommended that the President, Cyril...

Global North’s hand in climate change not recognised at COP27

Good Governance Africa: Statement on COP27 21 November 2022 COP27, the 27th iteration of the UN climate change...

Africa gets a raw deal again

Africa’s climate has warmed more than the global average since pre-industrial times. Similarly, sea level rise...

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Is terminating the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit legal?

Is terminating the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit legal?

Introduction The Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, has every right to terminate the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) regime, as he did on 19 November 2021. The ZEP programme was initially set up as a demonstration of goodwill by the South African government...

South African politics: Uncertainty prevails

South African politics: Uncertainty prevails

At the time of last year’s local government elections, it appeared we were at the end of a political age in South Africa. Since then, however, little evidence has emerged to suggest that this was, or is,  the case. It is November 2022, and the African National...

A strategy to future-proof Zambia’s mining industry

A strategy to future-proof Zambia’s mining industry

Zambia is in an opportune position to benefit from the growing demand for copper to support the global energy transition. Policymakers in President Hakainde Hichilema’s administration have an opportunity to build a resilient and high-performance Zambian economy to...

Africans want democracy, but elections must be fair

Africans want democracy, but elections must be fair

This year the African Union (AU) celebrates its 20th anniversary. Despite facing many setbacks and challenges in the past two decades, the institution remains key in addressing the many difficulties facing the continent. The state of democracy and respect for human...

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In November, the United Kingdom will host the 26th annual United Nations (UN) global climate summit – called COP – or “Conference of the Parties” in Glasgow. COP26 (delayed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic) has a unique urgency and could prove to be one of the most important conferences of our time. Most experts agree that the…

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African Union at 20 – Successes and challenges

African Union at 20 – Successes and challenges

On 9 September 1999, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) adopted the Sirte Declaration calling for the establishment of the African Union (AU). The AU was officially launched on 9 July 2002 in Durban, South Africa. As former President Thabo Mbeki noted, when the...

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