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30 years: Democracy isn’t a once-off achievement

30 years: Democracy isn’t a once-off achievement

Democracy is an ongoing experiment. The will to defend it is largely influenced by how it is experienced and valued by citizens. Given this, it is critical to identify both how democracy works in different contexts in Africa, and the type of group attitudes towards it...

GGA webinar series: The SA 2020 Scenarios Project

GGA webinar series: The SA 2020 Scenarios Project

By Derek Davey Pockets of excellence still exist: we must just learn how to harness them In 2002, a group of young South Africans, selected for their acknowledged leadership potential to scenario-plan the country’s future, gathered in Stellenbosch over a period of a...

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Eswatini Elections Weekly Tracker

Eswatini Elections Weekly Tracker

SADC deploys Electoral Observation Mission On 19 September 2023, the President of the Republic of Zambia, and Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation announced that SADC will deploy its...

Zimbabwe’s 2023 elections: Who votes and why?

Zimbabwe’s 2023 elections: Who votes and why?

Zimbabwe is preparing for its 23 August 2023 Harmonised Elections. It does so against the backdrop of a complex past, where the struggle for democracy and inclusivity has been marred by political instability, hardships, lack of meaningful electoral reforms, and a...

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Max Price’s statues and storms

Max Price’s statues and storms

Professor David Benatar reviews Dr Max Price’s Price, Max. Statues and Storms: Leading Through Change (Tafelberg, 2023). The book recounts Max Price's experiences as vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town (UCT) during the turbulent "Fallist" years of 2015 to...

SONA must reflect Ramaphosa’s ultimate duty

SONA must reflect Ramaphosa’s ultimate duty

A somewhat perplexing disconnect lies at the heart of South African democracy today. On the one hand, the country continues to perform relatively well, particularly within the African context, on the global indices of democratic quality and political rights which are...

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