Statement on the Cabinet meeting of 15 April 2015

1. Recent spate of attack on Foreign nationals 1.1. Cabinet condemns in the strongest terms the recent acts of violence against foreign nationals. At this point, Cabinet would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and a speedy recovery to those who are injured. No amount of frustration or anger can justify   these attacks and looting of shops. Whilst noting the issues raised by communities, violence towards another fellow human being can never solve these issues. Rather, it reflects badly on us as a people, going against the very ideals and foundations of our democracy. South Africa fought against colonialism and Apartheid alongside fellow...

Black Theology Conference - Call for Papers

Black theology in South Africa was inspired by the civil rights movement in the USA, the prophetic voice of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X’s critique of white racism in the USA as well as the pioneering work of James Hal Cone. It was transported from the shores of the United States of America to South Africa as an intellectual project, which was made possible by the then University Christian Movement (UCM) in 1971.

Exploring the ties of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean for a better future

Because of similar interests and agendas, there are many benefits that South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean can have if they collaborate in certain areas and learn from each other. As Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mandla Makhanya says: “We share a history, we share cultures, we share commercial relations and, even more important in a globalised world, we ought to share a common destiny as humanity.”

SAFeThink scholarship programme

Students who wish to complete a Master's or PhD's degree in political or social sciences (international relations, public affairs, security studies, conflict studies, human rights/ humanitarian law, development studies,...) are requested to apply for the French Embassy SAFeThink scholarship programme, that is run in cooperation with five South African think tanks (AISA, IGD, ISS, MISTRA and SAIIA). More information can be obtained from the following website: http://www.ambafrance-rsa.org/French-Embassy-SAFeThink 

14 African Countries Forced by France to Pay Colonial Tax For the Benefits of Slavery and Colonization

Did you know many African countries continue to pay colonial tax to France since their independence till today!When Sékou Touré of Guinea decided in 1958 to get out of french colonial empire, and opted for the country independence, the french colonial elite in Paris got so furious, and in a historic act...Read more...

South Africa’s endless ocean of possibilities

In November 1497, Vasco da Gama reached the Cape, making landfall on the Africa continent. His journey, all the way to India, would later become one of the most important shipping routes in the world. Today, South Africa remains a whistle-stop for many ships and the country is responsible for managing a vast expanse of ocean in the southern hemisphere.

In Focus


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Nigeria’s democratic advance: What does this mean for Relations with South Africa?

Andrea RoyeppenFollowing the defeat of Goodluck Jonathan by Muhammadu Buhari, AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said that this was “An election which demonstrates the maturity of democracy not only in Nigeria but on the continent as a whole”. From this it is clear that the recent success of the Nigerian election has gained increasing importance in the continental conversation on security and development. By reviewing the inconstant relations between Nigeria and South Africa, this analysis looks at how the democratic election of Buhari will impact on relations with South Africa.

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What aerospace technology can do for Africa

scottfirsinglgLSE PfAL Fellow Scott Firsing argues that aerospace technology is the way forward for many African countries.

Mobile phones revolutionised Africa. From the simple ability to communicate or to access the Internet or online banking, today most Africans cannot function without one or more mobile devices.

The majority of this access comes from satellites. In fact, I am writing this article from South Africa accessing the Internet using 3G via satellite. Satellites are an indispensable part of an almost unthinkable number of equations. However, despite the benefits that mobile phones have brought to Africa, most do not realise or comprehend what satellites and other aerospace technology can truly do to transform the African continent.

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Can India reinvent its Africa engagement? Time to define the relationship

Sanusha NaiduIn 2014 the newly elected Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit was postponed due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. According to the spokesman for the Indian ministry of external affairs, the postponement was done in consultation with African countries. It was also stated that as a result of the safety precautions that had to be undertaken in line with the public health guidelines, it would have been logistically difficult to oversee and coordinate the estimated 1,000 delegates who were supposed to attend the Summit.

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India’s Africa trade policy under the Modi Government: Business as usual or the makings of a strategic reorientation?

India-South-AfricaAbstract: Over the past decade India's engagement with Africa has moved along without much fanfare. Will the newly elected Indian government continue with the same old policy vision that underpinned India's African engagement historically? Or, will the Narendra Modi government seek to define a new strategic orientation with African states that shifts the rhetoric towards pragmatism?

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