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: 

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

In Focus is a refereed IGD blog spot providing snip analysis by IGD staff and external analysts on topical developments in Africa and the world. If you want to have your commentary considered, write an e-mail to Older In Focus articles may be found in the archives section.

Please note the views and opinions expressed in the In Focus Blog are those of the individual authors may not necessarily be shared by the IGD or its affiliates.

Ebola Virus Crisis: Time for African States to evaluate health diplomacy

ebolaThe ongoing Ebola virus crisis in West Africa is the stuff of nightmares. Images from the ground in the hard-hit areas of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone conjure snapshots from the 1995 Hollywood film Outbreak with health workers in Hazmat suits and militarised quarantine zones, not to mention the mass hysteria that has gripped the public as news of the disease continually stream in on mass media.


Why is the Cuban-South African relationship important? [SABC]

Wayne JumatWith 126 South African medical students on their way to Cuba, on medical bursaries from the South Africa-Cuba Medical Programme, the following questions about the Cuban-South African approximation need to be addressed. What does the relationship offer broadly being embedded in the global South? Are the ideological and sentimental bonds as strong as before? And how does the South African-American relationship impact on the Cuban-South African relationship?


The SADC Double Troika On The Lesotho Crisis

zondiBotswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, South Africa (Organ Chair) and Zimbabwe (SADC chair) constitute the double troika that had a special summit on Lesotho and the DRC on 15 September 2014 in Pretoria against the backdrop of uncertainty about the SADC-facilitated constitutional normalization process in the mountain kingdom.


Modernising Agriculture to address Youth Unemployment in Africa

Anna XoyaneAt the 23rd African Union (AU) Summit, the Chairperson of the AU, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, encouraged the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) to modernise farming as a means of attracting young women and men into the agricultural sector. The summit themed "Agriculture and Food Security" took place in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 25 June 2014.1 Since its evolution from OAU to AU in 2000 the organisation has been battling with the impact of global financial crises threatening its vision of integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa. Moreover, youth bulge and the rise of youth unemployment continues to destabilize regional peace and food security in Africa.


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