20 Years of Democracy in South Africa: Quo Vadis

History notes the 1994 democratic election as a turning point in terms of socio- economic and political trajectories for South Africa. On the whole this period marshalled unprecedented transformational processes and systems. The notion of a new South Africa began to take shape and questions on South Africanness emerged at the public spaces of dialogue.

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Egypt govt’s resignation not surprising: Siphamandla Zondi

Egypt's government resigned on Monday, paving the way for army chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president of a strategic US ally gripped by political strife. After the July overthrow of elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and subsequent crackdown on Islamists and liberals with hundreds killed and thousands jailed, critics say Cairo's military-backed authorities are turning...


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U.S. and South Africa: Facing Today’s Challenges for Tomorrow’s Opportunities

Remarks by Ambassador Patrick H. Gaspard at the diplomacy dialogue held Thursday, 20 February 2014 hosted by IGD and UNISA.


Read the full text and watch the video here

Nigeria: Abducted Girls Still not Rescued - Principal

Maiduguri — THE Borno State Government and Principal of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno State, Mrs. Asabe Aliyu Kwarmbula have denied reports that most of the abducted girls have been rescued. Mrs. Kwarmbula particularly denied reports credited to her that she told the Military Spokesman, Defence Headquarters, Major General Chris Olukolade that most of the girls abducted have been...


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Algeria: Algerians Vote in Presidential Election

Cairo — Algerians went to the polls to decide who will govern the country for the next five years, as ailing President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika seeks a fourth term. He faces strong opposition from former Prime Minister Ali Benflis. Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Bouteflika, 77, suffered a stroke last year. He is widely expected to win a fourth term. In 2009,...


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South Sudan: Armed Youths Attack UN Compound in South Sudan

Nairobi — Officials in South Sudan say armed youths attacked people taking refuge in a United Nations compound in the capital of Jonglei state. Fighting in the nation threatens the most vulnerable populations. A spokesman for South Sudan's opposition forces, James Gatdet Dak, says the youths overran the U.N. compound in Bor on Thursday and began indiscriminately shooting at civilians inside. "This...


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King’s Dream, Though Deferred, Lives On

By Siphamandla Zondi Sunday, 01 September 2013 10:42

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The fiftieth anniversary of the “I have a dream” speech by Martin Luther King jnr coincides also with the golden jubilee of the birth of the Organisation of African Unity that marked the beginning of a long and difficult walk from bondage towards freedom. This journey encountered many disappointments, reversals, utter scandals; but it also had its many achievements and victories.

 

MARCHING INTO A NEW WORLD ORDER: Reflections on the African-American Journey

By Francis Kornegay Friday, 30 August 2013 00:00

franciskornegayPreface

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington where Southern Christian Leadership Conference leader Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his ‘I have a Dream’ speech offers a fitting opportunity for an African-American reflection on Black America’s long march to freedom. The journey continues. And with that, the following reflections on August 28, 1963-2013.

 

The G20 Summit: Do the people matter?

By Dr Lesley Masters Tuesday, 20 August 2013 09:46

On the 5-6 September the G20 Summit will take place in St Petersburg Russia. Despite questions of its legitimacy, as it includes only20 states (with South Africa the only African representative), the G20 is seen as a key forum in addressing global economic governance and has expanded its agenda to include a range pressing international issues from climate change to anti-corruption.

 

SADC and regional energy security: a dream deferred?

By Kenny Dlamini Friday, 16 August 2013 19:47

dlaminiAccording to Cheikh Anta Diop in Black Africa: The Economic and Cultural Basis for a Federated State, published in 1974 made the point that fundamental to African countries’ developmental future is the generation of adequate energy1.

 

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20 Years of Democracy in South Africa: Quo Vadis

History notes the 1994 democratic election as a turning point in terms of socio- economic and political trajectories for South Africa. On the whole this period marshalled unprecedented transformational processes and systems. The notion of a new South Africa began to take shape and questions on South Africanness emerged at the public spaces of dialogue.

Read More

Egypt govt’s resignation not surprising: Siphamandla Zondi

Egypt's government resigned on Monday, paving the way for army chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president of a strategic US ally gripped by political strife. After the July overthrow of elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and subsequent crackdown on Islamists and liberals with hundreds killed and thousands jailed, critics say Cairo's military-backed authorities are turning...


Read More...

U.S. and South Africa: Facing Today’s Challenges for Tomorrow’s Opportunities

Remarks by Ambassador Patrick H. Gaspard at the diplomacy dialogue held Thursday, 20 February 2014 hosted by IGD and UNISA.


Read the full text and watch the video here

Nigeria: Abducted Girls Still not Rescued - Principal

Maiduguri — THE Borno State Government and Principal of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno State, Mrs. Asabe Aliyu Kwarmbula have denied reports that most of the abducted girls have been rescued. Mrs. Kwarmbula particularly denied reports credited to her that she told the Military Spokesman, Defence Headquarters, Major General Chris Olukolade that most of the girls abducted have been...


Read More...

Algeria: Algerians Vote in Presidential Election

Cairo — Algerians went to the polls to decide who will govern the country for the next five years, as ailing President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika seeks a fourth term. He faces strong opposition from former Prime Minister Ali Benflis. Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Bouteflika, 77, suffered a stroke last year. He is widely expected to win a fourth term. In 2009,...


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South Sudan: Armed Youths Attack UN Compound in South Sudan

Nairobi — Officials in South Sudan say armed youths attacked people taking refuge in a United Nations compound in the capital of Jonglei state. Fighting in the nation threatens the most vulnerable populations. A spokesman for South Sudan's opposition forces, James Gatdet Dak, says the youths overran the U.N. compound in Bor on Thursday and began indiscriminately shooting at civilians inside. "This...


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