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

Africa: Mima Nedelcovych To Lead Initiative For Global Development

Washington, DC — Leader in African public-private business investment to spearhead global network of corporate leaders working to reduce poverty through investment in Africa. The Initiative for Global Development (IGD) today named Dr. Mima Nedelcovych as its new President & CEO, effective June 15, 2014. IGD, a nonprofit organization, engages a global network of corporate leaders to reduce poverty through investment...


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Rwanda: Kagame Hints at 2017 Election Run

At a recent event, Rwanda's president Paul Kagame suggested he might change the constitution to allow him to run for a third term in 2017. Speaking at an event at Tufts University yesterday, Rwanda's President Paul Kagame gave one the biggest hints yet that he may alter the constitution in order to run for a third term in 2017. In response to...


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Africa: Peaceful, Stable Societies Vital for Advancing Development, General Assembly Told

Peace and stability are vital if sustainable development is to take root and flourish, United Nations officials stressed today as the General Assembly met to consider how these essential conditions can contribute to eradicating poverty and ensuring well-being for all. "Stability and peace are essential enablers of sustainable development, just as violence is one of its greatest obstacles," Assembly President John...


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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

Africa: Mima Nedelcovych To Lead Initiative For Global Development

Washington, DC — Leader in African public-private business investment to spearhead global network of corporate leaders working to reduce poverty through investment in Africa. The Initiative for Global Development (IGD) today named Dr. Mima Nedelcovych as its new President & CEO, effective June 15, 2014. IGD, a nonprofit organization, engages a global network of corporate leaders to reduce poverty through investment...


Read More...

Rwanda: Kagame Hints at 2017 Election Run

At a recent event, Rwanda's president Paul Kagame suggested he might change the constitution to allow him to run for a third term in 2017. Speaking at an event at Tufts University yesterday, Rwanda's President Paul Kagame gave one the biggest hints yet that he may alter the constitution in order to run for a third term in 2017. In response to...


Read More...

Africa: Peaceful, Stable Societies Vital for Advancing Development, General Assembly Told

Peace and stability are vital if sustainable development is to take root and flourish, United Nations officials stressed today as the General Assembly met to consider how these essential conditions can contribute to eradicating poverty and ensuring well-being for all. "Stability and peace are essential enablers of sustainable development, just as violence is one of its greatest obstacles," Assembly President John...


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