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Opinion Pieces

222 Results / Page 2 of 25

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Business / Economics

What does an unchanged Repo rate mean to a GIPF member?

    By Amos Kambonde, Manager: Marketing services at the Government Institutions Pension Fund.   Recently, consumers received positive news with the announcement of an unchanged repo rate alongside an unchanged in fuel prices across Namibia. While these developments may seem distant from the average person's daily concerns, they hold significant implications, particularly for members of the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF). Let's delve into what these announcements mean for […]

todayFebruary 20, 2024 3

Africa

Nervous Conditions: on translating one of Zimbabwe’s most famous novels into Shona

    By Tinashe Mushakavanhu, University of Oxford   The publishing journey of Zimbabwean writer and film-maker Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions wasn’t easy. Yet the novel is today considered by many as one of Africa’s 100 best books of the 20th century and is studied at universities around the world. When she submitted the manuscript to publishing houses in Zimbabwe in the early 1980s, they all turned it down. Dangarembga […]

todayFebruary 20, 2024 4

Environment

Rhinos can’t sweat, making them vulnerable to overheating: global warming could wipe them out in southern Africa

    By Timothy Randhir, UMass Amherst   Southern Africa is home to 22,137 of the world’s 23,432 white and black African rhinos. But they’re facing grave threats because of a warming planet. Now, the first study of how climate change affects rhinos in southern Africa has found that they will cease to exist in the region’s national parks by 2085 if the world takes the worst-case scenario climate change […]

todayFebruary 16, 2024 2

Opinion Pieces

Israel-Egypt peace treaty has stood the test of time over 45 years: expert explains its significance

    By Ofir Winter, Tel Aviv University   The peace agreement between Egypt and Israel, signed in 1979 to end hostilities and normalise relations between them, turns 45 on 26 March. The Conversation Africa asked Ofir Winter, a senior researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies, who studies Egyptian politics and the Arab-Israeli conflict, for his insights on the peace deal and the key challenging moments since it […]

todayFebruary 16, 2024 4

Opinion Pieces

Rafah: A Point of No Return

      By Mona Ali Khalil   The catastrophe in Rafah has begun. In the 131 terrible days since the horrible Hamas attack on Oct. 7, 2023, we have watched 1.8 million Palestinian civilians pushed from the north of Gaza to the south and even further south until they reached Rafah at the very end of the strip. Adults and children alike have been bombed and shot relentlessly in […]

todayFebruary 16, 2024 3

Business / Economics

South Africa has spent billions in 4 years to create jobs for young people: how their wages affect the broader economy

    By Joshua Budlender, UMass Amherst and Ihsaan Bassier, London School of Economics and Political Science   In October 2020 the South African government launched a collection of public employment programmes, initially intended as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative, called the Presidential Employment Stimulus, has been extended since then. The total budget allocation to March 2024 was R42 billion (US$2.1 billion). By December 2023 it had […]

todayFebruary 16, 2024 1

Opinion Pieces

Wagner Group is now Africa Corps. What this means for Russia’s operations on the continent

    By Alessandro Arduino, King's College London   In August 2023, Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin died after his private jet crashed about an hour after taking off in Moscow. He had been Russia’s pointman in Africa since the Wagner Group began operating on the continent in 2017. The group is known for deploying paramilitary forces, running disinformation campaigns and propping up influential political leaders. It has had a […]

todayFebruary 16, 2024 2

Health / Medical

Why forgetting is a normal function of memory – and when to worry

Cast Of Thousands/Shutterstock, CC BY Alexander Easton, Durham University Forgetting in our day to day lives may feel annoying or, as we get older, a little frightening. But it is an entirely normal part of memory – enabling us to move on or make space for new information. In fact, our memories aren’t as reliable as we may think. But what level of forgetting is actually normal? Is it OK […]

todayFebruary 15, 2024 2

Opinion Pieces

Prabowo Subianto is poised to succeed in lifelong quest to become Indonesia’s president. This is why it’s so worrying

    By Tim Lindsey, The University of Melbourne   Controversial former general Prabowo Subianto, the former son-in-law of long-time authoritarian leader Soeharto, looks set to be Indonesia’s next leader after securing what appears to be a convincing victory in this week’s election. It may be a month before official results are confirmed, but exit poll “quick counts” from Indonesia’s well-regarded polling companies show Prabowo winning close to 60% of […]

todayFebruary 15, 2024 3

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