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South Africa

South Africa’s public service is dysfunctional – the 5 main reasons why

      By Marcel Nagar, University of Johannesburg   A public policy works well if it’s a good policy and if it’s carried out well. Politicians make policy and specialist bureaucrats in the public service carry it out. These appointed officials are supposed to follow a strict professional and ethical code of conduct. Over the past 30 years, South Africa has not had this kind of public service. Public […]

todayMay 17, 2024 4


IPPR investigates election year budgets in quarterly economic review

The Quarterly Economic Review by the Institute for Public Policy Research has investigated whether the government has engaged in overspending related to elections since independence. The review examines budgets during election years, including the 2024/2025 budget, which was introduced ahead of the national elections on 27 November 2024. IPPR Executive Director, Graham Hopwood. The report also includes the usual quarter summary, news highlights, key economic variables, and data trends. […]

todayMay 14, 2024 12


South Africa’s conservation model: why expanding the use of biodiversity to generate money is a good idea

    By Hayley Clements, Stellenbosch University; Alta De Vos, Stellenbosch University, and Matthew Child, University of Pretoria   South Africa’s government is calling for public comments on an updated version of its existing biodiversity economy plan. The National Biodiversity Economy Strategy aims to conserve biodiversity while also contributing to job creation and economic growth. It proposes to do this by promoting sustainable use of the country’s natural resources. The strategy […]

todayApril 8, 2024 10


South Africa’s laws aren’t geared to protecting against climate change: judges are trying to fill the gap

    By Melanie Murcott, University of Cape Town and Clive Vinti, University of the Witwatersrand   South Africa has plenty of environmental laws but none that specifically oblige government officials to consider the risks and impacts of climate change when they approve new developments. In their research, environmental law experts Clive Vinti and Melanie Jean Murcott set out how judges are dealing with this gap in the law. What are […]

todayApril 2, 2024 14


Ghana’s free high school policy is getting more girls to complete secondary education – study

    By Victor Osei Kwadwo, United Nations University and Rose Vincent, Utrecht University   Education drives economic growth and individual well-being. Secondary education, in particular, plays a crucial role. In recent decades, this recognition has encouraged several African countries to make secondary education free. One example is Ghana’s Free Public Senior High School (FreeSHS) policy, initiated in 2017. The policy aimed to remove cost barriers to secondary education, including […]

todayMarch 22, 2024 1


Press freedom in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda: what journalists have to say about doing their jobs

  By Karen McIntyre, Virginia Commonwealth University and Meghan Sobel Cohen, Regis University   A majority of the world’s population has experienced a decline in press freedom in recent years, according to a UN report. In east Africa, the results are mixed and debatable. In Rwanda, both international press freedom rankings and journalists on the ground say press freedom has increased over the past 10 years. In neighbouring Uganda, both […]

todayMarch 19, 2024 3


The Nedbank Namibian Newspaper Cup: Holds a critical role in youth sports development.

      With less than three weeks to go before the 22nd edition of the Nedbank Namibian Newspaper Cup which will be held in Gobabis from 29 March – 2 April, sportsmen and women who have taken part in the games previously say that the competition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young and upcoming athletes. Nedbank Namibia is returning as headline sponsor of the tournament. The youth sport competition […]

todayMarch 14, 2024 2

Interview Transcripts

Empowering Communities: Ben !Ganeb Unveils Transformative Projects in Okombahe Settlement

In a recent radio announcement, Mr. Ben !Ganeb from the Okombahe Settlement Office, Daures constituency, shared exciting news about the development initiatives that are set to make a significant impact on the local community. The Okombahe Settlement Office takes pride in introducing new projects that not only contribute to infrastructure improvement but also address the pressing issue of unemployment in the area. Job Creation and Stakeholder Involvement: Mr. !Ganeb enthusiastically […]

todayFebruary 12, 2024 40