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An effective census should inform strong economic policies

As a critical national exercise, the on-going census should provide imperative data needed to  formulate strong and long-lasting  economic policies. essentially,  information gathered and documented  from this exercise should enable us to come up with economic frameworks that  outlast the typical 5-year election cycle. Evidence-based  decision-making is a globally  recognized approach  in the efficient management  of a coun- try’s resources. ...

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SA’s finances are in bad shape and time is running out to fix them

South Africa’s public finances are in a perilous state. there are  four main reasons for this. First, economic  growth is low or non-existent. Second, tax revenue collection is  repeatedly below forecasts. third,  debt levels have risen rapidly and are now at their highest levels in the post-apart- heid era. Fourth, the  poor perfor- mance of state-owned enterprises is necessitating large-scale ...

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Providing Nairobi’s mothers with subsidized day-care will benefit everyone

One of the major chal- lenges that faces mothers who work is how to  ensure their children are properly cared for while they are away. This is particularly true for women in low-income settings. For  instance, in  the  informal settlements of  Kenya’s capi- tal city, Nairobi, many women resort to using cheap childcare facilities. these day-care centres usu- ally operate ...

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Ethiopia’s future tied to water – a vital yet threatened resource

In July ethiopians planted 350  million trees in a single day.this was part of the country’s national green legacy initiative to counter envi- ronmental degradation and climate change. the initiative ultimately aims to grow 4 billion trees across the country. Ethiopia has long struggled with land degradation problems in part caused by unsustainable agricultural practices – like vegetation clear- ance ...

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South Africa is close to ‘junk status’ from all three rating agencies. what could follow?

The rating agency Fitch recent- ly  revised the  outlook on South Africa’s long-term for eign-currency issuer default rating down from “stable” to “nega-tive”. A credit rating outlook indi- cates the potential direction of the country’s rating over the intermedi- ate term, typically six months. Fitch  pointed to  the  expected increase in the government debt-to- gross domestic product (GDP) ratio. this ...

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Why South Africa’s plans for universal healthcare are pie in the sky

Performance in South Africa’s two  tier  health  system – the public and the private –  has  been worsening for some time. Politicians  have attempt- ed to  attribute the decline in  the public sector to  a  myriad of  ills, none of their making. these include migrants; insufficient funds; insuffi- cient staff; medical schemes; lawyers suing them for medical negligence; the existence ...

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Archive documents reveal the us and UK’s role in the dying days of apartheid

It is a quarter of a century since the end of apartheid in  South Africa. but  it’s  easy to  forget how   complex,  difficult  and violent the  birth of  full democra- cy really was. this  was particularly true in KwaZulu-Natal, where bat- tles  between the African National congress   (ANc)   and  the  mainly Zulu Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) claimed the  lives of ...

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Peeling back the layers on the role of private security companies in africa

Private  military and  secu- rity  companies have been regular fixtures in conflicts across the globe. For Africa, these corporations  became increas- ingly visible with their role in civil wars in Angola and Sierra Leone. More recently, reports in indicated the Nigerian gov contracted a number of to aid in counterinsurgency targeting boko Haram. And a  russian  contractor, Wagner Group, has ...

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