After Mugabe, all eyes are on Museveni: how long can he cling to power?

  Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni speaks during a presidential campaign rally in the capital Kampala in 2016. Reuters/James Akena Justin Willis, Durham University; Gabrielle Lynch, University of Warwick, and Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham On 21 November, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe resigned as president under intense pressure from the military, his own party, and mass […]

What drives instability in Africa and what can be done about it

  French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to French counter-terrorism forces in northern Mali, in May. EPA/Christophe Petit Tesson Jakkie Cilliers, University of Pretoria Africa will remain turbulent because it is poor and young, but also because it is growing and dynamic. Development is disruptive but also presents huge opportunities. The continent needs to […]

South Africa should prepare for the worst case scenario: seeking help from the IMF

  IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde at the “G20: Compact With Africa”. Reuters/Mike Theiler Danny Bradlow, University of Pretoria Prudence teaches that societies experiencing difficult and uncertain times should hope for the best but prepare for the worst. South Africa should take this lesson seriously. It is facing a serious crisis. South Africa’s economy is […]

Why elections don’t always equal democracy: the case of Kenya

  Kenyan opposition supporter is confronted by policy during clashes in Nairobi. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya Barbara Yoxon, University of York Kenya’s transition to a multiparty democracy in 1991 was one of the most promising cases of political change in Africa. Before then, the Kenya National Union Party (KANU) had monopolised power since outlawing political opposition in […]

The EU-Africa summit is now the AU-EU summit. Why the upgrade matters

  President of the AU Alpha Conde, European Council President Donald Tusk (L) and President of the EU Jean-Claude Juncker. Reuters/Luc Gnago Frank Mattheis, University of Pretoria and John Kotsopoulos, University of Pretoria African and European heads of government gathered last week in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for their 5th summit since 2000. For the first […]

Is it Cameroon’s turn to be suspended from US trade pact with Africa?

  Anglophone Cameroonians want to secede from the Francophone part of the country. Erin Alexis Randolph/Shutterstock Regis Simo, University of the Witwatersrand Cameroon has been a member of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) initiative since it was launched in 2000. AGOA is a preferential trade programme which allows a set of eligible products […]

A year of illusions: five things we learnt about democracy in Africa in 2017

  A strong judiciary isn’t enough to keep democracy in place. Kenya’s Supreme Court decision nullifying the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta is a case in point. Reuters/Baz Ratner Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham The last twelve months have been a confusing time for African democracy. We have seen coups that didn’t look like coups and […]

VIDEO: Herman Mashaba combats waste in Johannesburg

 Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba, together with the South African Council of Churches, Okuhle Waste Management, the South African National Taxi Council, University of Johannesburg and the University of Witwatersrand, join hands in support of the City’s A Re Sebetseng Cleaning Campaign.