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The search for the kingpins

South Africa is cracking down on crime, illegal drugs and the cartels behind them in an attempt to build a drug-free country. The police have notched up an impressive list of busts, and the courts and the government are playing their parts too.

What African universities can do to attract academics back from the diaspora

The African academic diaspora can contribute positively to the continent – by offering their skills and expertise, or training young academics – especially if they partner up with African universities, writes Osabuohien P. Amienyi.

A look back at national election results

South Africa has held five national elections since 1994, one every five years. As we await the results of the country's latest national vote, which took place on 7 May 2014 in South Africa's 20th year of democracy, we look back at past election results, from 1994 to 2009.

South Africa’s women in politics

The role of South African women in politics has increased since the end of apartheid through policy changes and organisations set up to enable women's rights. Data from United Nations Women has shown that the country is faring decently in enabling women to take an active role in government.

African cities join climate change fight at C40 summit

Africa produces the least amount of greenhouse gases, yet will bear the brunt of global climate change. At the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group summit in Johannesburg this week, mayor Parks Tau welcomed three new African megacities to the network, bringing the total to seven out of 66 world cities.

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba on justice and judgement

Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba reflects on the Oscar Pistorius trial and the role that South Africans can play in respecting the constitutional state and its legal system.

R9bn fund for affordable housing

Old Mutual's investment arm has raised R9-billion for its innovative Housing Impact Fund for South Africa, which targets the gap in the market between state-subsidised housing and those who have access to bank home finance.

Innovation Prize for Africa recognises Lakheni

A South African initiative that uses group buying power to lower food prices for needy communities, using a mobile app, has been nominated for...

Activism against violence gets a year-long extension

Crime Line has teamed up with the Department of Women to extend the annual 16 Days of Activism for a year. The partners will hold national and provincial dialogues in urban and rural areas to empower people. Activism needs to continue until women and children are no longer threatened, they say.