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Can Ramaphosa repair our broken economy?

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South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, recently announced an "ambitious investment drive" which will see "investment envoys" engage domestic and foreign investor opportunities in order to grow the country's economy so as to lower unemployment rates and redu... More »

Books and Religion

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Mphuthumi Ntabeni examines the shared bicentenary of the National Library of South Africa and the Roman Catholic Church. He looks at the role the church has played in South Africa - and throughout history in various parts of the world - in preserving knowledge... More »

Give us a sign, Julius

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Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya reflects on Economic Freedom Fighters' Julius Malema's address at the funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. He wonders if Malema will listen to the people he claims to speak on behalf of. Will Julius 'give us a sign' that ensures the mar... More »

When black lives don’t matter

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When football fans go to watch a game it should be a relaxing and fun-filled event. For some South African families it has not been. It has, rather, been a day of tragic loss. In the recent past, 87 lives have been lost at football games in South Africa. Fikil... More »

Inequality and the rise of populism

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With the release of Oxfam's inequality report and more news from financial risk agencies on the brink of South Africa's VAT hike, Mphuthumi Ntabeni considers the world's current financial trajectory - where the rich get richer and the poor are left behind - an... More »

Libraries: an escape, an investment

by (~6 min read)

The South African National Library was established 200 years ago in 1818. The fact that it still exists today is a testament to the courage and dedication of many generations of librarians, whose love and passion for maintaining the records, literary works and... More »

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