Christian Missions and the Emergence of Nationalism in Angola by Iracema Dulley

17 June 2015

In sub-Saharan Africa, many of the leaders who took part in the anti-colonial liberation struggle and the administration of post-colonial African nations were educated in Christian missions. A concise list of such people would include actors such as Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah, Samuel Nujoma, and Eduardo Mondlane. In Angola, Agostinho Neto, Jonas Savimbi, and Holden Roberto were all educated in Christian missions. The relationship between mission education and political leadership is therefore not a random one.

Solidarity Peace Trust by James Muzondidya

3 June 2015

One of the dominant and recurring themes in civil society discourses around the revival and strengthening of the Zimbabwean civic movement is the issue of social movements. At almost every Civil Society Organization (CSO) workshop/meeting that has been convened since July 2013, there has been a general consensus amongst CSO leaders, policy and strategy advisors and research practitioners that there is a critical need for the civic movement to reconnect with its social base in order to remain relevant, legitimate and powerful.

25 years of the World Economic Forum on Africa by Oliver Cann, 2 June 2015

3 June 2015

World Economic Forum meetings are convened so that leaders can come together to discuss global, regional and industry challenges, discern solutions and catalyse collective action in the spirit of public-private cooperation. The occasion of the 25th meeting of the World Economic Forum on Africa from June 3-5 allows us not only to do this, but also to look back on the many milestones that have been achieved since 1990. By learning lessons from the past, and bringing together the greatest minds of the present, the Forum is committed to acting as Africa’s trusted partner in transformation as it

Of sunken slave ships and neo-imperialism by Rebecca Davis (Daily Maverick), 3 June 2015

3 June 2015

On Tuesday, at the Iziko Slave Lodge in Cape Town, researchers announced a profoundly significant archaeological discovery, made just off shore in Camps Bay. It’s the first discovery of the wreck of a slave ship which went down carrying slaves, in the late 18th century. Though Iziko “owns” the ship’s artefacts, they’re going on long-term loan to the USA. Sound your irony klaxons, readers. By REBECCA DAVIS.

The violent fantasies of the Rhodes revolutionaries by Rodney Warwick 12 May 2015

12 May 2015

Rodney Warwick argues that the celebration of Franz Fanon has disturbing implications for the future of SA as a multi-racial society

Rhodes has not fallen; in fact he has hardly budged a millimetre. One of the most prominent visuals on Devil’s Peak alongside UCT remains: Rhodes Memorial, long a popular destination for tourists, restaurant-goers, various religious sects, runners and walkers.

Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans By Rebecca Morelle (BBC News), 20 May 2015

22 May 2015

The world's oldest stone tools have been discovered, scientists report.

They were unearthed from the shores of Lake Turkana in Kenya, and date to 3.3 million years ago.

They are 700,000 years older than any tools found before, even pre-dating the earliest humans in the Homo genus.

The find, reported in Nature, suggests that more ancient species, such asAustralopithecus afarensis or Kenyanthropus platyops, may have been more sophisticated than was thought.

Opening the conversation: Accelerating transformation for an inclusive and competitive Wits by Professor Adam Habib, 21 May 2015

22 May 2015

This communique is a reflection of my thoughts following a series of stakeholder conversations that were initiated in response to concerns about allegations of institutional racism and/or the slow pace of Transformation at Wits. 

‘The conscience of white South Africa’: Celebrating the Black Sash, 60 years later by Marianne Thamm, 14 May 2014

14 May 2014

On Tuesday, 19 May, The Black Sash celebrates its 60th anniversary. Started in 1955 over a cup of tea by six middle-class white women outraged by the then-government’s attempts at removing “coloured” citizens from the voter’s roll, the Black Sash developed into a powerful force for protest and change and served as a visible prod to the consciences of those who implemented and benefited from an unjust system.