Category Archives: Development

Political and Economic Power are key to Transformation

Tweet By: Reuben Dlamini* The domination of an organized minority… over the unorganized majority is inevitable. The power of any minority is irresistible as against each single individual in the majority, who stands alone before the totality of the organized minority. At the same time, the minority is organized for the very reason that it… Continue Reading

The Sexy Part of Crime: Nolubabalo Nobanda, African Women and the (Illegal) Drug Trade

The Sexy Part of Crime: Nolubabalo Nobanda, African Women and the (Illegal) Drug Trade

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* I recently watched the film “Savages” by director, Oliver Stone. The film, based on the novel by the same name by Don Winslow is centered around two young (white) male friends (Ben and Chon) who grow marijuana in Laguna Beach, California. They produce a particular potent strain of marijuana, which has… Continue Reading

Sentenced to the good life: notes from Norway, lessons for South Africa?

Sentenced to the good life: notes from Norway, lessons for South Africa?

Tweet A few weeks ago, on the 23rd of August, 2012 I attended a South African government funded ‘Women’s Forum’ in the rural South African town of Lady Frere. The event was ‘Women only’ but I managed to gain entry by virtue of the fact that I went to listen to my sister who was… Continue Reading

Digging deeper beyond Marikana: the ‘hut tax’, patriarchy and South Africa’s ‘tectonic shift

Digging deeper beyond Marikana: the ‘hut tax’, patriarchy and South Africa’s ‘tectonic shift

Tweet By: Amkelwa Mapatwana Much has been written about the events of the 16th of August 2012 at the Marikana/Lonmin mines in South Africa in the past few weeks. Many commentators have noted how the event revived key brutal misuse of power by the apartheid government against the then disenfranchised black South Africans at key events… Continue Reading

Urban Policy, Environment and Development: the challenges of urban policy makers

Urban Policy, Environment and Development: the challenges of urban policy makers

Tweet In Dakar, the capital of Senegal, as well as in other major Senegalese cities, torrential rains have caused important human deaths and severe financial and material losses over the last week (http://www.afrik.com/article26806.html).  According to the Ministry spokesperson Adjutant Mbaye Sady Diop, this situation is due to the defective “city’s drainage system”. At the same… Continue Reading

Texts from Rio +20: Playing the Ostrich with our Future?

Texts from Rio +20: Playing the Ostrich with our Future?

Tweet By: Steve Arowolo* In his opening address at the recently concluded Earth Summit (Rio +20) in Brazil, the United Nation Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon stressed that “We are now in sight of a historic agreement. Let us not waste this opportunity. The world is watching to see if words will translate into action, as… Continue Reading

Post-Conflict Criminality and Peacebuilding in South Sudan

Post-Conflict Criminality and Peacebuilding in South Sudan

Tweet This week we have been greeted by another headline implicating South Sudanese officials in the plundering of billions from state coffers. This comes as no surprise to some. Post-conflict societies are often marred by a breakdown of law and order, resulting in the proliferation of many and varied forms of criminal activity including corruption.… Continue Reading

Road to Rio +20: “The future we want” and the paradox of a dream

Road to Rio +20: “The future we want” and the paradox of a dream

Tweet by Steve Arowolo The prospects for a better future for the world at large are dependent on a collaborative effort across all sectors of our global socio-political economy. As the world gradually becomes a global village in an era of unprecedented technological revolution and economic interdependency, the idea of our common future as contained… Continue Reading

Localism: From Fashionable Discourse to Political Reconstruction

Localism: From Fashionable Discourse to Political Reconstruction

Tweet In 2001, Unicef estimated that, 60% of city dwellers in Africa live in slum conditions (Unicef, 2001), meaning, the “poorest quality housing, the most unsanitary conditions; a refuge for marginal activities including crime, ‘vice’ and drug abuse; a likely source for many epidemics that ravaged urban areas; a place apart from all that was… Continue Reading