All posts tagged: south africa

How did Zimbabwe get there?

How did Zimbabwe get here? What is going on? What is likely to happen? The short answer is a combination of short-term factors, and long-term trends, economic structural pressures, political policy choices, and personal power agenda. Read this extract from Robert Mugabe, a forthcoming book by Dr Sue Onslow and Martin Plaut of the Institute of […]

Can there be decolonisation without respect for African values?

After a recent visit to universities in his home country leading South African intellectual Professor Xolela Mangcu, asks ‘How do we decolonise the curriculum when our young have created their own version of history – when there is no facticity?’ Earlier this month I took the distinguished African writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o, on a tour […]

Botswana’s elephants and conservation – are things starting to fall apart?

Image: © Elephants without Borders, ©bush24, ©Keith Somerville Just over a year ago, stealing the title from Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, Professor Keith Somerville wrote a report entitled No longer at ease: clouds on the horizon for Botswana’s conservation success story after a research trip to the Chobe Enclave, eastern Linyanti, Maun and Gaborone. In it he pointed to the gradual growth […]