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Xenophobia in South Africa: A lack of visionary leadership

By Ozias Tungwarara | April 15th, 2015
Xenophobia in South Africa: A lack of visionary leadership

One of the reasons cited for South Africans’ hostile attitude to foreigners is the causal link between foreigners and the country’s social ills, What's the role of the visionary African leadership in light of the current crisis.

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Uneven playing fields fosters violence

By Ozias Tungwarara | April 11th, 2013
Is violence returning to Mozambique?

The recent outbreak of violence in Mozambique, widely suspected to be the work of RENAMO, is deeply worrying not only for Mozambique but the whole sub-region. Already calls are being made for SADC and AU to engage with the deteriorating situation after four policemen and three civilians were killed in ambushes of a truck and two buses at the weekend.

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Polling time in Kenya and Zimbabwe

By Ozias Tungwarara | February 18th, 2013
Zimbabwe and Kenya go to the polls in 2013

Kenya and Zimbabwe hold critical elections this year. Kenyans will go to the polls on 4th March to elect a president, members of the senate and parliament, county governors, civic wards, and women county representatives. Just 12 days later, Zimbabweans will vote in a referendum on a new constitution and then hopefully hold presidential and parliamentary elections in July.

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Ethiopia's twin obelisks

By Ozias Tungwarara | April 15th, 2012
Axum obelisk and new AU headquarters

It stands erect like a genetically modified Obelisk. 20 floors of the new African Union (AU) headquarters jar the Addis skyline. Government functionaries, continental civil servants and NGO types mix and mingle, renewing acquaintances, checking when you flew in and when you will fly out.  “We need to talk...can we do lunch...let’s have a bilateral." Hands move in and out of jacket pockets and wallets as we exchange colourful business cards. It's tea break, we stuff ourselves with muffins, Danish pastries and sandwiches.

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Democracy in South Africa is a messy business

By Ozias Tungwarara | July 15th, 2011

Another strike, another big stink? The South African Municipal Workers' Union (SAMWU) is threatening to go on strike next week. This after president Jacob Zuma forgot to consult the 220,000 member union before signing the Municipal Systems Amdendment Bill into law. Not that the president is obliged to consult unions before signing bills into law, in this instance Zuma made a pledge to the SAMWU that he would consult them before signing the bill.

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