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Cyril Ramaphosa’s Ambition Pushes Him Toward Economic Freedom

Increased pressure from opposition parties, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance are now forcing even Deputy President Ramaphosa to talk about economic freedom and land issues. Cyril

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Agents of Change: The New African Leader

An African activist once said these words which are so fitting for this time in Africa. “One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change

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Charlize Theron’s Human Rights Abuse of Black Child

Charlize Theron is a South African born actress who was raised under apartheid regime. Her ancestors who created apartheid perpetuated one of the worst atrocities of ethnic cleansing known to mankind

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Botswana’s Land Question: Khama vs Basarwa Bushmen

Khama’s Campaign Against Bushmen Khama is the son of the former President of Botswana and did not just want to take on the position as an ego trip or to fill his father’s shoes but has undoubtedly

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Robert Mugabe’s War in the Democratic Republic of Congo

When the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government under President Laurent Kabila was under attack from rebels, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe decided to send troops in August 1998. Earlier

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21st Century Colonialism: The New Scramble for Africa 3.0

During the last scramble for Africa in 1884, European powers met in Berlin to discuss the rules of invading and taking over territory in Africa. There were no Africans invited to the table. In 1947, the

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African Leadership & Economic Legacy

There is a new generation of young African leaders that desire to see the continent of Africa move from being a charity case. Young leaders like Julius Malema of South African Opposition party, Economic

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Early Resistance in Zimbabwe in the 1890s

After 1890, the British South Africa Company (BSAC) introduced various measures to force natives to sell their labor cheaply and to steal their wealth. However, they met a lot of resistance in their quest.

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Robert Mugabe’s Reconciliation Experiment (1980-1982)

After Independence, then Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe retained officials of the former Rhodesian government. They included Ken Flower, head of Central Intelligence Organization (CIO) who had previously

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South Africa’s Native Land Act of 1913

By 1920, South Africa was advancing economically because of the mineral discoveries of the late 19th century and an industrial revolution was taking place. After the Anglo-Boer war of 1899-1902, Britain

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The Racism of Mahatma Gandhi

Despite the image many try to sell of Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi), he was a racist. A racist is a person who believes that a particular race is superior to another. Gandhi’s writings

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Black Labor Exploitation by Rhodes & De Beers from 1870

Presently De Beers Group controls diamond trade in most of the world but in Africa; they control trade in South Africa and Botswana directly. Other countries that attempted to sell diamonds through channels

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Kimberly Diamond Mines: Discovery and Exploitation (1860-1870s)

When diamonds were discovered in Kimberly in the 1860s, it quickly became the diamond capital of the world. However, it also helped to create racial segregation instituted through British rule which established

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Declassified Zimbabwe-UK Files

In the period leading to Zimbabwe’s independence, UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher played an important role of facilitating talks, meddling and trying to influence the outcome of the revolution.

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Disease and Depopulation of Africans during Colonialism

Towards the end of the 19th century and early parts of the 20th century, and as more and more countries were colonized Africans experienced an increase in famine and disease. Prior to colonialism, many

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African Innovation: UCT Scientists Discover Compound that Could Cure Malaria

In 2015, there were 214 million new cases of malaria recorded worldwide, with 88% of these cases occurring in Africa. In the same year, there were an estimated 438,000 malaria deaths worldwide, with 90%

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ZANU-PF Mismanages Its Own Businesses Too

For the past few weeks, Zimbabwean citizens have been protesting corruption and economic mismanagement by the ZANU-PF led government. Therefore, it is interesting to note that ZANU-PF is also corrupt and

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The Freedom Charter of 1955- South Africa

In June 1955, three thousand delegates of all ethnic origins met in Kliptown which is near Johannesburg. The delegates came from the ANC (African National Congress), the Indian Congress, Colored Peoples

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The Complexity of Robert Mugabe’s Leadership in Zimbabwe (1974- 1990)

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is often portrayed ONLY as either the demon who destroyed Zimbabwe or the hero who liberated it. Perhaps by going back into history we can actually understand how Robert

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The Land Issue in Malawi and the Case for Reparations

The Land issue is not new in most countries and can be often used to explain the systematic economic inequality that exists in Africa. Colonialism created serious inequality in land ownership and land

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