Articles by: Brad Cibane
Brad Cibane holds a masters in international business law from UCL, France. He is interested in politics of development in Africa

South Africa: Nkandla, a turning point for a young democracy

March 26, 2014 5:20 pm0 comments
South Africa: Nkandla, a turning point for a young democracy

A lot of people, local and foreign, do not believe how far SA has come. It is quite remarkable how much our young democracy has grown.

South Africa has made great strides since 1994. Irrespective of what apartheid apologist say, of what naysayer howl, South Africa is moving forward. Those of us who work in government, or work with government, know this. We know that the two decades of democracy are a milestone worthy of celebration.

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Why South Africa must collapse after Mandela’s death

January 2, 2014 1:40 pmComments Off on Why South Africa must collapse after Mandela’s death
Why South Africa must collapse after Mandela’s death

Last week Monday a friend walked into my office brimming with excitement. He asked me a bizarre question – rather smirkily, I might add – “How do you think apartheid ended?”

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Should South Africans hate themselves and hate Malawi more?

October 26, 2013 12:04 pm0 comments
Should South Africans hate themselves and hate Malawi more?

It doesn’t take a lot for President Jacob Zuma to upset South Africans, and (it appears) indeed the whole continent. Whatever the source of contempt for President Zuma, it appears to cloud our judgment completely.

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The African Growth Opportunity Act: Re-thinking the developmental role of Africa’s trade partners

October 14, 2013 12:39 pm2 comments
The African Growth Opportunity Act: Re-thinking the developmental role of Africa’s trade partners

On the 18th of May 2000 President Bill Clinton signed the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) into law. AGOA caused a paradigm shift; it introduced a radical change into Africa-U.S. trade relations, which had been defined by Cold War-era policies, donor-recipient relations and aid (for poverty alleviation). Since 2001 AGOA has been the cornerstone of Africa-U.S. trade relations.

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South Africa: Young womanly bodies, underage sex and adolescent pregnancy

October 3, 2013 3:54 pm0 comments
PICTURE - UNFPA

Since the advent of its current constitutional dispensation in 1994, South Africa has, at least in law, done away with patriarch systems of morality that dictate to women how to live their lives or to carry their bodies.

The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa entitles women to equality before the law and a right to equal protection and benefit of the law (section 9). Women have inherent dignity and a right to have their dignity respected and protected (section 10).

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