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Constitutional conventions: best practice

John Matshikiza used his native Johannesburg, to which he returned after three decades of exile, as a launching pad for enquiries into the ever-shifting realities of the African experience.

Dakar, once again

Senegal's capital, second home to our African columnist John Matshikiza, resounds with historical echoes and political signals.

(This article was first published on 18 March 2003)

Africa's arsenal: the sustainable village

Africa needs a radically different vision of its future from that on offer from the developed world. It should look to the Songhai Centre, where Godfrey Nzamujo has built that most realisable utopia, a sustainable African village.

Benin: the pop idol and the voodoo forest

In the contrast between Benin’s roaring capital and the mysteries hanging round the town of Ouidah you catch the double profile of Africa today.

New country, old story

The ears of our South African columnist are buzzing with talk of ‘black elites’ and ‘black empowerment’. But to his clear eyes, racial and social inequalities still dominate the lives of the country’s black majority.

Johannesburg: shanty city, instant city

Ugly, formless gold rush city requires great dreamer to shape its rainbow future.

Where I am coming from

A decade after his return from exile, and eight years on from the country’s first free election, our South Africa-based columnist looks back in wonder and forward in hope.

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