With a population of over a billion people occupying a land area of 30.37million km², Africa is the second largest continent in the world. It is also home to most of the world’s deposits of uranium, gold, diamonds, oil and gas, and has large tracts of arable land.
About five years ago, Thandika Mkandawire, the eminent Malawian economist, elaborated the point he had made in 2007, arguing that “social compacts tend to survive if they are around substantive issues”.
The events of the past few weeks, culminating in massive demonstrations and protest marches in, among other places, Tshwane, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town held on April 7, and calls for the president of the republic to step down, have rekindled memories of a history that lies buried in history
Many years ago I was an undergraduate student at the then University College of Fort Hare, Alice, not very far from here. Among my many memories of the university, to which I owe so much, are two episodes during my final year at the university in 1968, and shortly thereafter.