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David Pilling

David Pilling

Financial Times

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The Sisyphean struggles of Africa’s aspirant middle class

In a life of snakes and ladders, ambitions sometimes have to be sacrificed for the family good

28.03.2024 9

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David Pilling

The bullish case for South Africa

There are grounds for medium-term optimism after years of negative news

11.03.2024 10

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Senegal’s ‘constitutional coup’ is part of a global democratic backsliding

No shots were fired but the west African country missing its election has repercussions beyond its borders

08.02.2024 10

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Why the SDGs are a bad idea

The ambitions of the UN goals are laudable but their complexity means they have been doomed from the start

31.12.2023 10

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The inevitable fall of the ANC — just not yet

Prospects of change are widening the political spectrum

30.11.2023 10

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Why small is not beautiful when it comes to development

The cult of the smallholder and the micro-entrepreneur is a wrong-headed approach to poverty alleviation in Africa

05.11.2023 4

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South Africans’ support for Russia is rooted in misplaced nostalgia

Condemning Moscow does not mean unthinking adherence to the west

28.09.2023 4

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A fire in South Africa symbolises an entire system gone up in flames

The blaze in Johannesburg tells a story of xenophobia, urban neglect and political dysfunction

14.09.2023 6

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