The University of Johannesburg acquired The Thinker in April 2019 from Dr Essop Pahad. Over the last decade, The Thinker has gained a reputation as a journal that explores Pan-African issues across fields and times. Ronit Frenkel, as the incoming editor, plans on maintaining the pan-African scope of the journal while increasing its coverage into fields such as books, art, literature and popular cultures.

The Thinker is a ‘hybrid’ journal, publishing both journalistic pieces with more academic articles and contributors can now opt to have their submissions peer reviewed. We welcome Africa-centred articles from diverse perspectives, in order to enrich both knowledge of the continent and of issues impacting the continent.

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In this issue...

Tshilidzi Ratshitanga

New Cities New Economies: South Africa and Africa’s Grand Plan, A Pan-African Economic Revolution

Peer Review

John M. Wambui

A Cosmopolitan Ghetto: The Shifting Image of Kibera Slum From ‘Flying Toilets’ to a Centre for Metropolitan Innovation


Melissa Levin

Johannesburg, Ontario: Street Naming Strategies and the Decolonised City to Come

Peer Review

Zeph Nhleko

Financing Infrastructure for New Economies in the Context of Dislocated Markets

Peer Review

Clinton Aigbavboa and Wellington Twala

A Bibliometric Analysis and Visual Review of Housing Policy Framework Development Research

Peer Review

Leland Ware

Before and After Segregation and Apartheid: A Comparative Analysis

Peer Review

Mongane Serote

Basic Income Grant, Communities, Indigenous Knowledge Systems – Imagining the New South African Society


Various Authors

COVID-19 Lockdown Time Capsule of South Africa, April 2020


Dale McKinley

Ronit Frenkel in Conversation with Dale McKinley


Contributors to Issue 85

All contributing analysts write in their personal capacity