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Kenya's reptile atlas: scientists bring referencing into the 21st century

Kenya has over 260 reptile species. Keeping track of them is important because of the important role they play in balancing the natural world’s …

Scientific Research

Africa must keep its rich, valuable data safe from exploitation

There’s a data revolution underway in Africa. It’s being driven by major international research collaborations like the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) …

Big Data

What needs to be done to give Africa's smallholder farmers access to machinery

Mechanisation of agricultural has become a priority across many African countries as the continent gears up to exploit its well recognised potential …

Agriculture

Zimbabwe beware: the military is looking after its own interests, not democracy

November 2017 will go down in the history of Zimbabwe as the beginning of the end of Robert Mugabe’s 37 year tyranny. One cannot understate the …

Africa

When the state is the man and that man is Mugabe, a new era begins with his fall

The parliamentary impeachment of beleaguered President Robert Mugabe - in terms of section 97 of Zimbabwe’s constitution – could be the culminating …

Africa

Lessons for South Africa's Jacob Zuma in Robert Mugabe's misfortunes

President Robert Mugabe’s endgame in Zimbabwe holds various lessons for his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, as the latter too, considers his …

Africa

What South Africa's Reserve Bank can -- and can't -- do about illicit financial flows

<i>Developing nations are facing a rising wave of illicit financial flows and money laundering. In South Africa the country’s Reserve Bank is at the</i> …

South Africa

Why reducing post-harvest losses is a priority for Africa

<i>The the Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that one third of the food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted along the</i> …

Agriculture

Why a proper record of birds in Africa is so important -- for Europe

Most of Europe’s birds head south each year around September to escape the northern winter. Some species only migrate as far south as southern …

South Africa

Citizen science: how ordinary people can guard Cape Town's biodiversity

Right now, you might be harbouring a killer: one so small it’s hidden in the sole of your hiking shoes. These tiny murderers won’t harm you in the …

Ecology

Options on the table as South Africa wrestles with funding higher education

A report into the feasibility of offering free higher education at South Africa’s universities has finally been released. It has been nearly two …

Education

How the death of the hip-hop DJ spawned the superstar rapper

Since the inception of hip-hop culture, the DJ has been its cornerstone. The culture’s starting point is widely accepted as the birthday party Kool …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Mugabe and Dos Santos: Africa's old men seem, finally, to be fading away

Soon after Zimbabwe’s army confined President Robert Mugabe to his palatial Harare home this week – allegedly for his safety – it was announced in …

Africa

Groundwater maps could help South Africa prepare for safer fracking

The South African government has made a firm commitment to proceed with unconventional gas exploration using fracking. During fracking a mixture of …

South Africa

How farm dwellers in South Africa think about home, land and belonging

South Africa’s unemployment rate puts it in the bottom ten countries in the world. Hunger levels are growing. It has what Berkeley geography …

Farming

Jobs and paid-for schooling can keep Tanzanian girls from early marriages

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to four of the top five countries in early marriage – or child marriage – rates: Niger, Chad, Mali and Central African …

Dar Es Salaam

Mnangagwa and the military may mean more bad news for Zimbabwe

The military has taken control of the national broadcaster, troops are in the streets and the president is being held in a secure environment. All …

Africa

South Africa's 'Cape Crusaders', the politics of rugby and historical amnesia

Politics and sport are inseparable. To paraphrase the famous military thinker Carl von Clausewitz, sport could be politics – or even warfare – by …

Rugby Union

Cape Crusaders: why some South Africans (still) support the Kiwis, not the Springboks

Politics and sport are inseparable. To paraphrase the famous military thinker Carl von Clausewitz, sport could be politics – or even warfare – by …

South Africa

South Africa must do more to keep teachers from seeking 'greener pastures'

Around the world, many teachers are choosing to leave their home countries once they’ve qualified. It’s a global phenomenon, and one that impacts …

Africa

Why Al-Shabaab targets Kenya – and what the country can do about it

Kenya has suffered the far-reaching effects of repeated attacks by Somalia-based Al-Shabaab terrorist group for years. Tourism has declined. Jobs …

Africa

A military coup is afoot in Zimbabwe. What's next for the embattled nation?

Nobody is safe from the rages of Zimbabwe’s First Lady, “Dr. Amai” Grace Mugabe. There was the young South African model Grace lashed with extension …

Africa

Why South Africans should be worried by ANC talk of a 'colour revolution'

The term “colour revolution” has recently found its way into South Africa’s political vocabulary. The evocative phrase is increasingly cropping up in …

South Africa

Family, community and university support helps lesbian students thrive

During a ceremony at the University of Fort Hare earlier this year, I had the pleasure of watching some students who’d participated in one of my …

LGBTQ

Southern Africa is slipping again after coming close to eliminating malaria

<i>In the last five years, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland have all been on the verge of eliminating malaria. In fact, progress had been</i> …

South Africa

What the hijacking of South Africa's Treasury means for the economy

<i>South Africa has been rocked by news that President Jacob Zuma has bulldozed the country’s National Treasury to adopt a fee free higher education</i> …

Higher Education

How Africa can negotiate an effective continental free trade area agreement

African countries are forging ahead to complete negotiations for a continental free trade area between 55 countries by early next year. The idea, …

Economics

How to increase access to cancer treatment in Kenya

Cancer is the third most common cause of death in Kenya, after infectious diseases and heart conditions and accounts for 7% of all deaths in the …

Health Care

South Africa is still way behind the curve on transforming land ownership

Land is a highly charged and politicised issue all over the world. South Africa, with its history of extreme dispossession through colonialism and …

Agriculture

Niger: a reminder of why the US military's presence Africa needs constant scrutiny

On October 4 an American Special Forces team was ambushed by a contingent of Islamic State affiliated fighters in Niger. Four American soldiers were …

War