Africa 'is not poor, we are stealing its wealth'

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Africa is poor, but we can try to help its people. It's a simple statement, repeated through a thousand images, newspaper stories and charity appeals each year, so that it takes on the weight of truth, writes Nick Dearden.

Democracy is taking root in Africa. But that doesn't mean it works all the time

2017-05-25 19:15

As we celebrate Africa Day and reflect on how far the continent has come since the Organisation of African Unity was founded in 1963, it's a good time to assess whether democracy is working, writes Nic Cheeseman.

Middle class in Africa is a nebulous concept

2017-05-21 07:37

A new estimate of sub-Saharan Africa’s urban “middle class” this week put the number at 100 million people commanding spending power of at least $400 million (R5.3 billion) a day.

Why the role of the media is so important to free and fair elections in Africa

2017-05-17 09:18

Media coverage of elections is changing as the industry adopts new practices and politicians become more invested in their personal brands. But can the press remain objective?

UN: Sexual violence increasingly used as 'terrorism' tactic

2017-05-16 15:01

A top UN official says sexual violence is increasingly being used as "a tactic of terrorism" from Iraq, Syria and Yemen to Somalia, Nigeria and Mali.

SA 'working on scrapping visa for all African citizens'

2017-05-15 10:21

South Africa is working towards allowing all African citizens to enter the country without visas – but at first “trusted travellers” like diplomats, officials, academics, business people and students will be the only ones to benefit.

Growing African repression causing migrant exodus: Oxfam

2017-05-06 13:09

African countries are becoming increasingly repressive and causing more people to leave their homes, British charity Oxfam says, as Germany warns of the destabilising effect migration is having on the continent.

Why brutalising food vendors hits Africa’s growing cities where it hurts

2017-04-28 15:41

The harassment of informal food vendors by national and municipal governments remains a major impediment to improving the resilience of the urban poor in African cities, writes Danielle Resnick

Kenyan court extends primaries deadline

2017-04-25 14:56

Kenyan political parties have reportedly been given a five days extension to nominate their candidates for the upcoming general elections in August, after a successful court ruling.

FOCUS ON AFRICA: DRC Mass graves, Zim rejects rand, Chibok girls update

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Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Zambia, Libya

2017-05-26 06:14

First Lady Grace Mugabe is concerned about her future after her husband is no longer president, and DA leader Mmusi Maimane slams Zuma, ANC over silence on Zambia's Hichilema treason trial.

Africa 'has a lot to celebrate, despite challenges' - #AfricaDay

2017-05-25 09:00

Africa has a "lot to celebrate" despite the so many challenges that the continent is facing, says an expert at the Institute for Security Studies.

US' snub of the AU should spur regional powers into action

2017-05-18 12:30

When the US Secretary of State stood up the AU Chairperson the writing was on the wall. Africa needs to become the master of its own destiny, writes Tshepo T Gwatiwa.

Ugandan leader slams torture after claims of police excesses

2017-05-16 22:01

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni says the use of torture was "wrong" but faced criticism from a top rights monitor for not demanding an enquiry on alleged police excesses.

What a new university in Africa is doing to decolonise social sciences

2017-05-15 18:55

It's important to shift educational discourse in and around Africa in a more equitable, representative direction, writes Jess Auerbach.

Why the AU must press ahead with a business and human rights policy

2017-05-11 16:32

The move by the African Union to develop a policy to regulate the impact of firms on human rights puts it ahead of other regions as it seeks to guide companies conducting activities on the continent, writes Romola Adeola.

Swaziland 'is world's most unequal country', says report

2017-05-03 15:00

Oxfam says Swaziland is the world's most unequal country, closely followed by Nigeria and SA, where three billionaires own the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of the population.

The role of NGOs in Africa: are they a force for good?

2017-04-26 12:09

Non-governmental organisations are criticised for pandering to the whims of the donor community at the expense of local populations. The real question is: can they bring about real change?, writes Sally Matthews.

What Africa still needs to do to eliminate malaria

2017-04-25 11:01

Eliminating malaria in Africa has been held back by a range of factors, including a lack of funds and drug and insecticide resistance challenges, writes Willis Simon Akhwale,

First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

2017-04-24 12:35

A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization has said, with 360 000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020.

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