Governing parties and officials need to take note of the frustration being expressed by ordinary South Africans.
If the referendum goes President Pierre Nkrunziza's way, it will also be a further blow to ordinary Burundians, who live in a state of hardship and adversity.
The sustainability of the news media is a precondition for good journalism in the public interest. Thus, economic questions should form part of discussions of press freedom.
The chaos visiting South Africa's North-West province shows that ordinary people in rural areas have got a raw deal from ruling party.
South Africa's relations with the US could sour under President Trump.
South African parties are recognising that coalition politics is now part of the political landscape and is here to stay.
The death of Mozambican opposition leader Alfonso Dhlakama could affect the progress made to end hostilities in the country.
Mandela’s reconciliation message may have partly reflected his view of the world. But it was also a product of his party, the ANC.
Questions are being raised about the Kenyatta and Odinga relationship.
Littering in protest is indicative of a discordant society, and a culture of littering can tell us a lot about a society's ethos.
The majority of Kenyans appear to be happy as President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga's pledge to “build bridges.”
The mining industry in South Africa needs an inclusive model that builds on and improves shared value.
New forms of artistic expression are driving debates in East Africa that challenge sensitive subjects. But the backlash has been vicious.
Corruption has become one of the biggest concerns for South Africans living in a province that has erupted in violence.
A big rise in armed attacks in the Sahel - and the intensity of the attacks in recent years - is now seen as a major source of concern.
Both the media and civil society need to rethink the way they understand their roles when it comes to social accountability.
Zimbabwe has high hopes for a post-Mugabe era, but it has some serious growing pains to deal with first.
South Africa's legal position regarding crime victim compensation is unsatisfactory.
It's inconceivable that military prowess can offer long-term solutions to Nigeria's deep-rooted institutional problems.
US President Donald Trump will have an opportunity to showcase his "deep respect" for Africa when his Nigerian counterpart visits.
A furious Twitter row between a TV personality and South African politician about slavery sheds light on the failings of arguments in 280 characters.
This years' Freedom Day in South Africa can signify a difference: a renewal and return to the values of the 1994 social contract
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s term in office so far, makes it seem that South Africa can hope and dream again. That’s quite a gift for Freedom Day.
South Africa marks 24 years of freedom amid continuous contests over over governance, economic justice as well as reconciliation and inclusion.
The removal of Jacob Zuma from power is to be welcomed but, it's not the answer to South Africa's problems.
As Rwanda marks the 24th anniversary of the 1994 genocide, much more needs to be done to unite the country.
Conservative segments of Moroccan society, have blocked women from inheriting.
Elections are easy to rig, and they give authoritarian leaders a veneer of legitimacy they badly need.
It's the fourth time a peaceful democratic election has taken place in Sierra Leone. But these are not the stories we hear.
The process of institutionalisation may be patchy and uneven. But one thing is clear: Africa is not without functioning institutions.
Not all rebel armies use rape and sexual violence as a weapon. Some have actually designed ways to prevent such atrocities. How and what can we learn from them?
The top U.S. foreign policy goals in Africa evidently no longer relate to human rights or democratic freedoms, but to protecting tiny, marginal American industries.
Efforts to discourage girls from being cut in Tanzania have changed the cultural meaning and practices around the ceremonial rite of passage.
Not all African leaders are willing to be swept by the democratic reforms of the early 2000s.
It's critical to understand how mothers from all backgrounds navigate obstacles within the city as part of their daily lives.
Poor countries aren't receiving the most foreign aid. Why? And what should be done?
The Democratic Republic of Congo has been in turmoil since President Kabila refused to relinquish power at the end of his term. But there is hope of ending the stalemate.
Unexpressed racism may be even more dangerous if it's left lurking below the surface.
Stories from the ground highlighted the unmet needs of people who are vulnerable and who are left behind.
The way Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is being remembered recalls the outpouring of grief and iconic status Eva Peron the First Lady of Argentina was accorded.
Reducing Madikizela’s entire life and legacy to her relationship with Mandela has more to do with patriarchal tropes about powerful women than reality.
The genocide memory in Rwanda is diverse and dynamic.
Some communities on South Africa's Platinum Belt have received substantial mining revenues, but these are controlled by chiefs.