Astronomy on the continent has been given a much needed boost with Ghana's converted radio telescope between it and South Africa, to conduct scientific observations.
Africa's overall contribution to research might be small, but smart people are undertaking smart and important work on and about the continent.
Very few African universities offer postgraduate degrees in astronomy. This gap in knowledge and training can be addressed through international partnerships and collaboration.
Shale gas holds considerable advantages. But there are still a number of uncertainties around whether South Africa is ready for such a bold step.
It's difficult to get jets - powerful, lightning fast particles - to give up their secrets. The new Square Kilometre Array radio telescope could hold the key to solving jets' mysteries.
What's particularly exciting about "first light" images from South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope is that they prove Africa is a rising star in the world of astronomy.
Collaboration is one of the keys to making African science soar: when the continent's universities work together, they can produce amazing results.
Dark energy is a completely unknown source making up 70% of the universe. Will any of the new projects designed to find out what it is succeed?
When looking for evidence of some of the universe's mysterious high energy particles, why not enlist the help of our nearest neighbour: the moon.
A new policy on research outputs and funding will be introduced in South Africa in 2016. But it leaves too much unchanged from the old policy.
Citizen science will ensure that the skies have no limit when it comes to research, as ordinary people are encouraged to take part in simple acts of exploration.