Swings can be educational tools.
The way science is currently taught in southern African countries ignores the fact that the whole environment is a laboratory for learning.
Herbs, roots and plants can have health benefits. But they can also interact negatively with Western medicines.
Numerous traditional African medicines are undeniably beneficial in treating disease or maintaining good health.
Introducing rural and indigenous communities to science, through experiments and communication, is vital.
The combination of knowledge and communication, along with a few other fundamental conditions such as liberty and respect , leads to social, cultural and technological development.
Carefully tracking the migration habits of birds like the Barn Swallow can help to conserve these species.
If Europe is going to reap the benefits of conservation measures at home, its experts need an understanding of where “their” birds migrate to when they head off to Africa.
A spike in the number of malaria cases in southern Africa means that the region will not meet its initial target of eliminating malaria by 2018.
Schools can offer their pupils valuable support systems even if they’re short on resources.
Schools that have supportive strategies in place can offer buffers. They can promote positive outcomes -- for pupils and teachers.
The San’s arrows may look dainty, but when tipped with poison they are lethal for hunting.
The early use of poison is one more indicator of an advanced repertoire of behavioural and technological traits that have characterised our species from the earliest times.
Fishers in Mozambique won’t benefit from southern Africa’s latest deal with the EU.
A deal intended to help southern African countries develop could instead turn them into an EU dumping ground for cheap goods.
The charred interior of the Gabon’s parliament after it was burned in post-election protests in Libreville.
National electoral commissions are crucial in shaping public perceptions of how well democracy is working. Poor electoral management can enable fraud and produce political alienation.
Voting in Burundi, where 36% of women do not agree that democracy is the best form of government.
If women aren't given their full rights, they're less likely to believe in democratic institutions.
Markets and militarisation as responses to wildlife threats are dangerous because they often fail.
Military responses to combat poaching are a problem. They marginalise communities where poachers come from and can have longer term implications.
Dehorning is practised on many South African private reserves and is seen as a way of deterring poachers.
A few national parks and reserves want to dehorn rhinos and there is a lobby for a regulated and closely monitored legal trade in rhino horn. But this is met by opposition from many.
King Mswati III of Swaziland. His word is law, above all other laws in the tiny kingdom.
In the words of US President Obama: Africa doesn't need strongmen, it needs strong institutions. In this light, the South African president's acceptance of a court ruling against him is a good thing.
Cattle drink water from an almost dry dam in South Africa. The drought in the region is one of a number of troubling issues that remain largely hidden from public sight.
One of the many intriguing ideas of the Austrian philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein, was this: the limits of my language means the limits of my world. Does this explain the failure to see the gathering gloom…
A young girl plays inside a mosquito net in Kibera, Nairobi.
Several countries within southern Africa are on the brink of eliminating malaria. But there are several challenges ahead.
AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is fighting a 12-year jail sentence for arson and other crimes.
By challenging the courts, King Dalindyebo is testing the degree of impunity with which traditional leaders can get away.
King Mswati III, centre, with his regiments at Ludzidzini royal palace during the annual Reed Dance in August. Swaziland ranks among the worst in Africa for its level of democracy.
Satisfaction with democracy varies widely in Africa. Across 28 countries, only 46% of citizens say they are “very satisfied” or “fairly satisfied” with the way democracy works in their countries.