Former South African presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki at Mbeki’s inauguration in 1999.
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki remains a puzzle to many of his compatriots. A new book, ‘The Thabo Mbeki I know’, will help to understand him better.
Going nowhere: Robert and Grace Mugabe.
Robert Mugabe's indigenisation laws demand that companies operating in Zimbabwe transfer most of their capital into local hands.
Betty Aneyumel from the Karamoja tribe rakes fermented millet to prepare a local alcoholic drink in Moroto, eastern Uganda.
There's more to fermented foods than a good meal. Scientists are learning just how such foods encourage the growth of probiotics and how this keeps people healthy.
Africa will feel the loss of the EU’s influence in its relationship with Britain.
Britain's decision to leave the EU will fundamentally affect Africa's relationship with UK in a way that will be damaging to all.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court embodies values of justice and transformation. How can law schools do the same?
For law faculties, the transformative vision embodied in South Africa's constitution provides a potent driver for change. So what does a transformed law faculty look like?
A refugee illegally crosses the border from Zimbabwe into South Africa.
Zimbabwean migrants' journey to South Africa is fraught with danger. But the emptiness of life in their country makes it imperative to risk life and limb to seek a better life across the river.
A woman cheers during Freedom Day celebrations in South Africa.
South Africa's transition to democracy was based on the values of inclusive politics, reconciliation, human rights and constitutionalism. Twenty-two years on, how has the country fared?
Crowds cheer as Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe arrives to address the country’s Independence Day celebrations in Harare.
Namibia's new elite has used "affirmative action" for self-enrichment, while the majority of the population remains excluded from its the wealth. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's socio-economic woes continue.
Joice Mujuru, leader of the new opposition Zimbabwe People First party.
Opposition parties have emerged at different stages of Zimbabwe’s post-independence history but none have seriously threatened ZANU-PF dominance.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace. Mugabe has been in power since 1980.
It is normal for resistance movements to adopt rough survival strategies and techniques while fighting an oppressive regime. Unfortunately that culture takes root and is permanently nurtured.
Zimbabwe needs more responsible diamond mining companies, not fly-by-night operators.
Zimbabwe has said it will take over all diamond mining operations in the country. But what is needed to maximise revenues isn't state ownership, but improvements in existing regulatory practices.
Vasectomies allow fathers to have a more active role in family planning.
Vasectomies could be an effective male birth control method in Africa but the procedure is misunderstood and therefore poorly used.
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…
Selina, right, and her friend Mwanaidi play together in a Tanzanian classroom. Children with albinism are very vulnerable to attack, mutilation and murder.
Children living with albinism are very vulnerable to attack, kidnapping, mutilation and murder. In Tanzania, fear is keeping many children away from school and costing them an education.
South Africa is taking a tough stance against the practice of abducting and forcing young girls into marriage that’s still rife in some parts of the country.
The reasons for the phenomenon of child marriage are complex and include the fact that in customary law, marriageable age was never reckoned as an actual number but depended on puberty.
A child collects clean water in Delmas, east of Johannesburg, an area vulnerable to outbreaks of the deadly typhoid virus.
The danger with typhoid is that symptoms are quite insidious and mimic those of other infectious diseases.
Supporters of Robert Mugabe campaign ahead of the February 1980 election.
British diplomats put their money on the wrong man after the Lancaster House agreement.
Long time friends.
On a recent trip to Zimbabwe, Xi Jinping announced $60bn in development funding. It's an incredibly ambitious project.
The Nairobi-Thika highway is being built by China Wuyi, Sinohydro and Shengeli Engineering Construction, and is funded by Kenya, China and the African Development Bank.
China offers an alternative to traditional donors and investors in low- and middle-income countries. Adding to its appeal is its focus on infrastructure projects.
Protesting students from the University of Zimbabwe take to the streets of Harare in 2001.
In 1988 students from the University of Zimbabwe began demonstrating against government corruption. Their protests grew into a national movement that indelibly changed the country.