Kigali, the Rwandan capital, is setting the pace as one of Africa’s cleanest and most punctual cities.
It is time to jettison the vague notion of African time. And for Africa to clean up its act.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
A senior public official has berated South Africans for rallying behind Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, calling the action unhelpful. The crisp question is: unhelpful to whom?
More medical experts should contribute to Wikipedia to ensure its health pages are accurate.
The academic medical community largely views Wikipedia with suspicion. But some traditional journals are starting to take the site more seriously – and some journals work very closely with it.
During his 1966 visit to South Africa, US Senator Robert F Kennedy met with ANC leader Chief Albert Luthuli.
Fifty years ago US Senator Robert F Kennedy visited South Africa. A new documentary about RFK's visit puts the spotlight on an important part of the country's history.
Masked sex workers lead a march to mark International Sex Workers’ Rights Day.
Sex workers in South Africa are all potential criminals due to the country's regressive laws. But their status may change soon, making South Africa the first African country to decriminalise sex work.
Burkina Faso is among the African countries that have experienced popular protests in recent years.
Grassroots protesters are questioning the logic of export-led ‘growth’ and renewed fiscal austerity pushed through the ‘Africa rising’ narrative. They want policies that meet their basic needs.
Apartheid sought to divide blacks and whites in all spheres of life.
The rhetoric of racial purity is full of suggestive terms like illness, weakening and dilution. These imply the medicalisation of the nation.
The closure of bank accounts of companies in South Africa associated with the Gupta family in the country has raised questions.
Were South African banks within their legal rights to close a politically influential family's accounts?
South Africa’s local municipalities can do more to diversify their economies and push their products and services in high tech markets.
Through developing their technological skills, South Africa's local municipalities can increase their capacity to compete with markets in neighbouring countries.
Notre vision actuelle de l'éducation repose uniquement sur le point de vue occidental.
Il n’existe pas de méthodes d’éducation universelles. Elles varient selon les cultures et le contexte.
Ethiopians reading newspapers in the capital Addis Ababa. The country’s media is among the most repressed on the continent.
Press freedom has changed little in the past decade. If the African Union is to commit to the principles of democracy, it needs to do more to uphold freedom of expression and protects its journalists.
Workers arrange copies of the ‘Business Daily’, produced by Kenya’s Nation Media Group, the biggest newspaper publisher in East Africa.
Namibia’s rise in the World Press Freedom rankings is stunning. The media environment in Africa, too, has improved. But media closures and the harassment of journalists are not yet things of the past.
Legalising the small-scale and artisanal mining sector may unlock entrepreneurship opportunities.
Informal mining and invasive illegal mining have the same illegal status under law in South Africa. But is all informal mining the same? And should it all be deemed illegal?
The current model for “good” parenting comes entirely from a Western perspective.
Some aspects of good parenting are universal, but others look very different from country to country. There needs to be a better understanding of parenting in different contexts.
The increase in diabetes has come about from people living more sedentary lifestyles and eating more calories.
Diabetes has become a massive global problem and requires a dedicated effort in both the developed and the developing world.
Water footprints provide interesting information, but they should not be used as a tool for decision-making.
Water footprinting is meant to help countries use water more efficiently. But it may cause more problems than it solves.
If South Africans are to make the radical changes they must to become truly great, the new generation will have to find a way of understanding the country's past in its profound complexity.
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange building in Sandton, Johannesburg.
The announcement of a rival to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange presents a welcome development in South Africa – but it's not the first time the JSE has faced competition.
High-rise buildings amid shacks in Luanda. President Dos Santo has announced plans to retire amid growing unease among Angolans over deepening poverty despite a recent oil boom.
Angola's Dos Santos is buying time. His promise to step down is an attempt to diffuse growing political tensions, as repression continues. He might relinquish his position, but not his power.
A river flows into the Indian Ocean along South Africa’s Transkei coast, where residents are resisting a titanium mining project.
South Africans living in communities along the country's east coast are engaged in intensive protests against mining companies, despite rising danger.