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Americans’ ignorance about Africa persists despite efforts by presidents Kennedy and Obama to forge stronger ties with the continent. Jason Reed/Reuters

America’s legendary ignorance about Africa persists

The time has come for developed nations to eliminate the large pockets of ignorance which exist in their societies about Africa and other peoples. Globalisation demands that people think differently.
One of two benches demarcated apartheid style for either ‘whites only’ or for ‘non-whites only’ in Cape Town. Esa Alexander/Sunday Times

Memorials that go beyond boring statues of big-men-on-bronze-horses

September is celebrated as heritage month in South Africa. How to get it right? A revisit to a national newspaper's decade-old, ambitious project is a good yardstick to use.
Voters wait their turn outside a polling station at Nkonjeni village in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The country is gearing up for local elections. Reuters/Radu Sigheti

Opposition aims for upset in South Africa’s high-stakes election

The opposition Democratic Alliance is hopeful that the African National Congress will fail to win a majority in three metros. This will open the door for it to rule in coalition with smaller parties.
Some informal settlements in Cape Town are located on or near wetlands. Shutterstock

Resilience in South Africa’s urban water landscape

Many African cities are sites of rapid urbanisation. To ensure that such societies are water resilient, it is necessary to address formal and informal forms of development.
The Cape sugarbird is vulnerable to ailments, including obesity, that are linked to climate change and urbanisation. J Tinkler

Fast, cheap calories may make city birds fat and sick

Species facing the blitz of accelerating, human-driven change don’t always cope well. Birds are among the most visible windows into this world of vulnerability.

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