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The dispute between South Africa and the US over poultry products could harm relations between the two countries. Shutterstock

Why South Africa needs the US for its agricultural trade

South Africa's agricultural sector has benefited handsomely from the US's preferential trade agreements. It is important that the current dispute is resolved speedily.
Military forces outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako where hostages were taken. Africable Television/EPA

Explainer: what is going on in Mali?

The hostage situation at a hotel in the Malian capital Bamako comes after months of sporadic violence.
World Health Organisation director-general Margaret Chan at the launch of a new global campaign against antibiotic resistance. Reuters/Pierre Albouy

Seven hard facts we all need to swallow about antibiotics

More than 700,000 people die each year from antibiotic-resistant infections. The World Health Organisation is trying to end the age of ignorance to protect this global common good.
Xenophobia is a huge problem in South Africa. Could better university teaching about Africa make a difference? Reuters

Teaching students about Africa may be one way to stem xenophobia

South African university students are as guilty of xenophobia as anyone else. Three approaches through teaching and research could make a huge difference.
Phishing is a growing problem across Africa. South Africa has the highest number of victims. shutterstock

What South Africa is doing to make a dent in cyber crime

Cyber security has been identified as a global challenge, with Africa facing renewed threats through increasing internet use across many platforms.
The Chinese have helped build more than 300 dams in Africa, like this one on the Congo River. Reuters

China’s economic slowdown threatens African progress

China's economy has continued to slow despite efforts by its leaders to give it a boost, which is very bad news for an increasingly dependent Africa.
Projects are underway to address sustainable energy transitions in cities like Uganda’s Kasese. James Akena/Reuters

Smaller African cities need sustainable energy intervention

Sustainable energy is crucial for smaller African cities which are generally overlooked. These cities receive much less research and funding focus.
It is great news that we have moved well beyond the single story of the starving African but we do not want to fall into a binary trap and adopt another unfortunate stereotype in its place.

Stereotyping Africa: from impoverishment to ‘Africa Rising’

Depictions of Africa used to be the relentless negative image of suffering and impoverished victims. but now there is a new narrative, ‘Africa Rising’.
A train passes through the Kibera slum of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Representations of Africa tend to focus on these kinds of depictions. Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Ordinary people’s stories can change the world’s views about Africa

For decades, media representations of African poverty have been of disease, disaster, conflict, and poverty and have coloured how the rest of the world views Africa.

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