US Secretary of State Antony Blinken setting out Washington’s new Africa strategy at the University of Pretoria.
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The strategy outlined by the US Secretary of State marks a fresh beginning in US-Africa relations.
US secretary of state Antony Blinken.
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The meetings between Blinken and his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor could help iron out misunderstandings about the intent of the US targeting Russian ‘malign’ activities in Africa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a new plan to end South Africa’s energy crisis.
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The impression that’s been created is that political will is the only ingredient missing in fixing South Africa’s electricity crisis. But this is simplistic.
Loss of formal employment in the mining industry and drought conditions in neighbouring countries are some of the factors that drive illegal mining.
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Artisanal gold mining is highly organised and rule-bound. Men, women and even children participate a hierarchy sustained by a web of buyers, sponsors and customers.
The quality of water services and infrastructure in South Africa has been on a downward trend.
Water is a critical resource, enabling socio-economic development.
South Africa is likely to see more renewably sourced energy come onto the grid more quickly.
Removing red tape for new renewable energy projects will see additional energy coming online quite quickly.
Firefighters putting out a fire at an Engen oil refinery on 4 December 2020 in Durban, South Africa.
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Refinery closures in South Africa are shots fired in the long running contestation between the oil refiners and the government, which has been trying to introduce cleaner fuels.
Books are often targeted when they are sympathetic to the oppressed.
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A scholar of literature sees striking parallels between contemporary book bans in the US and those that took place in South Africa during apartheid.
Sudanese demonstrators protest against the construction of the Hidase Dam.
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Giving rivers rights would enable custodians to perform legal acts on the river’s behalf.
Insulin refusal is high among some patients.
As diabetes progresses, insulin injections become the only treatment option. But the transition from oral medication to injectable insulin is often a bumpy one.
Making sense of what’s tripping the switch on South Africa’s electricity supply.
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Five essential reads on why South Africa is failing to keep the lights on.
Generators should not be used in confined and poorly ventilated spaces.
The early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches or dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, tiredness, chest and stomach pains and visual problems.
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Known as ting or amazimba, indigenous sorghum is resilient and rich in cultural and health benefits – yet crops are declining.
South Africa has some of the best solar and wind resources in the world.
Considering South Africa’s climatic advantage, the fraction of electricity generated from renewable energy technologies is low.
The pink periwinkle is used as a tonic and emetic for the treatment of many health conditions.
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Thousands of plant species are used in African traditional medicine. Extracts from some of these plants are part of important pharmaceutical drugs.
Caracals feed mainly on native, wild species.
Caracals that hunt closer to urban areas where human population density is higher, have higher levels of chemicals in their systems.
The cause of the deaths of 21 young people in a South African pub is still unclear.
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Adolescent alcohol consumption is driven by several factors such as the availability of alcohol and social norms.
The ruin of Detroit, Michigan.
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When a local authority runs out of cash, it is its most vulnerable citizens who suffer the most from the cuts to services and staffing that follow.
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In 2013 stories emerged of gangs stealing plasma TV screens to use to make street drugs. It’s a myth, but it tells us something about South Africa’s social anxieties.
Minibus taxis ferry millions of South Africans around each day.
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The industry’s prices and profits would be lower if laws were enforced.