What kind of electricity makes sense in rural Africa to make the most of available budgets?
Grid electricity is often said to be critical for long-term human development. But are the substantially higher investment costs justified by the economic impact?
Agricultural mechanisation can reduce work burden, increase prosperity and enhance diets.
Agricultural mechanisation can be accompanied with appropriate policies that help to harness its potentials while minimising potential negative effects.
Cinemas in Kampala, Uganda, remained poorly attended after reopening in November.
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The pandemic has not only negatively impacted the creative sector in Africa, but it has also exposed its shortcomings.
The mortality rate of AIDS-related deaths remains high among adolescent girls and young women.
The evidence shows that keeping girls in school not only reduces HIV risk, but also delays marriage and pregnancy, and improves mental health.
Women are more likely to be visiting public health facilities to access healthcare for themselves or for people in their care.
Women are testing positive at a higher rate than men and women, they have a greater social and economic vulnerability, particularly during lockdown, with working-age being the most affected.
A statue of the author, Solomon T. Plaatje, in Kimberley, South Africa.
According to a new book, the friendships among women in the novel reveal its author Sol T. Plaatje’s view of effective political struggle.
There have been a few accounts of patients who have tested positive, then negative, then positive again for COVID-19.
So, if you have ever tested positive, there is a chance you could contract the virus again. And you could infect other people. You should still take the necessary precautions.
Many Nigerians are expected to travel during the Christmas holiday season.
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In this video interview, Dr Doyin Odubanjo, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Science and a public health expert, talks about keeping safe while celebrating Christmas during COVID-19.
South Africa produces about 16% of sub-Saharan Africa’s maize.
As African economies recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, governments should explore technologies like global positioning systems and blockchain for use in the registration of land rights.
Protecting forests means protecting a rich biodiversity of plants, animals and the livelihoods of many people.
The Nigerian government struggles to contain COVID-19 while other diseases suffer some measure of neglect
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Over nine months into COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, there are concerns about how well the country has managed the disease pandemic and how this might affect its handling of other diseases.
Electricity customers should brace themselves for steeper increases.
The longer government dithers over how Eskom's debt will be paid, the bigger the problem becomes. Whatever the decision, electricity customers and taxpayers will feel the pinch.
Firefighters dousing the fire at the Engen oil refinery in Durban, South Africa, in December 2020.
The geographic setting of hazardous industrial sites in residential areas during apartheid hasn't transformed since democracy.
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The event, worth R672 million to the country's Western Cape economy, was one of the first to be impacted by COVID-19 on the global marathon stage.
There is a global travel and tourism fear because of the virus. It may take time before people plan to travel again. The industry needs to build back better in a sustainable way.
Harvest from a confined field trial in Uganda shows a significantly higher yield (right) for the 3R Victoria potato, and without the use of fungicide.
Could bioengineered potatoes play a crucial role in food security?
Traffic flows past trees that have been felled to make way for a highway in Nairobi, Kenya on November 12, 2020.
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Parts of Nairobi are already dealing with temperature increases and reduction in humidity. These conditions are associated with increases in mortality, especially in children and the elderly.
Cape Town residents queueing to refill water containers at the Newlands Brewery Spring Water Point in January 2018.
Artificially dimming the sun, by injecting reflective particles into the upper atmosphere, could reduce the risk of Day Zero level droughts in Cape Town by more than 90% in the future.
Community engagement is a key tool in building sustainable interventions.
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In Ghana and elsewhere in Africa, NGO policies directing children’s welfare ignore indigenous knowledge on childhood, and how it can aid the sustainable implementation of interventions.
Drummer Jason Moser records a live-streamed performance in a South African theatre during lockdown.
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The plight of live music mapped in the new survey should concern anyone looking to the return of the country’s diverse live music scene.