Ancient fermentation techniques are an example of African chemistry in action.
Knowledge is power. If you own it, you can control those without it. Since so much knowledge about Africa doesn't sit on the continent, it's apparent that Africa lacks power in this regard.
A decision by South African hotel and casino group, Sun International to pull out of Nigeria raises many questions about the conditions of doing business in the second largest economy in Africa.
Around 94% of litter on South African beaches is made of plastic, of which 77% is packaging.
Waste plastic affects marine life significantly but better education and recyclable plastics could go a long way in resolving this issue.
One South African school issues ‘demerits’ if their pupils speak anything but English.
David Ritchie/Cape Argus
Schools and universities in post-colonial contexts still operate within the logic of coloniality. This is starkly illustrated by their language policies.
Meter taxi companies want to level the playing fields between themselves and Uber.
E-hailing services have vowed to revolutionise the transportation industry. But they've also left city officials scratching their heads about regulations and traditional metered taxi drivers fuming.
South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa (L) and President Jacob Zuma. Ramaphosa has described the ANC government as being at war with itself.
South Africa has reached a critical point. If patronage politicians win the battle within the ruling ANC and complete the capture of the state, the country will slip from stagnation into the abyss.
President Jacob Zuma is accused of using the Hawks to target his finance minister, Pravin Gordhan.
The battle between South Africa's finance minister Pravin Gordhan and the country's elite police unit is once more grabbing headlines. What are the points of law around the matter?
Crime is not at all evenly distributed in any country or city, so smaller scale data is essential.
South Africa releases crime statistics once a year. Politicians interpret them according to their particular agendas. Here's a guide to what to look for and how to make sense of the trends.
Load shedding has stopped in South Africa over the last year but that doesn’t mean the country’s power problems are all gone.
It would be better to proactively restructure South Africa's electricity sector to spur innovation and investment and reduce costs before another crisis hits and further derails the economy.
South Africa’s elite police unit, the Hawks, block a street during an operation.
Independent Media/Picture:Bhekikhaya Mabaso
The main criticism leveled at the body that oversees the work of South Africa's elite police unit, the Hawks, is that it lacks the power to initiate investigations, making it ineffective.
Luvo Manyonga after winning the silver medal in the men’s long jump at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
A South African Olympic silver medallist achieved something remarkable, especially after testing positive for methamphetamine use in 2012. But care needs to be taken in how this narrative is framed.
When online and offline learning experiences meet, magic can happen.
MOOCs are an opportunity for African universities to bring the continent's thinkers and theories to the world. They also have great benefits for full-time students to experience a flipped classroom.
Kenyan youth chant in celebration before the arrival of Pope Francis at the Kasarani stadium in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
The African Union has identified youth as critical for development. But, a new survey reveals a wide gap between these aspirations and the reality of youth public engagement on the continent.
South Africa’s outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela during a briefing with journalists in Johannesburg
In many ways the office of the Public Protector has become the barometer of the state of South Africa’s constitutional democracy.
Young Kenyan entrepreneurs hard at work. Such enterprise must be encouraged.
African governments and businesses must do more to assist young people by creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem to support them. Without this support, all of their potential may stutter and die.
Anti-rape protesters at President Jacob Zuma’s election results speech.
The ghost of ‘Khwezi’ – the woman who accused Jacob Zuma of rape in 2006 – continues to haunt him, just as the spectre of rape continues to haunt South Africa.
The African Union laboratory in Nansana, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda.
Ikko Kobayashi and Fumi Kashimura/Terrain-Architects
There is a growing trend of designing modernised replicas of traditional buildings for entertainment and tourism. That’s no way to salvage positive lessons from building traditions.
Supporters of South Africa’s governing ANC during President Jacob Zuma’s election campaign in Pretoria.
For more than 20 years the ANC's electoral support has appeared unyielding to the obvious weaknesses of its performance in government. To fall below 60% is psychologically significant for the party.
A scientist at the University of Cape Town’s H3D drug discovery centre.
Scientists have discovered a second new compound that could eventually be developed into a medicine to help eradicate malaria.
South African universities are under enormous financial pressure. They also face a fresh round of student protests ahead of a decision on next year's fees. Hard choices need to be made.