A farmer sitting on a water tank he uses to supply his livestock.
The current drought in southern Africa is as a result of a powerful El Niño event. Better planning and forecasting could help mitigate the effects.
Some South African universities said they felt sufficiently threatened to obtain interdicts against protesting students.
Universities were widely criticised for turning to the courts during a series of student protests in South Africa. So why did they do it, and did the interdict process work?
Pied crow numbers are growing because of powerlines and climate change. This growth is distressing to some.
South Africa's pied crows are moving to areas where the climate suits them more.
Africa’s future academics must be found, developed, nurtured and retained.
Africa needs to develop a new generation of academics to drive the continent's teaching, learning, research and critical thinking into the future.
South African student protesters make their feelings clear: education is a right and should be free.
As South Africa's students call for free university tuition, it's worth asking whether higher education would be free in a truly just society.
Thousands of students from the University of the Witwatersrand demonstrate during protests against fee increases which have spread to other major universities in the country.
Innovative new forms of funding must be pursued to address the higher education challenges in South Africa.
A protesting student is arrested at the University of Cape Town.
Financial access dominated discussions at the 2015 South Africa's higher education summit. It was a chance for leaders to act – but they didn't.
Hydrocephalus is the build-up of fluid pressure which compresses the brain and causes the skull to enlarge.
Much research has been focused on finding a non-invasive way to measure pressure in the brain, which is an important part of accurately diagnosing neurosurgical conditions.
A Colorado Springs officer with a body-worn camera. There is growing support to introduce the technology in South Africa.
Police brutality is an ongoing problem in South Africa. Police-worn body cameras may help reduce such incidents by improving accountability. They may also contribute to the safety of officers.
Understanding how evolution affects behaviour can help address societal problems.
Evolution also does not claim humans evolved from primates. Neither does it say non-human primates, including monkeys, baboons, chimpanzees and gorillas, will evolve into humans with time.
Projects are underway to address sustainable energy transitions in cities like Uganda’s Kasese.
Sustainable energy is crucial for smaller African cities which are generally overlooked. These cities receive much less research and funding focus.
A woman in Africa reads on a tablet computer. The opposition between orality and literacy has been shown to be a false one.
It may seem that in Africa, oral culture has the upper hand over literacy. But this is not the case.
Opter pour des énergies modestes en carbone, à l’instar du solaire, devrait permettre à l’Afrique de ne pas aggraver l’impact du réchauffement climatique planétaire.
Comment soutenir la croissance en Afrique pour éradiquer la pauvreté ? En adoptant dès aujourd'hui des politiques énergétiques pauvres en carbone.
Solar panels are installed at a project in South Africa’s Northern Cape province.
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Renewable energy programmes in South Africa need stronger policies to ensure that communities benefit.
Geese are becoming a serious problem on golf courses in the Western Cape and need active management.
Geese droppings on golf courses are a source of great irritation for golfers . They are now calling for the birds to be properly managed.
Thomas Piketty argues that education is a big equaliser in a highly unequal society like South Africa. But it must be good quality education.
Twenty years ago, Brazil and South Africa were in a similar position when it comes to inequality. Brazil has made significant progress in addressing this, but South Africa hasn't.
Researchers at the University of Cape Town trying to understand the mutation in the gene that causes night blindness, loss of peripheral vision and eventual blindness.
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Stem cell research underway in South Africa is the first step to understanding how mutations cause a retinal disease and whether repairing the defect in the cell may reverse the disease process.
Low carbon choices such as solar power are essential for the African continent, if it intends to stop the harmful global warming effects.
For the sake of mitigating climate change, the African continent needs to make low carbon energy choices.
Young entrepreneurs like Nigerian taxi boss Bankole Cardoso (26) want to learn how to do business - but they also want something very different from the traditional, structured MBA.
Young, entrepreneurial Africans want more flexibility and values-based learning than they feel is offered by a traditional MBA.
A visually impaired young girl reads a Braille notice. Retinal dysfunction results in one in 3 500 people suffering night blindness, loss of peripheral vision and later complete blindness.
Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Today is the start of World Retinal Week. Establishing retinal degenerative disorders in Africa is challenged by the unique genetic diversity of Africans.