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Learning to read is a journey: a study identifies where South African kids go off track

Learning to read is a journey: a study identifies where South African kids go off track

7th June 2023 Any parent who has watched a child learning to read knows that it is a journey. Various skills and processes must come together and build “brick by... 

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Census data in West Africa is badly out of date: 5 reasons fresh population statistics are crucial

6th June 2023 West Africa, an area composed of 16 countries, is one of the fastest growing regions in the world. The region has a population of over 350-million,... 

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Farming in South Africa is being hobbled by power cuts and poor roads. Rural towns are being hit hardest

6th June 2023 South Africa’s agriculture has had great consecutive seasons since 2019/20. The sector’s gross value added grew by 14.9% in 2020, 8.8% in 2021 and... 

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Nigeria’s security situation has got worse: what Tinubu’s administration needs to do about it

6th June 2023 Nigeria’s new president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has promised to make security a top priority of his administration. In his inaugural speech he... 

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Tanzania has moved its capital from Dar after a 50-year wait - but is Dodoma ready?

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2023 Tanzania designated Dodoma as its new capital in place of the seaside city of Dar es Salaam following a public referendum 50 years ago. Since then,... 

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Harry Oppenheimer biography shows the South African mining magnate’s hand in economic policies

2nd June 2023 In Harry Oppenheimer: Diamonds, Gold and Dynasty, his outstanding biography of the South African mining magnate who died in 2000, Michael Cardo... 

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Free secondary education in African countries is on the rise - but is it the best policy? What the evidence says

2nd June 2023 When South Sudanese President Salva Kiir announced the abolition of secondary school fees in South Sudan in February 2023, he was following several... 

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South Africa’s power blackouts: solutions lie in solar farms and battery storage at scale, and an end to state monopoly

2nd June 2023 Rolling blackouts are costing South Africa dearly. The electricity crisis is a barrier to growth, destroys investor confidence and handicaps almost... 

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Remembering South Africa’s “Grand Geek” Barry Dwolatzky - engineer and programming pioneer

1st June 2023 To some of his former students, Professor Barry Dwolatzky was the “Grand Geek” – a name of which he was very proud. But Barry, who passed away in... 

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West African countries show how decades of working together build peace, and stop wars breaking out

1st June 2023 Africa is often portrayed as a continent ravaged by war, terrorism, poverty and political instability. But over the past five decades few violent... 

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