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Uganda’s battle for the youth vote – how Museveni keeps Bobi Wine’s reach in check

17th January 2024 Uganda is one of the youngest countries in the world, with an average age of 15.9 years. Young people aged below 30 make up about 77% of the... 

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20 years ago South Africa had 40 qualified astronomers – all white. How it’s opened space science and developed skills since then

16th January 2024 South African astronomy started an important journey two decades ago, when an initiative to attract and train future scientists in the field... 

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Healthy food is hard to come by in Cape Town’s poorer areas: how community gardens can fix that

16th January 2024 In 1950, as part of the Group Areas Act, South Africa’s apartheid government banished people of colour to outlying areas, away from central... 

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60% of Africa’s food is based on wheat, rice and maize – the continent’s crop treasure trove is being neglected

16th January 2024 African countries have become reliant on a few food items. Just 20 plant species now provide 90% of our food, with three – wheat, maize and rice –... 

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South Africa’s new intelligence bill is meant to stem abuses – what’s good and bad about it

12th January 2024 When South Africa became a constitutional democracy in 1994, it replaced its apartheid-era intelligence apparatus with a new one aimed at serving... 

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South Africa’s new plan to end power cuts is seriously flawed. Here’s why

11th January 2024 South Africa experienced unprecedented electricity shortages in 2023 as ageing coal plants became increasingly prone to breakdowns. The country... 

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South Africa’s genocide case against Israel: expert sets out what to expect from the International Court of Justice

10th January 2024 The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will be holding public hearings on 11-12 January at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the seat of the court,... 

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Ghana’s electricity crisis is holding the country back - how it got here

10th January 2024 For well over a decade Ghana was exalted as one of the most promising and fastest growing economies on the continent. But recent reports of the... 

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Scramble for the Sahel – why France, Russia, China and the United States are interested in the region

9th January 2024 The Sahel, a region 3,860km wide located south of the Sahara Desert and stretching east-west across the African continent, has been a focus of... 

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African countries at COP28: several big wins and a united voice

14th December 2023 African countries entered the recent COP28 negotiations on climate change in high spirits. Before this conference, in September, African government... 

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