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Could southern Africa eliminate malaria by 2018?

Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland are close to completely eliminating malaria, and by 2018, hope to join Mauritius and the Seychelles, who are already free of the disease. This development is now becoming an example for countries further north in Africa, who are still struggling with out-dated methods and ineffective attempts to control malaria. […]

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Morocco is about to build a huge solar plant in the desert

Morocco is now en-route to becoming the world’s leading supplier of solar energy, thanks to The Noor Solar Project, a mega solar plant being built just outside Ouarzazate, Morocco’s “door to the desert." The project is entering its first phase, Noor 1, next month. Over 500,000 solar mirrors will be line the desert’s horizon, tracking […]

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Flying Donkeys in Rwanda – Africa’s first country to introduce “cargo drones"

Rwanda may become the first African country to develop a network of “droneports" designed to deliver urgent cargo to remote parts of the country using small drones that can carry up to 10kg. Firm Foster, a London-based architecture firm and Afrotech, an African technology institute in Switzerland are at the forefront of the pioneering project. […]

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How the people of Burkina Faso defeated an authoritarian coup

On September 16th this year, both the Burkina Faso Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida and the Interim President Michel Kafando were taken hostage by the presidential guard (the RSP), seizing control of the country and threatening to send it into political chaos. By taking the country hostage, the RSP hoped to manipulate the political transition […]

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Tunisia’s post office is going crypto

By Grace Caffyn Tunisia’s post office, La Poste Tunisienne, today revealed it is testing a cryptocurrency-powered payments app for 600,000 of its customers. In partnership with startups Monetas and DigitUs, the hybrid service provider – which runs eDinar, Tunisia’s official mobile money – will launch a multi-purpose app for the growing number of smartphone users in the North African […]

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The Moroccan invasion: Casablanca banks charge into sub-Saharan Africa

By Nadia Rabbaa Three Moroccan banks – one part owned by a royal holding company – have led an expansion charge into sub-Saharan Africa. Now, they have changed tack, seeking slower growth and consolidation. To give them valuable experience and seize opportunities beyond the domestic market, the government of an Asian country with a medium-sized […]

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The man who revealed there’s a lot more water in Africa than anybody thought speaks out

By Liz Kalaugher Back in 2012, Alan MacDonald’s paper in Environmental Research Letters (ERL) revealed that there’s a lot more water beneath the African continent than most people suspected. “Quantitative maps of groundwater resources in Africa” is one of the open-access journal’s most highly downloaded papers, clocking up more than 83,000 downloads and 49 citations […]

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WATCH – How did Trevor Noah cope in his debut as Daily Show host?

Following in John Stewart’s footsteps as host of the Daily Show is the toughest job in TV right now. Step up, Trevor Noah. The South African comedian made his debut on America’s favourite tongue-in-cheek news programme last night. “The family has a new stepdad,” Noah quipped. “And he’s black." Shrugging off rumours that other potential hosts had […]

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UN sustainable development goals paper over obvious madness with false hopes

As the UN and the world’s governments ratify the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) we must be clear that they do not represent the best interests of the world’s majority — those that are currently exploited and oppressed within the current economic and political order. The SDGs claim they can eradicate poverty in all its forms […]

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Can this mobile app solve Senegal’s sustainable fishing conundrum?

Today, Senegal’s vast coastline provides more than enough fish to support its people. But that does not mean it will be able to do so forevermore. Senegal’s burgeoning population of 14 million is expected to see year-on-year growth for the rest of this decade and into the next, prompting many to question whether its fishing industry will be […]

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‘Everything is nothing without peace’ – How is Tanzania ensuring a peaceful presidential handover?

Key players in Tanzanian politics met for two days this week to discuss a peaceful transition from outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete, the 4th President of the United Republic of Tanzania, to the would-be fifth president after the General Elections due next month. Three institutions, namely the Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung (KAS), the Inter-Religious Council for Peace […]

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