Politics

Banks warn against South Africa land reform bill

As a proposal to seize white-owned farms looks set to upend Mandela’s post-apartheid vision, businesses warn it puts more than just race relations in jeopardy. By Donald Paul in Cape Town. The so-called ‘willing buyer, willing seller’ model negotiated by…

Was Tanzania vindicated on Covid testing claims?

A scientist with a PhD in chemistry, President Magufuli abandoned Covid-19 testing after his own trials allegedly showed fruit juice and engine oil testing positive for the virus. Yet despite being widely ridiculed at the time, many are asking whether…

Magufuli’s Covid response saved thousands of lives 

He may have been ridiculed in the West for rejecting lockdowns and encouraging prayer-a-thons. But as ex-World Health Organization scientist Dr David Bell explains, Tanzania's late president John Magufuli is not seen as a pariah by many in the scientific…

Western populists risk killing safari industry 

With the West imposing Covid-19 quarantine laws against travellers from Africa, the future of the continent’s lucrative safari industry hangs in the balance. And, as Britt Collins discovers, a collapse in tourist numbers not only risks pushing millions into poverty,…

Rebels unite in Central African Republic

Wracked by sectarian violence for decades, rival rebel groups in the Central African Republic have joined forces to overthrow the government, following a disputed election. But, as war correspondent Jack Losh reports, it’s still business as usual for the long-suffering…

Somali impasse threatens regional peace

As last month’s deadline to choose a new president is missed, Somalia’s politicians are risking instability across East Africa. By Zachary Ochieng in Nairobi.   The crisis in Somalia continues to escalate as politicians squabble over elections in the war-torn…
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