Africa

South Africa: Countdown for Matric Results

Pretoria — The wait is almost over for the Class of 2016 as Matric learners will tomorrow find out their fate as the National Senior Certificate Examination (NSC) results are set to be released. AllAfrica This evening, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the… South Africa: Countdown… Read More »

Volunteerism: A prerequisite for Africa’s progress

The continent’s future lies in the hands of the youth who can successfully harness agriculture and clean energy. Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi Al Jazeera News “Africa will write its own history and, both north and south of the Sahara, it will be a history full of glory and dignity.” These profound words of… Volunteerism: A prerequisite for… Read More »

Can France hold corrupt African leaders to account?

The son of Equatorial Guinea’s president is on trial in France for misusing state funds. Al Jazeera The son of Equatorial Guinea’s president has been accused of widespread corruption and money laundering, but he is not being tried for it in his home country of Equatorial Guinea. Instead, Vice President Teodoro… Can France hold corrupt… Read More »

The hidden impediment to political change in Sudan

Even if the majority of the Sudanese prefer democracy, they will choose it with subdued enthusiasm. Ali Abu Maryam Al Jazeera News There is something conspicuously selfish about the generational behaviour of people. On the atomic… The hidden impediment… Read More »

End these ethnic clashes

The deadly traditional rivalry between neighbouring communities in the northwest of the country, which is often manifested in cattle rustling, has wreaked havoc for too long. Daily Nation There have been heavy casualties in terms of lives lost and homes razed as the raiders drive away cattle. People have been… End these ethnic… Read More »

Don’t Get Mired in Failed States

There are many forces out there in the world, based in failed states, who want to destroy the United States. They can’t. David A. Bell The National Interest THE MOST predictable crises the new administration will face will involve failed states, mired in Don’t Get Mired… Read More »

War on elephant poachers is front line to halt extinction

It is no coincidence that the demand for ivory has soared along with the rising wealth of Asia, particularly in China Asia Times Nicolas Delaunay It was one of the most momentous events in the battle against poaching: 11 giant pyres of elephant tusks going up in flames in Kenya as the world looked on. The largest destruction of… War on elephant poachers is… Read More »

Nigeria rice ‘contaminated, not plastic’ – NAFDAC

Lab tests on a consignment of rice seized by Nigerian customs officials show that the product is “contaminated” but not plastic, the National Agency For Food and Drugs (Nafdac) says. BBC News The rice contained bacteria “above permissible limits”, a senior Nafdac official said. Customs officials’ claims… Nigeria rice ‘contaminated… Read More »

The toothless United Nations must seize this last chance to save itself

As the new UN secretary general, António Guterres must make the security council matter again – we need it more than ever The Guardian Mary Dejevsky As the Syrian government and its backers tighten their grip on Aleppo, and Turkey and Russia reveal yet another ceasefire in Syria, the same questions trouble many an outraged onlooker. Has the United Nations ever… The toothless United… Read More »

The year 2017 will be one for capital markets

The year 2017 will be one for capital markets in Kenya if the array of products and innovations the Capital Markets Authority and other stakeholders have scheduled receive uptake. Daily Nation Gatuyu Justice After several false starts, the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) may launch a futures exchange. The NSE is expected… The year 2017 will be… Read More »

Who’s at fault for Egypt’s economic crisis?

The simplest solution to prevent declines in the price of any commodity is to have the producers of said commodity agree to cut production. Al Monitor Ahmed Fouad Such a move would lead, by extension, to reduced market saturation and a rise in demand for, and price of, the commodity in question. Yet, despite the simplicity of… Who’s at fault for… Read More »

Kenyan creativity broadens employment horizons for disabled people

A digital tool that helps disabled people find jobs and a convertible electric wheelchair that solves access issues could foster greater diversity in the Kenyan workplace The Guardian Kate Hodal Finding a job has never been an easy task for Frederick Ouko. Despite university degrees… Kenyan creativity broadens… Read More »

Defiant Gambian president refuses to step aside

Yahya Jammeh reiterates he won’t hand over power to president-elect Adama Barrow despite growing international pressure. Al Jazeera News Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has reiterated he won’t step down despite losing the December 1 election, as West African leaders and Western powers urged him to hand over power peacefully. Jammeh initially conceded… Defiant Gambian president refuses… Read More »