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28 Apr 2017
A climate in crisis: How climate change is making drought and humanitarian disaster worse in East Africa
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Nearly eleven million people in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia are dangerously hungry and in need of humanitarian assistance. The worst drought-affected areas in Somalia are on the brink of famine....
Crop-eating armyworm marches on, UN says Angola now hit
The fall armyworm, which decimates fields as it marches ever forward - has spread to Angola as the caterpillar eats its way through Southern Africa, UN officials said on Thursday. With Angola the...
25 Apr 2017
End to Eskom ‘stalemate’ will unleash wind market in 2017 – GWEC
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) expects a recovery in the deployment of wind projects in South Africa, following a hiatus in 2016 brought about by Eskom’s refusal to enter into power purchase...
South Sudan says secures $106 mln from donors, will buy food
South Sudan has secured $106-million from the World Bank and the African Development Bank, in part to pay for food imports as millions face starvation and to fund the construction of a road to...
Are credit rating agencies the problem or part of the solution?
When it comes to the economic reputation of a country are credit rating agencies (CRAs) part of the problem or part of the solution? This question has received increasing focus since the 2008...
24 Apr 2017
Kenya promises to curb election-related violence amid party primaries
The Kenyan government on Monday promised "decisive action" to stem a surge in violence during party primary elections in a country still haunted by the ethnic bloodletting that followed a disputed...
Is Nairobi’s governor right that the city ‘never had’ a development plan before him?
Kenya’s capital Nairobi is often referred to as the “Green City in the Sun”. But residents say the city has lost some of its lustre, as service delivery and ageing infrastructure struggle to keep...
21 Apr 2017
Kenyan forces say 52 al Shabaab fighters killed in Somalia
Kenyan troops killed 52 al Shabaab fighters in an attack on the militants' camp in southern Somalia on Friday, a military spokesperson said. Colonel Joseph Owuoth, spokesperson for Kenya Defence...
20 Apr 2017
Kenya's president warns against violence during party nominations
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Thursday his government would not tolerate violence between rival camps of supporters in party primaries before a national election in August. Two...
South Africa's ANC can stay a liberation movement and govern well
The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s governing party, is weakening. It has recently committed some terrible mistakes in government. High on the list of errors is its decision to...
13 Apr 2017
South Africa's crisis: Calling things by their true name
Frustrated by the promiscuous use of the accusation of “corruption” to cover all sins, in recent days some scholars of contemporary South African politics have offered alternative framings. Indeed,...
12 Apr 2017
Baker McKenzie launches 'first of its kind' Global Antitrust Dawn Raid App
Baker McKenzie has launched a global version of its Dawn Raid App, a mobile application that, across 44 countries, provides clients experiencing a raid with real-time step-by-step guidance on their...
10 Apr 2017
Kenya’s budget speech: Do claims about power, investment & roads add up?
As the keeper of Kenya’s public purse, cabinet secretary Henry Rotich explained to the National Assembly on 30 March how the hundreds of billions in Kenya’s 2017/18 budget will be disbursed. He...
South Africans are learning that they're not that exceptional after all
There was a time that South Africa looked very different to the rest of Africa. The “rainbow nation” was seen by many – including a lot of its own citizens – to be exceptional, having more in...
28 Mar 2017
Number of Kenyans going hungry doubles to 3 million
The number of Kenyans needing emergency food aid has doubled in the past three months to three-million, the Red Cross said on Tuesday, as the impact of a devastating drought worsens. Kenya is one...
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