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Aid trickles into Tigray as starvation looms

Rights organisations fear a repeat of Ethiopia’s deadly 1984 famine amid conflict in Tigray

No justice for Zimbabwe’s ‘disappeared’

It’s seven years since Itai Dzamara disappeared after stepping out for a haircut. He's one of legions of Zimbabwe’s ‘vanished’

The state of the world’s human rights

International lobby group Amnesty International released its annual report on human rights around the world this week. Issues surrounding Covid were front and ...

Inside Bothwell Mazarura’s journey to top mining executive

From a corner of rural Zimbabwe to the corner office, Kumba’s CFO has come a long way in his corporate finance career. And he’s had to grapple with some deep ...

Belgium’s AfricaMuseum has a reckoning with the past

Belgium’s AfricaMuseum shut its doors for five years as it came to terms with the brutality of the country’s colonial past. Now it’s turning its focus to ...

Harare’s health-care brain drain

The pandemic has ramped up international demand for qualified health-care workers. That’s been something of a boon for Zimbabwe’s underpaid nurses and ...

Ethiopia: a wounded land

As Ethiopia’s war in Tigray drags on, SA has promised a helping hand to the beleaguered region

Copper gets a Zambian tax boost

Zambia has introduced a friendlier minerals tax regime as it hopes to ramp up copper production to take advantage of the commodity boom

What will become of Kenya’s refugees?

About 430,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in Kenya face an uncertain future after the decision to shut the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps by the end of June

Burkina Faso: a sorry state

Last month’s coup in Burkina Faso is the latest in a long line of unconstitutional changes of government in the West African country and the region. Threats of ...

How Covid decimated Lesotho’s textile industry

Lesotho’s textiles sector — the biggest employer after government — has been gutted by the pandemic. Women workers are bearing the brunt of the hardship

Polls and pessimism: outlook for Africa in 2022

It looks like more of the same for Africa in 2022, as long-running conflicts drag on, post-coup transitions are delayed and the continent gets set for some ...

A cautious shift in Africa-China relations

China’s relations with Africa could be moving towards private sector-led development as the country looks to reduce risk — reputational and otherwise — in its ...

Behind the long, long wait for a Zimbabwean passport

Zimbabwe has brought down its passport backlog from 400,000 last August to about 185,000. But accessing travel documents quickly is a prohibitively expensive ...

Recalling Seychelles’ coup de farce

It’s 40 years since one of the more bizarre incidents in SA’s history: Col ‘Mad’ Mike Hoare’s attempted coup in the Seychelles

Eswatini: hoping for a miracle

Religious leaders from Southern Africa are hoping to achieve what has so far proved impossible: getting Eswatini’s conflicting parties around the negotiating ...