Zimbabwe’s (newest) bid to muzzle free speech

Critics say Zimbabwe’s government is targeting opposition politicians and activists, using the law to muzzle dissent. It’s not a sustainable strategy

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Zimbabwe’s desperate measures

In an effort to boost its coffers, Zimbabwe’s government is trying to draw the struggling informal sector into the official tax net

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Kazungula bridge: A new gateway into Africa

With the Kazungula bridge between Botswana and Zambia set to open soon, Beitbridge’s dominance of Africa’s north-south trade route is under threat

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Pandemic punctures Africa’s prospects

The economic and financial market shocks unleashed by Covid-19 have worsened an already declining investment landscape in Africa. But there are various ...

Kenyan women take on male-dominated artisanal mining

Poverty, unemployment and a lack of opportunity have driven women into the traditionally male-dominated world of artisanal mining in Kenya

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Vale’s Mozambique coal project: A bottomless pit?

After 10 straight years of losses in its Moatize coal project, Brazilian mining major Vale is planning its exit from Mozambique

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Zimbabwe’s hospitals buckle under Covid-19 strain

Zimbabwe’s creaking health system is buckling under the strain of a surge in Covid-19, with a critical shortage of equipment and exorbitant admittance fees ...

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How desperate workers are now entering SA under the Beitbridge

As river patrols and helicopter surveillance make it difficult for border-jumpers between SA and Zimbabwe to cross the Limpopo River, they’re finding new ways ...

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RONAK GOPALDAS: What lies ahead for Africa in 2021?

In 2020, the continent was battered by Covid, conflict and a commodity price rout. What lies ahead?

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Africa rising as citizens take on governments

After an initial slump in the number of protests around Africa as a result of Covid-induced lockdowns, citizens have again returned to the streets — and are ...

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Inside Zimbabwe’s gold underworld

The decriminalisation of digging for gold was supposed to open Zimbabwe’s metals sector. Instead, it’s given rise to a violent, criminal underworld

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Ethiopia’s ‘war of visions’

The conflict between the federal government and the ruling party in the northern region of Tigray has the hallmarks of civil war, say analysts. And neither ...

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Three years later: No better than Mugabe

This week marks three years since the coup that unseated Robert Mugabe. To what extent has his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, been able to turn the ship of ...

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Zimbabwe’s keyboard warriors rise to the occasion

With Zimbabwe authorities’ responses to protest becoming increasingly heavy-handed, keyboards are the new weapon of choice for citizens intent on confronting a ...

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Going deep into Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado extremism

To counter violent extremism in places such as Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado properly, it’s necessary to understand the root causes of such conflicts and how ...

Covid rips through Kenya’s private school system

As Kenya pushes the reopening of its schools to 2021, thousands of private schools are at risk of shutting their doors permanently

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