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Eskom’s energy saving sarcasm

In the midst of a gripping electricity shortage, South Africa’s power utility appears at a loss on how to handle the crisis. The company’s utopian view of South African society, which is glaringly obvious in its media communications, comes at the expense of the very people it is targeting. Writes Sarah Bracking. Can you imagine…

Zimbabwe mobile operators to slash rates

Zimbabwe’s mobile regulatory authority – the Postal and Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) – has ordered all three mobile network operators to slash voice tariffs to 15 cents per minute with effect from December, down from 23 cents per minute. A new pricing model, known as long run incremental cost (LRIC) is being implemented in…

Young Cameroonian inventor wins prestigious award

Arthur Zang, a young entrepreneur from Cameroon, was among this year’s winners of the prestigious Rolex Awards for Enterprise for inventing what is perhaps Africa’s first medical tablet. The awards are given every year by the Royal Society of London, one of the oldest academic associations in the United Kingdom. The medical device allows health-care…

Nation-building cannot be externally-led – Kagame

Rebuilding a nation’s social fabric cannot follow any predetermined guidelines and will only succeed if owned by citizens, President Kagame told participants at a lecture at Chatham Housethemed “Rwanda’s role in an emerging Africa and uncertain world. Appearing on a panel besides Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House, President Kagame shared Rwanda’s story of rebuilding. Listing…

Top 100 Universities in Africa in 2013

The rankings of Africa’s top higher education institutions is provided by the 4 International Colleges & Universities (4icu). 4icu  is an international higher education search engine and directory reviewing accredited Universities and Colleges in the world. 4icu.org includes 11,160 Colleges and Universities, ranked by web popularity, in 200 countries. A quick look shows that South African…

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Profile: Rusagara, the cab driver who is pursuing a PhD

Yesterday, Jean Bosco Rusagara left for Mangalore University in India for a PhD in Business Administration after getting a scholarship from the India Council for Culture and Relations (ICCR). Now, many might be wondering why this is news given that…

5 Ways to Create a Better Day-to-Day Reality for Yourself

Author Brooke Alexandra: We all pray for simple ways to make our quality of life better, and in reality, it’s an inside job. We have to do the work ourselves and the more we incorporate healthy practices of the mind,…

Culture:The beat goes on in Lagos, Nigeria

Whether it’s Fela, film or fiction, Nigeria’s economic capital has a non-stop calendar of cultural events, but other cities have their offerings to the muses too. Freedom Park, a former colonial prison, has become the symbol of an artistic renaissance…

Vegetarianism is latest vogue

The term “vegetarian food” implies the food which includes vegetables, fruits, grains and cereals, milk…

Somalia in high speed internet ‘culture shock’

Internet cafes are popular in the capital, Mogadishu Some residents of Somalia’s capital have been…

Egypt jails four men for gay acts

A court in Egypt has sentenced four men to up to eight years in prison…

Terror grips Ebola-hit west Africa

Conakry (AFP) – Guinea battled Wednesday to contain an Ebola epidemic threatening neighbouring countries as…

anishing ice warning for ‘Africa’s Alps’

Rwenzori Mountains (Uganda) (AFP) – In swirling snow, John Medenge prods a thin ice bridge…

Return to African (hair) roots in Ivory Coast

Abidjan (AFP) – Remember the afro, the natural hairstyle forever synonymous with the “black is…

Don’t forget Mali’s refugees, aid groups urge

Nouakchott (AFP) – Mali’s conflict and the ensuing flood of refugees must not be forgotten…

Food scarcity in C.Africa as Muslim shopkeepers flee

Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) – Hit by looting and brutal violence, Muslim shopkeepers in…

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Rwanda’s growing online shoppers fall prey to smart Internet fraudsters

Jean marie wanted to buy a genuine Sony video camera at an affordable price, but…

The next frontier for women empowerment

Rwandan women have had an outstanding impact on our economic growth and societal development.  According…

Rwanda: the unreal story made at the BBC

Outrage at a BBC documentary on Rwanda broadcast at the beginning of this month continues…

‘Crucial’ to protect victims in mass rape trial of DRC officer

Kinshasa – It is “crucial” that hundreds of witnesses and victims are protected in the…

Five Countries You Don’t Want To Live In If You’re A Woman

Western nations like Canada have recently topped lists of best places for women to live. …

What happens to African migrants once they land in Italy during the summer?

August in southern Italy is known darkly as ‘boating season’ – the peak period for…

Does Nigeria have an image problem?

Some years ago, a British filmmaker discovered an exotic site in Nigeria: An entire community…

Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery

New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human…

Ebola: Where’s the education?

Ghana has been urged to take leaf off Nigeria’s book and educate its citizens about Ebola. It has been five months since the Ebola virus took its first victim in Guinea and since the first case in February, more than…

Ethiopia: There is a big need for infrastructure – Jemal Ahmed

The executive supervising MIDROC’s Ethiopian agriculture projects talks to The Africa Report about how rocketing consumption has been an opportunity for the company. The skyline of Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, would be incomplete without the MIDROC building – a column of…

Zimbabwe: A guide to Mugabe’s new regime

Even stagnation requires renewal, as Robert Mugabe well knows – he is the master of changing things up just to keep them the same (for himself at least). The latest Zanu-PF party conference, which concluded on Saturday, was a textbook…

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