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Covid-19 cases have been increasing rapidly but Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has assured the public that the government is pulling out all the stops to ensure the country gets vaccines.  The total reported cases have risen to more than a million, 29 577 people have died and about 900 000 have recovered from Covid-19. The...
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Like any other continent, Africa is a complex and fragmented place. Africans are just as capable of otherisation as people from any part of the world, and just as capable of resorting to dramatic violence in its service.  Pan-Africanism should be an ideological safeguard against this structural violence, but today’s Pan-Africanism as praxis is an...
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NEWS ANALYSIS In a lengthy interview with Jeune Afrique magazine earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey of fuelling anti-French sentiments in Africa by playing on “post-colonial resentment”. Whether Africans need a third party to remind them about what they survived under French colonial rule is the subject for another article.  But what...
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Africa is the cradle of humankind. All humans are descendants from this common pool of ancestors. Africa and its multitude of ethnolinguistic groups are therefore fundamental to learning more about humans and our origins. A genome is the complete set of genetic information in a cell. We inherit our genomes from our parents. Studying the...
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Cryptocurrency assets would be treated like financial products under South Africa’s Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services (FAIS) Act, under a draft declaration by a financial regulator. “The Declaration would have the effect that any person furnishing advice or rendering intermediary services in relation to crypto assets must be authorised under the FAIS Act as a...
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Current State of Play of the AfCFTA In April the secretariat of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement announced that the July 2020 launch would be postponed. The launch is now set for January 2021. Africa needs this agreement to facilitate enhanced intra-Africa and international trade as a cornerstone of the African Union’s...
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South Africa’s former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, provoked a political storm recently when she suggested that public servants implicated in grand corruption should be given the chance to apply for amnesty. Many South Africans, weary of rampant, unchecked and unaccountable corruption, could be forgiven for asking: what on earth was she thinking? Madonsela won the...
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Visit almost any big museum in Europe and you would be forgiven for likening it to a crime scene. On display behind glass cabinets — sometimes cordoned off by stanchions and velvet ropes; other times by security officers — are artefacts and paintings that were brought over to these cities during the colonial era; many...
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COMMENT A revolution in healthcare is brewing in Africa. Although people aren’t marching in the streets in celebration, behind the scenes, thousands of healthcare workers are learning new skills to provide best-practice speciality care that is saving lives across the continent. More than 140 000 people living with HIV in Namibia are now being treated...
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The Covid-19 pandemic crisis has worsened the vulnerabilities caused by the excessive reliance of African economies on world markets.  Africa’s main trade partners include the European Union, China, the United States and United Kingdom. Together they represent more than 50% of the continent’s trade flows.  Africa’s dependence on external markets for medicinal and pharmaceutical products...
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