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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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COMMENT Covid-19 has caused frantic activity in Southern African and global higher education circles. A vibrant discourse on the characteristics of post-pandemic internationalisation has emerged. Drawing from the planning and policy term “wicked problem”, we argue that post-Covid 19 internationalisation of higher education, and higher education itself, has elements of “wickedness”.  A wicked problem does...
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COMMENT What do Olympian Wayde van Niekerk’s spritely coach, Tannie Ans and theatre legend Dr John Kani, have in common with actor Jackie Chan and media mogul Oprah Winfrey?  They’re all 65-years and older. Can you believe it?   It goes to show how many among our generation of retirees are not as “elderly” as we...
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Focus on health innovation The third edition of the Annual BIO Africa Convention, the biggest of its kind in Africa, ended on Wednesday.  This was a landmark convention, as it marked the first time it was held through a virtual platform.  This may explain why it had a richer programme than the previous two versions,...
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In 1996, Nelson Mandela launched the Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign. By the year 2000, he said, the continent should be able to declare itself polio-free. Polio is a virus that attacks the nervous system, usually of children. It is highly infectious and usually spread through contaminated water. When Mandela made his announcement, some...
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As Republicans and Democrats in the United States attempt to outdo each other on who is tougher on China, it is becoming clear that Africa will be drawn into this contest. Africa has already been positioned as a space in which China has to be “countered”. Western criticism of China’s presence in Africa is now...
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SPONSORED The BIO Africa Innovation Hub is a novel approach to support the bio-innovation pipeline in Africa. AfricaBio has partnered with Emory University to conceptualise building a digital entrepreneurial ecosystem to address the immediate (Covid-19) and long-term needs of bio-innovation in Africa. The Hub will host six portals (marketplace, idea center, funding and market access,...
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SPONSORED “The enterprise of science has been — and remains — complicit in systemic racism, and it must strive harder to correct those injustices and amplify marginalised voices”.  This editorial was written in Nature magazine more than a month ago, as protests against institutional racism raged around the world.  As we are writing during Women’s...
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