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Safeguarding our communities through the Covid-19 pandemic
Safeguarding our communities through the Covid-19 pandemic

Financial leaders are at a tipping point. The choices they are making today will become the bedrock of the industry for years to come...

By Olga Arara-Kimani 3 days ago

New partnership to fight impact of climate change in vulnerable communities
New partnership to fight impact of climate change in vulnerable communities

Accredited as an implementing partner, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will work with the Adaptation Fund on projects to help vulnerable countries fight the harmful effects of climate change...

3 days ago

Why rural electrification won't fix deforestation in Zimbabwe
Why rural electrification won't fix deforestation in Zimbabwe

Reliance on biomass such as fuelwood for energy in rural areas has a strong bearing on Zimbabwe's environment...

By Ellen Fungisai Chipango 3 Jul 2020

Post-Covid-19: Delivering sustainable energy across Africa
Post-Covid-19: Delivering sustainable energy across Africa

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the operating environment for both the public and private sectors as a result of the unprecedented lockdowns and restrictions put in place by countries to curb infections...

By Siyabonga Mbanjwa 30 Jun 2020

Covid-19, Africa's conservation and trophy hunting dilemma
Covid-19, Africa's conservation and trophy hunting dilemma

Wildlife conservation hasn't escaped the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic...

By Duan Biggs, Alexander Richard Braczkowski, Alta De Vos, Hayley Clements 30 Jun 2020

Maria Helena Semedo, deputy director-general, UN FAO
We must act now to avert an imminent food crisis in Africa

The Covid-19 pandemic has reached Africa at a time when the continent is already grappling with multiple crises...

By Maria Helena Semedo 30 Jun 2020

Megaprojects in Addis Ababa raise questions about spatial justice
Megaprojects in Addis Ababa raise questions about spatial justice

Urban investments across the African continent are at an all-time high. Yet the nature of these investments differs starkly across cities....

By Biruk Terrefe 24 Jun 2020

Covid-19 jeopardising progress made in protecting women, girls from violence, harmful practices
Covid-19 jeopardising progress made in protecting women, girls from violence, harmful practices

The passing of laws to end child marriage resulted in blocking thousands of child marriages and enabling second chance education for girls...

By Justine Coulson, Roberta Clarke, and Mohamed M. Fall 17 Jun 2020

#YouthMonth: What do all these #movements want?
#YouthMonth: What do all these #movements want?

One of the things that the outbreak of Covid-19 has made clear is that all of us are in the same boat, whether we like it or not. What happens in China affects all of us. What happens in the US affects all of us. What happens in South Africa affects all of us...

By Charles Siboto 12 Jun 2020

3 ways blockchain could get the world to act against the climate crisis
3 ways blockchain could get the world to act against the climate crisis

The world has failed to halt global warming. Four years after the signing of the Paris Agreement, most experts predict global warming will exceed the agreed thresholds...

By Bernhard Reinsberg 12 Jun 2020

How socially-led innovation can bring positive change in unchartered times
How socially-led innovation can bring positive change in unchartered times

There's an old and somewhat overused saying attributed to Winston Churchill that is nevertheless appropriate in these uncertain times: never let a good crisis go to waste...

By Muhammad Nabil 11 Jun 2020

Moves are afoot in Africa to keep more women in science careers
Moves are afoot in Africa to keep more women in science careers

Women scientists have a vital part to play in scientific leadership and in contributing to Africa's development and transformation...

By Barbara Tiedeu 10 Jun 2020

Pandora commits to using only recycled silver and gold from 2025
Pandora commits to using only recycled silver and gold from 2025

The world's largest jewellery maker will stop using newly mined silver and gold in its jewellery by 2025 and only buy from recycled sources...

9 Jun 2020

The urban poor have been hit hard by coronavirus. We must ask who cities are designed to serve
The urban poor have been hit hard by coronavirus. We must ask who cities are designed to serve

The enormous death toll in New York City, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in the US, led New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, to write...

By Colin McFarlane 8 Jun 2020

Sokowatch e-voucher scheme delivers relief to Kenya's vulnerable
Sokowatch e-voucher scheme delivers relief to Kenya's vulnerable

East African startup Sokowatch has launched an e-voucher scheme to help ensure that essential food and goods are available, free of charge, to vulnerable families...

5 Jun 2020

Africa, waste and the butterfly effect
Africa, waste and the butterfly effect

In light of the 57th Africa Day last month, we are prompted to reflect on the havoc that Covid-19 is wreaking not only across the continent, but across the world...

By Adwoa Coleman 4 Jun 2020

Kotex launches global She Can Initiative on 100th anniversary
Kotex launches global She Can Initiative on 100th anniversary

Kotex is commemorating its 100th anniversary by committing to expand menstrual hygiene education and access through its global She Can Initiative...

2 Jun 2020

After Covid-19, Africa can build back better
After Covid-19, Africa can build back better

These are challenging times for Africa and the rest of our global village...

By Amina J. Mohammed 28 May 2020

Why Ford, Chanel and other companies pitch in during a crisis - without the government ordering them to
Why Ford, Chanel and other companies pitch in during a crisis - without the government ordering them to

Severe shortages of critical medical supplies have prompted governments to compel private companies to fill the gap...

By Elham Mafi-Kreft and Steven Kreft 26 May 2020

#AfricaDay: A celebration of resilience
#AfricaDay: A celebration of resilience

On this Africa Day 2020, we celebrate our resilience in the face of the disruptive Covid-19 pandemic...

By Dr Mamphela Ramphele 25 May 2020

A resilient Africa will continue to rise above the Covid-19 crisis
A resilient Africa will continue to rise above the Covid-19 crisis

Let's not allow the very real challenges of the virus overshadow the progress Africa has made...

By Pieter Bensch 25 May 2020

Global solidarity with Africa is an imperative
Global solidarity with Africa is an imperative

As Covid-19 spreads across the continent, Africa has responded swiftly to the pandemic and, as of now, reported cases are lower than feared...

By António Guterres 21 May 2020

Q&A: Mmusi Maimane talks 'One South Africa' digital platform
Q&A: Mmusi Maimane talks 'One South Africa' digital platform

Mmusi Maimane, the chief activist of 'One South Africa' Movement (OSA), recently launched its digital platform to connect and engage with South Africans through these unprecedented times...

By Evan-Lee Courie 21 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Continued support needed from government, corporates, ordinary citizens
#LockdownLessons: Continued support needed from government, corporates, ordinary citizens

Njombo Lekula, MD at PPC, shares his experience of the current Covid-19 crisis and how his organisation is navigating these unusual times...

By Sindy Peters 19 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: We are only as strong as our most vulnerable
#LockdownLessons: We are only as strong as our most vulnerable

Amina Rai, regional communication officer for the UNHCR Private Sector Partnerships Africa, shares her experience of the current Covid-19 crisis and how her organisation is navigating these unusual times...

By Sindy Peters 18 May 2020

Mami Wata donates online profits to grassroots surf businesses in Africa
Mami Wata donates online profits to grassroots surf businesses in Africa

South African surf brand, Mami Wata, is donating 100% of the profits from sales on its online store to supporting grassroots African surf businesses impacted by Covid-19...

24 Apr 2020

Pepkor donates over R2m towards Covid-19 relief
Pepkor donates over R2m towards Covid-19 relief

Pepkor is supporting the fight against Covid-19 by donating a portion of senior leadership's salaries to relief efforts and having its clothing manufacturing division produce face masks...

23 Apr 2020

Africa's unique opportunity for post-pandemic rejuvenation
Africa's unique opportunity for post-pandemic rejuvenation

It has taken a tiny organism, SARS-CoV-2, to get even the most conservative traditionalists to accept that state institutions are essential...

By Dr Mamphela Ramphele 17 Apr 2020

Defy to begin building ventilators in SA this May
Defy to begin building ventilators in SA this May

The company aims to help cater to the demand for medical equipment across sub-Saharan Africa...

14 Apr 2020

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