A good museum experience pays off for the tourism sector in Ghana

26 September 2020, 12:36 PM
The 2019 Year of Return, when Ghana welcomed Africans in the diaspora to participate in events associated with the country’s rich cultural heritage, was an opportunity to learn more about what tourists want. One million foreign visitors entered the country to mark 400 years of the first enslaved Africans arriving in the United States
We looked at the link between sexual violence and unintended pregnancy in South Africa 25 September 2020, 9:30 PM

Early unintended pregnancy can have negative consequences for adolescent girls and young women. Not only may their health be at risk; so may their education, economic mobility and productivity.

COVID-19 pandemic has brought the human spirit to life 24 September 2020, 3:02 PM

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has been a turbulent ride! This year has presented unprecedented disruptions in different fields of life. The flows of commotion have barely left any part of the globe unscathed. Yet in all the gloom, a lot of reassuring changes have manifested.

What the tourism sector can learn from Cape Town’s drought 22 September 2020, 7:14 PM

Extreme weather events have been topical in the southern African region and beyond in the past decade or so. Prior to tropical cyclones Idai and Kenneth, no major extreme weather event had attracted such international media attention as the Cape Town drought popularly dubbed Day Zero did. Day Zero was the day the taps of Cape Town were anticipated to run dry.

Why do we celebrate Heritage Month? 21 September 2020, 6:05 PM

On the 24th of September this year, South Africa will pause and celebrate national Heritage Day. As part of the new approach for the national days program of government, the focus hasn’t only been on the main celebration itself but rather on the entire month, with a plethora of activations to celebrate our diverse heritage since the launch by Minister Nathi Mthethwa earlier this month.

Political analyst questions procedure in which ANC members took SANDF jet to Zimbabwe 20 September 2020, 8:47 AM

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga has questioned the procedure that the African National Congress delegation had followed to access an South African National Defence Force plane to Zimbabwe earlier this month.

Removing Masuku from PEC will weaken Makhura politically: Analyst 19 September 2020, 1:29 PM

Political analyst Xolani Dube has warned that removing Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku from the African National Congress (ANC) Provincial Executive Committee would weaken Premier David Makhura politically.

America’s inflection point: four key things Africa must watch for 14 September 2020, 6:19 PM

African scholars and policymakers face a tough challenge in analysing how the US presidential election on 3 November might affect Africa-US relations.

George Bizos: heroic South African human rights lawyer with a macabre duty to represent the dead 13 September 2020, 7:10 AM

Advocate George Bizos, who has died at the age of 92, stands in the pantheon of South African human rights lawyers and anti-apartheid activists.

How to hold elections safely and uphold democracy during the COVID-19 pandemic 13 September 2020, 6:42 AM

Free and fair elections face a new kind of threat. In addition to scheming leaders and compromised electoral commissions, there is now the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

EFF lost an opportunity to gain voters: Analyst 9 September 2020, 11:20 AM

Political analyst Lubna Nadvi says the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has lost an opportunity to gain voters ahead of next year's municipal elections.

Dignifying the indignity 8 September 2020, 6:03 AM

A few weeks ago, news headlines in South Africa bandied about images of one Bulelani Qholani who was forcefully removed from his shack as part of the City of Cape Town’s plan to evict residents who allegedly occupied land illegally.

Post COVID-19 South Africa needs a strategy to address the expected implosion of learner pregnancies 7 September 2020, 5:22 PM

To turnaround inefficiencies in programmes that aim to address learner pregnancy, coordination and collaboration comprising national, provincial and local government actors alongside youth community leaders, activists, and agencies such as the CGE is needed. But before this, certain immediate actions need government attention.

BRICS members set out plans to grow together through sport 7 September 2020, 4:22 PM

BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa recently signed a ground-breaking memorandum of understanding (MoU) on sport to foster their much-needed cooperation.

From The Desk of the President 7 September 2020, 3:33 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says 3 key bills aimed at dealing with the country's problem of gender-based violence are before parliament. Ramaphosa writes this in his weekly letter to the nation on Monday.

Nigerian scientists have identified seven lineages of SARS-CoV-2: why it matters 7 September 2020, 2:29 PM

By the first week of August 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic had caused about 654,000 deaths worldwide. In Nigeria, as of July 28, there were 38,945 confirmed cases recorded with 813 deaths.

How pooled testing can increase access to essential laboratory tests in Africa 4 September 2020, 2:39 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic tends to conceal other important health issues. One of these is the global target for reducing HIV infections and increasing access to treatment. Progress is well under way. In 2019, 67% of those living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 85% of pregnant women with HIV were receiving medication to prevent transmission to their babies.

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Paul Rusesabagina’s arrest shows there’s no space for critical voices in Rwanda 3 September 2020, 3:16 PM

Paul Rusesabagina, who saved hundreds of Rwandans during the genocide by sheltering them in the hotel he managed - and saw his story made into the Hollywood film, ‘Hotel Rwanda’ - has been arrested by Rwandan authorities who allege “terror related offences”.

Stop or suspend West Bank annexation? Devil in the detail for Israel-UAE deal 2 September 2020, 8:11 PM

A difference between English and Arabic versions of a trilateral statement after an historic flight from Israel to the UAE has been seized upon by Palestinians to suggest the Gulf state has overstated Israeli readiness to drop West Bank annexation plans.

What’s triggered new conflict between farmers and herders in Nigeria 2 September 2020, 2:45 PM

Previous studies have established land resource struggles and weather among the factors fuelling clashes between farming and herding communities in Nigeria. While these factors remain relevant to understanding the relationship between these two communities, contemporary triggers show the dynamic nature of the conflict and the unique nature of the crisis in different locations.

Alexei Navalny saga reveals a world of shocking double-standards 2 September 2020, 8:23 AM

The evidence is ubiquitous: We live in a constant and continuously jittery world order. It is visibly imbalanced and in typical Orwellian fashion – some nation-states are more equal than others.

ANC stance against corruption will be tested in implementation of resolutions: Analyst 1 September 2020, 7:55 AM

Political Analyst Sanusha Naidu says the African National Congress' (ANC) real test to seriously fight corruption will be in the implementation of the resolutions of resolutions of the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) special meeting that took place at the weekend.

Why Kenya’s urban poor are exploited by informal water markets 31 August 2020, 2:16 PM

Informal urban water markets – as opposed to piped water – have long supported many of Kenya’s urban areas. Those that use them are either unserved or inadequately served, by public utilities.

Transparent tenders will cut COVID-related corruption 30 August 2020, 4:05 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on 23 July 2020 a variety of measures to deal with Covid-related corruption. Mere days later the media exposed that Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko – the husband of presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko – had received contracts worth R125-million for Covid-19 personal protection equipment (PPE) from the Gauteng Department of Health.

Ethiopia’s political crisis plays out in the regions. Why it’s a federal problem 30 August 2020, 6:29 AM

The political crisis in Ethiopia is not showing sings of abating. Ongoing riots in Oromia and Wolayta; state fragmentation in the Amhara region, and the standoff between the federal government and the Tigray region have put the survival of the government in question.

Creating a great polio legacy in the African Region 25 August 2020, 5:00 PM

The poliovirus, which once killed or maimed hundreds of thousands of children every year and led to summer time lockdowns for children, is a step closer to being consigned to the history books, writes Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.

Let this be a turning point in our fight against corruption: ANC president 23 August 2020, 6:31 PM

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa says the governing party and its leaders who are in government must intensify efforts to root out corruption. In a letter to all party members, Ramaphosa called for an immediate end to corruption in the party ranks, government and society as a whole.

Darfur: how historical patterns of conflict are haunting current violence 20 August 2020, 3:12 PM

After relative peace, violence has returned to Darfur. In July alone, more than 60 people were killed, according to the United Nations.

Africa’s presidents have been wrongly stereotyped: what we can learn from Kenya 19 August 2020, 6:28 PM

All-powerful presidents are an essential part of a stereotypical representation of African politics controlled by a few individuals, rather than by institutions. This view has been reinforced by a literary tradition sanctifying the biographies of “great men” while demonising more troubled political figures.

Mauritius oil spill: potential government failures should be investigated – expert 18 August 2020, 9:15 PM

The stranding of the MV Wakashio is one of the biggest environmental disasters in the history of the western Indian Ocean.

Political parties differ on COVID-19 development views because of their mandates: Fikeni 17 August 2020, 7:24 PM

Political Analyst Professor Somadoda Fikeni says it is not surprising that some political parties continue to have different views about the developments surrounding COVID-19 in South Africa.