Rape in South Africa: why the system is failing women

Dee Smythe, University of Cape Town About 150 women report being raped to the police in South Africa daily. Fewer than 30 of the cases will be prosecuted, and no more than 10 will result in a conviction. This translates into an overall conviction rate of 4% – 8% of reported cases. In this edited …

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Tanzania is still failing to protect its children who live with albinism

Simon Ngalomba, University of Dar es Salaam There is no doubt that educational access worldwide has improved in the past two decades. This has been driven by the launch in 1990 of the United Nations’ Education for All global initiative. By 2011 there were more than 136 million children enrolled in schools compared with just …

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Why it might take more than the buzz of bees to ward off elephants

Mduduzi Ndlovu, University of the Witwatersrand Elephant populations in southern Africa’s national parks have increased dramatically in recent years. As a result of their booming numbers, vast dietary requirements and expansive ranges, elephants sometimes roam outside the borders of protected areas in search of food. Farmers in communities surrounding national parks rely heavily on subsistence …

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Rwanda’s Achilles’ heel: there is no back-up plan to Kagame

Susan Thomson, Colgate University Rwandan President Paul Kagame New Year’s Eve announcement that he will run for a third term as president came as no surprise to most observers of the tiny central African country. It was widely expected after a national referendum approved constitutional changes that allow Kagame to run his authoritarian, single-party state …

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Why it’s wrong to compare Zika to Ebola

Clare Wenham, London School of Economics and Political Science A committee of the World Health Organisation has declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency. This designation gives the WHO and member states the ability to recommend limits on travel to prevent the potential spread of disease and to call for emergency measures and …

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