Panel formed to advise Africa on use of technologies

By Munyaradzi Makoni [CAPE TOWN] A ten-member panel has been appointed by the outgoing chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission to advise the continent on use of existing and emerging technologies for economic development. According to the AU Commission’s implementing agency, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), African countries need to strengthen legal …

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Trump & Zuma: worlds apart, bound by patriarchy & sexism

Lyn Snodgrass, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University In recent months two highly controversial political leaders, Donald Trump and Jacob Zuma, have received harsh, intense global media coverage. Trump, a white man, is the Republican presumptive nominee in the US presidential race as “leader of the free world”. Zuma, a black man, is the embattled President of …

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China-Africa summit: what to look for beyond the hype and hypocrisy

John J Stremlau, University of the Witwatersrand Beijing’s selection of South Africa to host the China-Africa heads of state summit may indicate Chinese President Xi Jinping’s personal commitment to the continent. This is the first time the summit is being held at this level in Africa. It may also show his desire to reassure Africa …

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African universities advised to team up on agriculture

By Inga Vesper [ADDIS ABABA] Universities across Africa must link up their agricultural research and teaching programmes to help modernise farming on the continent, a conference heard. Speakers told the UN’s third Financing for Development conference in Ethiopia this week that universities should align their agricultural science efforts and collaborate with each other to compete …

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Enduring tensions bedevil Nigeria-South Africa relations

Bheki Mngomezulu, University of KwaZulu-Natal Relations between South Africa and Nigeria have always had some turbulence. In the latest tense episode, Nigeria withdrew its ambassador, Uche Ajulu-Okeke, and its high commissioner, Martin Cobham, after a series of xenophobic attacks in South Africa in April. Behind this latest quarrel lies a deeper and more enduring tension …

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