Fight against poaching must empower communities

Annette Hübschle, University of Cape Town Wildlife crimes – like rhino poaching, overfishing or the harvesting of cycads – were once considered a “green” matter. But this has changed. Such crimes have moved higher up on global security and policy agendas. This is partly linked to concerns about the extinction of species and the demise …

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Remarks by Donald Trump at Lunch with African Leaders

U.S. President Donald J. Trump met on Wednesday afternoon with several African heads of state and government, at a working lunch hosted by himself and First Lady Melania Trump at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel. Here are the remarks Trump delivered to the group, as released by the White House press office. The Washington …

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Democratic breakthroughs in Africa: time to celebrate?

Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham There is much to celebrate as the world marks International Day of Democracy. The last year has seen important democratic breakthroughs in Africa. In Gambia an entrenched autocrat was forced from power. In Ghana, a sitting president lost an election for the first time. In just the last few weeks, …

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Invasive plants have a bigger impact than we imagine

Susana Clusella-Trullas, Stellenbosch University and Raquel A Garcia, Stellenbosch University This article is the fifth in a series The Conversation Africa is running on invasive species. Most people would agree that invasive plants are unwanted. Invasive plants are plants that are intentionally or accidentally introduced by humans into areas outside of their natural habitat. These …

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The Blue Notes: South Africa’s first generation of free jazz

Gwen Ansell, University of Pretoria “We were all kind of rebels,” drummer Louis Tebogo Moholo-Moholo recalls, “so, like birds of a feather, [we] flocked together.” South African trumpeter, Marcus Wyatt. Muntu Vilakazi/Sunday Times   He’s talking about the Blue Notes, a multiracial modern jazz outfit formed in Cape Town in the early 1960s. White composer …

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