From oil man to solar entrepreneur in Africa

By John Escolme If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or click here to download [9.0MB]   As a young geologist, Jeremy Leggett admits he was “a creature of the oil and gas industry”. But he soon grasped that exploitating fossil fuels could spell disaster for the planet’s climate. …

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Free university education is not the route to social justice

George Hull, University of Cape Town “Free education in our lifetime” is the campaign slogan many students have adopted in the recent protests across South Africa against university fee increases. The country’s higher education minister is among those who have replied that, although free education for all university students would be the ideal, it is …

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Doubts over African trade corridor plans

By Edd Gent Huge trade corridors crisscrossing Africa could cause “irrevocable” environmental damage without realising many of their supposed development benefits, say researchers. Centred on the construction of major roads or railways, these ‘development corridors’ have been touted primarily as a way to boost agricultural markets, mineral exports and economic integration. But an analysis 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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Lessons in refugee hospitality from the Horn of Africa

Tamara Wood, UNSW Australia The unique response of the Horn of Africa region to Yemeni refugees could offer lessons to countries and regions dealing with similar influxes elsewhere. Escalating internal fighting and Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen have led to an estimated 21.4 million people – more than 80% of its population – being in …

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