Media freedom remains fragile in South Africa

Franz Krüger, University of the Witwatersrand Four decades after the Black Wednesday crackdown on the media and the black consciousness movement, South Africa is a different country. Freedom of expression is guaranteed in the constitution and a slew of institutions and laws support the guarantee. At the same time, powerful groups continue to seek ways …

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Africa and Asia lead in proportion of blind adults

By Stephanie Achieng’ [NAIROBI] Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have the highest percentage of blind older people worldwide, a study says. The study published in the Lancet Global Health on 2 August shows that blindness affects 36 million people globally, with developing countries bearing the greatest burden. Kovin Naidoo, a co-author of the study and …

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Gabon’s political force is its thriving hip-hop scene

Alice Aterianus-Owanga, University of Lausanne In Gabon as in other African states, rap has become instrumental in constructing political identity. On August 17, Gabon celebrated 57 years of independence with a massive free concert in the capital, Libreville. The aim: to promote national unity in a festive fashion. An impressive lineup of local hip-hop stars …

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Why Young People Can’t Get Jobs in Africa

by Karol Boudreaux 6.8 percent: that was July’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for US workers ages 18–44. For those ages 18–24, the rate was 9.5 percent. That’s a high rate for young people. But if you were 20 years old and lived in Africa, you might be thrilled with an unemployment rate like that. Today, 60% …

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