Strong family ties’ role in Nigerian sex trafficking

Valentina Pancieri, University of Cape Town Discussions about human trafficking between Africa and Europe are frequently blurred by generalisations about villainous traffickers and their naïve young victims who have been misled into prostitution. But the world of sex trafficking is far more complex. For example, several studies have shown that Nigerian sex trafficking rings are …

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Award-winning South African punk-rock documentary is back

Liani Maasdorp, University of Cape Town An award-winning documentary about the iconic South African Afrikaans punk-rock band Fokofpolisiekar (Afrikaans for “fuck off police car”) made nearly 10 years ago is back on screen; this time on the small screen. The band, which was formed in 2003, was instrumental in articulating the disillusionment and rebellion of …

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Sights set to understand bird movements across Africa

Samuel Temidayo Osinubi, University of Cape Town A great deal of attention has been given to how, why and where birds migrate between continents. But the complexities of migratory movements restricted to one continental land mass have largely been overlooked. Efforts are being stepped up to harmonise conservation action between and within continents. In 2011 …

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Urban agriculture is no panacea for Africa’s food crisis

Gareth Haysom, University of Cape Town and Jane Battersby, University of Cape Town Urban agriculture is widely promoted as the solution to the growing problem of urban food insecurity in South Africa and in Africa more broadly. It is said to provide livelihoods and social cohesion, and have environmental benefits. But it’s also promoted as …

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How sexting is creating a safe space for curious millennials

Melissa Meyer, University of Cape Town Millennials have become cyborgs. They exist far beyond biology and through a variety of technological devices which don’t function as external entities but as a platform and backdrop to their daily lives. They were born between 1980 and 2000, and are regarded by researchers as an open-minded, responsive and …

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