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Trevor Davies | Mar 04th, 2014

It’s time to for all of us in southern Africa to make ourselves deliberately uncomfortable about the extent of gender-based violence and open ourselves up to new thinking about how we are manifestly failing in our mission - given the...

Claude Kabemba | Mar 02nd, 2014

A critique of the British government’s and British extractive companies’ role in Africa from the colonial era to the current scramble for the continent's resources

Vuyisile Hlatshwayo | Feb 24th, 2014

The Swazi government routinely claims that the kingdom adheres to the 'dictates of true democracy'. King Mswati III calls it a 'monarchical democracy'. But is Swaziland a...

Tsitsi Fungurani | Feb 24th, 2014

For the past few decades, the women’s movement in southern Africa has been under scrutiny for having lost its vigor. Back in the 1990s, the movement fought gender inequality in private and public spaces, and many governments listened....

Mantoe Phakathi | Feb 20th, 2014

Next month, King Mswati III will officially open Swaziland’s biggest white elephant – the Sikhuphe International Airport, amid fears that it will continue bleeding precious funds from the country’s coffers long after its (long-delayed)...

Gwen Lister | Feb 19th, 2014

Violence against women and children in Namibia is reaching critical proportions. Of late there have been some particularly horrific incidences of what are unfortunately termed 'passion killings'. The usual public outcry follows each...

Theresa Kasawala | Feb 19th, 2014

The electoral bandwagon in Malawi is gathering pace after the presidential candidates officially entered the race – along with their respective running mates. Escorted by diehard supporters clad in their party paraphernalia, the...

Tsitsi Fungurani | Feb 17th, 2014

“Instead of sitting at home and waiting for flowers on Valentine’s, women have chosen to rise and make demands: making clear that the gift women want is dignity, bodily autonomy, and justice. The flowers can wait,” said Talent Jumo,...

Andrew Feinstein | Feb 13th, 2014

We at the Angolan human rights NGO, Associacao Maos Livres, and Corruption Watch UK, a London-based anti-corruption organisation, are deeply...

Pindai Dube | Feb 10th, 2014

It is hard to believe that in a poor African country where most people survive on less than one US$1 per day, the top executives of some of parastatals are grossing half a million US dollars – per month!

Louise Redvers | Feb 03rd, 2014

Angola is one of Africa’s most biologically diverse countries, boasting a long Atlantic coastline, dense equatorial forests, rivers thick with mangroves, vast desert expanses, rolling savannah grasslands and high-altitude rocky outcrops...

Mantoe Phakathi | Jan 24th, 2014

The bizarre case of Swaziland's detained chief government vehicle inspector, Bhantshana Gwebu, is further evidence that the judicial system has gone to the dogs. While the constitution places...

Theresa Kasawala | Jan 22nd, 2014

Following the massive looting of taxpayers’ money known as cash-gate, Joyce Banda’s government promised Malawians that they would thoroughly investigate the scandal so as to bring the culprits to book and to let Malawians know what...

Pindai Dube | Jan 17th, 2014

There are many things that Zimbabweans are still too scared to speak about in public and that the government is very keen to keep buried. But the most sensitive issue by far is Gukurahundi – the codename for a brutal military operation...

Anneke Meerkotter | Jan 16th, 2014

The final draft of Zambia's new Constitution, which had been hidden from public view by President Sata until it was leaked to the Zambian Watchdog and the ...

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