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Lorato Mpelega | Oct 18th, 2013

As usual, where there is ignorance about a particular issue, particularly one that is both sensitive and personal, the tendency is to demonise and belittle, thus creating the ideal environment for marginalisation and social exclusion –...

Theresa Kasawala | Oct 17th, 2013

In the wake of the massive looting of government money known as cash-gate, Malawian President Joyce Banda came under pressure to act decisively. Civil Society leaders called on her not to shield any big wigs within her government...

Mantoe Phakathi | Oct 16th, 2013

The fact that only one of the 55 elected seats in Swaziland’s parliament was won by a woman exposes the inefficiency – and inequality – of a system that places the burden getting elected solely on individuals. Indeed, the sole female...

Zenzele Ndebele | Oct 15th, 2013

More than 100 elephants have now died from cyanide poisoning in Zimbabwe’s vast Hwange National Park – and more carcasses are still being discovered in the bush. It is a shocking story.

Job Morris | Oct 15th, 2013

The San are among the most marginalised groups in southern Africa. Excluded and discriminated against at almost every turn, San youth face a host of obstacles to a brighter future:

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Louise Redvers | Oct 07th, 2013

In a bold move, UNAIDS has gone ahead with a long-mooted plan to make Angola’s transsexual Kuduro star Titica...

Ntibinyane Ntib... | Oct 04th, 2013

Not so long ago, Botswana favoured what is known in the diplomatic circles as ‘silent diplomacy’ over ‘megaphone diplomacy’. Although the policy is unwritten the government believed that it was better to carefully engage countries...

Ntombi Ginindza | Oct 03rd, 2013

Urgent Action Fund Africa and her partners, including the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa hosted the Women Steering Innovative Leadership in Africa Conference from 9-11 September in the Malawian capital, Lilongwe – bringing...

Lillian Moremi | Oct 03rd, 2013

My journey from Botswana to Malawi for the Women Steering Innovative Leadership in Africa went well and was fulfilling. And when we got to the venue, all the delegates were well taken care by the organisers, who were very welcoming and...

Louise Redvers | Oct 02nd, 2013

On the sidelines of the recent United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York, Angola invited investors to a business forum. Vice President Manuel Vicente – who remains ...

Nicole Fritz | Oct 02nd, 2013

Some commentators, such as Michela Wrong writing in the Financial Times, have suggested that among the casualties in the Westgate attack in Nairobi is the International Criminal Court (ICC). They are wrong. Perversely, the attack, in...

Mary Morgan | Sep 30th, 2013

Multiparty democracy swept across Africa in the early 1990s, as single-party states and authoritarian leaders bowed to pressure from outside and within. Activists hoped greater political freedoms and strong institutions would lead to...

Theresa Kasawala | Sep 18th, 2013

At first glance, Malawi’s 14 million people have a remarkable array of registered political parties to choose from – 48 to be exact. But with the clock ticking down towards next year’s presidential, parliamentary and local elections, the reality is far simpler since most...

Mantoe Phakathi | Sep 10th, 2013

The drama that played out during Swaziland’s primary elections last month provided yet more evidence of the sad circus that is Swazi politics. In fact, the country – recently renamed a “monarchical democracy” by King Mswati III – presents a perfect case study on how not...

Thabang Matjama | Sep 02nd, 2013

The judicial system in Lesotho is in crisis. After a decade of infighting due to the prevailing cult of personality, there is now a serious backlog of cases - a backlog that is not only delaying but also denying many people the justice they deserve.

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