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IRIN | Jul 24th, 2013

Near the northern Malawian town of Mzimba there is a vast crater hewn by hand with rudimentary tools, where miners earn US$1.50 a day “cropping” rose quartz from dawn until dusk. They live for months at a time in makeshift camps built from branches and plastic sheeting,...

Mantoe Phakathi | Jul 24th, 2013

The eviction of people from land they acquired through the traditional system has become the norm rather than the exception in Swaziland. And sadly, the government is turning a blind eye as thousands of people are pushed out onto the streets because the land on which...

Louise Ehlers | Jul 22nd, 2013

Data gathered during the audit of pre-trial detainees in Malawi suggests that the yearly exposure of the population to prison on remand could be as high as 1 in 100. One of the key concerns raised in the audit was that a significant number of people were on remand for...

Portia Tshegofa... | Jul 10th, 2013
The Youth Empowerment Transformation Trust (YETT) recently held the ‘Participate 2013 Regional Youth Camp’ on youth and elections in the Zimbabwean town of Kariba.
Jeggan Grey-Johnson | Jul 03rd, 2013

It seems that it is South African government policy to steer clear, at all costs, from calling the attacks on foreign nationals, by their proper name: xenophobic. This attitude is nothing new, and has been the unstated policy of the African National Congress (ANC) since...

Gwen Lister | Jun 26th, 2013

Namibia's ruling party, SWAPO, has always vehemently denied divisions in its ranks. But recently things came to a head when the top leadership and the Youth League clashed over remarks made about presidential candidate-in-waiting, Hage Geingob, which resulted in a...

Louise Redvers | Jun 25th, 2013

Angola’s Sovereign Wealth Fund has been struggling for credibility since its high-profile launch in October last year. For seven months, the Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA) appeared to...

Aquinaldo Mandlate | Jun 24th, 2013

On 22 August 2012, Angola enacted a new Children’s Act, adding to the number of African countries (including South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Lesotho, and many others) which have reviewed their legislation focusing on children’s rights.

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Sarah Pray | Jun 19th, 2013

After decades of bad news out of the Democratic Republic of Congo, it seems like the stars might finally be aligning in the country's favour. The most recent devleopment is the appointment of former Senator Russ Feingold as the US Special Representative to the Great...

Delme Cupido | Jun 18th, 2013

The residents of Ranyane, a small San settlement in Botswana, have scored a significant legal victory against the government of Botswana, which had been attempting to relocate them despite a court interdict ordering them to desist from doing so.

Jonathan Birchall | Jun 14th, 2013

The Tshwane Principles on National Security and the Right to Information provide unprecedented guidelines for those engaged in drafting, revising or implementing laws or provisions relating to the state's authority to withhold information on national security grounds or...

Louise Redvers | Jun 13th, 2013

More than seven months on from its high-profile launch Angola’s Sovereign Wealth Fund has no investment policy, no chairman and despite its huge press team’s best efforts, dwindling credibility.

Percy Makombe | Jun 13th, 2013

In arriving at judgements, it is important that courts do not cultivate the unsavoury impression that they are hell-bent on taking us back to the Court of Chancery in Dickens’ Bleak House.

Nicole Fritz | Jun 11th, 2013

Spare a thought for African Union (AU) chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Each has been tasked with providing leadership to prominent, if vulnerable, international bodies and will be judged on their records...

Richard Lee | Jun 10th, 2013

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos is not much of a talker – well not publicly at any rate. So when he does give one of his very rare interviews, it is worth highlighting – even if he still doesn’t...

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