Alex Duval Smith

Journalist, West Africa and Sahel. Senior Ochberg Fellow @dartcenter Alex Duval Smith has over 3631 followers on Twitter.

Chad struggles to deal with influx of poorly refugees

Chad has been hit by a refugee influx from Darfur and Central African Republic as well as the return of its citizens expelled from Libya.

Cissé treads a new path in Mali

The only woman in Mali's presidential race is determined to connect with people on the streets.

Mali lifts state of emergency ahead of election campaigning

Mali on Saturday lifted a state of emergency to allow campaigning to begin for the first round of presidential elections scheduled for July 28.

Lay workers on frontline in fight against child mortality in Malawi

Resource-lean, short of professionals and prone to food crises, Malawi doesn't look like a candidate for any of the millennium development goals.

Peter Roebuck was ‘in a state of utter despair’

Police were on the point of arresting Peter Roebuck on a charge of sexual assault when he apparently jumped from his Cape Town hotel window.

Dewani case: How grieving husband became suspect

Claims of police torture and rapid plea bargains by under-pressure crime unit raise questions over Anni Dewani murder.

Sticking it to ’em

African youth are trading in their guns for sticks, as a rural pursuit once seen as backward enjoys a revival in townships.

Mugabe being helped by diamond industry

The global diamond industry has controversially cleared the way for President Robert Mugabe's regime to raise millions of dollars from exports.

The last best hope of Lesotho, a small country in big trouble

On the mountain of the night in the kingdom in the sky, just space -- no gimmicks -- at Southern African tourism's final frontier.

Wallace and Gromit give hope to Cape Town youths

Wallace and Gromit are taking on their most ambitious adventure yet: bringing animation skills to one of South Africa's most violent townships.

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NSTF-South32 Awards

All of the awards are made for outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa

The benefits of being a GEMS member

The scheme offers comprehensive and affordable healthcare options to all public service employees and greater access to better healthcare

The evolution of South Africa’s savings culture

A common misconception is that you need a lot of money to start saving, but this is simply not true – you can start with R50

Tobacco producers welcome new research confirming that cigarette ban has failed

Every day that goes by shows the importance of getting rid of this ban and going back to producing and selling cigarettes as we were before

Cost increases sharing of cigarettes

Many people are questioning whether the ban on tobacco in South Africa is not in fact having the opposite effect of that intended

How to tell if you have a hidden contact centre in your business

The important thing to remember is that a contact centre is defined less by the physical space it occupies and more by the customer experience it delivers

Accessing health and justice in a time of Covid-19

The similarities between the HIV epidemic and the Covid-19 pandemic are hard to ignore – the most obvious is the level of premature deaths caused by both

Position of the African Blood Regulators Forum on the use of Convalescent Plasma in Africa as a potential therapy for Covid-19

A potential treatment for Covid-19 is the transfusion of convalescent plasma collected from those who have recovered from into those who are still affected

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