Samira Sawlani

Samira Sawlani is a writer, journalist and analyst, specialising in East Africa.

Meet Lula Ali Ismaïl, Djibouti’s ‘First Lady of Film’

Lula Ali Ismaïl’s first feature-length film, Dhalinyaro, was a smash hit in her home country — and beyond

The Ugandan good Samaritan sanitising hospitals and police stations

Compelled to make a difference during the Covid-19 pandemic, an IT consultant is now helping to keep essential services workers healthy

On the frontline: The junior doctor at Mogadishu’s Covid call centre

In less than a week, 16 000 Somalis called into the government’s new coronavirus hotline. Dr Jihan Ali works there, advising callers and collecting and providing data to colleagues

Somalia’s enduring Bollywood love affair

Actor Amitabh Bachchan may not know it, but he has been a superstar in Mogadishu for years

Guinea’s Condé eyes third term

Even as Algeria and Sudan have rid themselves of their long-standing leaders, Guinea may be about to create a new president-for-life

Press Releases

WiMSA shines a light on the future of women in mining

Men in mining must begin to take it upon themselves to support the development of women in the industry

Department of Public Works and Infrastructure reveals second gender-based violence advocacy artwork

The men and boys of South Africa are important role players in this mission to ensure that women are respected, protected and treated equally

Empowering the voice of women in leadership to enable full participation in their roles in leadership and decision making

Sibanye-Stillwater has 13% female representation in its workforce and is actively working to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Surviving the tobacco ban

Nicotine is given as the ‘likely’ reason for lower Covid-19 infection rates but authorities still stress the health risk of smoking

Smokers hold thumbs for cigarette ban to be lifted

SATTA is worried about the impact of the ban on its own members activities and how the ban is helping black marketeers to make millions of rands illegally

Covid-19: Outlook on the economy, politics and labour

Old Mutual had experts unpack the effects of the pandemic and provide practical tips on how to deal with the financial impact of job losses and salary cuts

Opt-in to Popia

All business owners should take note: there is a lot of work ahead to ensure compliance with the POPI Act that has just come into effect

Capital Legacy talks life

The Covid-19 pandemic is revealing how few people actually sort their affairs to the benefit of their loved ones they leave behind when they pass on

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