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Simon Allison
Bid to clean Africa’s most toxic town
Bid to clean Africa’s most toxic town
The mine in Kabwe was abandoned a quarter of a century ago. But in this Zambian town, population 223 000, the scars of a century of largely...
Bid to clean Africa’s most toxic town
Bid to clean Africa’s most toxic town
The mine in Kabwe was abandoned a quarter of a century ago. But in this Zambian town, population 223 000, the scars of a century of largely...
Botswana allegations are 'crazy', says Bridgette Radebe
Botswana allegations are 'crazy', says Bridgette Radebe
For at least the past year, Botswana’s ruling elite has been at war with itself.
Africa’s climate is getting worse for farming, survey reports
Africa’s climate is getting worse for farming, survey reports
Perceptions of climate conditions for farming are getting worse on the...
Africa’s most authoritarian school
Africa’s most authoritarian school
By law, every single student in Eritrea must spend their final year of high school at the Warsai Yikealo Secondary School and Vocational Training...
The pushy tout’s guide to Marrakech
The pushy tout’s guide to Marrakech
Simon Allison in Marrakech
Silencing the ‘rudest’ woman in Uganda
Silencing the ‘rudest’ woman in Uganda
In 1948, activist-intellectual Semakula Mulumba received an invitation to dinner from the Bishop of Uganda, Cyril Stuart.
Rise and stall of Southern Africa’s most remarkable supermarket chain
Rise and stall of Southern Africa’s most remarkable supermarket chain
Choppies began life as a struggling general dealer in Botswana and now consists of about 250 stores in eight countries. But this rag-to-riches...
Tanzanian journalist wins International Press Freedom Award
Tanzanian journalist wins International Press Freedom Award
Tanzanian journalist Maxence Melo Mubyazi is one of five recipients of the 2019 International Press Freedom Award, the Committee to Protect...
Somaliland gets the red carpet
Somaliland gets the red carpet
The Republic of Somaliland does not officially exist despite it being self-governing since 1991, with its own currency, flag, Constitution and...
Lebo M on the Lion King, and his own circle of life
Lebo M on the Lion King, and his own circle of life
The sun rises over the African savannah (where precisely in Africa, we never find out). An acacia tree is silhouetted against a burnt orange sky. A...
The hopeful continent
The hopeful continent
Last week, the Mail & Guardian put out a call on Twitter for inspiring, uplifting and positive stories from around the African...