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How barcoding is helping South Africa track its precious pollinators

Almost one third of the food we eat comes from animal pollination, but understanding the plants and pollinators relationship isn’t straightforward.

How African elephants’ amazing sense of smell could save lives

Scientists have found that herds of elephant were able to walk on ground infested by land-mines without injury because of their keen sense of smell.

How Cape Town can win support for the next round of water cuts?

Emulating some of the best elements of a save-wate​r campaign, Cape Town now needs to show residents that the restrictions are fair.

New African literature is disrupting what Western presses prize

Books like Adichie’s “America​nah” and Gyasi’s “Home​going” have confounded neat divisions between Western and African literary traditions.

Lessons from Mauritius on making companies more accountable

Its been 13 years since Mauritius introduced codes of corporate governance for listed companies with mixed results.

Ghana’s ‘Chale Wote’ festival creates opportunities and fosters knowledge production

Wits University film lecturer Nduka Mntambo writes about the enthralling arts festival held annually in Accra.

Military women need to trouble gender relations and roles for peace’s sake

Research on the South African National Defence Force shows that women regard their contribution to peacekeeping operations far highler than men do.

​What rising protests in South Africa say about attitudes towards local government

Civil disobedience incidents could reach a record of 210 by the end of 2016, writes Mashupye Herbert Maserumule.

Parenting: why one size doesn’t fit all

Research in Alex township shows that "effective parenting" in one culture won't necessarily yield the same results in another, writes Nicola Dawson.

Explainer: what are tax havens?

With all this #PanamaPapers talk, does the concept of a 'tax haven' have you a little confused? Read an expert's explanation here.

How games can hook pupils with short attention spans

With modern day attention spans less than eight seconds, educators are turning to games as new way of engaging with learners.

What discerning book thieves tell us about a country’s reading culture

The catalogue of the Johannesburg Public Library in South Africa contains a poignant entry – "Biko, Steve. Long 0verdue".

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