Xan Rice

Somalia ‘invasion’ rattles Islamists

Somali Islamist rebels warned they would bring the "flames of war" to Nairobi after Kenyan forces mounted a cross-border land and air assault.

Swedish journalists on trial for terrorism in Ethiopia

Two Swedish journalists charged with terrorism in Ethiopia after being arrested in a battle between state troops and rebels will go on trial today.

Early warning drowned in policy stasis

Kenya isn't a lush country. Rain falls steadily and often heavily in Mombasa, Nairobi and Kisumu, the three main cities and the best known to tourists

Libyans fear the scorpion sting of Gaddafi’s informers

Locals call them pimps or snitches. They wear plain clothes, drive unmarked cars and are as numerous as scorpions in the Libyan desert.

The city where you ‘wait to die’

The residents of Misrata in Libya have been under siege from government forces for seven weeks.

Ugandans pay price for protest

Ugandan police have arrested the country's two main opposition leaders after they attempted to lead a protest over rising prices.

Côte d’Ivoire: rebuilding begins

While a call goes out for all fighters to lay down their arms and the UN flies in aid, analysts warn that peace will be difficult to secure.

Far from home, Chinese investors find rewards

A million Chinese people, from engineers to chefs, are leading a trade boom in Africa. <b>Xan Rice</b> hears how their lives changed after they moved.

Kato’s killing ‘not related to gay rights’

Ugandan police say the killing of activist David Kato was not related to his campaign for gay rights.

South Sudanese vote en masse for secession

Nearly 99% of Southern Sudanese voters chose secession in last month's independence referendum, clearing the way for Sudan to split in two.

‘Wikiplane’ a flight of fancy

Gabriel Nderitu's collapsible two-seater propeller plane has been built using instructions downloaded from Wikipedia.

After decades of war, a new nation is born

The referendum was put on the table only at the end of a two-decade civil war, in which an estimated two million people lost their lives.

Press Releases

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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