MAIL & GUARDIAN: Africa

Pandemic of human rights abuses haunts governments in East and Southern Africa

In a year defined by Covid-19, human rights violations, including massacres of civilians and crackdowns on opposition parties, have plagued these regions

Geeks flock to Morocco’s ‘paradise for hackers’

Students are selected on the basis of performance in logic and memory tests, motivation and progress. No formal qualifications are required.

Civil servants are the foundation of any good democracy

Good governance is not just about politicians, as Ghana’s elections demonstrate

Uganda’s professional elites need to take a stand

COMMENT: The protests against the Ugandan president’s 35-year rule are being led by the youth. But they cannot do it alone

Post-election violence mars otherwise calm poll

The Ghana Electoral Commission has declared the incumbent president, Nana Akufo-Addo, the winner of the 2020 elections

Yet another treaty aims to protect African women. But how will it be enforced?

Cyril Ramaphosa, chair of the African Union, is advocating for this treaty but states on the continent are reluctant to ratify such contracts and victims face serious problems in enforcing their rights

A glimpse into the future of government propaganda

The Ethiopian government has created its own ‘fact-checking’ unit — and it is not the only government to do so.

It’s time to fight Covid fatigue in Africa

There are signs that the continent’s population is relaxing risk-reducing measures (masks, physical distancing, washing hands), which could push 40-million people into extreme poverty

On the campaign trail with Bobi Wine

Dodging tear gas and bullets with Uganda’s opposition leader

Nigeria’s women on the front line

They led the October 72-hour demonstration against a brutal police squad, following the examples that date back to the 1910 Women’s War

Ghana’s free and fair elections don’t mean its democratisation process is complete

The country needs to protect its democracy given that ashift to authoritarian rule is evident on the continent

‘This thing almost killed me’

Daniel Ominde was young, fit and healthy. He thought he would be safe from Covid-19. He was wrong. This is his story . . .

Botswana retail giant Choppies sues PwC over ‘unethical tactics’

Choppies Enterprises chief executive and executive director claim the auditing firm asked for a job for one if its directors — and dragged its feet on an audit when refused.

Turkey goes on charm offensive in West Africa

The foreign minister’s visits to Mali, Senegal and Niger leverage colonial-era hurts to pave the way for Turkey’s investment in francophone Africa

Public-private partnerships are key for Africa’s cocoa farmers

Value chain efficiency and partnerships can sustain the livelihoods of farmers of this historically underpriced crop

Battery acid, cassava sticks and clothes hangers: We must end the global gag rule

COMMENT: The US’s global gag rule blocks funding to any foreign NGOS that perform abortions, except in very limited cases. The Biden-Harris administration must rescind it

Al-Shabab’s terror in Mozambique

Amid reports of brutal, indiscriminate slaughter, civilians bear the brunt as villages are abandoned and the number of refugees nears half a million

Burundian refugees in Tanzania face increasing danger

Human Rights Watch has documented cases of Burundian refugees being tortured and forcibly returned by Tanzanian authorities

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