Afua Hirsch

Niger: They will be forbidden from dying

Niger wants to ban women and children from crossing the Sahara after 92 died in the desert.

Rape, rockets and unrelenting fear — Mali’s troubles are far from over

The ongoing volatility in the region has left citizens terrified after a year under jihadist rule.

Transparency will help Africa help itself

Many say that the vast earnings of many African countries from oil, gas and mining show that the focus on aid to Africa is misguided.

Well-endowed and loving it

An ample bosom and booty is still desirable in Africa, but it seems like Western ideals are encroaching, writes Afua Hirsch.

Hip-hop skipping across continents.

African hip-hop rappers seem to be the setting standard of how the music should be made internationally.

Rooting for realistic black dolls

Rooti dolls claim to be the first fashion dolls to speak languages from countries ranging from Ghana to Zimbabwe.

Ghana: Motherhood is celebrated here

In Ghana, the reaction I get when I tell other women about my job and baby is usually a knowing nod, writes the Guardian's west Africa correspondent.

President’s death raises questions about Ghana poll

The death of Ghana's President John Evans Atta Mills left the nation in shock. Mills was months away from completing his first term in office.

Mali extremists ‘a threat to Europe’

Extremist groups - linked to al-Qaeda - have used their hold over key urban areas of Mali to recruit, arm and train a growing number of fighters.

Battle royal reaches boiling point in Ghana

As kings feud, ordinary people bear the brunt of Ghana's power vacuum, writes Afua Hirsch.

Government steps in to save Miss Liberia from shame

It has ended its war and had two elections, but for Liberia to select a winner of its national beauty contest has proved one challenge too far.

Morocco grapples with women’s rights after raped bride’s suicide

Protests have erupted in Morocco over the case of teenager Amina Filali who killed herself after a court ordered her to marry her alleged rapist.


Court date finally set for death in detention Haffejee inquest

Another apartheid era death will be investigated after NPA pressured to finally act

State capture commission granted a 13-month extension

Judge Wendy Hughes says this is the final extension because finality is "owed to the nation"

eThekwini commuters pay for council’s contracts

Perhaps a commission of inquiry can shine the spotlight on public transport in Durban, where bus and taxi passengers have to contend with fare increases and disrupted services

Press Releases

Achieving the litmus test of social relevance

The HSS Awards honours scholarly works based on their social relevance and contribution to the humanities and social sciences

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs