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.

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.

Côte d’Ivoire poll dispute triggers military standoff

Ivorian after troops loyal to President Laurent Gbagbo sealed off the routes around a hotel housing his foe, Alassane Ouattara.

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South African tourism to be hit hard by coronavirus

The stream of about 100 000 Chinese tourists to South Africa each year has dried up for now, MPs told

Public transport inequality

The Competition Commission’s market inquiry reveals that South Africa’s public transport system remains skewed by class, advantaging middle- and high-income earners

Court date finally set for death in detention Haffejee inquest

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

Press Releases

South Africa’s education system is broken and unequal, and must be fixed without further delay

The Amnesty International report found that the South African government continues to miss its own education upgrading targets

Business travel industry generates billions

Meetings Africa is ready to take advantage of this lucrative opportunity

Conferences connect people to ideas

The World Expo and Meetings Africa are all about stimulating innovation – and income

SAB Zenzele Kabili B-BBEE share scheme

New scheme to be launched following the biggest B-BBEE FMCG payout in South Africa’s history

TFSAs are the gymnasts of the retirement savings world

The idea is to get South Africans to save, but it's best to do your research first to find out if a TFSA is really suited to your needs

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

Making sense of tax-free savings and investment

Have you made the most of your tax-free investment contributions?

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.