Youth-owned businesses in the agricultural sector are invited to apply for SAB KickStart’s Urban Agriculture programme, which aims to create sustainable employment. Now in its second year, the Urban Agriculture programme looks to invest in high potential farming businesses, by integrating technology solutions that will grow the businesses and create lasting employment. The 15-month business […]

  By Angela Ukomadu and Nneka Chile LAGOS, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Blessing was only six years old when her mother arranged for her to become an unpaid housemaid for a family in the Nigerian city of Abuja, on the promise they would put her through school. In her home town in southwest Nigeria, her […]

By Nellie Peyton THAWUYA, Sierra Leone, August 08 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Salimatu Kanu trained for four years at the shrine in her Sierra Leonean village to become a “sowei” – women who initiate girls into adulthood through female genital mutilation (FGM). In the grass-walled enclosure at the edge of the forest in Thawuya village, […]

  By Nita Bhalla MOMBASA, Kenya, Aug 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Nepali beautician Sheela didn’t think twice about ditching her salon job when she received a call offering seven times her salary to work as a cultural dancer at a nightclub in Kenya. It didn’t matter that the 23-year-old woman from a village in […]

Miss South Africa 2019 will be announced on Women’s Day, August 9, and will be crowned with a locally designed glittering masterpiece worthy of her prestigious title.   This week American Swiss, the Miss South Africa official fine jewellery partner, unveiled a magnificent crown named Buhle. World-renowned local jewellery designer, Johan Louw, collaborated on the […]

By Megan Rowling BARCELONA, Aug 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From eating less meat to farming with fewer chemicals and protecting forests, there are many ways people can use land more wisely to rein in global warming and feed a growing population at the same time, a scientific report is due to say this week. […]

  By Steve Gorman Aug 7 (Reuters) – Singer R. Kelly, jailed in New York last month after he was charged in Brooklyn and Chicago with numerous sexual misconduct felonies, was charged on Monday in Minnesota with soliciting sex from a minor at a Minneapolis hotel room 18 years ago. The 52-year-old R&B vocalist known […]

Mohamed Adow, International Climate Lead at Christian Aid International While every country in the world suffers from the impacts of climate change, none better sums up the burning injustice of a warming planet than Burundi. A new report from Christian Aid has shown the landlocked African country is the smallest contributor of carbon dioxide in the world […]

HARARE, Aug 7  (Reuters) – The United Nations on Tuesday increased its aid appeal for Zimbabwe to $331.5 million to help it recover from drought that has driven millions to the brink of starvation as well as a cyclone that hit eastern regions earlier this year. The El Nino-induced drought cut the maize harvest by […]

MTN Bushfire is more than simply a music festival. As Africa’s largest and most inclusive festival of music and the arts, MTN Bushfire has earned its global reputation as a distinctly African, yet globally-infused, festival experience. The musical line-up of the various MTN Bushfire stages reflects this diversity and includes both well-known and loved African and […]

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