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South Africa has exceedingly high rates of rape of women and girls by non-partners. It’s estimated that between 5% and 12% of women may have been raped by a man who is not a romantic partner. This, however, could be an underestimate. In earlier research, 21% of men reported perpetrating non-partner rape in their lifetime. Rape is a human […]

  LONDON, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich are the world’s smartest cities, according to an index published on Thursday amid a growing debate on the future of urban design for a post-COVID era. From smart traffic cameras and car sharing apps to pollution monitoring and free wifi for all, cities […]

  Eric Dinerstein is director of biodiversity and wildlife solutions at RESOLVE. In 2020, we have reached an inflection point that will determine the future of life on Earth. Existential threats—the species extinction crisis, climate disruption, ecosystem collapse, devastating zoonotic outbreaks more deadly than the current coronavirus pandemic—loom on the horizon. We have a decade to […]

  By Members of the COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship For decades, social entrepreneurs have worked to solve market failures and build more sustainable models to create more inclusive economies. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the reality that the world’s systems are fragile. Beyond the health and human tragedy of the virus, the […]

16 October 1918: A cartoon by DC Boonzaier in Die Burger newspaper during the time of the so-called Spanish Flu pandemic in South Africa. (Image supplied by Black October, Howard Philips) The weather had been odd that year. There were still no tarred roads on the outskirts of Johannesburg, so the autumn winds had whipped […]

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September 17, 2020

  19 May 2012: Chelsea Football Club’s Didier Drogba during the UEFA Champions League Final in Munich, Germany. (Photograph by Liewig Christian/ Corbis via Getty Images) This is a lightly edited excerpt from Made in Africa: The History of African Players in English Football by Ed Aarons (Arena Sport, 2020).  On a beautiful day in south-west London […]

24 July 1960: Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba waves after his arrival in New York City for a meeting with United Nations secretary Dag Hammarskjӧld to discuss ending the violence in his country. (Photograph supplied by the Bettmann Archive) At long last, Patrice Lumumba’s remains, a tooth or teeth taken away to Belgium as a […]

Africa bears a disproportionately high burden of globally significant diseases. But the continent has lagged in knowledge production to address its health challenges. There are a number of factors that contribute to this. These include the absence of a critical mass of researchers even where pockets of excellence exist. Progression pathways for those in scientific careers are very weak. Scientists […]

5 September 2020: Mamelodi Sundowns players and technical team members celebrate winning the 2019-2020 Absa Premiership. (Photograph by Samuel Shivambu/ BackpagePix) Dolisie. Sekondi-Takoradi. Setif. These aren’t just cities for Mamelodi Sundowns, these are important steps the club took to forge their most important arsenals – their character, resilience and mental strength. Without these cities, and […]

Covered in glass, the former IMB Plaza building in Lagos stood as an example of the influence of international design styles on the Nigerian commercial capital’s architecture. Such “internationally” styled high-rise buildings, often seen as a symbol of progress and economic advancement, are not always well integrated into the local climate or landscape. In the […]


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