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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. […]

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 […]

By Emma Rumney and Alistair Smout JOHANNESBURG, Aug 6 (Reuters) – With a handshake, Mozambique’s leaders hope to close the book on a decades-long conflict on Tuesday. But an election in October and new causes of violence mean lasting peace is far from assured. After fighting on opposite sides of a civil war that erupted […]

By Megan Rowling BARCELONA, Aug 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The widespread use of charcoal for cooking in African cities can cause devastating damage to forests up to 300 km away, scientist Sebastian Rodriguez-Sanchez found while working on energy and agriculture issues in West Africa. So in 2015, he co-founded a business to try to […]

Following the release of Beyoncé’s album, The Lion King: The Gift – which featured several African artists, writers and producers – the continent has been celebrated and acknowledged for its boundless musical talents. Relatively unknown, up-and-coming Zimbabwean producer, DJ and bassist Robert Ndabezinhle Magwenzi, professionally known as Evoke, is among the handful of talented African […]

TRIPOLI, Aug 6 (Reuters) – A drone air strike by eastern Libyan forces on the southern Libyan town of Murzuq has killed at least 43 people, a local official said on Monday. The attack is the second major air strike blamed on the eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar after at […]

  By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Uganda has started its largest-ever trial of a preventive Ebola vaccine, an official said on Monday, amid fears of a potential spillover of the deadly hemorrhagic fever from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. The East African country has been on high alert since two people, part […]


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