Zimbabwe: Buyanga Makes South Africa Rich List

A ZIMBABWEAN businessman has been named among some of Africa’s youngest United States dollar millionaires with “incredible success stories” by a South African newspaper. The New Age described property and micro finance magnate, Frank Buyanga, 35, as an “entrepreneurial ray of hope”. Buyanga, who recently splashed on a US$345,000 Bentley Mulsanne, was named alongside five…

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What Makes Black Men Scary?

If you see a black man in a suit walking down the street would you: (a) immediately cross to the opposite side of the road or (b) do nothing and go on as you were? There’s no doubt that the idea of the swart gevaar (“black threat”) is still alive and kicking in South Africa….

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Letter from Senegal: bowled over

By 3pm in the sandy lanes of Kaolack the heat is unforgiving. It is hard to tell if it is more uncomfortable to move or to remain still. Pigs, chickens and sheep search in leisurely fashion through the discarded waste for food scraps. I envy the pigs their cooling mud bath. The street is brightened…

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The Ivory Trade Kills People Too

Behind every ivory trinket made and sold is a trail of human suffering and exploitation in Africa. If you buy ivory, you kill people. This is the new reality in an illicit trade responsible for large-scale human exploitation, government corruption, and the funding of rebel movements, terrorists, and criminal syndicates around the world. The imagery…

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Erdogan: The hero of Somalia

There was never any doubt that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would receive a hero’s welcome in Somalia. On Thursday, he vowed to go ahead with the trip despite a bomb attack at a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on the eve of his planned visit. Later his office announced he would delay it by…

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How Leaders Should Dress for the AU Summit

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