The Divided Sensibility of “Bye Bye Africa”

The Divided Sensibility of “Bye Bye Africa”

The Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun is the subject of a welcome retrospective at BAM, April 20-25. It features the U.S. première of his new film, “A Season in France,” in which Haroun, who has been living in France since 1982, bitterly confronts the shame and the scandal of that country’s xenophobic rejection of recent African […]

Amnesty Sees Progress Against Death Penalty in Africa

Amnesty Sees Progress Against Death Penalty in Africa

DAKAR —  A new report from rights group Amnesty International spotlights sub-Saharan Africa as a “beacon of hope” in the fight to abolish the death penalty as the number of state-sanctioned executions and death sentences dropped around the globe in 2017. “I feel like there’s a momentum in sub-Saharan Africa and that’s partly because of […]

Global executions down; sub-Saharan Africa 'beacon of hope'

Global executions down; sub-Saharan Africa 'beacon of hope'

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new annual report on the death penalty calls sub-Saharan Africa a “beacon of hope” amid a decline in executions worldwide. Twenty countries across sub-Saharan Africa have now abolished the death penalty for all crimes, Amnesty International says in the report released early Thursday. Just two countries in the region, Somalia and […]

Letter from Africa: Why I loved Winnie Mandela, warts and all

Letter from Africa: Why I loved Winnie Mandela, warts and all

Image copyright AFP In our series of letters from African writers, Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene shares her admiration for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as South Africa holds a memorial service the anti-apartheid campaigner. Quite often when you meet in person people you have known on the radio, newspapers and television they turn out to be not quite […]

Memo from a South African: Peter Dutton is entrenching racist white privilege

Memo from a South African: Peter Dutton is entrenching racist white privilege

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the implementation of the racist legislation known as apartheid in South Africa. In 1948, laws were signed into effect that forever changed the lives of South Africans, leaving a devastating legacy, which many of us across the world still live with and struggle against. I am a white […]

Driving digital democracy with the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Driving digital democracy with the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

By Laura Mullan . Apr 09, 2018, 5:55AM South African businesses are taking digitisation seriously. The nation’s digital revolution is gathering pace thanks to its diverse economy and impressive mobile infrastructure and as a result, the country has emerged as the most digitally mature country on the continent, according to a report by Siemens. […]

Biggest South Africa Cement Maker PPC Eyes Growth Post Turmoil

Biggest South Africa Cement Maker PPC Eyes Growth Post Turmoil

PPC Ltd. is weighing expansion into new markets as South Africa’s biggest cement maker seeks to draw a line under a tumultuous two years that included an emergency rights issue and takeover interest from competitors. Since taking the top job in July, Chief Executive Officer Johann Claassen has reviewed the company’s operations and balance sheet, […]

How the crisis in the Gulf could spread to East Africa

How the crisis in the Gulf could spread to East Africa

Image copyright Mary Harper A crisis in the Gulf has had an unexpected consequence – a rush to build ports all down the Somali coast. But, as Mary Harper writes, some fear it could tear the Horn of Africa apart. Somaliland’s port town of Berbera is sleepy and somewhat scruffy. Paintings of fish, crabs and […]