Africa Briefs

South Africa must ‘decolonize’ its schools, officials agree

South Africa must ‘decolonize’ its schools, officials agree

| March 28, 2017

(GIN)—Officials of South Africa’s Department of Basic Education told Parliament this week that it’s time to decolonize the school curriculum. Suren Govender, the chief director for curriculum, said the subject came up during a review of the schools’ progress report. “For example, the way in which history has been written suggests that (David) Livingstone discovered […]

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Profiteering mars record of black African gold mining firm

Profiteering mars record of black African gold mining firm

| March 28, 2017

(GIN)—Between the 9th and 11th centuries, the kingdom of Ghana was so rich its dogs were said to wear golden collars, and its horses, adorned with silken rope halters, slept on plush carpets. Medieval Ghana was a wealthy empire, sitting comfortably on mountains of gold. Today, despite its place as Africa’s second largest gold mining […]

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New look for Africa on ‘corrected’ Boston school maps

New look for Africa on ‘corrected’ Boston school maps

| March 22, 2017

(GIN)—In an age of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” authorities in the city of Boston believe their new school map offers something closer to the geographical truth than that of traditional maps, and hope it can serve an example to schools across the nation and even the world. The school district will drop the Mercator […]

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South Africa seeks legal change to allow taking white-owned land

South Africa seeks legal change to allow taking white-owned land

| March 22, 2017

(GIN)—President Jacob Zuma finally addressed the long-unresolved matter of land reform, a demand of thousands of black landless people whose properties were confiscated in the Apartheid era. In his State of the Nation address, President Zuma pledged to break up white ownership of business and land to reduce inequality. He called on parliament to change […]

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Angolan women potest harsh bill criminalizing abortion

Angolan women potest harsh bill criminalizing abortion

| March 22, 2017

(GIN)—Under heavy police surveillance, Angolan women rallied in the capital city Luanda to protest a draft bill that would criminalize all abortions and punish anyone who has an abortion or performs one, without exception, with up to 10 years in jail. Among those objecting to the bill was the president’s daughter, Isabel dos Santos, who […]

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Nigerians put brakes on superhighway cutting through rainforest

Nigerians put brakes on superhighway cutting through rainforest

| March 22, 2017

(GIN)—Bulldozers approaching the communities of the southern state of Cross River, with orders to raze up to a million homes and cut down an ancient tropical rainforest, were stopped in their tracks as an environmental impact statement for a proposed superhighway was rejected by officials. As conceived, the roadway would link northern Nigeria to a […]

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Winnie Mandela hospitalized, doing well, says spokesman

Winnie Mandela hospitalized, doing well, says spokesman

| March 14, 2017

(GIN)—Veteran activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is in good spirits while she remains hospitalized for observation, her spokesperson Victor Dlamini told News24 over the weekend. “She is absolutely fine and doing great. I am sure that the doctors will discharge her very soon,” Dlamini said. Madikizela-Mandela was admitted to the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg a week ago […]

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South Sudan hikes visa fees to $10,000 sparking outrage

South Sudan hikes visa fees to $10,000 sparking outrage

| March 14, 2017

(GIN)—International relief groups were sharply critical of South Sudan’s recent decision to increase foreign worker visa fees. The new fees would aggravate a humanitarian crisis in the famine-hit country, they warned. The government is set to charge $10,000 for foreigners working in a “professional” capacity, $2,000 for “blue collar” employees and $1,000 for “casual workers” […]

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Ethiopian police comb rubbish dump for landslide survivors

Ethiopian police comb rubbish dump for landslide survivors

| March 14, 2017

(GIN)—A giant landslide that crashed down on a landfill where hundreds of Ethiopians collected recyclables, killed upwards of 65 local area residents, including entire families and their children, officials said on Monday. The landslide on Saturday leveled more than 30 squatter homes at the Koshe dump site on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, according to […]

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Surplus food found for local groups with novel Nigerian computer app

Surplus food found for local groups with novel Nigerian computer app

| March 14, 2017

(GIN)—Nigerian-born Oscar Ekponimo was 11 when his family was struck by misfortune.  His father had a partial stroke, causing him to lose his job, and with it, the family income. “For the next three years we had little food in the house,” he recalled. “If we had one small meal at the end of the […]

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