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Becca Blond, 5:20 pm
Dungeons on the Cape Peninsula is a cold and forbidding stretch facing directly into the Roaring Forties and the great Southern Ocean. Known for its monster waves. this is a spot best surfed in the winter storms, when swells reach 15-to-30 feet on the break. The water is cold, so you’ll need a wet suit. And nerves of steel. This is not for amateurs. Waves break a mile offshore next to a seal colony in some of the most shark-infested waters on Earth. You’re not just dealing with some of the world’s most powerful waves. Great white sharks are common in the area.
Dana Sanchez, 11:32 am
South Africa was criticised in June by human rights groups and praised this week when it changed its mind about appointing the first-ever U.N. expert tasked with investigating LGBT rights abuses worldwide. In a turnaround that broke ranks with other African countries, South Africa approved the legality of the post and voted against delaying it. South Africa was one of the few African countries that did not support delaying the appointment. Several countries said Monday that they would not recognize or cooperate with the U.N.
Dana Sanchez, 5:25 pm
In the last few years it seems like news reports about HIV/AIDS in Africa have been dominated by South Africa’s success making antiretrovirals available to the public. SA still has the worst HIV/AIDS epidemic in the world. Almost 20% of the population has it, with adolescent girls disproportionatley so. Trump’s election raised anxieties that U.S. humanitarian aid like PEPFAR will stop. Trump said that the U.S. should “stop sending foreign aid to countries that hate us.” On the other hand, there is one foreign aid program Trump likes: the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
Dana Sanchez, 12:01 am
As reality TV shows go, “Shark Tank,” may be unusual for its focus on businesses seeking investment rather than on the drama or personal lives of cast members. There are now “Shark Tank” versions all over the world. An investor on the recently launched South African version is making waves by offering to invest in a company using bitcoin — possibly a “Shark Tank” world first. South African entrepreneur Vinny Lingham is a vocal bitcoin supporter. He’s known for a string of companies including Gyft, Yola and blockchain startup Civic.
Dana Sanchez, 3:53 pm
The RTS,S anti-malaria vaccine isn’t perfect. It showed an initial protection rate of around 31-to 56 percent, depending on the age of the patient, and seems to wear off after a year. Another vaccine developed in the U.S. showed better protection rates — as high as 80 percent — and longer-lasting protection. Used with bed nets and insecticides, RTS,S could provide a “very meaningful contribution to controlling the impact of malaria on children in those African communities that need it the most,” its maker said.
Dana Sanchez, 1:26 pm AFKI Original
Ugandan engineer Brian Turyabagye designed a biomedical smart jacket to quickly and accurately diagnose pneumonia, which kills 27,000 Ugandan children under the age of 5 every year. Most of these cases are due to pneumonia being misdiagnosed as malaria. He’s one of 16 African engineers who’ve come up with problem-solving innovations that got the attention of private and public stakeholders in the U.K. The 16 engineers are in the U.K. for 6 months of mentoring. They’re vying for a $30,000 prize.
Lara Moses, 7:00 am
Made up of 10 volcanic islands, Cape Verde offers up plenty of beautiful dive spots with caves, wrecks, walls, and coral reefs. The dive sites are fairly close together, making them easy to access with short travel times. The most famous is Buracona off the island of Sal. Divers enter the cave at 26 meters and are guided along a huge cathedral-like space up to 7 meters. The highlight of this dive is the strong light that beams through the top of the cave to illuminate the inside.
Dana Sanchez, 5:41 pm
Populism and a backlash against globalization are being blamed for the British and American choices of Brexit and Donald Trump. Practically no one saw this coming, many people say. The next presidential election in South Africa is scheduled for 2019. There’s a feeling that not everyone benefits from globalization, and South Africans should be asking if Julius Malema will be their next president, a Harvard history professsor said. South Africans have 2-plus years to decide.
Dana Sanchez, 2:40 pm
Ethiopia is hardly the only recent example of how conflicts over land rights can set the stage for political and humanitarian crises. Competition for arable land contributed to the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Food insecurity stemming from land mismanagement is an important factor driving migrants to Europe. Farmers have always intuitively known what scientists are now confirming: trees and other vegetation can stimulate more rainfall.
Ann Brown, 11:29 am AFKI Original
Kolisile Theo Ndindwa grew up in Gugulethu township, builing a successful dance business against the odds. “The expectation is that we must always be working for a big and established arts organization, but these institutions have not transformed or reinvented themselves,” he told AFKInsider. Ndindwa is creating space for new talent, new voices, new stories. An Obama Young African Leader, he said the YALI program helped connect and unite the next generation of African entrepreneurs.
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