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Date Archives for July 2015

  • The Food Lover’s Guide To Franschhoek

    le-quartier-francais-food By Adel Groenwald, 10:00 pm

    Franschhoek is fondly referred to as the culinary capital of South Africa – and with good reason. The town’s tastebud-pleasing, boundary-pushing eateries take you beyond the town and into the heart of its wine farms. A weekend of long lunches, laid-back wine tastings, and wonderful pairings of the two just became your next must-do trip in South Africa.

  • Ebola Vaccine Trial Successful In Guinea, Could be A Game changer

    A woman receives VSV-EBOV Ebola vaccine March 10, 2015, in Conakry clinical trials. Photo: Cellou Binani/Getty By Dana Sanchez, 7:49 pm

    An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work. Developed by the Canadian government, the vaccine has since been licensed to New Jersey-based Merck & Co. but has not yet been approved by regulators. “If proven effective, this is going to be a game-changer,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, cirector-general of the World Health Organization, which sponsored the study.

  • People & Power: Botswana President Nominated For African Muzik Award

    Botswana President Ian Khama. Photo: TheVoiceBW.com By Dana Sanchez, 6:34 pm

    Botswana President Ian Khama, who has been described as an artist at heart, was nominated for an award at the upcoming 2015 Africa Muzik Magazine Awards in Dallas. Khama is credited with bringing polka music into the Botswana mainstream — it’s recognized among Botswana’s traditional dances — and he promoted the Khawa Dunes Festival, where tourists can race quads and motorcycles across the dunes.

  • Sack Gardens Yield Income For Agriculturally Challenged Africans

    Residents of the Kibera slum in Kenya tend to vegetables planted in sack gardens. Photo: Tony Karumba/Getty By Dana Sanchez, 1:42 pm

    Sack gardening is helping provide food and income for Africans in urban slums, rural areas and places prone to drought and flooding. A Zimbabwean who worked with AIDS patients has managed to turn sack gardening into an agrarian movement, TakePart reports. Women are producing lettuce and tomatoes in sack gardens for the Marriott hotel. It’s a less physical version of farming for people who can’t work the land, or have no land to work.

  • Extracting Economic Value From Higher Education: What African Universities Can Learn From Singapore

    University of johannesburg. Photo: gauteng.net By Dana Sanchez, 11:26 am

    Singapore has no natural resources so its government has focused on extracting economic value from the higher education sector, says a Singapore educator. It’s a lesson African governments can emulate. This focus has seen the country’s economy shift from manual labor-based, to skills-based, to technology, to knowledge-based.

  • City Guide: Gaborone, Botswana

    three dikosi gabarone By Becca Blond, 10:13 am

    With a population of just over 230,000, Gaborone feels more like a small town than a major city, which can be refreshing, especially if you’re here for business. And while Gabs (as locals call the city) may feel a bit provincial and boring, it also is safe, friendly and easy to navigate. If you are a fan of the Alexander McCall Smith mystery series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (or the HBO television show based on the book), Gaborone will be of interest, as it is where the novels are set.

  • Opinion: Fighting Over Succession In Zimbabwe Is Costing The Economy

    Joice Mujuru_1350366c By Staff, 8:52 am

    Economic issues are on the back burner and fighting over succession in Zimbabwe occupies the energy of the ruling Zanu PF. After consolidating power by purging former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her allies, party members have turned on each other. “When Zanu PF meet, instead of discussing ways of fixing the country’s problems, all they ever do is fire each other,” a former industry minister said.

  • Bankruptcy, Delisting On Kenya Airways Cards After Record Full-Year Loss

    By Kevin Mwanza, 8:48 am

    Kenya’s state-owned airline Kenya Airways posted one of the largest losses any East African company has ever recorded, wiping out all of its shareholders wealth and leaving investors questioning if the African carrier was technically insolvent The Airline, which one of the top airlines in Africa together with Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways, posted nearly $252 million in losses

  • Why Microsoft Chose Kenya For Windows 10 Global Launch

    By Staff, 5:26 am

    Microsoft on Wednesday launched its highly anticipated Windows 10 operating system. Billed by the by the tech giant as “the best Windows ever”, the company aims to have one billion devices running on the software. It is built to run across laptops, desktops and smartphones. Chief executive Satya Nadella came to Kenya a day ahead of the global launch.

  • Land Reforms Chaos: Zimbabwe Wants Some White Farmers Back

    By Kevin Mwanza, 5:11 am

    In what can be termed as further chaos in Zimbabwe’s land reforms program, that started with the eviction of white commercial farmers from the land at the break of the this century, the President Robert Mugabe led government is considering offering back land to some of the white farmers it evicted. The Zimbabwean government violently evicted more than 4,000 white farmers from their land

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