South African Ad Ruffles Feathers

Advertising agencies have used reincarnation, Africans in space and the Guptas to stand out in the competitive fried chicken market, but reverse colonization was a step too far. Chicken Licken said the aim of the ad was “to show South Africans that Chicken Licken believes this country has all the potential to conquer the world […]

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Fight against Ebola is Far from Over

Doubts are growing about whether the world’s emergency stockpile of 300,000 Ebola vaccine doses is enough to control future epidemics as the deadly disease moves out of rural forest areas and into urban mega-cities. SOURCES: Reuters

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Renewed Calls for Sierra Leone to end FGM after 10-year old Dies

The girl, one of 68 involved in the rite, bled to death on Tuesday following complications from the FGM procedure. A number of women, as well as cutters, known as soweis, are now on the run, among them the deceased girl’s mother. SOURCES: The Guardian

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Promoting South African Wine to Chinese Customers

In 2013, South African wine producer L’Huguenot Vineyards together with Chinese distribution company Yangzhou Perfect China created a range of wines specifically for the Chinese market. The result was Perfect Wines of South Africa and the brand now accounts for 25% of all South African wines sales in China. SOURCES: CNN

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Eco Resorts Blossom in Africa

Zuri was designed to have a minimal carbon footprint, from its low-impact, stilted construction to efficient air conditioning. The hotel also uses proceeds to fund community projects: It’s established the area’s first waste management program, built several wells, and created a tourism training institute to bolster local education and employment. SOURCES: Bloomberg

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Some of the Major Trends and Stories to Watch in Africa

Global management consultancy McKinsey & Company’s new book “Africa’s Business Revolution” identifies areas of potential progress and opportunity across the continent based on original research and interviews with hundreds of CEOs from leading African companies. The authors find regions that recall China before its own period of explosive growth, and suggest pathways that could yield […]

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Africa’s Heritage Sites in Virtual Reality

A research group from the University of Cape Town, the Zamani Project, are trying to preserve heritage sites around the world and particularly in Africa, through accurate digital representations. Their models and representations include the Djenné Mosque in Mali, numerous buildings on Kilwa Kisiwani in Tanzania, rockart and parts of the Kingdom of Mapungubwe in […]

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Zimbabwe Minus Mugabe: Two Books on His Fall and Mnangagwa’s Rise

Penguin Books has released two books by Zimbabwean journalists in time to celebrate the first anniversary of the coup that finally put Robert Mugabe’s ruinous reign to an end. These are Ray Ndlovu’s In the Jaws of the Crocodile: Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Rise to Power in Zimbabwe and The Graceless Fall of Robert Mugabe: The End […]

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MyAgro Pioneers “Mobile Layaway” Model for African Farmers

Smallholder farmers across sub-Saharan Africa struggle to buy seeds and fertilizer every year, with low incomes and a lack of bank accounts making bulk purchases difficult. But a mobile savings model gaining popularity in Senegal and Mali allows farmers to put away small amounts of cash whenever they can – a potentially life-changing innovation for […]

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