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Jarvis says ready to defend title

Luciah Phahla Maseru – Reigning Motul Roof of Africa champion Graham Jarvis says he is prepared to defend his title. The 2016 Roof of Africa starts today with the Round

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Making ‘Made in Africa’ last

Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire If you’re ever shopping for a pair of jeans in an American mall, check the label. If it was made in, say, Lesotho — a tiny mountainous

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Encore – Mandoza

S. Mothibi The birth of any era or individual is accompanied by the sound of the voices that celebrate its advent, and the poetry in the music expresses the feelings

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Bill Gates: penning a story for posterity Tsepiso S. Mothibi That a star is born is a miracle, it is even more miraculous when one considers the complex reactions between

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Triple murder spotlights Kenya’s culture of impunity

No Kenyan leaders have been successfully prosecuted for the post-election violence of 2007-2008, even though more than 1,000 Kenyans were killed in the politically-motivated bloodletting. With extrajudicial killings on the

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From Cleaning Corpses to Sex With Strangers, Widow Rituals Fuel Disease in Africa

By Josiane Kouagheu and Kieran Guilbert Douala/Dakar — “If you accept these degrading rituals, you run the risk of disease. If you don’t, you are ostracised.” When Clarisse’s husband died

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South Africa in need of an opposition

JOHANNESBURG – Rows of black marble headstones mark the graves of those who died in the Sharpeville massacre of 1960, when South African police fired into a crowd of demonstrators,

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Nigeria: The challenge of military reform

Nigeria’s military is in distress. Once among Africa’s strongest and a mainstay of regional peacekeeping, it has become a flawed force. The initially slow, heavy-handed response to the Islamist Boko

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Capitec shuts down 2 000 MMM bank accounts

Cape Town South Africa’s biggest unsecured loan provider, Capitec, says it has closed 2 000 bank accounts linked to Ponzi scheme MMM. Speaking at the company’s annual general meeting near

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Zimbabwe’s #ThisFlag protest, and the man who started it

By Simon Allison Pastor Evan Mawarire started the most subversive protest movement in Zimbabwe’s recent history by accident. He was fed up with the state of his nation, and decided

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