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Stories about South Africa

20 March 2019

Tropical Cyclone Idai: Animal rescues overlooked in this climate disaster

The cyclone's devastation did not discriminate. Animal activists encourage citizens to remember not to leave animals behind during rescue operations and remember to look for injured, distressed animals.

13 February 2019

Four southern African nations petition to lift the international ivory trade ban

The proposal to lift the ivory trade ban has released a clash between elephant conservationists and those who favor the practice, citing economic reasons.

11 February 2019

Mozambicans demand justice on government debt scandal

"The illegal debts burden our people and push our youth to unemployment and marginality."

13 October 2018

Mozambicans react: decriminalisation of marijuana in South Africa

South Africa is a major destination for young Mozambicans for jobs and studies, and many were left wondering how the ruling will affect them.

13 July 2018

‘In a lot of the post-colonial world, so much of what really drives us is suppressed’

"The majority of students are black. It’s not so much a colour as the fact that they come with emotional relationships to the rest of the world that are different."

9 July 2018

‘Apartheid couldn’t have happened without that spatial carving up of the landscape’

"In South Africa, certainly, architecture was always complicit in oppression. Apartheid might have been a political and social structure, but it was also a physical one," says architect Lesley Lokko.

21 February 2018

As Leaders Step Down, a Cautious Hope Rises on the African Continent

The Bridge

After the resignation of Zuma and Desalegn, "the mood on the continent is one of hope, on the one hand, and of palpable restraint and scepticism on the other."

15 October 2017

Not Without a Fight: The Battle for Affordable Housing in Cape Town

The Bridge

For many residents of Cape Town, South Africa—a city often touted for its quality of life—the legacy of segregation and spatial apartheid persists in a tangible and powerful way.

18 August 2017

A Kenyan Artist Designs Revolutionary ‘Kanga’ Celebrating Queer Love Around the World

The Bridge

"We need to open up a space to talk more about sex, and then artists like me want to open that up even more, to talk about queerness."

12 May 2017

This Platform Has Helped Thousands of Migrants Reconnect with Their Families Back Home

Around the world, an estimated 65 million people who, for one reason or another, have been forced to flee their homelands. This platform aims to reunite broken families.

How a Rural South African Village's DIY Telco Lowered Its Communication Costs

Rising Voices

"Of course all of this is not about the internet itself, it is about the collaboration, the skills, the social needs, the building something together."

14 April 2017

Some South Africans Argue It's Not Just Their Country's Credit Rating That's Junk Status

They blasted the country's president, historical and present-day inequality, and the rating agencies themselves after S&P Global Ratings and Fitch downgraded South Africa.

10 March 2017

South Africans Want Their Government's Hands Off Social Media

Advox

South Africa's Minister of State Security announced that his government is contemplating regulating social media to counter false narratives and the spread of fake news.

6 March 2017

Young South African Woman Living With HIV Decides She's Not Hiding Anymore

Internet users around the world are praising Saidy Brown, the 22-year-old woman in South Africa, who used Twitter last month to publicize that she is HIV positive.

28 February 2017

South Africans Share Funny Things They Believed While Growing Up

"If someone jumps a leg over you, you won't grow tall unless they unjump you"

25 February 2017

New Clashes Over Immigrants Sweep South Africa

South Africa is currently in the midst of another wave of attacks against African immigrants, with crowds shouting xenophobic slogans and looting and burning down businesses and homes.

20 February 2017

A Dozen or More Things Tropical Cyclone Dineo Should Have Taken Away From South Africa

"#ThingsDineoShouldTakeWithHer...Corrupt politicians, sure we'll lose 10% of our population but it'll be worth it."

29 November 2016

Meet South Africa's Prophet of Doom…Literally

"Doom is the answer brothers and sisters lets bow our heads and sPray."

28 November 2016

Facebook’s Controversial ‘Free Basics’ Project Spreads to 47 Countries

Free Basics is a collaboration between Facebook and mobile providers that allows access for free but limited access to internet.

22 November 2016

South Africa's Youngest Novelist, 7-year-old Michelle Nkamankeng, Wants to Inspire Others

Michelle Nkamankeng, 7, has taken the internet and the literary world by storm with her first book in a series of four, "Waiting for the Waves".

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