Student protests continue at South African universities

Student protests continue at South African universities

Classes at the University of the Witwatersrand stayed in session Monday, despite weekend disruptions and ongoing protests at other South African campuses that continued to escalate into violent confrontation. The Wits campus was comparatively quiet, although students took to the streets in Parktown. Academic officials said they were looking at…

Ghana to move controversial Gandhi statue from campus

Ghana to move controversial Gandhi statue from campus

Ghanaian officials say they plan to remove a statue of Mahatma Gandhi that’s been at the center of protests at the University of Ghana. The statue will be moved “to ensure its safety and to avoid the controversy on the Legon Campus,” the government said in a statement issued by…

Lagarde: Africa’s tech, soft infrastructure are IMF priorities

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said soft infrastructure investment across Africa is a development and investment priority as the IMF encourages a more inclusive – and more vigorous – approach to global economic growth. “More can be done to raise growth now and make it more inclusive,”…

South African campuses see new wave of student protests, closures

The University of Witwatersrand again canceled classes Wednesday amid ongoing student protests that have swept across South Africa’s universities. The protests escalated at the Johannesburg campus this week, with clashes between students and police armed with tear gas and rubber bullets. The university’s attempt to resume classes following negotiations with…

Françafrique’s Poisonous Legacy

France and Africa have a long and intertwined history. As a former colonial ruler, France still possesses considerable influence and power in its former colonies to this very day, but the connections between Paris and its former colonial brethren are deeper than commonly assumed. The entanglement – a concept referred…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Stability: what South Africa really needs in 2016

The recent release of Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2015 showed that has South Africa moved up the rankings by five places from 67th to 61st place. While this signifies a decrease in the perceived corruption within the country, the situation in the country still remains far…

Was Davos a success for Africa?

On Thursday the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) released a statement on the launch of the New Deal on Energy at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The aim of the deal is to attain universal access to energy in Africa by 2025, in order to achieve this goal,…