South African campuses see new wave of student protests, closures

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,…

South Africa: #SaveWhatsApp

South Africans have hit back at a proposal to protect the country’s mobile service providers against competition from free communication apps. A South African women’s magazine, All4Women created the petition fighting to prevent telecoms from regulating free to use services (after downloaded) such as WhatsApp and Skype, known as over-the-top (OTT)…

South Africa: Facebook post spurring questions on racism

The South African political party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has publically condemned the words of Penny Sparrow, the KwaZulu-Natal realtor. Sparrow described black beachgoers on Facebook as “monkeys” in reaction to the rubbish left behind after New Year’s Eve festivities. Before the post was deleted by Sparrow, she had written,…

#Zumamustfall – 3 finance ministers in the past week

#Zumamustfall is the hashtag thousands of South Africans are using for the nationwide protest which is calling for the ousting of President Jacob Zuma. Zuma has faced a massive backlash for dismissing South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and replacing him with ANC MP Des van Rooyen. The news was…

Cybercrime on the rise in Africa

Cybercrime, has been on the rise world wide and Africa is feeling it too. African countries are focusing on beefing up their investigators who work on such issues. The New Times reported that 28 investigators coming from 10 different African countries came together in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, in late October…