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State Security agency’s campaign of fear and intimidation at SABC

Serious concerns over the “clandestine nature” of State Security Agency (SSA) activities in policy and “non-sensitive operational” issues at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) are among a stack of written submissions filed with Parliament’s ad hoc committee on the troubled SABC.

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Burundi: Three lessons about the crisis from speaking to those who fled it

Burundi will soon mark two years since it was propelled into a political crisis by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s determination to be elected to a third term in power. As it stands, more than 327,000 of Burundi’s 11 million people have now sought refuge outside the country according to UN figures from early 2017 – nearly all fleeing since the crisis erupted.

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African inequality rising

Witness Nigeria. The African goliath has in recent years climbed steadily through the ranks of the UN’s Human Development Index, a global index of key development indicators such as income, literacy and life-expectancy. But Nigeria’s success in the HDI disguises a widening gulf between the haves and the have-nots.

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Africa should spur herbal medicine safety, value women

Accra (Ghana) – Africa needs to develop standards to assure safety and benefit of its herbal medicines, says Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, president of Mauritius. According to the World Health Organisation, 80 per cent of the world’s population depend on medicinal plants for their primary healthcare.

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Why Polio Campaigns Must Reach Every Last Child in Kenya

Nairobi (Kenya) – For a long time, no person in Kenya suffered the devastating disability that is caused by polio. In fact, the only reminder in the early 2000s was the victims in the streets of Nairobi, many of whom had been paralyzed as children and adults. Their lives were ravaged by this terrible, vaccine-preventable disease.

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How East African Community integration can work

Many must have caught the comments by the East African Community’s outgoing Director-General in charge of Trade and Customs, Peter Kiguta, when he said in The EastAfrican last week that the earlier enthusiasm among member states to move the region towards higher levels of integration “seems to have waned over the past two years.”

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