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Archive October 2010

South Africa: voices of poor must be heard

JOHANNESBURG — The increase in township service delivery protests across SA, and their tendency to descend into chaos and violence, has generally been interpreted as a wake-up call for the tripartite alliance, which dominates government in most parts of the country.

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DRC: Radio sketch artists saved by advertisements

In Bukavu, DR Congo, popular radio sketch artists, who are paid little to nothing for their work, are catching the attention of advertisers thanks to their growing notoriety. It is by lending their voices to advertising spots that they are able to make a living but sometimes the line between the two activities is blurred.

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Kenya: a multi million new city plan underway

NAIROBI – The Kenya Vision 2030, intended to guide the country’s development process for the next 25 years, is envisaged in a three pillar structure namely: Economic Pillar, the Social Pillar and the Political Pillar. The efforts of the grand coalition government, aimed at achieving this goal, seem to be bearing fruits.

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EPAs: new trade deals, old agendas

In November the European Union expects East African countries to sign a ‘comprehensive’ trade agreement. But Yash Tandon warns that the deal is not in Africa’s favour.

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Achille Mbembe’s Africa

Last week saw the publication of Achille Mbembe’s new bookSortir de la Grande Nuit: Essai sur l’Afrique Décolonisée” (with a nod to Frantz Fanon’s ‘We must get out of the great night’ – or, ‘shake off the heavy darkness’, as the English translation of The Wretched of the Earth has it.

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South Africa plans aid agency to boost African development

South Africa is set to create a US-style development aid agency as it seeks to play a more prominent role as a major donor country in Africa, says International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

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