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The winners of the platinum strike in South Africa

After a five-month struggle, South Africa’s platinum strike has ended and miners have gone back to work. In the midst of debates over financial gains and losses, Brad Cibane argues the real achievements lie outside the economic sphere.

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Shoemaking Saves Zimbabwe’s Jobless Youth

Harare, Zimbabwe – For many young Zimbabweans like 19-year-old Shelton Mbariro, running an unlicensed, backyard handmade shoe business has become a way to escape unemployment in this southern African nation.

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Eucalyptus trees make way for food crops

Kumbo – A project to reclain agricultural land lost to eucalyptus plantations is bearing fruit in Cameroon.

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U.S.-Africa Trade Mostly Benefits Oil, Textiles

Washington – With a key U.S.-Africa trade agreement up for renewal in 2015, advocates on all sides of the issue say current policies are rife with shortcomings that leave many African businesses out in the cold.

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Untapped skills: refugees and labour market in South Africa

South Africa is safe heaven for many fleeing war and state disruption from virtually the entire continent. Still, social and economic integration seems so far out of reach.  Refugees and asylum seekers face huge difficulties in accessing the South African labour market in spite of the potential positive contribution of the skills they bring  to the host economy.

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Corruption Muddies Egypt’s Labour Pool

CAIRO – Saeed El-Masry was born poor, raised poor and, unless he can get ‘kosa,’ will probably die poor. Kosa is the Arabic word for zucchini, but it also means someone in a position of power who can open doors to gainful employment.

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