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The 11 official languages of South Africa on display at the Constitutional Court. (Pic: Flickr)
iGay, iLesbian, iBisexual: The Xhosalisation of English
January 27, 2015
A few months ago I received an e-mail asking my advice about IsiXhosa equivalents of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender. IsiXhosa equivalents of these words do not exist, and I am not talking about derogatory terms. Growing up I had no ... Continue Reading →
Bone fragments are seen in a barrel of the cremated remains of Ebola virus victims in Boys Town on January 9 2015. (Pic: Reuters)
Families left haunted by Liberia’s Ebola crematorium January 26, 2015

Brian Lomax (26) sleeps on a pile of bones – the remains of cremated Ebola victims whose relatives may never get the chance to collect. He was hounded out of his community by neighbours who feared his work at the Margibi crematorium in Boys Town, Lower Margibi county, was helping to spread the disease rather than …

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“So what do you do daily?” “I just walk around looking for food... I’m 72.” “And you’re still strong ey?” “Yes, and if someone would hire me, I can still work.” (Pic: Homeless of Nairobi)
Homeless of Nairobi: Facebook project gives rough sleepers a voice January 23, 2015

“I’ve lived two lives in this life.” “How?” “I had things, now I have nothing.” “What are you afraid of most?” “El Niño is coming.” “And what makes you laugh?” “Life.” This was a conversation with Daniel, a destitute man in Nairobi, Kenya, posted on the internet last August. That night, thanks to a stranger, …

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Why do we need big numbers for African deaths to matter? January 21, 2015

‘2000 people killed.’ ‘Actually it is 150 people.’ ‘That makes it fine then. Thank you for the correction, we can continue to ignore the Boko Haram crisis.’ This is clearly how the Nigerian government thought the conversation would go when they sought to amend the ‘error’ that had been widely published about the recent attacks in …

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A Zambian woman casts her ballot for the Zambian presidential elections at Kanyama Primary School in Lusaka. (Pic: AFP)
Zambians vote in special presidential election January 20, 2015

Polling opened on Tuesday in Zambia’s tightly contested vote to elect a president after a ruling party power struggle following the death of Michael Sata in office last year. The two top contenders are Defence Minister Edgar Lungu (58), representing the ruling Patriotic Front (PF), and opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema (52) of the United Party …

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Bill Gates on health and poverty in Africa
Bill Gates on health and poverty in Africa
January 21, 2015
Bill and Melinda Gates believe poor people's live will change rapidly in the near future. M&G's Health reporter Amy
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More forced evictions in Swaziland
More forced evictions in Swaziland
December 19, 2014
Family homes are being destroyed under the orders of King Mswati III, to make land available for a Science, Innovation a
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Swaziland royal family replace chief, torture opposition
Swaziland royal family replace chief, torture opposition
December 10, 2014
Footage obtained alleges that the Swazi royal family have forcibly replaced a local chief with a family member, torturin
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Q&A with Martin Meredith
Q&A with Martin Meredith
November 27, 2014
Author Martin Meredith, who writes about the continent's history and politics, speaks to Shaun de Waal about his latest
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Voices of Africa Multimedia

The 11 official languages of South Africa on display at the Constitutional Court. (Pic: Flickr)
iGay, iLesbian, iBisexual: The Xhosalisation of English January 27, 2015

A few months ago I received an e-mail asking my advice about IsiXhosa equivalents of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender. IsiXhosa equivalents of these words do not exist, and I am not talking about derogatory terms. Growing up I had no language to talk about sexual identity; even the concept of having a “sexual identity” was …

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Bone fragments are seen in a barrel of the cremated remains of Ebola virus victims in Boys Town on January 9 2015. (Pic: Reuters)
Families left haunted by Liberia’s Ebola crematorium January 26, 2015

Brian Lomax (26) sleeps on a pile of bones – the remains of cremated Ebola victims whose relatives may never get the chance to collect. He was hounded out of his community by neighbours who feared his work at the Margibi crematorium in Boys Town, Lower Margibi county, was helping to spread the disease rather than …

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