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Togo’s taxi drivers left behind by growing economy
April 24, 2015
Swarming the streets of Togo’s capital Lome, thousands of motorcycle taxi drivers are just some of those left behind by the recent economic growth spurt in the crushingly poor nation. Some have college degrees and work multiple jobs but still ... Continue Reading →
A mosaic of Leo and Makhosi. (Supplied)
The mlungu in the room April 23, 2015

So this is the place she had always called home; a jumble of houses, shacks and unpaved roads in between the beautiful rolling green hills of KwaZulu-Natal. My parents and I are probably the only white people in a 20km radius. I feel like an intruder. Even at the burial, as I closed my eyes …

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South African soldiers deployed overnight to tackle gangs hunting down and killing foreigners after at least seven people died in a wave of anti-immigrant violence. (Pic: AFP)
South Africa deploys soldiers to anti-immigrant hotspots April 22, 2015

  South Africa sent soldiers on Tuesday to help stop anti-immigrant violence in areas of Durban and Johannesburg where at least seven people have been killed in the past three weeks. South Africa has been criticised by governments, including China, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, for failing to protect foreigners as armed mobs were shown on TV …

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Migrants wait in a boat during a rescue operation on April 15 2015 off the coast of Sicily. (Pic: AFP / Handout)
African migrants in Europe: Debunking the myths April 21, 2015

The death toll from the capsizing of a boat carrying migrants off the Libyan coast on the weekend has hit 800, and could reach 950, according to latest reports, piling pressure on European governments to respond to the rising migrant boat tragedies in the Mediterranean. Amnesty International described the capsizing as a “man-made tragedy that could well have been …

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Rescued migrants watch as the body of person who died after a fishing boat carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast, is brought ashore along with 23 others. (Pic: AFP)
700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean shipwreck off Libya April 20, 2015

A major rescue operation is under way in the Mediterranean after as many as 700 migrants are feared to have drowned just outside Libyan waters, in what could prove to be the worst disaster yet involving migrants being smuggled to Europe. Italian coastguards have retrieved 49 survivors so far and about 20 bodies, according to …

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M&G Multimedia

South Africans, foreign nationals call for end to xenophobia
South Africans, foreign nationals call for end to xenophobia
April 22, 2015
South Africans and foreign nationals share their thoughts about the on-going xenophobic attacks, while attending a vigil
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Running from Boko Haram
Running from Boko Haram
March 16, 2015
Thousands of refugees are fleeing to Chad after Boko Haram's attacks in northeast Nigeria. We visited a refugee camp and
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The challenges of reporting in Africa
The challenges of reporting in Africa
March 9, 2015
Journalist and blogger, Chika Oduah, talks about the risks of being a journalist in Africa today and the notion that jou
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Breaking The Cycle Of Poverty in Africa
Breaking The Cycle Of Poverty in Africa
March 2, 2015
Ory Okolloh, founder of software company Ushahidi, is one of eight black women named as The 100 Most Influential People
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Voices of Africa Multimedia

SABC’s Vuyo Mvoko and crew mugged on camera
SABC’s Vuyo Mvoko and crew mugged on camera March 11, 2015

The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s Vuyo Mvoko and his crew were robbed of their belongings seconds before they could cross live from Milpark in Johannesburg on Tuesday. He was reporting on Zambian President Edgar Lungu’s arrival to Milpark hospital. Mvoko and the SABC team were robbed of their cellphones and a laptop, but thankfully were not harmed. …

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A peek at Ethiopia’s first ever sci-fi feature film
A peek at Ethiopia’s first ever sci-fi feature film February 18, 2015

You either love sci-fi movies or you hate them – but a sci-fi love story based in Ethiopia? That’s sure to pique everyone’s curiosity. Directed by Miguel Llansó, Crumbs is a a Spanish-Ethiopian co-production that premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January. From Indie Wire: “Crumbs tells the story of diminutive superhero Gagano (played by Daniel Tadesse), a junk collector, who …

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