‘We will take the land by force’: South Africa’s land crisis may explode into racial violence

The controversial land-confiscation policy proposed by the Ramaphosa-led ANC government could ignite clashes among South African citizens, who are split into two rival camps on the issue along racial lines. The new legislation allowing land seizure without compensation, which was proposed by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) as early as 2015 and supported by […]

Trump orders Pompeo to ‘closely study’ South Africa’s land expropriation

US President Donald Trump has expressed concern over the fate of white farmers in South Africa, where the extremely controversial land redistribution reform might leave owners without their properties or any compensation. “I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale […]

Why is nobody visiting Rwenzori, home of Africa’s spectacular secret summits?

Tayla Gentle March 2, 2018 Share this article Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains are home to six of Africa’s 10 tallest peaks. But where Kilimanjaro welcomes some 50,000 hikers every year, Rwenzori barely breaks 1,000. Welcome to the home of Africa’s secret summits.  The oldest person to summit Uganda’s Margherita Peak was a Canadian woman named Beryl […]

Former US ambassador to UN says Africa’s response to Trump’s ‘shithole’ comments is unprecedented

REUTERS/Andrew Kelly The African group of ambassadors to the United Nations called President Donald’s comments in an immigration meeting on Thursday racist. Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shithole countries.” Former US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said she’s never seen a response from African nations to the United States like […]

The Rise and Fall and Rise of South Africa’s Ostrich King

In 1890, at age 17, Max Rose arrived in hot, dusty Oudtshoorn — penniless and alone, fresh off the boat from Shavli, Lithuania. From humble beginnings as an ostrich feather buyer, he soon purchased a farm where he raised ostriches and grew alfalfa. Sixty-one years later, when he was buried in Oudtshoorn’s Jewish cemetery, he […]

South Africa’s Supreme Court more than doubles Oscar Pistorius’ murder sentence

South African paralyimpian gold medalist Oscar Pistorius had his murder sentence more than doubled by South Africa’s Supreme Court on Friday. Pistorius previously had been sentenced to just 5 years in prison, with the judge saying Pistorius’s career had been damaged by the case. The sentence got bumped up to 15 years, minus time served. […]

You can now virtually ‘hike’ all of South Africa’s National Parks

Share this article Technology and adventure collide in a new initiative that showcases South Africa’s natural, historical and cultural marvels in perfectly digitized form. Over 200 South African outdoor enthusiasts have pulled together to help make South Africa’s 19 National Parks, 17 nature reserves and six UNESCO World Heritage Sites available to virtually explore via […]

Politics ensnares South Africa’s biggest asset manager

Matjila, survivor THE rot in South African politics, which has eaten away at state companies, is spreading. This week McKinsey, a consultancy, apologised for the “distress” it had caused the South African people. Political mud had already drowned Bell Pottinger, a British public-relations firm, and forced resignations at KPMG, an auditor. So the shenanigans at […]

Africa’s richest man says oil is not the way forward

Brendan McDermid/Reuters The richest man in Africa says crude oil prices would do Nigeria a favor if they stay lower for longer. Last week at the UN General Assembly, Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote, whose main business is in cement but also holds interests in agricultural commodities and petrochemicals, said that agriculture—not crude oil—is the way forward for […]