Einstein forum aims to stem Africa brain drain – Aljazeera.com

Africa’s top scientists, policymakers and start-ups have gathered for a landmark conference aimed at stemming the continent’s brain drain and encouraging governments to nurture research in fields from virology to maths. Organisers of the first Next Einstein Forum (NEF), concluding on Thursday near Senegal’s capital, Dakar, hope to reverse a situation in which Africa’s […]

Number of rhinos slaughtered in Africa last year sets record – CNN

Number of rhinos slaughtered in Africa last year sets record – CNN

South Africa showed some improvement after aggressive anti-poaching efforts, but the overall number of rhinos killed increased in other nations. Of the total number of rhinos killed in the continent last year, about 1,175 were in South Africa. The number is 40 less than rhinos killed in that country the year before. MUST WATCH “This […]

Nigeria v South Africa: The battle for African supremacy – BBC News

Nigeria v South Africa: The battle for African supremacy – BBC News

Image copyright EPA Image caption We can work it out? This week South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma visited Nigeria and stressed that Africa’s two economic giants could work together. Relations have been fraught, not helped by South African deaths in a Nigerian pastor’s building and a $5bn Nigerian fine for a South African phone company. […]

South Africa Gold Mine Collapse Update: 26-Hour Silence From Trapped Workers At Lily Mine – International Business Times

UPDATE: 7:45 p.m. EST — South Africa’s mining union president, Joseph Mathunjwa, cautioned that time was running out to save three mine workers trapped in a collapsed gold mine in South Africa’s northeast Mpumalanga province, Africanews reported. The miners have been trapped since one of the mine’s supporting pillars collapsed Friday. “The longer they remain trapped […]

Islamic State invades vulnerable Africa – BDlive

AFRICA’s Muslim belt is getting bloodier. Boko Haram — the regional affiliate of Islamic State (IS) and one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups — has accelerated its campaign of almost daily suicide bombings. Just last month, the group massacred 86 people, many of them children, in the Nigerian village of Dalori and 32 others […]

Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam sparks South Africa ‘disquiet’ – BBC News

Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam sparks South Africa ‘disquiet’ – BBC News

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mandla Mandela is chief of Mvezo, Nelson Mandela’s ancestral home Traditional leaders in South Africa have expressed “disquiet” over chief Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam. The Congress of Traditional Leaders in South Africa (Contralesa) told the BBC that being Muslim could affect his ability to uphold Xhosa traditions. Mandla Mandela, […]

East Africa will lose out in battle between Islamist militants – BDlive

NAIROBI — Competition between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State for a foothold in East Africa will fuel attacks in the region by the Islamist militants, Control Risks Group said. Islamic State was trying to make inroads into Somalia, where the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group had been waging an insurgency for the past decade, as well as […]