Africa: Educated Girls Crucial for Skilled Workforce

Africa: Educated Girls Crucial for Skilled Workforce

African governments should ensure the right to education for all girls by ending discrimination against those who are pregnant or have children, Human Rights Watch said today ahead of the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child. This year’s theme, “With Her: A Skilled GirlForce, ” has particular importance for Africa, where governments are […]

Africa selling itself short

Africa selling itself short

JOHANNESBURG – Africa is selling itself short because it is not investing enough in “softer infrastructure” and there are not enough bankable projects to assist the continent to meet the requirements.  This was the consensus among panel members discussing the “Africa Agenda 2063” at the first day of the Infrastructure Africa Business Investment Forum in […]

The reason American presidents keep visiting the same few African countries

The reason American presidents keep visiting the same few African countries

Melania Trump has just concluded her trip to Africa, her first major solo international swing as US first lady. In her choice of nations to visit—Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt—she followed in the footsteps of not just former first ladies but also American presidents. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first US president to set foot […]

South Africa Gold-Mining Companies Pay High Price to Keep Digging

South Africa Gold-Mining Companies Pay High Price to Keep Digging

JOHANNESBURG—South African gold miners have literally dug themselves into a hole, with the world’s deepest mines threatening the safety of workers and the companies’ ability to make money. Powered for decades by the cheap labor of apartheid, the country’s deepest gold mines plunge almost 12,000 feet below the earth’s surface—and have provided nearly half the […]

From Melania Trump to Teddy Roosevelt to Pat Nixon: An African photo album

From Melania Trump to Teddy Roosevelt to Pat Nixon: An African photo album

First lady Melania Trump accepts flowers from Lillian Naa Adai Sai, 8, as she arrives at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana Tuesday. (Carolyn Kaster/AP) First lady Melania Trump headed out on a four-country tour throughout Africa this week, continuing a solo-trip tradition started by Pat Nixon, who visited Liberia, Ghana and Ivory Coast in […]

Melania Trump Raises Eyebrows in Africa With Another White Hat

Melania Trump Raises Eyebrows in Africa With Another White Hat

She is contributing to the Trump administration’s mixed signaling, participating in a ceremonial donation of over one million textbooks in Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, on Thursday, even as President Trump has suggested deep cuts to foreign aid funding that could supply future donations. In each country on her visit, Mrs. Trump has […]