Koffi Olomide attacks Zambian photographer, media activists outraged

Koffi Olomide attacks Zambian photographer, media activists outraged

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is outraged by the DRC musician Koffi Olomide’s ‘unnecessary’ attack on a Zambian freelance photojournalist at a concert in Lusaka last week Friday, and urges the country’s authorities to meticulously investigate the case. Zambian’s privately-owned newspaper The Post reported on Monday that renegade artist Olomide kicked Jean ‘Mandela’ Ndayisenga […]

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Johanneburg 2012 Carnival sets city on fire

Johanneburg 2012 Carnival sets city on fire

 Johannesburg residents asked for a flamboyant and electrifying spectacle at the city’s 2012 Carnival, and guess what, they got more than they bargained for. On 31 December,  the city centre’s streets came alive with colourful and unique large costumes and floats, gigantic puppets and stilt walkers, music, dance, drama and poetry. And all this, coupled […]

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Sustainability: ‘complicated’ road for Small and Medium Enterprises?

Sustainability: ‘complicated’ road for Small and Medium Enterprises?

Sustainability is defined by the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development as ‘meeting the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. However, it seems as if the topic is taboo for some African SMEs, mostly black-owned. Many African SMEs, whose short-term goal is to […]

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Remembering journalist Norbert Zongo, asking why media killings impunity goes on

Remembering journalist Norbert Zongo, asking why media killings impunity goes on

December 1998-December 2012: 14 years after Burkina Faso investigative journalist Norbert Zongo was mysteriously killed – for doing his job – the international media fraternity still wonders why the sword of media impunity continues to hang on newsrooms. Ouagadougou-based Zongo was a journalist and editor of the weekly newspaper The Independent. In 1998 he was […]

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Mali’s military intervention could create 700 000 refugees

Mali’s military intervention could create 700 000 refugees

 Over 700 000 people could be displaced if military intervention goes ahead next year in northern Mali, the UN humanitarian news service IRIN reports, citing preliminary estimates by humanitarian agencies. IRIN said this will include some 300 000 IDPs (internally displaced people) and 407 000 refugees. Over 240 000 people have been displaced by insecurity […]

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DR Congo: 600 schools looted or damaged by conflict, 240 000 students miss weeks of class

DR Congo: 600 schools looted or damaged by conflict, 240 000 students miss weeks of class

Education in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been dealt another huge blow. Recent clashes in the North Kivu province has more than doubled the total number of schools affected by conflict this year to over 600, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) reports, painting a bleak picture of the state of education […]

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