Africa

South Africa plays an important role in the Southern African region and on the African continent, as a whole. SACSIS will provide news about the region and the continent, with a particular focus on South Africa's relationship to the rest of the African continent.

Beyond 'Rebels' and 'Terrorists': On the Chibok Girls and Post 9/11 Militarism

Picture credit: A picture of one of the Chibok girls, Dorcas Yakubu, taken a day before she was kidnapped courtesy/Chika Oduah Black History 360 Siphokazi Magadla - “What a stupid idea to announce a ceasefire with Boko Haram, who came up with that? Is it that these people don’t think? ...They are eager to announce good news. Elections are coming fast. Announce good news and then make a fool of yourself. Haba. The most stupid part was suggesting a day for the release of the girls.” This is how a conversation between Ifemelu and Ceiling goes, two characters in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel, Americannah, who also happen to have...

Homage to Havana

Picture credit: July 27, 1991: Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela during the celebration of the "Day of the Revolution" in Cuba courtesy Belfast Telegraph Mandisi Majavu - Cuba is reportedly sending the largest foreign medical team from a single country to West Africa to help fight the Ebola virus. Cuba's contribution to the development and progress of African countries is often unacknowledged in the mainstream public discourse. One is more likely to read about the United Nation’s condemnation of Cuba’s human rights record than about the vital role Cuba has played assisting African countries establish public health systems. Cuba has helped establish...

Save Our Seed: The Battle for African Seed Independence, Food Security and Sovereignty

Picture credit: Myles Power Glenn Ashton - In order to address Africa’s poor agricultural productivity international players are intent on criminalising traditional seed saving practices. This thrust is directed by a triumvirate of corporate interests, actively assisted by first world governments and front organisations parading as non-governmental organisations. Africa lies at the frontier of international agricultural intervention for several reasons. Firstly the continent lags badly in agricultural productivity. This is...

Ebola and Global Health: Exposing Fault Lines and Searching for Vision

Picture credit: After receiving training, volunteers with the Red Cross Society of Guinea prepare to disinfect a hospital (afreecom/Idrissa Soumare). Ayesha Jacub - Sometimes it takes a crisis to test existing structures and expose all the fault lines. Ebola has been pummelling its way through West Africa and in addition to the lives claimed by the epidemic, it has exposed the state of Global Health’s leadership as well as the current paradigms through which we view health at the global level. Leadership When the first warning calls about the severity of the current Ebola epidemic came from the quarters of the NGO Medecins sans frontieres,...

How Not to Win Hearts and Minds in Africa

Picture credit: Army reserve nurse, Victoria Lynn Watson, delivers a baby in rural Uganda (courtesy United States Army Africa/flickr) Nick Turse - [This story was reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute. Additional funding was provided through the generosity of Adelaide Gomer.] DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- Movie night in Mouloud, Djibouti.  Skype lessons in Ethiopia.  Veterinary training assistance in Garissa, Kenya.  And in this country on the east coast of Africa, work on both primary and secondary schools and a cistern to provide clean water.  These are all-American good works,...

'Failed States' and 'Ungoverned Spaces': The Thinking behind US Foreign Policy in Africa

Picture credit: American President Barack Obama courtesy Press Herald Mandisi Majavu - The US-Africa Leaders Summit currently taking place in Washington points to Africa’s growing strategic importance to US interests. The theme of the Summit is “Investing in the Next Generation” and aims to advance the US’s focus on trade and investment in Africa. Historically, the US has always adopted a militarised foreign policy towards Africa. When the Bush administration launched the Defense Unified Combatant Command for Africa (AFRICOM) in 2007, that move was...