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Face Progression: AI Reunites Trafficked Child With Family In Kenya

December 12, 2023

Face Progression: AI Reunites Trafficked Child With Family In Kenya

Phillisita Waithera’s mother said she had begun a new life after the return of her daughter, thanks to the novel use of technology. The 11-year-old was first reported missing in Nairobi in July 2021, when she was just nine years old.

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South African physicists unveil breakthrough research on mysterious dark matter

December 12, 2023

South African physicists unveil breakthrough research on mysterious dark matter

Two South African physicists, Professor Deepak Kar and his former PhD student Sukanya Sinha, have spearheaded a fresh approach to researching dark matter, a long-standing puzzle among physicists globally, according to the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).

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How African Attitudes Towards Gender-Based Violence Are Evolving

December 5, 2023

How African Attitudes Towards Gender-Based Violence Are Evolving

A recent Afrobarometer survey shows shifting attitudes among Africans regarding gender-based violence. Experts suggest a more comprehensive approach could help shift the dial further.

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Africa Inches Closer To Manufacturing Anti-HIV Rings

December 5, 2023

Africa Inches Closer To Manufacturing Anti-HIV Rings

As pressure piles on governments to adopt new HIV prevention technologies, South Africa is leading the continent in producing affordable and accessible vaginal rings for HIV prevention- with a manufacturing plant in the offing.

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Light Rail and Tramways: Transforming African Cities with Innovative Urban Transport Solutions

December 5, 2023

Light Rail and Tramways: Transforming African Cities with Innovative Urban Transport Solutions

More African countries are deploying light rails and tramways to facilitate urban mobility as population growth in Africa’s major cities continues to surge. Angola’s capital is set to inaugurate its first tramway line in a partnership with Siemens, through the German company’s railway construction subsidiary, Siemens Mobility.

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Paying it forward: Kenyan coastal doctor Bashrahil Mohammed Mafudh has made it his life’s work to care for the most vulnerable in his community, at no cost

December 4, 2023

Paying it forward: Kenyan coastal doctor Bashrahil Mohammed Mafudh has made it his life’s work to care for the most vulnerable in his community, at no cost

The other thing the new arrivals tend to notice is the man in the white coat chatting with other patients. Whether at the centre or out on the streets, Dr Bashrahil Mohammed Mafudh is an easily recognisable figure, not only for his white medical coat but also thanks to his easy way with people and the many greetings he receives from passers-by.

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Kenyan coast’s hero doctor

December 4, 2023

Kenyan coast’s hero doctor

Paying it forward: Kenyan coastal doctor Bashrahil Mohammed Mafudh has made it his life’s work to care for the most vulnerable in his community – at no cost.

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Half of global jobs in the critical minerals sector are in Africa, a new report shows

December 4, 2023

Half of global jobs in the critical minerals sector are in Africa, a new report shows

More than fifty percent of the job opportunities that have been created in the global critical minerals subsector are to be found in Africa, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency.

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This modern popsicles business offers women in the hood a lifeline

December 3, 2023

This modern popsicles business offers women in the hood a lifeline

A modest popsicle-making business in Umoja, Kenya is transforming options for women working in the neighbourhood.

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Unveiling environmental activism: Ina-Marie Shikongo’s artistic resistance against threats to the Okavango Delta

December 3, 2023

Unveiling environmental activism: Ina-Marie Shikongo’s artistic resistance against threats to the Okavango Delta

“This piece is for Ken Saro-Wiwa,” said Ina-Marie Shikongo, pointing to a textile collage shaped like an inverted dome hanging above the grey sofa where she was seated, surrounded by other artwork referencing the earth’s warming climate.

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Crypto: The next big adoption challenge for African banks?

December 3, 2023

Crypto: The next big adoption challenge for African banks?

The last two decades have been tumultuous for African banking, with big international banks moving out of the continent and a bevvy of more nimble local banks stepping in to mop up opportunities in a fast-growing region. A technological revolution in the form of digital banking helped smaller banks spread swiftly across the continent. Already, however, a disruptive new technology is sweeping Africa; cryptocurrency. And banks are going to need to decide quickly: are we in?

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An assertive Africa pushes for climate finance at COP28

December 2, 2023

An assertive Africa pushes for climate finance at COP28

African nations are intensifying their push for substantial climate finance from the world’s biggest polluters as the 28th edition of the Conference of the Parties (COP) gets underway in Dubai.

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