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Remembering Johnny Clegg

Friday, 19th July, 2019

As a fellow South African I was incredibly sad to hear that music legend Johnny Clegg had passed away this week. For those of you who don’t know of his work, I can’t think of a more iconic musician to come from our beautiful country. His contribution to our people was more than just entertainment….

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Pregnant again: a rare white giraffe is in calf – for the second time

Friday, 21st June, 2019

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Among all the difficult and pressing issues facing conserving African wildernesses and wildlife, news last week that a Kenya-based leucistic Rothschild (Nubian) giraffe is once again in calf provides a brief and wonderful respite. First reported on by villagers in the Ishaqbini Hirola Sanctuary in north-east Kenya, anecdotal sightings of a white giraffe were corroborated by Ishaqbini…

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Gay rights win: Botswana decriminalises same-sex relations

Friday, 14th June, 2019

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Last week the Botswana High Court ruled in favour of decriminalising same-sex sexual activity. Three judges came to the decision unanimously, decreeing that ‘human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalised,’ and labelled the law as ‘discriminatory’. The ruling means that Botswana joins a small but growing number of other African countries that have…

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Africa House is wowed by Circus Abyssinia

Friday, 7th June, 2019

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Last Thursday, a large part of the Africa House team decided it was time to pack up and have a tipple in the sun, followed by one of the most captivating shows I have seen in a long while: Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams. To explain. We’re based in Brighton, UK. Every May, the city comes…

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Rhino Charge: rallying for Aberdare

Friday, 31st May, 2019

Rhino charge

Tomorrow morning, 65 4x4s will set off from a currently undisclosed location in Kenya to race to thirteen check points across demanding terrain. The team to have reached most checkpoints using the shortest distance will be crowned champs of this year’s Rhino Charge. Now an annual event, Rhino Charge began in 1989 to raise money…

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South Africa: Banyana Banyana receives equal pay

Friday, 24th May, 2019

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Just a quick and delighted note announcing that members of the South Africa’s national women’s football team – the Banyana Banyana – are to receive the same performance pay as their male counterparts when they take part in this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. South Africa’s opening World Cup game is on 8 June against…

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Omo Valley to Pool Valley: Lale visits Brighton

Friday, 17th May, 2019

Last week I had the great fortune of spending time with one of the most unlikely people imaginable: Lale Biwa of the Kara Tribe, whose population is roughly 5,000. The Omo Valley, which is where Lale’s community lives, is often considered one of the wildest and least spoilt places on the planet. The quick way…

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Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique

Friday, 3rd May, 2019

Cyclone Kenneth, picture taken from NASA

More than two metres of rain have fallen in Pemba, the capital of the Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique since Cyclone Kenneth arrived just under two weeks ago. To put that into context, that’s about four times the average that falls over London in a year. Cyclones are severe storms that form over the Indian Ocean….

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Sudan: the fight for democracy goes on

Friday, 26th April, 2019

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A while ago I wrote about the the independence of South Sudan (2011) and the conflict that’s occurred since. More recently I introduced you to Peter Marsden and his work for Concordis International negotiating peace in areas of conflict and facilitating the reconciliation of communities that have been torn apart in war. Since the independence…

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From panhandle to Maun: Mike Carter of the Financial Times travels the length of the Okavango Delta

Monday, 25th March, 2019

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Just a quick note to alert you to the Financial Times’s Mike Carter’s most recent piece Water world, which sees him traverse the 160-mile length of the Okavango Delta in the company of guide Simon Byron. Lasting a week, full of incident, it serves as the most interactive of introductions to what Carter calls ‘one…

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