Monday November 30: Daily Top Ten Must Reads
1. COP 21: What's At Stake For Africa?
World leaders are in Paris to discuss what needs to be done to fight the effects of climate change. But for millions living in African cities the effects are already at their doorsteps. An increased demand for urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa means many homes are being built in slums where the water level keeps rising.
Source: Al Jazeera
2. The People's Pope In Africa: Parting Message
Pope Francis says different religions can live side-by-side. He was speaking during his visit to a mosque in the middle of a war-zone in the Central African Republic. Undoubtedly, his Africa tour has been a security nightmare for his team, but the Pontiff says the real threat were the mosquitoes.
Source: Mail & Guardian Africa
3. King Tutankhamun's Tomb And The Chamber Of Secrets
Egyptian officials now say they are "90% sure" that there is a hidden chamber in King Tutankhamun's tomb. The Antiquities Ministry said it had carried out scans to gather more information about the theory.
4. No Polio In Africa
Africa receives a clean bill of health. The United Nations congratulated the continent particularly Nigeria for its fight to eradicate Polio. A combination of on-the-ground campaigning and global partnership has seen zero cases of the virus.
5. Bishop Tutu Gets Commonwealth Award
Britain has recognised Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu with the Order of the Companions of Honour. The award is given to members of the Commonwealth for their contribution to society and humanity.
6. Burkina Faso Votes
“The people of Burkina Faso have decided to take control of their destiny,” said Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, a former prime minister and one of the leading presidential candidates.
Source: New York Times
7. Africa Is Open For Business
And delegates hope to capitalise on that during the China-Africa summit, which will be held on the continent for the first time. China hopes to reassure Africa that trade between the two is ongoing despite its slowing economy.
Source: Quartz Africa
8. Malawi Turns Mud Into Electricity
Malawi is ranked among the least developed countries of the world, but they recently invented an impressive lo-fi solution with mud that charges electrical devices.
Source: Ventures Africa
9. Madagascar's Sharks Become Endangered
Ecologists say over-fishing in Madagascar threatens not only the survival of shark species, but also impoverished fishing communities.
Source: Al Jazeera
10. Understanding The Colours Of South Africa's Rainbow Nation
A leading journalist in South Africa writes about the racial ills that still dominate society and especially in the corporate world. She describes the corporate culture as "a cappuccino – mixed to a good brown at the bottom, a layer of thick white froth and sprinkles of chocolate.''
Source: News 24