1New Net to Prevent Malaria Spread
Millions of cases of malaria could be prevented by a new type of mosquito net, according to new research. A two-year clinical trial in the West African country of Burkina Faso, involving 2,000 children, showed that the number of cases of clinical malaria was cut by 12 per cent using the new bed net compared to the conventional one normally used. The new combination nets used in the study contain a pyrethroid insecticide which repels and kills the mosquitoes as well as an insect growth regulator, pyriproxyfen, which shortens the lives of mosquitoes and reduces their ability to reproduce.
2Tunisia Backs Equal Inheritance for Women
In a speech on Monday marking Women’s Day in Tunisia, President Beji Caid Essebsi said he wants to submit a bill to parliament aimed at giving women equal inheritance rights with men. The current system based on Islamic Shariah law generally grants daughters only half the inheritance given to sons, and is standard practice in most Muslim countries.
SOURCES: Washington Post
3Zimbabwe’s Election is now in the Hands of the Courts
Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court has two weeks to rule on a legal challenge against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s electoral victory. The main opposition party insists its leader, Nelson Chamisa, won last week’s vote – but Mnangagwa’s supporters say the election was free and fair.
SOURCES: Al Jazeera
4Fans Want ‘This is Nigeria’ Video Unbanned after being Branded Vulgar
Falz ‘This is Nigeria’ hit song has more than 12 million views on YouTube and has been hailed for its searing political commentary on Nigeria’s challenges. Its music video, a cover version of Childish Gambino’s viral video, ‘This is America’ shone a spotlight on Nigeria’s opioid crisis, the missing Chibok school girls and escalating pastoral conflict in the country’s central states.
5Despite Land Reform, South Africa Is not Becoming Zimbabwe or Venezuela
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board compared South Africa’s Ramaphosa government to the dictatorships in Venezuela and Zimbabwe and their seizure of private property. The focus of the editorial board’s ire is proposals within the governing African National Congress (ANC) for constitutional changes that allegedly would facilitate the confiscation of land without compensation. This is an overstatement.
6Where there is a Will there is a Way for these African Scientists
LabHack is an event that aims to inspire budding innovators to take matters into their own hands and build the equipment they need to learn. Undergraduate student teams compete to design low-cost versions of basic laboratory equipment using hardware available in a local African context. The first LabHack was held at the Harare Institute of Technology in Zimbabwe in June 2018.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
7Kenya’s Eviction Headache
Kenyan authorities are evicting thousands of settlers they say are encroaching on the protected Maasai Mau Forest, the source of several rivers feeding lakes across East Africa. The settlers, from the Kalenjin community, say they were duped by wealthy landowners into buying fake titles to public land. VOA finds that authorities have neither prosecuted the well-connected cheats nor offered those evicted any compensation.
8Get Buried in Books in Johannesburg
An eclectic 45-year-old Johannesburg shop is awash with books, and it has found the secret to used-bookshop success. With two million books, 500,000 vinyls and a 45-year history, this ramshackle family bookstore business has to be seen to be believed making it the biggest, most chaotic used bookstore in the Southern Hemisphere.
9Commercialising Mozambique’s Rubies
From nothing 10 years ago, Mozambique now accounts for as much as 80 percent of global ruby output. Many of Montepuez’s rubies are the colors consumers covet — “like a red traffic light,” according to experts. The promise of riches is perhaps best illustrated by the $72 million that Gemfields, which controls the only major mine in the area, raised at a June auction in Singapore.
10The Culture that Influenced Tanzania’s Lifestyle
Pemba, part of the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar, recently held a week-long festival that revealed cultural influences dating back to the 16th Century when Portugal colonised the Spice Islands. One of the highlights of the Pemba Bonanza Festival is “the kirumbizi”, a dance-cum-martial art which has its origins in guerrilla training against Portuguese rule.