1The Longest Suspension Bridge in Africa is Open
Mozambique’s Katembe bridge spans just over three kilometres across the Maputo Bay in southern Mozambique and will help connect the Mozambican capital of Maputo on the northern bank with Katembe on the southern bank. While the bridge is a major accomplishment for development in Southern Africa, the bridge is also expected to have a direct impact on South Africans and Mozambicans travelling between the two countries.
2The Spread of Fake News in Africa
The BBC has launched major new research into fake news in Africa, this trend has been blamed for igniting ethnic violence, sowing confusion among voters and even causing currency fluctuations. The team took a look at five false stories that made a big impact on the continent in the past 12 months.
3The Kings and Queens of Ugandan Chess
Robert Katende leads an instruction class that began twelve years ago when he entered a partnership with a local school, St Mbuga Vocational Institute. It offers his students a 25% discount on tuition, because they help it dominate national chess competitions. He sources the 75% from local and international charities, via his robertkatende.org. This way, he has put more than 50 Katwe children through school.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
4Ebola Outbreak in the DRC is Its Deadliest by Far
More than 200 people have died from the infectious disease, the health ministry says efforts to contain and treat victims has been hampered by external factors, where response teams “have faced threats, physical assaults, repeated destruction of their equipment and kidnapping.”
5Africa Code Week Drives Inclusive Education with Coding Workshops
Africa Code Week’s coding workshops for hearing-impaired children in Mozambique are part of SAP’s broader commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal 4, which aims to ensure quality and inclusive education for all. The programme also gives credence to SDG goal 17 through sustainable partnerships with its Africa -wide partnership network.
6Gabon’s President is Out of Sight
The health of Gabon’s President Ali Bongo has “greatly improved” after the 59-year-old was hospitalised in Saudi Arabia as a result of discomfort and “persistent vertigo”. Bongo was in the kingdom’s capital, Riyadh, to attend an investment summit and speak alongside other leaders but was not seen during the discussion. Lack of official news, along with memories of the secrecy that surrounded the death of the president’s father, Omar Bongo, in office in 2009 has led to increased speculation about his health.
SOURCES: Al Jazeera
7First Made-in-Africa Full-scale Smartphone Launched at the Africa Investment Forum
The Maraphone phone, a first-of-its-kind in the history of Africa, will produce high quality and affordable smartphones to primarily serve the population of Africa and also with the aim to export to other continents such as Europe.
SOURCES: Ventures Africa
8Nipping Cancer in the Bud
Breast cancer is often detected at a late stage, with one study finding that the time to diagnosis in Cape Town was on average 8½ months. Waiting times for a mastectomy after diagnosis can be up to four months in South Africa. Project Flamingo, founded by surgeon Dr. Liana Roodt, aims to fix this after Roodt routinely experienced this in her clinic at Groote Schuur, a state-funded teaching hospital in Cape Town. Thanks to Roodt’s determination, Project Flamingo has managed to recruit about 10 regular surgical professionals, 10 anesthetists and 10 volunteers who make up 15 staff members devoting their time to each hospital.
9Evidence that Cats Held a Special Place in Ancient Egypt
Dozens of cat mummies and a rare collection of mummified scarab beetles have been discovered in seven sarcophagi, some dating back more than 6,000 years, at a site on the edge of the pyramid complex in Saqqara, south of Cairo.
10River Activities to Try in Africa
The phenomenal, mega-rivers of Africa continue to rack in visitors to their waters for the wealth of wildlife, strong currents and incredible scenery. These bodies of water stand out from the rest of the continent, from white-water rafting, to looking for hippos, to enjoying a scenic tour in a boat.
SOURCES: AFK Travel