Zim Ambassador defects, seeks asylum

From SA Press Association: Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Australia is seeking political asylum after denouncing President Robert Mugabe’s government as “illegitimate.” Jacqueline Zwambila said Saturday she feared for her safety if she returned after Mugabe’s Zanu-PF Party won the July parliamentary elections. Zwambila, who has served in Canberra since 2009, said she had not been offered … Read more

12 000 shares on Facebook but few of the claims are true

[box]An excellent example that we all need to take memes and rants doing the rounds on social networks and email with a pinch of salt, this very interesting piece was published first on Africa Check, a fact-checking website supported by Wits University and the AFP Foundation. The pictures were kindly supplied by AFP. To follow … Read more


Farewell Maggie

Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s debt to the Iron Lady  South African President Jacob Zuma was among the first heads of state to offer his nation’s “heartfelt” condolences after news broke today that Maggie Thatcher (87) has died. His action spoke volumes. Confirming the reputational rehabilitation of a woman once reviled within the … Read more

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Afro-optimism growing?

Looking ahead to Davos 2013 and an update on Klaus Schwab’s pragmatic Afro-Optimism Next month, I’ll be attending my tenth World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. It’s a significant investment, especially as the restraint precludes me from writing or broadcasting about the event. But the gathering is like a university And I can’t wait to … Read more