Editor's note

It’s been a week of trying to recover from the devastation wrought by Tropical Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. One of the fallouts from the catastrophic floods triggered by the cyclone has been criticism of the South African media, which stands accused of not reporting the disaster adequately. Glenda Daniels agrees that the coverage has been poor. But, she argues, don’t blame journalists. The owners of media houses who have cut costs and are ignoring their mandate to inform the public are to blame.

It’s not often that a new species find leads to exclamations of delight. That’s been the response to the tiny new frogs that Mark D Scherz and his colleagues have found in Madagascar. Some are as small as a grain of rice. For his part Luther van der Mescht explains why cat fleas are such a pest on the African continent.

Finally, in a tribute to Nigerian-born curator Okwui Enwezor, Rory Bester outlines how he put African art on the global stage.

Charles Leonard

Arts + Culture Editor

Top Stories

Poor coverage of floods in southern Africa? Blame the media bosses

Glenda Daniels, University of the Witwatersrand

The lack of in-depth coverage of the southern African floods tell a grim picture of the state of South Africa's newsrooms.

Cat fleas in Africa are a mystery we’re trying to solve

Luther van der Mescht, Stellenbosch University

By finding out more about the cat flea, researchers could maybe identify better pest control measures.

Meet the mini frogs of Madagascar – the new species we’ve discovered

Mark D Scherz, Technical University Braunschweig

The largest of these frogs could sit happily on your thumbnail. The smallest is just longer than a grain of rice.

The legacy of Okwui Enwezor – the curator who exhibited Africa to the world

Rory Bester, University of the Witwatersrand

Curator Okwui Enwezor, who has died aged 55, will be remembered for the hugely generative legacy of everything he has achieved.

Environment + Energy

Why Kenya must take control of sand harvesting off its coast

David Obura, The University of Queensland

Kenya needs a national strategic environmental assessment which focuses on the use of sand for large scale construction.

Why buildings keep collapsing in Lagos and what can be done about it

Ndubisi Onwuanyi, University of Benin

Lagos has all the appropriate laws but it needs to adopt the right procedures and see them through.

Business + Economy

Why Kenyans are going hungry months after a bumper maize crop

Timothy Njagi Njeru, Egerton University

The availability of data and evidence in the agricultural sector is critical for decision making

Why restructuring South Africa’s power utility won’t end the blackouts

Seán Mfundza Muller, University of Johannesburg

South Africa isn't having an honest debate about proposals to fix its power utility Eskom, and the role that renewables might play.

Rwanda’s economic growth has given its strong state even more power

Marie E. Berry, University of Denver; Laura Mann, London School of Economics and Political Science

Rwanda is a paradox -- a 'development miracle' and an authoritarian state.

Land reform in South Africa is doomed unless freed from political point-scoring

Sonwabile Mnwana, University of Fort Hare

Land reform programme has done very little to improve access to land for black South Africans.

Politics + Society

Collaboration or coalition? Tshisekedi’s tough choices as leader of the DRC

Albert Kasanda, Czech Academy of Sciences

The Democratic Republic of Congo's new leader Felix Tshisekedi is being undermined by the outgoing regime of Joseph Kabila.

‘Self-reliance’ for refugees? Badly handled it can make matters worse

Evan Easton-Calabria, University of Oxford

Refugee self-reliance is a laudable goal, yet self-reliance agendas must account for refugees' individual circumstances.


Education in Nigeria is in a mess from top to bottom. Five things can fix it

Omowumi Olabode Steven Ekundayo, University of Benin

Nigeria has the world's highest number of out-of-school children and over 60 million of its citizens are illiterate. Here's what the country can do to improve its education sector.

How sports science in Africa can be taught and thought about differently

Francois Cleophas, Stellenbosch University

The Greek body - white, muscular, masculine and middle class - dominated as an ideal type. This dominance continues today.


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