Every day hundreds of millions of people walk in African cities, making their way to their destinations. This has prompted policymakers to develop urban and transport policies that address the needs of pedestrians. But, as a group of urban planners discovered in a study of Ghana’s capital, Accra, there’s a serious gap between policy and reality. This makes walking an unpleasant experience.

South Africa’s great white sharks could be in grave danger. A group of specialist shark researchers tagged 21 of the sharks in the southern Cape in 2019. Today, 18 of those seem to have died and the researchers are only able to locate three. Along with far fewer sightings of adult white sharks, the signs are there that the populations of these majestic creatures have gone into a sharp decline. The researchers provide insights into the possible reasons.

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Walking in African cities can be a miserable experience: Accra study shows planners ignore needs of pedestrians

Seth Asare Okyere, University of Arizona; Daniel Oviedo, UCL; Louis Kusi Frimpong, University of Environment and Sustainable Development ; Matthew Abunyewah, Charles Darwin University; Stephen Leonard Mensah, University of Memphis

Walking is a common way of getting around in most African cities

Great white sharks off South Africa’s coast are protected by law, but not in practice. Why this needs to change

Enrico Gennari, Rhodes University; Neil Hammerschlag, University of Oregon; Sara Andreotti, Stellenbosch University

The majestic white shark that once drew many tourists to South Africa’s Western and Southern Cape regions has all but disappeared - and the only explanation can be a sharp decline in the population.

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African sci-fi: body hopping, artificial wombs and angry ghosts in a future Botswana

Nedine Moonsamy, University of Johannesburg

Tlotlo Tsamaase’s first novel adds to an exciting and growing body of African science fiction.

Science & Technology

Health & Medicine

Caesarean births: South Africa’s rates are too high – they can be dangerous for mothers and babies

Priya Soma-Pillay, University of Pretoria; Andre Van Niekerk, University of Pretoria

Caesarean section births are often thought to be safer. In fact they disrupt the natural bond between mother and baby and can interrupt brain development.


Environment & Energy

South Africa’s plan to move away from coal: 8 steps to make it succeed

Ricardo Amansure, Stellenbosch University

South Africa’s roadmap to renewable energy has to make sure that electricity will be durable and equitable for all its residents.



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