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Malawi study highlights the importance of men in childcare and nutrition

While not all men are willing to become involved in women and children’s health, some situations force them take on 'women’s work'.

Student hunger at South African universities needs more attention

Students suffer the double burden of malnutrition - hunger and obesity. This results in stress, ill health, poor academic results and increased drop-out (...)

Quality higher education means more than learning how to work

Higher education needs to do more than produce graduates who can get a job. It should also give students opportunities and a voice when it comes to participating in the economy and broader (...)

Pasha 36 : The sounds of our ancestors

The sounds our ancestors made are important because they teach us about spaces and behaviour and rituals of the time.

Politician's succession sparks democracy debate in South Africa

The IFP's constitution provides that the nomination of national office bearers be approved by the branches. But this was not done in the nomination of its new (...)

Climate explained : how much of climate change is natural ? How much is man-made (...)

More and more evidence has accumulated which shows that changes in global and regional climate over the last 50 years are almost entirely due to human (...)

Dams increase the risk of malaria. Here's why

Water is crucial to the spread of malaria because mosquitoes breed and lay their eggs in or near bodies of water.

Mugabe is dead, but old men still run southern Africa

It remains to be seen how much longer the 'old men syndrome' will persist in Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa, despite growing frustration among the politically (...)

Invasive tadpoles can recognise potential predators in new environments

What was particularly interesting about the responses of the tadpoles was that they were similar even through they had very different evolutionary histories with the three species we (...)

Why the global Red List mislabels the risk to many species

The Red List ranks species based on how threatened they are. But it can be inaccurate.

Midlevel workers : Africa's unsung health heroes need more support

Midlevel health workers can provide diagnostic and therapeutic services with lower entry qualification requirements and shorter training periods than (...)

Science fiction offers a useful way to explore China-Africa relations

Science fiction writing often serves as a thought experiment that explores shared and hidden beliefs whose material and political reverberations lie further in the (...)


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