In the latest drive to save Africans from the perils of life on the ever-dark continent, British charity Oxfam has launched the Big Bra Hunt campaign. No, they are not hunting down Blighty’s biggest bras. Instead, Oxfam is calling on British women to donate their unwanted bras to charity – for the betterment of Africa. By KHADIJA PATEL.
They are often viewed as the hopeless and the violent, the future unemployed. For a different narrative, GREG NICOLSON visits an organisation empowering youth to change their circumstances.
The clamour of voices calling for “African solutions to African problems” has grown ever louder of late. As African journalists, this means telling our own stories, instead of having the continent reflected back to our readership through Western news agencies. But, in all this talk and theorising, something gets lost: We forget to take notice of people and organisations who are trying to do just that. Enter Salim Amin and A24 Media's “What's Your Story” project. By THERESA MALLINSON.
Al Jazeera’s English channel is to boldly (very boldly) tread where other news networks have so far only tiptoed, with a television show known as The Stream. It promises to incorporate social media in a way no other network has done before. Or rather, other networks have sort of tried and have been dreadful at it. What will Al Jazeera do differently? By SIPHO HLONGWANE.
The Daily Maverick's Swazi correspondent, Manqoba Nxumalo, was detained in Manzini at noon on Tuesday, but released shortly after. We'll be updating this story throughout the day with news from Nxumalo, as well as other activists and journalists in Swaziland.
As South African media activists face off against the ANC government over the Protection of Information Bill, Nigerian human rights lawyer Maxwell Kadiri says protesters would do well to tap into the support of media freedom fighters throughout the African continent. But for this to happen, South Africans need to reach out and share in others' struggles too. By MANDY DE WAAL.
Capitau and RMB Ventures put their cards on the table, and said the Avusa takeover bid is all about expansion, retaining staff, supporting management and enabling Mvelaphanda to reinvest in the media company. Equity research house Avior warns Avusa won’t come without challenge because most of its brands sit in legacy business sectors. By MANDY DE WAAL.
A joint indaba between the SA National Editors’ Forum and the ANC yielded some surprising results - the most important of them being a call by the deputy president for cooler heads. If only that had been the case from the very beginning. By STEPHEN GROOTES.