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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Why Declaring Ebola a Public Health Emergency Isn’t a Silver Bullet

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. It took the decision based on International Health Regulations agreed in 2005. These require the WHO to declare an emergency when a public health event, such as an outbrea...

By Joburg Post about 15 hours ago

Why Abandoning the CFA Franc Would be A Risky Operation

The controversy over the CFA Franc gets revived on a regular basis by African politicians and intellectuals. The currency gives rise to both passionate debate and simplistic, sweeping political declarations. The CFA franc is one of two regional African currencies backed by the French treasury with pegging to the euro. It can refer to e...

By Joburg Post about 15 hours ago

As The West Toasted Men On The Moon, Algeria Held A Party To A Post-Imperial World

The First Pan-African Cultural Festival, known as PANAF, formally opened in Algiers on 21 July 1969. This was the day after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s historic moon landing 50 years ago. But most Pan-Africanist commentators didn’t see the coincidence as detracting attention from the festival. On the contrary, while the moon landi...

By David Murphy about 15 hours ago

Toyota Continues Support For Rhino Anti-poaching With A Hilux That’s Been Given New Lease On Life

It is a sight that could have evoked despair: a white Toyota double-cab Hilux that was leased to a conservation park for a noble cause is found battered, stripped of crucial parts and is perched on bricks. With Toyota’s involvement in anti-rhino poaching activities already intensifying, Northam Toyota’s Shaun Finn took an initiative to...

By Joburg Post about 15 hours ago