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Sudan food emergency: local researcher unpacks scale of the disaster and what action is needed

Sudan food emergency: local researcher unpacks scale of the disaster and what action is needed

THE UN recently warned of the risk of famine in Sudan. The war between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces has killed civilians and devastated livelihoods on a massive scale. Around 18 million people are already acutely hungry, including 3.6 million children who are acutely malnourished. Oliver Kiptoo Kirui, who co-authored the Sudan National Household Survey – conducted in the midst of war – provides insights on the scale of the country’s food emergency. What’s the food security situation in Sudan? Acute food security is measured on a widely accepted 5-stage classification. It increases in severity from “minimal”…
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TT Mbha is Subaru’s new brand ambassador

TT Mbha is Subaru’s new brand ambassador

SUBARU Southern Africa is thrilled to announce the addition of TT Mbha, a respected social entrepreneur and successful businessman, to its family as a brand ambassador. TT Mbha, a man of many talents and an unwavering commitment to social causes, is set to drive Subaru's values forward with his unique flair and passion. TT Mbha's journey began with fashion design, marketing, petroleum, television production, and later followed by a leap into the real estate sector. His fervor for real estate culminated in the founding of Black Real Estate 10 years ago. Further bolstering his credentials, TT earned a diploma in…
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Meet the new, all-electric 2024 Jeep® Wagoneer S

Meet the new, all-electric 2024 Jeep® Wagoneer S

THE Jeep® brand is charging into the electrified SUV segment with the reveal of its first global battery-electric vehicle (BEV) – the 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S Launch Edition (US only). The all-new, all-electric 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S will launch first in the U.S. and Canada in the second half of 2024 and later be available in markets around the world. The Jeep Wagoneer S is offered exclusively as a BEV with a range of more than 300 miles on a single charge, delivering 600 horsepower, lightning-quick 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.4 seconds and more than 800 Nm of instant torque. Impressive…
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Hydropower damages river systems in Africa: how more solar and wind power can solve this problem

Hydropower damages river systems in Africa: how more solar and wind power can solve this problem

ACROSS the African continent, more than 300 new hydropower projects are planned to meet the growing demand for electricity. Some of these will require big dams, which can have major negative environmental impacts. Another looming problem with hydropower is that the water cycle is affected by climate change. Water availability will be reduced and become more variable in some locations in the next decades. We are a team of environmental and energy systems researchers. Energy systems is the study of how energy can be produced to meet the demands of the different sectors of society. Environmental systems modelling is used…
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South African voters shifted support in 2024 but that’s nothing new – surveys after previous elections showed party loyalty was fluid

South African voters shifted support in 2024 but that’s nothing new – surveys after previous elections showed party loyalty was fluid

TO the casual observer, the outcome of South Africa’s 2024 national and provincial elections, which herald a new era of national coalition governance, may appear to represent new electoral trends. But that is not the case. While the shift in voting patterns is certainly the largest the country has seen since democratic elections began, voter fluidity – people shifting their votes from one election to the next – has been a growing trend among the South African electorate since at least 2016. The 2024 general election is a watershed moment in South Africa’s democracy. For the first time in 30…
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Ford South Africa celebrates millionth Ranger produced at Silverton Manufacturing Plant

Ford South Africa celebrates millionth Ranger produced at Silverton Manufacturing Plant

A million of anything is a huge number. Now imagine one million Ford Rangers being lined up bumper-to-bumper, starting at Ford South Africa’s Silverton Manufacturing Plant in Pretoria and heading due north through Africa. Ford’s segment-defining pick-ups, or bakkies in South African vernacular, would reach all the way to Egypt’s southern border – some 5 300km away. That provides a rather mind-boggling visual representation of Ford’s latest milestone in the local production of the Ford Ranger over the past 24 years, as the Silverton plant celebrates the one-millionth unit having recently come off its modern assembly line. The Ranger’s legacy in…
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South Africa election: What happens after ANC loses majority?

South Africa election: What happens after ANC loses majority?

FOR the first time in South Africa's democratic era, the African National Congress (ANC) will have to seek a coalition partner to govern with after it was on course to fall well short of a majority in the national election. Here are scenarios of what could happen next in South Africa and which parties the ANC might partner with: WILL RAMAPHOSA GET OUSTED? With results in from over 60% of polling stations, the ANC had just under 42% of votes, by far its worst result since democratic elections began after the end of apartheid in 1994 and leaving it short of a…
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Ghana’s anti-LGBTIQ+ bill is being challenged in the Supreme Court. Why the decision to broadcast it live matters

Ghana’s anti-LGBTIQ+ bill is being challenged in the Supreme Court. Why the decision to broadcast it live matters

GHANA’S Supreme Court is live televising its proceedings on the country’s controversial anti-LGBTQI+ bill. This was on the request of Ghana’s attorney general, who cited public interest and transparency. The country’s parliament passed the bill in February 2024 amid global furore and local outcry. The bill criminalises not only LGBTQI+ relationships but also those who support queer rights. After it was passed, two citizens filed a case before the country’s highest court, to restrain the president of Ghana from making the bill law. They have asked the court to rule that the bill contravenes aspects of Ghana’s constitution and should…
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Horn of Africa droughts: how a network of groundwater bores could help – study

Horn of Africa droughts: how a network of groundwater bores could help – study

THE Horn of Africa recently suffered its worst drought in almost half a century, and its sixth failed rainfall season in a row. Fifty million people were directly affected and 100 million more were indirectly affected. About 20 million people risked acute food insecurity and potential famine, 4.4 million required humanitarian aid, and refugees fleeing drought and floods numbered in the hundreds of thousands. To help solve these problems, the governments of Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan and Uganda, and three United Nations agencies, launched the Groundwater Access Facility on 7 May. It aims to develop a plan to extract…
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Jaguar expresses GEN4 commitment in Formula E

Jaguar expresses GEN4 commitment in Formula E

JAGUAR TCS Racing has confirmed a long-term commitment to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship by signing to participate in the GEN4 era, set to commence in 2026 and running through seasons 13-16. Jaguar is one of Formula E’s most successful teams, boasting many race wins including with its current drivers in the 2023/24 season, New Zealanders Mitch Evans and Nick Cassidy. Cassidy is currently the leader of the 2023/24 drivers standings in the FE championship series. Jaguar TCS Team principal James Barclay (left), Nick Cassidy, race winner Mitch Evans (centre), and DS Penske's Stoffel Vandoorne (right) at the…
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