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Why African Board Games Should be Introduced Into the Classroom

Two men playing Morabaraba. Board games are a part of the social fabric of many African societies. ConstantineD/flickr

When most of us think about learning, we imagine a teacher and a classroom. In reality most of the things we know, and a great number of the skills we acquire as children and adults, are learned outside the classroom – in conversations with peers, engaging in community service, on the playground. Educators and researchers are increasingly recognising opportunities for ...

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Smacking a Child is Now Illegal in South Africa. So How Can Parents Ensure Discipline?

Smacking a child is now illegal in South Africa

Now that the high court has ruled that children may no longer be smacked as a form of punishment, many parents are wondering what alternatives really work. Yelling? Time-out? Grounding? Educational psychologist and author of the book Parenting Decoded. Disciplining Kids in the Digital Age, Dr Ken Resnick, said the research is clear: smacking does not work. “If you have ...

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While Nigeria’s Minimum Wage Stands at $60, South Africa Introduces $260 Minimum Wage

South Africa will introduce a national minimum wage of 3,500 rand ($261) per month in 2018, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday, according to a Reuters report. The announcement follows protracted negotiations between the government and labour unions. Nigeria’s current minimum wage is N18,000 ($60) with organised labour asking it be increased to at least N50,000 ($166), despite several ...

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A South African Company is Set to Build Africa’s First Homegrown Smartphones

Johannesburg-based Onyx Connect is betting on local talent to build affordable Android-based smartphones for the African market after inking a software licensing deal with Google. After receiving a 150-million rand ($11 million) investment from undisclosed investors, the company hopes to start making the new phones as soon as next year. To date, Onyx has produced the Nexa smartphone and the ...

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Did You Know? Lagos is Now Africa’s Fifth Largest Economy

Lagos State has emerged as the fifth largest economy in Africa, consequent upon which, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, disclosed that his administration is in the process of setting up an Economic Management Team, EMT, comprising distinguished individuals from the private sector and the public sector to manage and improve the feat. Ambode spoke on Tuesday at the Lagos House in Ikeja ...

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How Young Girls in Kenya Are Solving Social And Health Problems

Having to be in a queue or waiting at length for anything can be tiring and annoying. But when people get robbed or die as a result, then it’s become a problem that must be tackled. 17-year-old Caroline Wambui and 16-year-old Harriet Karanja, both college students in Kenya, are tackling such social and health issues “a code at a time”. ...

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Meet the 23-Year-Old Who Wants to Make Africans Rich

With operational businesses already, Bear Run Investments director Nelisiwe Masango is so passionate about business and investment that you forget that she is only 23 years old. A trait that becomes apparent from the moment you meet the young lady from Boksburg, 30 kilometres east of Johannesburg, is that she is unafraid to speak her mind. “I hate saying where ...

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South African President Jacob Zuma Pays Back the Money

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has taken out a home loan to repay state money spent on non-security upgrades to his private residence, his office said on Monday, after a scandal over lavish improvements including a swimming pool and amphitheatre. In a stinging rebuke that hit Zuma financially and politically, the Constitutional Court ordered him in March to return some ...

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Another South African Company Leaves Nigeria. Here’s Why

Hotel and gaming group Sun International became the latest South African business to pull out of Nigeria because of weak economic growth and clashes with regulators in the west African country. In January Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) launched a probe into Sun International’s initial investment in the Tourist Company of Nigeria, which owns and operates the 5-star ...

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The Number of Technology Hubs Across Africa Have More Than Doubled in Months

The number of technology hubs across Africa have more than doubled in less than a year as more investors and innovators grow the local startup ecosystem beyond the most popular cities. A total of 314 tech hubs and incubation centers were recorded in July by the global telecoms industry body GSMA’s Ecosystem Accelerator, a program that works to enable partnerships ...

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