South Africa: Animated Short Film ‘Zog’ Up for International Emmy

[Triggerfish] South Africa is having a good year at the International Emmys: first The River was nominated as best Telenovela and now Zog, animated in Cape Town by Triggerfish for the UK’s Magic Light Pictures, is up for Best Kids’ Animation.

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Kenya’s demonetisation was unexpectedly orderly

WHEN KENYA announced in June that it would issue new 1,000 shilling ($10) notes and destroy the old ones to fight corruption, many predicted chaos. India’s efforts to do the same by “demonetising” rupees in 2016 led to riots, deaths and a dent in economic growth. Few doubted the need for Kenya to do something: corruption and tax evasion are pervasive.

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A violent election in Mozambique threatens a hard-won peace

ON OCTOBER 7TH Anastácio Matavele left a training session for election observers in Xai-Xai, the capital of Gaza province in southern Mozambique. Matavele, an experienced observer, was chased in his car by men allegedly belonging to a specialist police unit, who then shot and killed him.

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Africa: Johnson & Johnson Must Halve Price of Lifesaving TB Drug Bedaquiline

[MSF] Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has launched a global campaign calling on pharmaceutical corporation Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to lower the price of its anti-tuberculosis medicine bedaquiline to no more than US$1 per day for people everywhere who need it, in order to allow scale-up of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) treatment and reduce deaths.

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South Africa: ‘Prevention is Always Better Because the Cost of Violence is Higher’

[allAfrica] Cape Town -In a unanimous judgment, the Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled that the common law defence of reasonable and moderate parental chastisement of children is unconstitutional. The court said it was of the view that there are effective ways to discipline children without the use of corporal punishment. The ruling has been met with mixed reaction, with some organisations hailing it while others saying it sets a very dangerous precedent.

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South Africa: Why Parents Beating Their Children is Not African Culture

[allAfrica] Cape Town -After South Africa’s Constitutional Court upheld a high court ruling that declared corporal punishment at home unconstitutional, there were memes about African parents ignoring the ruling and beating their children anyway. That’s the way they were disciplined and they turned out fine – that’s the thinking.

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