South Africa: The Continued Threat of Coal Mining At the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site

[The Conversation Africa] Most developing countries face acute tensions between socio-economic development and environmental protection. Any opposition to proposed development, on environmental or heritage grounds, is seen as a threat to the creation of employment and the growth of the economy.

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South Africa: How the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre Sparked the Birth of International Human Rights Law

[The Conversation Africa] It’s been 60 years since the Sharpeville massacre, when 69 unarmed civilians were killed by armed South African police on March 21 1960. The significance of the date is reflected in the fact that it now marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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South Africa: Traditional Circumcision Deaths Prompt Bans, Debate

[VOA] For hundreds of years, teenage boys and young men from South Africa’s Xhosa and Ndebele groups have followed a sacred, secret coming-of-age ritual that culminates in ritual circumcision by a traditional surgeon. Initiation, as the practice is called, is part of the rich fabric of South African society.

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Africa: Engaging Religious & Traditional Leaders Is Crucial If We Are To Achieve SDG5 By 2030

[allAfrica] More than half a century after most African states gained independence, and despite many becoming modern states, traditional religion and culture continue to play a critical role in daily life across the continent. Religious leaders and traditional chiefs enjoy the trust of people who respect them as protectors of local customs and traditions.

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Liberia:’Free University Tuition Does Not Mean All Fees’

[Observer] Acting Minister of Education, Latim Da-Thong, has clarified that President George Weah’s pronouncement of tuition-free for undergraduate students at public tertiary institutions does not cover fees for registration, ID card, handbooks, among other expenses.

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