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Africans doing business with Africans: conference explores continent's trade potential

Improving trade and investment between African countries is key to enticing greater overseas investment into the continent, according to the recent Tshwane International Trade and Infrastructure Investment Conference.

Tshwane Trade Conference

Extensive HIV vaccine study planned in South Africa

American scientists are scheduling a major trial of an experimental HIV vaccine in South Africa in 2016, "the most feasible vaccine ever developed". It will be one of largest single clinical testing processes done in South Africa.


Bill Gates to deliver 2016 Nelson Mandela Lecture

Since the inaugural Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in 2003, speakers have been notable global leaders in their field. This year will be no different. Microsoft co-founder and global philanthropist Bill Gates will deliver the 14th annual lecture on the eve of Mandela Day.


Uganda to represent Africa at 2016 Quidditch World Cup

The 2016 Quidditch World Cup is taking place in July in Germany. Uganda is the only country in Africa sending players to the tournament and money is being raised through a crowdfunding initiative to get them there. So far, the team is astounded by the support they have received.


South African classic The Suit made into a short film

The trailer for the film version of South African writer Can Themba's classic short story, The Suit, has been released. The film has been selected for a number of local and African film festivals. It stars Atandwa Kani, his acting legend father John Kani, and Phuti Nakene.


Durban's first black female deputy harbour master talks about her job

Pinky Zungu dreamt of becoming an airline pilot, but she has found that piloting a ship is something she could do forever. And she has done such a good job of it that Transnet National Ports Authority has appointed her its first black female deputy harbour master.

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