Zimbabwe: Creating Monsters Out of Saints
[The Herald] Some call them a menace, as they extend their unwelcome hands to them for alms and leftover food; others have no kind words for their unkempt, scarecrow appearances, with their threadbare, wash-free, bath-free existence inciting scrawny faces.
South Africa: Clash of the Titans
[Africa In Fact] This is a book review, but the works involved are dense and complicated. So pretend it is a heavyweight title fight instead.
Africa: Battling the Resource Curse
[Africa In Fact] Oil company buildings can be seen for miles in the oilfields of South Sudan: vast structures glittering with light and promise in an area of mud huts with no electricity. Or, as Celeste Hicks puts it, describing another African state, as if "a shimmering piece of twenty-first century technology has landed like a spaceship on the hazy Saharan horizon".
Zimbabwe: Power of Convincing Confidence
[The Herald] Charles Mungoshi Jnr. Versatile Fufu The sun split the world apart with scorching heat, melting and messing the make-up on her face. The hours spent on that bedroom mirror vanished in a few seconds of exposure to sun light.
South Africa: Review - Rape - a South African Nightmare
[Daily Maverick] The question of why South Africa has such a high rape rate is one that continues to be deeply troubling. It's just one of the issues tackled by academic Pumla Dineo Gqola in her brilliant and distressing new book Rape: A South African Nightmare. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Nigeria: Panoro Energy Inches Closer to First Oil Production At Aje-5 Well
[Independent (Lagos)] Panoro Energy, the independent E&P company with assets in Nigeria and Gabon, has said that the drilling of the Aje-5 production well on the OML 113 license, offshore Nigeria has now reached targeted depth of 3,255 metres measured depth, having been drilled with the Saipem Scarabeo 3 semi-submersible drilling rig in 300 metres water depth.
Zimbabwe: Zimunya and Munhumumwe - the Poetic Kinship
[The Herald] Zimbabwe's highly regarded author Musaemura Zimunya once wrote a newspaper article entitled "Is Marshall also a poet?" but the artists' lives and careers intersected in more enduring ways. Zimunya is cousin to the classic Sungura icon in a poetic family tree that also features Chimurenga maverick Thomas Mapfumo and the late novelist and national hero, Cde Bernard Chidzero.