Siba Mtongana: She came, she saw, she conquered our hearts 
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Lifestyle Siba Mtongana: She came, she saw, she conquered our hearts 

South African celebrity chef Siba Mtongana is a class act. We should know. Last Thursday, she was the chief guest at the new This Is Africa website launch. She brought the house down with a moving speech chock-full of inspiring anecdotes from her own life. She had the audience eating out of the palm her of hand. By the time Siba was done speaking, it was easy to tell her fans in Nairobi hadn’t had enough. Lucky for them, This Is Africa, as always, had them covered. On Saturday we organized a special meet-and-greet event for Siba and her fans at Nairobi’s hottest new address, the Radisson Blu. Here’s how that went down

Mali to remove 13,000 ghost workers from payroll, saving U.S.$50 million
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Politics and Society Mali to remove 13,000 ghost workers from payroll, saving U.S.$50 million

Mali has become the latest African country to embark on a program to identify and remove ghost workers from the public service payroll, in the fight against corruption and malfeasance. The country has identified 13,000 ghost workers from the national payroll, which cost the treasury about 30 billion CFA francs ($50 million), officials say.

UCT’s H3D, identifies second compound, which could treat and prevent malaria
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Politics and Society UCT’s H3D, identifies second compound, which could treat and prevent malaria

Scientists at the University of Cape Town’s Drug Discovery and Development (H3D) in South Africa have identified a second compound, which could treat and prevent malaria, a promising step in African medical innovation and in the fight against Malaria. Scientists say the compound has the potential to block the transmission of the parasite from person to person and, contribute to the eradication of Malaria.

Malawi to institute tough laws against harmful cultural practices
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Politics and Society Malawi to institute tough laws against harmful cultural practices

Malawi is planning to legislate tough laws against harmful cultural practices, which target women and young girls in the wake of the arrest of an HIV-positive man, who confessed to having sex with pubertal children as part of initiation rites. Eric Aniva, was arrested on President Peter Mutharika’s orders, and Mutharika announced the country is planning a major crackdown on such practices.