Nigeria has an estimated total of 23,640 health facilities according to the Federal Ministry of Health census of 2005. While more health care facilities have been built in recent years, it appears more churches and mosques are opened in Nigeria than hospitals. There is under-investment in health care infrastructure, and the Nigerian government needs to do more if the country is to achieve most of the health-related SDGs.
Ivan Katsere, a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a lecturer in the Department of Psychology, recently wrote an opinion piece for the Daily Maverick, “Dehumanising the other: The language of black-on-black racism”. In it, Katsere illustrates the centrality of racism in violence against African migrants.
An African counterpart for Apple Inc’s virtual assistant, Siri, that focuses on banking and financial management, and speaks four of South Africa’s official languages, is breaking ground on the continent. A group of University of Cape Town (UCT) students are behind the novel idea.
Relatives of Robert Mugabe have issued a statement expressing concern and displeasure at Zimbabwe’s government for developing the programme for the funeral without consulting his immediate family. There is still no agreement and clarity on where the former president is going to be buried.
In a commendable humanitarian pledge, and exemplary act of Ubuntu Rwanda has signed a deal with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the African Union (AU) to host hundreds of African migrants currently being held in Libya.
As the fourth industrial revolution becomes part of our future, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Joyce Mwangama is leading the way with the development of Africa’s first 5G testbed.
Nigeria has confirmed it will repatriate about 600 of its citizens from South Africa this week following the brutal wave of xenophobic violence. The Nigerian consul general in Johannesburg confirmed the development, which follows intermittent xenophobic attacks targeting Nigerians and other African nationals.
There has been a warm response to the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) election of Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe as the university’s sixth chancellor, a position that she will take up from 1 January 2020. She will be the second black woman to hold the position and will take the reins from Graça Machel.
As high-sounding intellectuals and politicians pontificate on Mugabe’s legacy in education and other areas, they must be respectful to these people whose pain is a matter of fact, not speculation.