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Stage set for African countries to renegotiate for fair mining deals

The paradox of plenty is a reality for many African countries. There’s an abundance of natural resources such as oil, gas and minerals, but there hasn’t been much economic growth and development for many countries. The natural resources abundant in most African countries tend to benefit not the communities and countries within which the minerals are extracted. Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has started the process of renegotiating the mining contracts his country has with various mining companies. Other African countries need to borrow a leaf out of Tanzania’s book.

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Sir Quett Ketumile Masire: Botswana’s second president and nation builder dies

Botswana lost its former president Sir Quett Ketumile Joni Masire yesterday. Sir Ketumile Masire was Botswana’s second president and is credited for leading Botswana towards economic stability. He voluntarily stepped down in 1998 and went on to engage in diplomatic initiatives. Condolences for the statesman are pouring in, remembering his good governance and exemplary leadership. Rest In Power Sir QKJ Masire.


Mother’s Day 2017: Google celebrates motherhood with a special ‘cactus mom’ doodle

Today Africans across the continent celebrate Mother’s Day. Google used its doodle to pay tribute to mothers. The animated doodle shows the story of a cactus mom through various stages of motherhood. The doodle honours mothers across the world and celebrates the sacrifices mothers make for their children. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in the world, and we thank you for all the sacrifices, and love.

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Trying to figure out a final cure: A conversation with Professor Max Essex of the Botswana-Havard partnership

Dr. Max Essex helped stop a plague. You can’t say that about many people, but you can say that about the Lasker Professor of Health Sciences at Harvard University. He has been involved with AIDS research since the beginning of the epidemic. He was one of the first researchers to hypothesize that a retrovirus was the cause of AIDS. His laboratory identified the envelope proteins of HIV commonly used for AIDS tests. He and his team conducted several breakthrough studies on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. His current work focuses on the use of antiretroviral drugs to treat and prevent HIV in adults.