Making Sense

News, history and analysis from the African continent.

The Year in Politics

It’s the time of the year when we start to look back at major events of 2018. From a political perspective there have been some ...
The slaves who built the Cape

The slaves who built the Cape

“You have entered the oldest surviving slave building in South Africa” reads a sign at the entrance of one of Cape Town’s most important museums: ...
Små steg framåt efter #metoo

Små steg framåt efter #metoo

Ska Rwanda än en gång visa vägen i Afrika? Ja, det verkar så. Tillsammans med organisationen Care International har YMCA Rwanda startat projektet Safe Schools ...

Crash Course to Zimbabwe’s Election

What is all the fuss about? This is the first time since 1980 (independence), that Zimbabweans go to the polls without Robert Mugabe as the ...
Happy 100th, Mr Mandela!

Happy 100th, Mr Mandela!

I had gone to bed early that evening. Completely knackered after a long day, I was half-asleep when I heard a WhatsApp tune from my ...
Land reform the Rwandan way

Land reform the Rwandan way

A few years ago, we were once more travelling to Rwanda to write about the progress and development of this tiny country in the middle ...
Land reform hottest topic after 100 days

Land reform hottest topic after 100 days

Land reform – or the lack thereof – has become one of the most hotly debated issues in South Africa during the first 100 days ...
New book by Görrel Espelund

New book by Görrel Espelund

Two years ago, I started the research for my book about the descendants of the white settlers in Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe. When independence came ...
New Lifestyles - New Diseases

New Lifestyles – New Diseases

A two-litre soft drink and a loaf of white bread is the standard diet for most construction workers in Cape Town. At least that is ...
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