Making Sense

News, history and analysis from the African continent.
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 ...
The Day After Day Zero

The Day After Day Zero

One year ago, Andreas and I did our first feature story for Waterfront, the magazine produced by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). Since then, the ...

Democracy on the move in West Africa

Africa is often talked about in sweeping generalisation and it’s easy to believe that not much is happening on the developing front – or with ...
Why the death of a rhino matters

Why the death of a rhino matters

I never got to meet Sudan. The rhino Sudan, that is. Nor did I ever get to see a male northern white rhino in the ...
How we survive the Cape Town drought

How we survive the Cape Town drought

The drought is holding Cape Town in a firm grip and we get many questions about the weather. Or rather: many of you wonder if ...

The President without an axe

I was in Swaziland the day South African president Jacob Zuma resigned. Last night, however, I was glued in front of the TV eagerly awaiting ...