Making Sense

News, history and analysis from the African continent.

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 ...
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 ...
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