Crisis: 78% Of South Africa’s Grade 4 Pupils Don’t Understand What They’re Reading – Miles Behind Zimbabwe, Tanzania

It was last out of 50 countries surveyed. Both adults and children were not learning to read with meaning, and so were not achieving literacy despite attending classes.

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Says Will Rule Until He’s 100, But A Fierce Power Struggle To Succeed Him Is Raging

Although the First Lady said Mugabe sleeps “with one eye open”, there are no threats to his rule from outside the party. Age is his only real challenger.

Against Difficult Odds Local African Elections Observers Getting Better, As Foreign ‘Tourists’ Missions Face Growing Criticism

In some places strong gains made by the opposition, ironically lead to more repression against democracy activists rather than open up the political space.

In The Shadow Of The ‘Great Helsman’: 20 Years After His Death, Mobutu Sese Seko Lives On In Joseph Kabila

The senior Kabila followed the path of “Mobutism without Mobutu.” His son, Joseph Kabila, has perfected it.

Whose Record Is It Anyway? Digging Up And Reissuing Old African Music Is ‘New Colonialism’

A podcast has suggested that the latest urge to buy up African vinyl and to compile generically and geographically determined compilations is yet one more (white) western scramble for Africa.