African Union Launches world’s biggest free trade deal

8th July 2019 BY checkoutafrica

At the African Union Summit in Niger, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari launched the African Continental Free Trade Area by signing the continent’s largest economy onto the deal. After months of reluctance over competition concerns, Nigeria’s support gives weight to forming the world’s largest free trade zone — a 55-nation bloc worth $3.4 trillion. Only 16% of international trade by African…

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Sudanese Protesters Are Returning to the Streets

4th July 2019 BY Meli

As the international media coverage of the Sudanese protests begins to die down, the spirit of the protesters is yet to waver as they take back to the streets in the remembrance of all those who were killed during the protests. Amid a now long internet blackout, and deadly crackdowns that spurred a #BlueforSudan social media campaign which saw people…

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Why do beauty brands not market to Women Of Colour?

4th July 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

So I recently came across a statistic which states that “black women are the biggest spenders on makeup and beauty products of any demographic in the world, outspending caucasian women by 6 times. In the USA alone, they spend $7.5 billion on beauty annually despite being only 13.7% of the female population.”   So my question to you is why do…

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South Africa Announces Equal Pay for its Women National Football Team Ahead of FIFA World Cup

31st May 2019 BY Meli

With the Women’s FIFA World Cup tournament just around the corner, South Africa just announced that its women’s national team, the Banyana Banyana, will for the first time receive the same pay as their male counterparts. South Africa’s Football Association is putting their money where their mouth is, and making history by not only sending it’s women’s team to the…

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The Apartheid Flag May Soon Be Banned in South Africa

2nd May 2019 BY Meli

In a move that’s not too surprising, the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa has moved that the Apartheid flag should be banned in the Republic of South Africa. A symbol of the brutal and racist regime that plagued the African nation, the NMF argues that the flag should be banned on the basis of hate speech, unfair discrimination and…

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#JustDoItForCaster – South Africans & The World Are Rallying Behind Caster Semenya

2nd May 2019 BY Meli

The world joined South Africa and Africans alike to rally behind South African athlete and Olympic gold medalist, Caster Semenya, following the disappointing ruling in her case against the IAAF. Ruling in favour of the IAAF, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) denied the athlete’s appeal against the IAAF, which wants Semenya and other female athletes with naturally high…

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SA’s Thuso Mbedu lands a leading role in Hollywood

1st May 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Thuso Mbedu will play the lead role in Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad at Amazon. The stars of The Underground Railroad, directed by Barry Jenkins for Amazon have been announced. SA’s Thuso Mbedu is one of three lead actors cast in the upcoming series based on a Colson Whitehead book with the same name.  Thuso is set to play the character…

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Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya Loses IAAF testosterone rule appeal

1st May 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Caster Semenya has lost an appeal against rules designed to decrease naturally high testosterone levels in some female runners. The South African 800m Olympic champion Caster Semenya has lost her landmark legal case against athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, in a decision that will send shockwaves through the sport. But Judges ruled 2-1 “on the basis of the evidence submitted by the parties,…

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Cairo is Fighting to Preserve Heritage Buildings

11th April 2019 BY Meli

Cairo is fighting to preserve its old European-style buildings, statues and avenues, as governmental authorities look to build a new face for the desert capital. While residents are fighting to preserve the cities global heritage in districts such as the one commonly known as Khedivial Cario. They are also expressing their concern and disappointment in the Egyptian government’s unwillingness to…

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