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The Conversation Africa launched as a pilot project in May 2015. It is an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public.

Technology 15 Apr 2016 19:19 pm
All the world’s languages put together comprise about 800 or so sounds. At birth, the baby brain has an unusual gift: it can tell the difference between all 800 sounds.
Life 15 Apr 2016 19:00 pm
A new study argues that monogamy could have evolved because it offered protection against the threat of infection.
Opinion 15 Apr 2016 18:30 pm
Since independence in 1980, Zimbabwe has held ten elections characterised by multiparty competition. Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party has dominated all of them.
Africa 15 Apr 2016 18:19 pm
Belief in witchcraft is central in Nigeria society – particularly in the Niger Delta region. Researchers have especially focused on my people, the Ibibio of southeastern Nigeria.
Life 14 Apr 2016 10:54 am
In-school nutrition programmes can reduce the chances of children suffering from childhood obesity, writes Lauren Graham.
Opinion 12 Apr 2016 08:06 am
If the ANC ignores the calls for Zuma's resignation,it may undermine South Africa's leadership on the continent, writes Joleen Steyn Kotze.
Money 11 Apr 2016 17:07 pm
First, a matric no longer leads to better labour-market opportunities. Second, finding a job in the two most developed provinces, Western Cape and Gauteng, is no longer guaranteed.
Opinion 11 Apr 2016 15:27 pm
As is the case with the alleged influence of the Gupta family in the running of South Africa, state capture differs from stakeholder management. The family denies the charge.
Opinion 11 Apr 2016 09:23 am
It's normal for resistance movements to adopt rough survival strategies while fighting an oppressive regime. Unfortunately that culture takes root and is permanently nurtured.
Opinion 07 Apr 2016 12:43 pm
In the past, only highly committed idealists joined the ANC. Today's splits and factions are about patronage and clientelism.