You should know

South Africa will withdraw its troops from peacekeeping operations in Sudan’s Darfur region, President Jacob Zuma’s office said on Wednesday. (VOA News)

Most people who survive an Ebola infection will have long-lasting health problems, say doctors from the US National Institutes of Health. Their studies on survivors in Liberia showed large numbers had developed weakness, memory loss and depressive symptoms in the six months after being discharged from an Ebola unit. (BBC)

The South African economy is ‘in crisis’ says the country’s finance minister Pravin Gordhan. The comments came ahead of his Budget speech, in which he cut the country’s growth forecast for 2016 to 0.9%, down from 1.7%. (BBC)

Our Environment

Morocco has activated the Noor I concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the first part of a three-phase development in the Sahara Desert intended to supply more than a million homes with electricity by 2018. (Green Prophet)

Founded in 2014, WeFarm (@we_farm) is a free, peer-to-peer service designed for farmers living around the world. It enables farmers to share information with each other via SMS or text messaging. (Huffington Post)

Biz Dev

Cape Town-based digital insurance distribution startup Hepstar (@HepstarZA) has received US$2 million in funding from Amadeus Capital Partners, which it plans to use to expand its global reach, accelerate its tech development and grow its brand. (Disrupt Africa)

What We Need

Facebook has launched Reactions, an extension to its ubiquitous Like button, that gives you more ways to share your reaction to a post quickly and easily. You can now react to posts with a Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, or Angry emoticon. (Tech Cabal)

Identity & Culture

In last night’s episode of Black-ish,  the Johnson family tackled police brutality in the black community. The show’s creator Kenya Barris (@funnyblackdude) says the episode depicts a dilemma any African-American family “would naturally be going through” over an issue dealing with civil rights in the U.S. (New York Times)


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