You should know

A new ruling today by South Africa’s High Court has ‘opened the door’ for charges of corruption to be reinstated against President Jacob Zuma. The charges were originally made while Zuma was deputy president and had been dropped back in 2009. SA’s main opposition party brought the case to have that decision overturned after recently getting hold of new tape recordings they say are evidence of corruption. President Zuma continues to deny any allegations of wrongdoing on his part. (BBC Africa)

Private equity firms across Africa ‘cashed in on investments at record levels’ last year, recording some of the highest rates in almost a decade. Geographic expansion, cost reduction, mergers & acquisitions, and new management were some of the factors listed as contributing to the growth according to a  report by Ernst & Young and the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. (CNBC Africa)

ICYMI Leaders from South Sudan are saying ‘they need urgent international support’ to rebuild the country and restore peace  after  2.5 years of civil war have destroyed much of the country’s economy. (VOA News)

Design Thinking

Meet a Zimbabwean architect who’s building solutions for local street vendors working in the country’s informal trade economy by, ‘letting people design for themselves’ and building on the life hacks local communities have always relied on. (Quartz Africa)

EdTech

Co-founder at Disrupt Africa, Tom Jackson (@tomjackson1988) says, “e-learning in Africa has been much touted”, but with ongoing power issues, high data costs, and weak investor interest, he asks, ‘where to next, then, for African edtech startups?’ (Disrupt Africa)

SmartCities

Find out all about, public infrastructure development and the role of smart tech to power Nigeria’s future in a new video series from Co Creation Hub social innovation hub, Growth Capital. (GC.fund)

Arts & Culture

It’s been all Lemonade all week here in the AR fake offices…learn more about the African connections in Beyoncé’s epic visual album and meet the Nigerian artist behind all the body art as we all prepare for Queen Bey’s world domination.  (AfriPop! / BuzzNigeria)


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