Maboneng represents one strand of the type of urban development that's advocated for by the proponents of 'global cities'. (Photo/ Flickr/ SA Tourism)

Taking Over, One Craft Beer And Wood-Fired Pizza At A Time: Gentrifying Inner-City Johannesburg Pushes Out Poor Residents

A city is considered ‘global’ if it has skyscrapers, cafes and malls that adhere to western notions of modernity and development. That doesn’t have to be the case


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Sukuma wiki (collard greens) and tomatoes, which have experienced dramatic price surges in the past few months in Kenya. (Photo/Annie Bungeroth/ CAFOD)

Food Price Surge In Kenya Causing Grief, Here’s What It Tells Us About What’s Wrong With African Cities

Kenya’s current food price spike is just the latest in a longer, slower food price inflation that has been unfolding over the past few years, which has something to do with the broader structural problems of African cities


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A largely unused cycle lane between Sandton and Alexandra in Johannesburg. (Photo/ Njogu Morgan/ The Conversation)

Johannesburg’s Bike Lanes: When Thinking ‘Build It And They Will Come’ Goes Wrong

Bike lanes alone don’t create a commuter cycling culture. Transport systems are shaped by a range of other factors, including social institutions, values, politics and topography.


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View from the south coast, Mauritius. (Photo/ Flickr/ Brando.n)

Length Of Coastlines In Africa, By Country: Plus, How Climate Change May Spoil The View

Madagascar – an island – has the longest coastline of any country in Africa. On the mainland, the beach view is longest in Somalia, South Africa, Mozambique and Egypt.


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Lagos, Nigeria.

From Lagos to Kinshasa, Africa’s Mega Cities Have Some Mega Problems With Numbers

Population censuses in Africa tend to be a very political affairs, for good reason. But if you are a decision maker in Africa today you should be worried about your next census (and its results). Here’s why