Africa's majestic baobab trees are mysteriously dying

Africa's majestic baobab trees are mysteriously dying

The African baobab is one of the continent’s most recognizable tree species.Credit: Hougaard Malan/naturepl.com Africa’s iconic baobab trees are dying, and scientists don’t know why. In a study intended to examine why the trees are so long-living, researchers made the unexpected finding that many of the oldest and largest of the trees have died in […]

England v South Africa: second women's ODI – live

England v South Africa: second women's ODI – live

12.50pm BST12:50 More from the toss, via the BBC TMS call (which you can grab here) Heather Knight: “I was a bit undecided what to do, the pitch is quite dry so I don’t mind batting first, but we’ve got to bat a bit better than we did the other day,” she said. “As a […]

Three miners killed in accident at Sibanye gold mine in South Africa

Three miners killed in accident at Sibanye gold mine in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Three gold miners were killed in South Africa on Monday at a Sibanye-Stillwater plant and the company said rescue teams are searching for two others. At least 18 people have died at Sibanye’s South African mines this year including seven trapped underground at the Masakhane mine in May. Sibanye said five employees […]

Tuesday briefing: Africa's oldest trees are dying

Tuesday briefing: Africa's oldest trees are dying

Baobab tree in Keer-Keer, South Africa. Godong/UIG via Getty Images Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, the great baobab trees of southern Africa are dying, Palmer Luckey has found a business model in the USA’s fear of illegal immigration, an Italian firm is developing the world’s fastest rocket and more. Get WIRED’s daily briefing in your […]

Death toll rises to four at South Africa's Sibanye mine

Death toll rises to four at South Africa's Sibanye mine

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Sibanye-Stillwater said on Tuesday mine rescue teams have located the deceased body of the fourth mineworker who died at its Kloof Ikamva shaft and has suspended operations for a day there. FILE PHOTO: Mine workers employed at Sibanye Gold’s Masimthembe shaft operate a drill in Westonaria, South Africa, April 3, 2017. REUTERS/Mike […]

Soccer: Africa must tackle graft to lift world standing: Anis

Soccer: Africa must tackle graft to lift world standing: Anis

ACCRA (Reuters) – The undercover Ghanaian journalist who filmed soccer officials appearing to take bribes said on Monday that African football will continue to be held back on the world stage unless corruption is tackled more vigorously. Undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas attends an interview with Reuters in Accra, Ghana June 11, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko […]

Otago researchers help unlock answers about leptospirosis in Africa

Otago researchers help unlock answers about leptospirosis in Africa

IMAGE: Dr. Michael Maze, from the University of Otago’s Centre for International Health in Dunedin, New Zealand, has been based in Moshi, Tanzania, as lead investigator in the studies. view more  Credit: University of Otago. University of Otago researchers are helping lead international studies which have discovered that exposure to cattle and rice farming are risk […]

Africa must tackle graft to lift world standing – Anas

Africa must tackle graft to lift world standing – Anas

Sport The undercover Ghanaian journalist who filmed football officials appearing to take bribes said on Monday that African football will continue to be held back on the world stage unless corruption is tackled more vigorously. Flags flutter next to the premises of Ghana Football Association in Accra, Ghana June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko 12 Jun […]

Vodafone stake in Africa cut by black empowerment deal

Vodafone stake in Africa cut by black empowerment deal

Vodafone’s controlling stake in its African arm is to be cut as part of efforts to increase black ownership of companies in South Africa. A deal between Vodacom and a group of community investment funds will see them take a stake of up to 6.25pc in the company, which is listed on the Johannesburg stock […]

Africa's oldest and most unusual trees are mysteriously dying

Africa's oldest and most unusual trees are mysteriously dying

Some of Africa’s oldest and most unusual trees have mysteriously started dying – and scientists think climate change may be to blame. An exceptional number of baobabs, which are known to live for up to 2,000 years – and maybe longer – have died in the past 13 years, experts found. A cavity in the Patrut tree […]