If marathons weren’t hard enough already: strap a tree to your back

NAIROBI (Reuters) – This Sunday in South Africa, an accountant, an entrepreneur and a boxing executive are among 20 friends running the Cape Town marathon – with saplings strapped to their backs. The group are promoting the planting of native trees amid a nationwide push to replace invasive species with indigenous one to cope with

FEATURE -Vigilantes join forces to stop Kenyan families losing donkeys to China

NAIVASHA, Kenya, Sept 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – K enyan families left destitute by the theft and slaughter of thousands of donkeys by criminal networks supplying skins for Chinese medicine are hitting back – with vigilante gangs. Over the past three years Kenya has become the epicentre of a fast-growing industry in Africa to supply

Sierra Leone school defies state ban on pregnant girls in class

FREETOWN, July 16 (Reuters) – When Mariatu Sesay realised she was pregnant at 14, one thing scared her more than the social isolation she felt in the classroom: Sierra Leonean law banned her from attending school at all because she was expecting. A keen student, Sesay continued to show up anyway and begged her teachers

Tanzania plans cable car for Mount Kilimanjaro

DAR ES SALAAM, May 7 (Reuters) РTanzania wants to boost tourist numbers by putting a cable car on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, and is in talks about the project with a Chinese and a Western company. Around 50,000 tourists climb Kilimanjaro annually. A cable car could increase tourist numbers by 50 percent by