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What Makes These Drink Coasters So Special? They Save Lives

A new line of coasters does more than just prevent unsightly moisture stains.

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Walking home in the dark after a night of drinking can be a harrowing experience. Sure, you might be feeling invincible to the world, but the world—particularly the automotive part of it—finds you entirely, tragically vincible. In South Africa’s poorly-lit townships, for example, dozens of pedestrians are estimated to be killed each week as they shamble home from bars, struck by oncoming cars whose drivers are simply unable to see the foot traffic in front of them until it is too late. To help ensure the safety of anyone walking home through dark streets at night, local liquor distributors Edward Snell & Co. Pty Ltd have come up with a deceptively simple solution: Disposable drink coasters.

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How One Young Woman is Closing the Achievement Gap for South African Kids

The 2015 Here for Good award-winner wants to motivate kids to empower themselves through education.

Lebo Sekhotla has experienced a lot of “firsts” lately. Last week, the 23-year-old was the first South African student to receive Laureate International Universities’ prestigious Here for Good award. Her flight to Miami for the award ceremony was the first time she’d ever been on a plane. And next spring, when she graduates from Monash South Africa, a member of the Laureate International Universities network, Sekhotla will be the first in her family with a college degree.

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A robot directs traffic in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Last month, a Guardian article on the value of “Afrofuturist” art started making the rounds on the web’s myriad African news and culture forums. Usually the term, coined in the 1990s, refers mainly to innovative or progressive material coming out of the African American creative community—works which often fall into the category of science-fiction or fantasy categories and are thus brushed off as genre art. But the Guardian pieces did two great services to the term, by using it to draw our attention to lesser-known and underappreciated works coming out of continental Africa, and sparking discussion about Afrofuturism’s merits as a social phenomenon.

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First African Team to Compete in the Tour de France in 2015

A South African cycling team will be the first from the continent to compete in cycling’s biggest race.

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The Tour de France is one of the largest, most prominent cycling competitions in the world, but in over a century of annual races, not a single African team has ever competed. That changes this year: on Wednesday, Tour de France organizers issued one of five wildcard invitations to MTN-Qhubeka, a team from South Africa.

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One Former Prostitute in Cape Town, Two NGOs Battling Over How to Help Her

There's a worldwide debate going on around sex work. A 21-year old South African woman reminds us just how much is at stake.

The first time Asanda* had sex for money, there was little time to reflect on how she’d found herself in that situation. She was staying with a friend after being kicked out of her parents’ house, without a job or money. One evening, the friend said they were going to work in a restaurant. Unless she wanted to be on the street the next day, Asanda had little choice but to follow.

“I didn’t understand why she was polishing her face and putting on makeup to go work in a restaurant,” Asanda recalled.

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

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