Marc Mcilhone

Marc Mcilhone is AfricanBrains' Editor - sourcing news and features content and overseeing the work of the site’s contributors. Marc’s work is informed by his technical background in architecture having worked for some of the UK’s leading practices on projects within the education, healthcare and housing sectors. Marc has a particular interest in how African innovators are creating sustainable solutions that have a positive impact on people’s everyday lives. Please email press releases and news to:

Top 12 Ways World Can End Hunger, Stem Environmental Damage from Food Systems


Latest IRP report lists 12 ways to use natural resources more efficiently, improve human health and reduce the environmental damage caused by food systems. A major overhaul of the global food system is urgently needed if the world is to combat hunger, use natural resources more efficiently and stem environmental damage, the International Resource Panel (IRP) says. In its latest …

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The Next Wave of Sino-African Opportunities

Mr. Robert Gumede, China Development Bank (CDB) President Zheng Zhijie

By Mr. Robert Gumede, Executive Chairman, The Guma Group of Companies (Infrastructure, Railways, ICT, Tourism, Mining, Trading, Operating in 32 African countries) There is a misinformed notion that Africa’s rise is being hijacked by China. There are claims that at the moment when South Africa, for example, has found the momentum to emerge as a developing economy amidst the budding …

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Tigo Music Transforming lives of Tanzanian Artistes


The popular music of the new generation, known as ‘Bongo Flava’ has evolved from being seen as an art for ‘outlaws’-or rather; that’s how the older generation viewed it about two decades ago! Today, the ‘pop’ music genre is the most loved source of entertainment by all, both young and old. Bongo Flava has today literally transformed the local music …

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Uber Kenya and Sidian Bank launch an innovative Vehicle Solutions Programme valued at Ksh 10 billion for driver-partners and investors in Kenya


The ground breaking vehicle access initiative includes a vehicle finance component delivered through Sidian Bank and a vehicle leasing solution made available through Zohari Leasing. Uber ( and Sidian Bank ( announced today that they have partnered to launch an innovative Uber Vehicle Solutions Programme that will give driver-partners and business investors convenient and affordable access to the quality vehicles …

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New Partnership for Science, Technology and Innovation


The South Africa Department of Science and Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Global Development Lab, the newest bureau within USAID, to support the growing partnership between South Africa and the United States in using science, technology and innovation as important tools for advancing development. The signing ceremony …

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Biodiversity can help fill gap between agricultural production and nutritional needs for a healthy living


Time to promote investment in biodiversity and contribute to sustainable development in Africa. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) says Africa’s struggle against poverty, hunger, malnutrition, land degradation and climate change can only be won with increased collaboration in the conservation, sustainable, and fair use of agricultural biodiversity. Speaking at a Regional Consultation on the State …

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SA: Local Elections 2016 date proclaimed


By – Pretoria – Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister Des van Rooyen has called an election of all municipal councils and set 3 August 2016 as the date of the Local Government Election. The Minister announced this proclamation of the coming local government election date on Monday, in terms of section 24(2) of the Local Government: Municipal …

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Eskom, CSIR sign partnership


By – Pretoria – Eskom and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have signed a partnership that is aimed at aligning and enhancing interaction between the two bodies in support of national goals. The partnership signed on Monday seeks to synergise the research capabilities of the two organisations in support of Eskom’s strategic and operational needs. The …

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Ministers adopt Africa’s key health policies


Ahead of the Wold Health Assembly African Ministers of Health met on Saturday and adopted key health policy instruments that will provide the strategic direction for the continent for the next fifteen years. These health policy instruments were finalised by Member State Health experts meeting in Addis Ababa in April this year for consideration by health ministers. “I am confident …

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Toyota investment a sign of confidence in SA


By – Pretoria – Toyota’s continued investment in South Africa demonstrates confidence in the country’s economy, says President Jacob Zuma. He was speaking at the official launch of the new generation locally produced Toyota Hilux and Fortuner models at the car maker’s Prospecton plant in Durban. “This is a very positive event for our country, as it demonstrates confidence …

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