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:

Gearing up for cloud in SA


IT mindset, network optimisation and sound cloud partners are important factors supporting cloud adoption in South Africa, says Veeam Software. With South Africa lagging more developed markets in terms of cloud adoption, the country is well positioned to learn from companies abroad about cloud migration and successful adoption strategies. Doug Hazelman, Vice President of Product Strategy for Veeam Software, says ...

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The African Union aspires for “an Africa whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth,” Commissioner Tumusiime


AUC’s Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture (REA), H.E Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, has reiterated that impressive economic growth has been achieved on the continent. Delivering a key note address at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2015) themed, “Walking the Talk of Youth and Women – Bringing Inclusive Agricultural Markets to Life,” she, however, noted that the growth has not ...

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First ordinary session of the specialised technical committee on education, science and technology


AU Ministers responsible for Education, Science and Technology, and their relevant senior officials, Regional Economic Communities, as well as development partners, will converge on the Headquarters of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa for the First Ordinary Session of the Specialized Technical Committee on Education, Science and Technology (STC-EST) from the 27th to 30th October 2015. The joint STC-EST ...

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Taking Africa’s blue economy to the next level at Maritime Africa in Cape Town in November


Industry gathering to focus on ocean security and economic development Africa’s maritime domain has vast potential for wealth creation and while traditional maritime activities have intensified and developed, a collaborative effort from all AU member states is necessary to achieve a secure environment for this blue economy to flourish. This is according to Richard Stubbs, event director of the upcoming ...

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BRICS Ministers meet on UNGA margins


By – Pretoria – The BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs, which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, have reiterated the urgency of unblocking the International Monetary Forum (IMF) reform. This, they said, is a “measure to reform global economic governance consistent with the interests and needs of the developing countries”. The five ministers held their regular meeting ...

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SA, Angola to work on education


By – Pretoria – Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande and his Angolan counterpart Adoao Gaspar Ferreira do Nascimento have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work jointly in the areas of education. Minister Nzimande is in Angola on a ministerial visit. According to the department, the objective of the agreement is the development of cooperation between the ...

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Madagascar: Applications for the 2016 Chevening Scholarships are open


Future leaders of Madagascar urged to apply for the UK’s prestigious Chevening Scholarship Programme Malagasy talented professionals and public servants are able to apply for a scholarship award under the UK’s flagship scholarship programme funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Awarded to outstanding individuals with leadership potential, a Chevening Scholarship offers financial support for a Master’s level degree beginning ...

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Building a better SA through books

Rocky Ralebipi-Simelane

By – Public libraries have been at the heart of South Africa’s communities for many years. Much as our communities have evolved, so have our libraries. Even though, some feel the rapid growth in technology and electronic reading may pose threats for libraries, others see opportunity for integration and make libraries even more relevant to the needs of the 21st ...

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SA joins globe in creating tourism jobs

Derek Hanekom

By – Pretoria – South Africa has joined global tourism leaders in adopting the Antalya Declaration to create more jobs and strengthen skills development in the tourism sector. Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom on Wednesday attended a meeting of T20 countries in Antalya, Turkey, where the declaration was adopted unanimously. The T20 group represents the tourism ministers from G20 countries, which ...

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Genes that protect African children from developing malaria identified

Hugh Sturrock, Wellcome Images

Variations in DNA at a specific location (or ‘locus’) on the genome that protect African children from developing severe malaria, in some cases nearly halving a child’s chance of developing the life-threatening disease, have been identified in the largest genetic association study of malaria to date. Published today in Nature, the findings detail a new gene locus that can explain ...

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