Posts Tagged ‘Blog’

Moving closer to an HIV free generation in Africa

Moving closer to an HIV free generation in Africa

#Africa carries the biggest burden of #HIV in the world, but the picture is improving through a concerted effort to prevent mother to infant infections.A combination of drugs and education programmes means that only half as many HIV-positive mothers in Africa are now passing on the virus to their babies, compared to a decade ago.We […]


Westgate siege: A family's dramatic survival story

Westgate siege: A family's dramatic survival story

Almost two weeks after the siege at Nairobi’s #Westgate shopping centre, the testimony of those caught inside and who then managed to escape, still has the power to shock.  During the siege one of the iconic images showed a mother lying on the floor, protecting her two children. Her name is Faith Wambua. She was […]


Gunther Holtorf, travelling the world since 1989

Gunther Holtorf, travelling the world since 1989

I met the most extraordinary person this week. His name is #GuntherHoltorf. He has been travelling the world for the last 24 years in his Mercedes G series which he affectionately calls #Otto. Together they have visited nearly every country on earth making Otto the world record holder for the most travelled car on the […]


Inspired by Martin Luther King

#Blog Reshared post from +BBC News It's 50 years since Martin Luther King delivered one of the most remembered speeches in history. To mark the anniversary the BBC asked notable figures including Maya Angelou, the Dalai Lama & Stevie Wonder to recite the celebrated text: http://bbc.in/14AWu2s The speech marked a turning point in race relations […]


Happy Birthday Dira TV

Happy Birthday Dira TV

#Blog   #BBC    #Africa   Reshared post from +BBC Africa BBC Swahili TV programme marks one year since it started. It has become a very popular news programme in East and Central Africa. This is the team behind all that you see on TV. Happy birthday Dira ya Dunia TV!


Another 5 Years of Robert Mugabe

Another 5 Years of Robert Mugabe

You can tell a lot from the way a president is inaugurated. In Robert #Mugabe 's case, there were two things that stood out for me. This photo was taken as #Zimbabwe 's 89 year old leader inspected the troops in #Harare 's national sports stadium. It was very telling that he had to be driven around […]


Marikana Anniversary

Marikana Anniversary

This photo was taken in #Marikana at the service to commemorate the killing of 34 striking miners by police one year ago. Thousands of miners gathered on a hillside near the mine, which lies southwest of Johannesburg, to remember their fallen comrades. It was a bright and colourful day filled with lots of singing and dancing. The […]


Tourist Photographers in Cape Town

I've been on a break in #CapeTown for the last few days. Few places beat this city when it comes to the ideal place to recharge your batteries. For me it has the added bonus of also being the home of my family and several close friends.One of my mates, Monica Dart, took this photo […]


Zimbabwe's Economic Prospects

Zimbabwe's Economic Prospects

Our assignment in #Zimbabwe has come to an end. We hope to be back for Robert #Mugabe 's inauguration later in August. We ended the trip by looking at the country's economic prospects.On Tuesday the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange fell for the second day in the a row. Trading on the stock exchange is still done […]


Eerily quiet in Harare after Mugabe's win

Eerily quiet in Harare after Mugabe's win

I've covered many elections during my career as a journalist. Usually there is a lot of celebrating by the winning side when the final results are announced, especially if they win by a convincing majority. But not in #Zimbabwe .This weekend the capital has been eerily quiet despite Robert #Mugabe winning 61% of the vote. […]


What next for Zimbabwe?

What next for Zimbabwe?

We all piled into the home of the MDC's Morgan #Tsvangirai today to hear his reaction to the news that Robert #Mugabe apparently won 61% of the vote in #Zimbabwe's election. I've never seen so many journalist squashed into such a small space. At the press conference Tsvangirai called the election fraudulent: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23562354The press appeared […]


Zimbabwe Votes

Zimbabwe Votes

I'm in #Zimbabwe to cover the country's #elections . These were some of the many voters who greeted us when we arrived in Mbare, #Harare 's oldest township, to see how voting was going. The long lines of people were calmly waiting in the cold to cast their vote. The turnover appeared to be a […]


Johannesburg Graffiti

I've been researching a story on #Johannesburg 's #graffiti scene. When you start looking it is amazing how much great graffiti there is around the city, especially in the Newtown area.This was taken in a building that has been turned into an indoor cricket arena. The owner invited the artists to decorate the outside of […]


Downtown Johannesburg

Downtown Johannesburg

This #photo looks like it was taken in a big US city. It was in fact taken in downtown #Johannesburg on the so called Nelson #Mandela bridge.The image challenges the stereotypes we have of Africa as backward and under developed.We were on the Nelson Mandela bridge to canvas opinion about the birth of the royal […]


Capturing Mandela's birthday

This is my favourite photo of the crowds that gathered to celebrate Nelson #Mandela's 95th birthday. I took it outside the hospital in Pretoria where he has been staying since June the 8th. Throughout the day people turned up to leave messages at the tribute wall and to celebrate his life. It was a real […]


Nelson Mandela's 95th Birthday

Nelson Mandela's 95th Birthday

Today is International #Mandela Day, commemorating Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday. South Africans are being urged to match his 67 years of public service with 67 minutes of charitable acts. All over #SouthAfrica you will find messages like this. I took the photo in Alexandra township in #Johannesburg where Mandela lived in the 1940s. The mural […]


Preparing to celebrate Mandela's birthday

Preparing to celebrate Mandela's birthday

This Thursday the 18th of July #SouthAfrica will celebrate Nelson #Mandela 's 95th birthday. Already there have been a spate of events around the country to honour him.On Sunday I went along to one such event at Betrams junior school in Johannesburg. The photo shows two of Mandela's grandchildren, Zondwa and Zoleka, who visited the school […]


Remembering Liliesleaf

I feel like I have been on a big history lesson this week. In the course of covering the 50th anniversary of the raid on #Liliesleaf farm on the northern outskirts of Johannesburg, I learnt a lot about this important chapter in the struggle to overthrow  #Apartheid . It is not a well know fact […]


Fiftieth anniversary of the raid on Liliesleaf

Fiftieth anniversary of the raid on Liliesleaf

Our live position today for the #BBC from #Liliesleaf in Rivonia on the northern outskirts of Johannesburg. Fifty years ago, on 11th July 1963, it was the site of a police raid which had a dramatic impact on the anti-apartheid struggle. Nelson #Mandela had been arrested the previous year and was already in prison, but […]


One month since Mandela went into hospital

It's a month since Nelson #Mandela was admitted to hospital in Pretoria with a recurring lung infection. He remains in a critical but stable condition. Even in this late stage of his life, Mandela's fighting spirit still shines through. It reminds me of his boxing skills, captured in this photo of the work, "Shadow Boxing", by […]


One of the photos of 2013

One of the photos of 2013

A Brit winning #Wimbledon , 77 years in the making. Well done #AndyMurray .Never thought I would see this picture in my lifetime. This will go down as one of the photos of the year. Many of the #UK newspapers have used this image on their front page today. Here's a montage of the front […]


Mandela in Hospital Day 29

Mandela in Hospital Day 29

It's been four weeks since Nelson #Mandela was admitted to hospital and they are still coming to light candles, leave flowers and put up messages on the tribute wall in Pretoria. "We love you Madiba" say the words on this candle. The media presence, although diminished, is also still here. Check out these two articles on the […]


The Death of Photography?

The Death of Photography?

There is a very thought provoking piece on the +The New York Times Lens blog suggesting that the death of #photography is greatly exaggerated. It includes this quote: “The fact that we can commit a single image to memory in a way that we cannot with video is a big reason photography is still used […]


Mandela in Hospital Day 28

The focus was back on the hospital in Pretoria today where Nelson #Mandela  remains critically ill, after the drama of the last week regarding his family's affairs.The Nigerian community in #SouthAfrica (pictured here) were among the people coming to wish him well. The true state of Mandela's health remains unclear. Documents from this week's family court battle […]