Andrew Harding, Africa correspondent

Andrew Harding Africa correspondent

This is the home of my reports, updates and analysis from across the world’s liveliest continent

Fana Mokoena's dilemma: Interstellar or revolution in South Africa?

  • 29 January 2015
  • From the section Africa
Publicity shot for Interstellar
Fana Mokoena missed out on a role in the hit Interstellar

Can you save the world, and still keep your day job? I remember Bob Geldof grumbling about that conundrum to me a decade ago in a dusty corner of Ethiopia.

Now South African actor Fana Mokoena is facing a similar dilemma.

If you've watched World War Z, you may remember him as the deputy UN secretary-general, plotting ways to eliminate zombies and save Brad Pitt.

He was also in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Safe House and Hotel Rwanda.

But now he's had to put his Hollywood dreams on hold - and has just missed out on what might have been the biggest role of his career.

Read full article Fana Mokoena's dilemma: Interstellar or revolution in South Africa?

Sudan's Omar al-Bashir gets Chinese-built presidential palace

  • 26 January 2015
  • From the section Africa
Photo of new presidential palace under constructions (June 2014)
The date of the opening ceremony is unlikely to be a coincidence

It is exactly 130 years since Gen Charles Gordon was hacked to death on the white steps of the governor-general's palace in Khartoum.

It was a defining moment in Britain's colonial history. Stubborn heroism, laced with irony, and the over-reaching folly of imperial ambition.

Read full article Sudan's Omar al-Bashir gets Chinese-built presidential palace

Julius Malema: South Africa's fiery politician mellows

  • 24 January 2015
  • From the section Africa

Julius Malema slipped quietly into the room, looking cheerful, perhaps a little slimmer than on our last encounter, and quite the opposite of the rabble-rousing, Mugabe-in-the-making demagogue that his enemies and critics in South Africa and abroad still like to portray.

"Marriage," he said by way of an explanation, and fell onto a sofa with a happy sigh. He recently married a woman from his neighbourhood in Limpopo.

Read full article Julius Malema: South Africa's fiery politician mellows

Guptagate: The scandal South Africa's Zuma can't shake

  • 21 January 2015
  • From the section Africa
This picture taken on February 22, 2010 shows the Palace hotel of Lost City in Sun City
A wedding at a glitzy resort hotel has caused a headache for South Africa's leader

It is two years since an unusual plane landed at a South African military air force base in Pretoria. The aircraft was a private jet carrying guests from India, heading to a high society wedding at Sun City - the famous casino resort in the hills to the north-west of the capital.

Military officials at the base gave the revellers a VIP welcome.

Read full article Guptagate: The scandal South Africa's Zuma can't shake

A closer look at South Africa's racially charged debates

  • 21 January 2015
  • From the section Africa
A white man and and a black woman watch the memorial service for Nelson Mandela on television in a bar in Soweto on 10 December 2013 in South Africa

It has been a sour, tetchy start to 2015 here in South Africa. A string of social-media-fuelled debates about race and responsibility seem to have dominated the news agenda.

There was Nelson Mandela's former assistant's bitter claim that "white's are not wanted or needed in South Africa".

Read full article A closer look at South Africa's racially charged debates

The African state where a grenade is cheaper than a Coke

  • 19 January 2015
  • From the section Africa
Packing of an arms consignment found in CAR
Packaging of a 2006 consignment traced by researchers showed that a batch of more than 25,000 Type 82.-2 grenades was manufactured in China

The grenades come from China, or Bulgaria. The mortars are Sudanese. The rocket launchers were made in Iran. The bullets are British, or Belgian or Czech. Spain and Cameroon provided the shotgun rounds. And so it goes on.

A detailed survey of the weapons currently circulating in the Central African Republic (CAR) offers some intriguing insights into the global arms industry, and the extent to which its output continues to find its way - legally or otherwise - into the hands of rebel armies.

Read full article The African state where a grenade is cheaper than a Coke

Ebola crisis: Returning to Kigbal village in Sierra Leone

  • 4 December 2014
  • From the section Africa

One month ago, Kigbal village, about three hours' drive from Sierra Leone's capital, was in the most agonising distress - ravaged by the Ebola virus, and seemingly ignored by the outside world.

The dead and dying lay on one side of the main road. Dozens of children - many told us they had lost one or both parents to Ebola - stood in an abject cluster on the far side of the tarmac.

Read full article Ebola crisis: Returning to Kigbal village in Sierra Leone

Ebola crisis: Struggling to change behaviour in Sierra Leone

  • 1 December 2014
  • From the section Africa

For weeks it has been the same here in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. Every day the Ebola burial teams - now well organised and promptly dispatched - collect about 60 bodies from around the city and its crowded suburbs.

Some days it is 50, sometimes as many as 80.

Read full article Ebola crisis: Struggling to change behaviour in Sierra Leone

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About Andrew

Andrew has been Africa correspondent since 2009, covering the continent's highs and lows - from the World Cup, Africa's economic boom, and the literary treasures of Timbuktu, to the pirates of Somalia, the conflict in Ivory Coast, and the struggles of Zimbabwe.

He has spent twenty years as a foreign correspondent, based in the former Soviet Union, Africa, and Asia, and reported on the 1993 parliamentary rebellion in Moscow, two Chechen wars, the Asian tsunami in 2004, and conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma, Congo, Sudan, Liberia and beyond.

Andrew was born in the UK, grew up in Belgium and at boarding school. He is married with three children.

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