Insight & Opinion
Director-General of Water Affairs and Forestry, Mike Müller, has dismissed the furious debate surrounding the privatisation of South African water (a major theme for the placards and slogans of anti-privatisation marchers on Saturday) as "artificial".
Eric Croddy is author of "CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE": A Comprehensive Survey for Concerned Citizens.
The USAID officer, committed and caring fellow, said to me: "Richard, computers in schools? Uganda is still a bookless society. They need books, not computers!" I had to think about this before replying: "In a bookless society, why start with books?"—a digital variant of Wayne Gretzky's injunction to "skate to where the puck is gonna be!"
Africa is today confronted with increasing food insecurity, a deteriorating public health, environmental degradation, and intense political and ethnic conflicts. The region's economies have performed dismally in the past two decades and poverty is a marked feature of more than three quarters of Africa's human population. In 1998 more than 301 million Africans were living on less than US$ 1 per day compared to 217 million in 1987. Africa has the largest share of people living on less than $1 per day.