The Africa I know is being pulled in different directions. Its ‘choices’ are never really choices. They’re what happens when you are torn between economic development and traditional small-scale farming, or what happens when you are stuck in the middle of Europe and China battling over your land.

Much of Africa is stuck – between old and new; between tourism and sacred sites; between the values of the West and its own time-honoured practices.

This position – and the tension it creates – was starkly apparent on my recent trip to the Limpopo region of South Africa. Limpopo is home to the Venda ...


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