Kristin Palitza works as Africa correspondent for dpa, the German Press Agency. Her articles have also appeared in Forbes Africa, Monocle, the Guardian and TIME.

She lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa, but regularly goes on assignment throughout the continent.

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Kristin Palitza arbeitet als Afrika-Korrespondentin für dpa, die Deutsche Presse Agentur. Ihre Artikel sind außerdem in Forbes Africa, Monocle, Guardian und TIME Magazin erschienen.

Sie lebt und arbeitet im südafrikanischen Kapstadt und reist regelmäßig auf dem Kontinent. 


+27 72 287 2202   kpalitza@gmail.com

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Thursday
Jun192014

A deadly game

dpa | 18 June 2014

The warning signs were there. Security for all public football viewing sites had been beefed up, but Boko Haram attacked once again killing many Nigerian fans, report Akanbi Thani and Kristin Palitza -

Kano, Nigeria (dpa) - Boko Haram had repeatedly warned that it would make World Cup public viewing centres targets. The group has struck on Tuesday night, as Brazil played Mexico, killing 14 football fans in the town of Damaturu, in northern Yobe State.

Even those who have been living under the threat of such attacks for years were shaken.

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Friday
Jan172014

Risk of CAR violence not over

dpa | 15 Jan 2014

Bangui (dpa) - CAR has a long history of instability that has seen several coups and frequent power changes since it gained independence in 1960. It has a population of 4.6 million people, but more than 80 ethnic groups. This, Kristin Palitza reports, has made the country difficult to rule and it will be almost impossible to select a representative transitional government.

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Friday
Dec202013

Christmas – a time of fear in northern Nigeria

dpa | 19 Dec 2013

By Kristin Palitza, dpa =

Abuja (dpa) – With less than a week to go until Christmas, many people in northern Nigeria are living in fear.

At this time of year the Islamic extremist sect Boko Haram has tended to intensify its campaign of violence.

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Sunday
Nov102013

Why Africa can't feed itself

dpa| 9 Nov 2013

By Kristin Palitza

Sub-Sahara Africa has ample fertile land, plenty of water and a generally favourable climate for food production. It also has some of the fastest growing economies.

Yet, the region is the world's most food insecure - not least because its governments don't play their part.

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Friday
Nov012013

Elder statesmen anxious over Africa's poor leadership

dpa | 1 Nov 2013

By Kristin Palitza, dpa = 

   Cape Town (dpa) – There’s no two ways about it: Africa’s leadership is in decline.

   Corruption and poverty remain high, data shows, while a small elite prospers and heads of state demand immunity from international justice. Suffering the most are the continent’s more than 1 billion people.

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Friday
Oct042013

Cameroon’s mothers “iron” daughters breasts to delay puberty

dpa | 3 Oct 2013

By Anne Nzouankeu and Kristin Palitza, dpa=

Yaounde (dpa) – It happened a long time ago, two full decades, but Raissa Nana’s painful memories have remained fresh.

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Tuesday
Aug272013

Africa's rapid urbanization fuelling social tensions

dpa | 27 Aug 2013

By Kristin Palitza

Cape Town (dpa) - Christina Mgocwa had high hopes of a better future when she moved from her rural village in South Africa's Mpumalanga province to Johannesburg a decade ago.

But her dreams were quickly shattered.

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Thursday
Aug222013

Nigeria's 'fashion freaks' take local designs global

dpa | 20 Aug 13

By Kristin Palitza and Jahman Anikulapo, dpa =

Lagos (dpa) - Gone are the times when Nigerian fashion equalled traditional garments sewn in tiny roadside tailor shops.

Lagos, the West African nation’s commercial capital, has morphed into a major fashion hub — while Nigerian couture features on the catwalks of Paris, Milan, London and New York.

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Thursday
Jul252013

Poll violence feared as Togo opposition hopes to make gains

dpa | 24 July 13

By Kristin Palitza, dpa

Cape Town/Lome (dpa) - Violence is a definite possibility as Togo's citizens head to the polls to pick a new legislature Thursday. But, for opposition members, the risk is worth it. They see a chance to erode the influence of the Gnassingbe family, which has ruled the country for almost five decades.

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Monday
Jul012013

The $1.3 Billion Tsar of Dar

FORBES Africa | 1 July 2013

At the age of 38, Mohammed Dewji employs 24,000 people and claims to contribute 3.5% to Tanzania's GDP. Within the next 5 years, he plans to build a $5 billion empire out of Dar es Salaam.

by Kristin Palitza

What most entrepreneurs don’t achieve in a lifetime, he did in just over a decade. Mohammed Dewji single-handedly turned his father’s trading business into Tanzania’s largest import-export group. He grew Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania (MeTL) 30-fold and increased revenues from $30 million to $1.1 billion by

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Friday
Jun282013

Boko Haram paralyzes life in northern Nigeria

dpa | 25 June 2013

By Kristin Palitza and Akanbi Thani, dpa =

   Kano/Cape Town (dpa) – Cattle farmer Alhaji Balarabe Iro shuddered when he recalled the danger he confronted before he fled his village in Nigeria's Borno state.

   "It was very dangerous to tend to the cattle. I could not afford to pay the protection money the local vigilante demand to protect my cattle from Boko Haram," the 63-year-old said.

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Wednesday
Jun192013

Rebuilding Zimbabwe's health system

Inter Press Service | 19 June 2013

By Kristin Palitza

MASVINGO, Zimbabwe, Jun 19 2013 (IPS) - A newborn baby lets out a feeble cry as midwife Anna Mungara tends to a small wound on its head, at the provincial hospital in Masvingo, a town in southeast Zimbabwe.

With utmost care, Mungara cleans the cut, wraps the baby in two sets of warm blankets and makes cooing sounds to soothe him.

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Sunday
Jun162013

Mali July elections a "bad idea" - analysts

dpa | 14 June 2013

 By Kristin Palitza

Cape Town (dpa) - Although elections are essential to restoring democratic rule in Mali, analysts doubt that the troubled West African nation will be ready for national polls by the end of July.

“Holding elections on July 28 is a bad idea. They are likely to be a total failure and could result in chaos and violence,” Abdoulaye Niang, an independent analyst based in the capital Bamako, said.

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Wednesday
Jun122013

Africa’s richest man on how we can all be rich

FORBES | June 2013

FORBES Africa caught up with the richest man in Africa to hear how he plans to make Africa pay for itself.

By Kristin Palitza

It’s a fair question: If Africans don’t invest on the continent, why should anyone else? There is at least one entrepreneur, who says he will do whatever he can to change this. Cement tycoon Aliko Dangote, founder and chair of the Nigerian Dangote Group, promises to make first Nigeria and then the rest of the continent

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Saturday
Feb232013

How to Create a South African Society that Rewards Hard Work

Inter Press Service | 23 Feb 2013

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Feb 23 2013 (IPS) - In his new book, “The Great African Society – A Plan for a Nation Gone Astray”, Hlumelo Biko, the son of late Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko, says that if nothing changes in South Africa, the country will become engulfed by corruption, crime, social decay, hopelessness and anger.

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Friday
Dec142012

Saving Tanzania’s Poorest Children

IPS | 13 Dec 2012

by Kristin Palitza

DAR ES SALAAM, Dec 13 2012 (IPS) - Half asleep, Anuary lies exhausted on his bed in Amana Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital. His mother, Mariam Saidi, sits on the edge of his mattress, staring blankly out of the window. Every now and then, she turns to wipe her 18-month-old son’s forehead.

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Wednesday
Nov282012

Cool Germania: Why Berlin Is a Haven of Hip

TIME | 25 Oct 2012

By Kristin Palitza

Berlin is well known for its vibrant underground music scene, but the sheer number of venues can be daunting. So is the fact that the city’s trendiest clubs are a constantly moving target — often illegal and opening in an abandoned building or basement for a month, a week or simply a single night.

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Sunday
Sep022012

Q&A: Swapping Children for Protection in Central African Republic

Inter Press Service | 28 Aug 2012

Kristin Palitza interviews ISHMAEL BEAH, former Sierra Leonean child soldier, human rights activist and best-selling author

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Aug 28 2012 (IPS) - The protection of children remains critical in the Central African Republic, where parents willingly give their children to armed groups in exchange for protection and services.

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Friday
Aug102012

Feisty and Cheeky – a Woman with no Regrets

Forbes Africa | Aug 2012

Wendy Appelbaum, daughter of Liberty Group mogul Sir Donald Gordon, has a claim to being Africa’s richest woman. It has been one heck of a life for a feisty woman who hated failure and was not afraid to fight her father in the boardroom.

By Kristin Palitza

She is often portrayed as a tough and ruthless businesswoman who doesn’t take prisoners. But face-to-face, Wendy Appelbaum quickly reveals she is anything but. Open, warm and witty, she makes clear that being rich comes with a heavy responsibility – that giving back to society.

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Wednesday
Apr042012

After Ten Years of Peace, "Angola’s Future is Dark"

Inter Press Service | 4 Apr 2012

By Kristin Palitza

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Apr 4, 2012 (IPS) -Angola is celebrating 10 years of peace on Apr. 4. Since the end of its 27-year-long civil war in 2002, the country's economy has prospered thanks to oil. But experts fear that parliamentary elections later this year could return the country to violence and

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