Lynsey Chutel

Lynsey Chutel

I'm a multimedia journalist.

I am reporter for Quartz, covering Africa in the 21st century, touching on technology, gender and politics. I've been a correspondent with the AP, a TV producer & blogged about African pop culture.

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South Africans know what happens when you replace an intellectual, elite president with a populist one

Donald Trump and Jacob Zuma—As South Africans, we’re here to say: We’ve been there America.


Germany finally apologizes for its other genocide—more than a century later

Germany will finally apologize for its other genocide. In a landmark admission of historical guilt, chancellor Angela Merkel said her country will formally recognize and apologize for the systematic murder of Namibia’s Herero people more than a century ago.


Caster Semenya is set to break records in Rio, but all anyone wants to talk about is her gender.

Gold is finally within Caster Semenya’s grasp. The South African athlete cruised to victory in her heat on Aug. 17 and her semi-final run the next day was effortless. It’s the kind of performance that may see the 800-meters runner break a 33-year-old world record in the Aug. 20 final.

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The gender gap starts with girls spending 160 million more hours on household chores

Unicef Data shows that girls spend a disproportiona...


The African leaders leaving the International Criminal Court actually

The African leaders leaving the International Crimi...

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How data is saving lives in Africa

TB-tracking headbands, mapping cancer and a malaria hackathon...


South Africans turned an athlete’s record-breaking Olympic victory into a debate about racial politics

Running blind in the eighth lane, Wayde van Niekerk never looked back or even to his side as he ran to victory in the men’s 400 meter final at the Rio Olympics on Monday. His gold medal is still being celebrated in South Africa, van Niekerk’s home, but his win also quickly became a race debate—a heated discussion about his skin color and ethnicity, not his running technique.


Civil rights icon Angela Davis wants young activists to challenge their heroes

Just a peek of Angela Davis’ iconic Afro making its way up the stairs and onto the stage was enough to send the crowd at University of South Africa (UNISA) into a frenzied applause. Davis was clearly overwhelmed.


It took a 13-year-old girl with an Afro to make South Africans notice their racist school dress codes

A hairstyle should not have to be a radical political choice, especially for a girl only just beginning to navigate high school.

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NASA’s latest mission will show if asteroid mining will be a real threat to the global platinum industry

A successful space mission could alter the destiny of Rustenburg, a dusty mining district in South Africa.

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A WhatsApp blackout in Zimbabwe was no match for massive protests against Mugabe’s failing economy

Protesters succeeded in shutting down the main cities in what has been the most brazen display of public dissatisfaction in Zimbabwe since the violent contested election of 2008.
Protests were organized on social media using the hashtags #ShutDownZim, #ZimbabweShutdown and #ZimShutDown.


'You're a girl,' and other obstacles to becoming an entrepreneur in South Africa

“You’re a girl, you’re young.” Those words have followed Boitshoko Masetla at every turn on her journey as an entrepreneur.


A fashion designer created a circumcision toolkit that honors African culture and saves lives

What would African design look like if it were allowed to enter the 21st century without the touch of colonialism?


Zimbabweans fear a return of the dark days when everyone was a billionaire

The introduction of “bond notes” has sparked anxiety among Zimbabweans who fear that it may be a ploy to revive the country’s defunct currency, the Zimbabwean dollar.


Decades later, apartheid South Africa’s chemical and biological weapons program is still hidden

The evidence is shocking: human experiments, plots of mass murder using poisoned beer and anthrax, assassinations attempts through poisoned clothes, tampered tools and exploding letters.