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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Race jokes in South Africa: An oldie but a goodie - Yahoo News

Race jokes in South Africa: An oldie but a goodie -...

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South African teen finds possible MH370 plane debris

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African teenager vacationing in Mozambique may have found part of a wing from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which his family dismissed as "rubbish" and his mother nearly threw away, he said Friday....

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Facebook’s detailed open-source maps show the gaps in global internet connectivity

To bring people the internet, first you have to figure out where there is no internet. That’s why Facebook this week released a series of maps that begin the process of charting the gaps in access and connectivity around the world. The first set of maps, made available on Nov....

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South African police have arrested more than 500 people during protests for free university education

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma was 21 years old when he was convicted for trying to overthrow the apartheid government and sentenced to prison 1963. Today, he leads a cabinet that includes ministers who began their political careers as youth activists. The country’s youth activism began as early as the...

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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. But this week, a 13-year-old girl’s determination to wear her Afro revealed how race still informed school policies and social perceptions of what is acceptable behavior for...

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South African woman found guilty of 1997 baby kidnapping

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A judge in South Africa found a woman guilty Thursday of kidnapping a newborn nearly two decades ago from a hospital and raising the girl as her own, just a short distance from where her devastated real parents were living....

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Robert Mugabe thinks this new statue of him is ‘wonderful’, but Twitter thinks it’s hilarious

President Robert Mugabe was deeply touched by a statue in his own image, but Zimbabweans on social media were less flattering. On Sept. 10 two new statues of the president were unveiled at Mugabe’s official residence in the capital Harare. A moved Mugabe asked citizens to show gratitude to artists,...

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SAfrica: Mandela's grandson accused of rape, granted bail

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of Nelson Mandela's grandsons, accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, was granted bail in a South African court on Tuesday....

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South African woman pleads not guilty to 1997 kidnapping

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African woman has pleaded not guilty to charges that she kidnapped an infant from a hospital nearly 19 years ago and raised the child as her own, South African media reported on Tuesday....

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Some foreign-owned shops and cars torched in Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Several shops and cars owned by foreigners were torched in downtown Johannesburg overnight in continued anti-immigrant attacks but another city that had seen the worst violence was calm, authorities said Friday....

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South African court hears case against president

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The chant "Pay back the money" filtered into South Africa's highest court on Tuesday, as judges heard a case in which President Jacob Zuma is accused of violating the constitution in a scandal over state spending on his private home....

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At climate talks, African nations pledge to restore forests

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Tree by tree, more than a dozen African governments pledged to restore the continent's natural forests at the United Nations climate talks on Sunday....

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Rhino that survived poaching gives birth in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thandi the rhinoceros was left for dead by poachers nearly three years ago, meant to be among the 600 rhino killed in South Africa in 2012. She beat the odds, and after a slow recovery, has given birth to a healthy calf, game reserve managers announced Wednesday....

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African telecom giant battles Nigeria over $5.2 billion fine

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Africa's biggest telecommunications company is locked in a nasty battle in powerful Nigeria, with billions of dollars at stake....

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UNICEF: AIDS leading cause of death for African teenagers

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — While the global push to eradicate HIV may have saved over a million babies, AIDS is now the leading cause of death for African teenagers and the second most common killer for adolescents across the globe, the United Nations' agency for children said on Friday....