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President Cyril Ramaphosa Dear Fellow South African, In April last year, I announced our ambition to raise $100 billion – equivalent to R1.2 trillion – in new investment over five years. This was aimed at boosting the rate of investment in…

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Pep Guardiola explains why Man City defeat at Liverpool is one of his most “proud performances”

Man City boss Pep Guardiola discusses the difficulty of playing Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool after his 3-1 loss at Anfield in the Premier League. Pep Guardiola has explained why facing Liverpool is so difficult – as he described Manchester City’s defeat…

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Nakamba’s luck as Luiz set for Man City return

Sports Reporter Zimbabwe and Aston Villa international midfielder Marvellous Nakambais set for the long haul in the English Premiership’s side middle parkfollowing revelations that the man he knocked off the perch DouglasLuiz could be headed back to Manchester City. At…

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From the desk of the President

President Cyril Ramaphosa Dear Fellow South African, In April last year, I announced our ambition to raise $100 billion – equivalent to R1.2 trillion – in new investment over five years. This was aimed at boosting the rate of investment in…

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Breaking: Barbourfields loses out on Warriors game – AGAIN!

Sports Reporter HARARE-THE 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Zimbabwe andBotswana that was due to be played at Barbourfields Stadium onNovember 15 has been moved to the National Sports Stadium in Harare,Zifa has confirmed. Zifa, after consultation with the…

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Mnangagwa finally intervenes in Harare water crisis

HARARE – PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government have committed to helping the country’s capital Harare with funding to decisively deal with its water woes. Mnangagwa told journalists after a familiarisation tour of the Morton Jaffray Water Treatment Plant on…

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Raising taxes won’t help the fiscus, parliament hears

Further tax hikes will not be helpful in raising revenue, as intended, the Financial Fiscal Commission warned. The commission, which is a constitutional body that advises all organs of state on economic, financial and fiscal matters, on Tuesday briefed Parliament’s…

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Hong Kong protests:Government considering amnesty for arrested protesters, RTHK reports

Hong Kong authorities are looking into the possibility of granting amnesty to some of those arrested over the city’s ongoing anti-government protests, but only after they have passed through the judicial system, a local broadcaster has reported. Citing anonymous sources,…

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Zimbabwe soccer giants share spoils in edgy affair

Sports Reporter HARARE-BILLED as the biggest match on the domestic Castle LagerPremier Soccer League scene, the Dynamos-Highlanders affair ended in a1-1 draw at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday. Dynamos have failed to beat Highlanders since 2015 in a competitivematch, and this…

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Zimbabwe FA President dragged to court over US$5000 debt

HARARE – Zimbabwe Football Association President Felton Kamambo has been dragged to the court, following his failure to settle a US$5000 debt with his former campaign manager in last year’s elections that brought him to the helm of the national…

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Human Rights Watch says sanctions against Iranthreatening health, urges US to ensure effective humanitarian exemptions

Own Correspondent WASHIGNTON – The Trump administration’s broad sanctions on Iran have drastically constrained the ability of the country to finance humanitarian imports, including medicines, causing serious hardships for ordinary Iranians and threatening their right to health, Human Rights Watch said in…

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‘Classifying criminals according to their nationalities is irresponsible’: Herman Mashaba told

JOHANNESBURG – Gwen Ngwenya, the former head of policy for South Africa’s biggest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, this week lambasted the party’s outgoing Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba and the city for classifying criminals according to their nationalities. Ngwenya was…

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Klopp heaps praise on Liverpool players for staying calm in comeback

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said his players “deserved a lot of praise” for staying calm in overcoming a half-time deficit to beat Tottenham 2-1 at Anfield. The Reds extend their lead over second placed Manchester City to six points and…

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How Uganda’s anti-homosexuality Bill poses severe threat to human rights of LGBT community

KAMPALA – Uganda is facing a serious threat to human rights and the HIV response with the announcement of plans to introduce legislation that will impose the death penalty on people found to have had sex with a member of…

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Burundi: Police arrest Iwacu journalists covering unrest

Nairobi, October 23, 2019—Authorities in Burundi should immediately release four journalists and a media worker from the privately-owned news outlet Iwacu, whom police detained in the western Bubanza province yesterday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. The news team—broadcast reporter Christine…

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Botswana elections: Early polls say BDP lead, but won’t get a majority

The polls have been opened in Botswana, as the most critical elections in more than 50 years get underway. Here’s all the latest news and developments. Susan NJANJI – Voting opened on Wednesday in Botswana for the hotly-contested elections which could test the…

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After stepping down as SA main opposition leader, Maimane resigns from party and parliament

The official opposition’s FedEx will also be meeting urgently to agree on who exactly is in charge of the party. Former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has confirmed that he has resigned from both parliament and the party, following…

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Ramaphosa arrives in Sochi for inaugural Russia-Africa Summit

Own Correspondent MOSCOW – President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Sochi in the Russian Federation where he is leading a South African delegation to the first Russia-Africa Summit to take place on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 October 2019. The…

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Mthwakazi Funerals provides dignified burials at the lowest of rates… terms tailor-made for even the struggling

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – Ever wondered what the scariest thing to have ever crossed a human mind is? Generally, it’s the thought of death, but for the unprepared – the cost of death! For Zimbabweans, especially those struggling in the…

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Royal wedding further strengthens Mthwakazi’s socio-cultural ties with SA nations

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – A Zimbabwean delegation recently returned from a South African royal wedding in high hopes of stronger ties between the people of Matabeleland and their South African counterparts. The traditional ceremony in which South Africa’s 58-year-old Ndebele…

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‘Million-People March to Accomplish Revolution’ in Sudan

KHARTOUM – Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators started heading on Monday towards Freedom Square in the suburb of Arkaweet, east of the capital Khartoum, to take part in the “Million-People Rallies to Accomplish Revolution. “The Sudanese Professionals Association, the Communist…

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Party supporters turn against intransigent Zimbabwean President

We can’t attend rallies on empty bellies, say Zanu PF supporters. HARARE – Supporters of Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU PF who snubbed President Emmerson Mnangagwa and First Lady Auxillia separate rallies in Bindura recently said they could not go to rallies…

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Exciting investment opportunities at Second South Africa Investment Conference (SAIC) 2019.

Own Correspondent Cape Town, 22 October 2019:  As South Africa aims to re-ignite economic growth and boost confidence in the country’s economy, leaders from local and international business, government, and the investment community will come together to explore exciting investment opportunities…

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South Sudan: EU provides US$10.4 Million in Humanitarian Funding

News Reporter JUBA – The European Union (EU) is providing US$10.4 million (€9.5 million) in humanitarian funding to the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) in South Sudan to provide food and nutrition support to tens of thousands of people…

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Mozambique: EU channels additional €10 Million in Humanitarian Assistance

News Reporter MAPUTO – The European Commission has announced an additional €10 million in humanitarian assistance for the many still dealing with the consequences of the two unprecedented tropical cyclones that hit Mozambique in 2019. Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and…

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African Development Fund commits $13million for Malawi fishery

News Reporter The African Development Fund has committed $13.2 million financing package for a fisheries and aquaculture development project in Malawi. The Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture Development, and Watershed Management project will provide infrastructure for increased fisheries productivity and market access….

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Toyota SA exporting Hilux kits to Kenya heralds new era of intra-African trade

In supporting each other we can establish new industries, create jobs and open up new markets in Africa. By Phumla Williams We live in a globally connected world where the fortunes of nations are interlinked. This is particularly true for…

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Zimbabwean govt wants Labour Court to declare doctors’ strike illegal

HARARE – The Zimbabwean government has told the Labour Court “incapacitated” doctors simply have to go to work like all other civil servants, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) lawyer Douglas Coltart has said. After failing to enforce a threat to…

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UN launches project to strengthen capacity of People Living with Disabilities in Zimbabwe

Clayton Masekesa MUTARE – The United Nations has launched a disability project in Zimbabwe that is aimed at strengthening capacity of women and girls with disabilities to shape public discourse. The United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with…

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Nigeria insists Boko Haram ‘defeated’ after 10-year insurgency

Nigeria’s presidency claimed Boko Haram’s 10-year-old insurgency had been “defeated” but admitted that international jihadists posed a growing threat. “The position of the Nigerian government is that the Boko Haram terrorism has been degraded and defeated. The real Boko Haram…

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Zimbabwe: ZACC gets teeth, bites Mnangagwa staffer over corruption

The newly-constituted Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), which was given “new teeth” by president Emmerson Mnangagwa is on an anti-corruption blitz that has seen the arrest of two senior government officials including a Minister. Mnangagwa declared last week that he has…

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South Africa: MPs set September date to discuss Public Protector’s future

Parliament will officially discuss and “map out a way forward” regarding Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s tenure after a formal request to review her fitness to hold office. The DA asked National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise to urgently consider an inquiry…

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South Africa: Tom Moyane ‘might’ have been an apartheid spy, says Snuki Zikalala

Social media does not seem to believe the former SABC news head’s claims. ANC Veterans League (ANCVL) president and former head of news at SABC Snuki Zikalala told Aldrin Sampear on Power FM on Wednesday that former Sars boss Tom…

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Renamo fighters start disarming as part of Mozambique peace deal

AFP All 5,221 Renamo fighters are to surrender their weapons to the government, a condition for the peace deal that is planned to be signed next month. Mozambique’s main opposition party and former rebel movement Renamo began disarming members of…

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Old Mutual to appeal Peter Moyo reinstatement

Old Mutual believes that Moyo’s court application was ‘ill-conceived, contained a number of false allegations, and should have been dismissed’, and that another court may have a different outcome. Peter Moyo has won his legal battle against Old Mutual to…

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Japan, UNIDO sign US$1,8 million funding deal for SA’s Bioplastic project

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – The Government of Japan and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have signed a funding agreement for a project to support a transition from conventional plastics to sustainable alternatives in South Africa. The Government of…

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The Digital Transformation Congress takes place in Johannesburg

Business Reporter JOHANNESBURG – The Digital Transformation Congress takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa Tuesday. Organised by ITNewsAfrica, the congress is expected to group together more than 300 industry experts at the Sandton Convention Centre, in a conversation that seeks…

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Zimbabwe: Land disputes, evictions disrupt farming operations

MARONDERA: Farm ownership disputes in several farms in Mashonaland East are disrupting farming operations with government officials accused of fueling the disturbances including evictions. The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) has since moved in and opened investigations into the operations of…

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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa claims new British govt ready to open discussions on land compensation

HARARE – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is willing to re-open discussions on land compensation with Zimbabwe, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has claimed. Mnangagwa told journalists during his State visit to Namibia last week that Zimbabwe has no regrets on…

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African operators, governments show faith in Huawei

Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa, 7/26/2019Email ThisPrintCommentLogin Huawei still has a strong relationship with most African governments, which don’t seem to be bowing to global pressure to blacklist the Chinese company, according to industry analysts contacted by Connecting Africa. Politicians in…

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Nigerian schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram allegedly dies in captivity

Leah Sharibu begged the Nigerian president to secure her release. On July 18, Nigerian aid worker Gace Taku and her colleagues with Action Against Hunger, a nongovernmental organization, were kidnapped by Boko Haram, an ISIS-affiliated militant group. In this video, Taku’s testimony…

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Video of the military using violent methods divides public opinion and highlights gravity of the attacks in northern Mozambique

Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province has been hit by extremist attacks since 2017. A video being shared on social media (WARNING: graphic imagery) shows men dressed in the uniform of the Armed Defence Forces of Mozambique (FADM) torturing and humiliating a presumed civilian….

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From Nigeria to Zanzibar: How Africa quietly played a critical role in US moon landing

Satellite stations in Africa were vital links to outer space. On July 9, 1969, Apollo 11 made world history when it landed on the moon. But to this day, few people know about the space stations in Kano, northern Nigeria,…

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Lost your Zimbabwean passport? You may be lucky, so check your name below.

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – What is a newspaper of the people without doing community service for its readers? If you lost your Zimbabwean and your name is included in the list below, may you please urgently call or send a…

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Beji Caid Essebsi: Tunisian president dies aged 92

TUNIS – Tunisia’s first freely elected President, Beji Caid Essebsi, has died aged 92, the country’s presidency says. He was the world’s oldest sitting president. He was admitted to hospital on Wednesday but officials did not say why he was…

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The fight against corruption needs each one of us to act with integrity at all times, and to be both responsible and honest citizens

By Phumla Williams The topic of corruption and its prevalence in society always elicit passionate responses.  Corruption is a global phenomenon yet it often hits home at individual level and can have a devastating effect on African Communities throughout, from…

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MDC Alliance is the one implementing Zanu (PF) programmes, says ZAPU’s Future Msebele as he blasts Welshman Ncube

Own Correspondent Msebele says corruption is not political but criminal and ZAPU will not allow it to continue. JOHANNESBURG – The Deputy Secretary for International Relations for Zimbabwe’s opposition ZAPU party, Future Msebele, this week blasted MDC Alliance’s Deputy President…

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Breaking: Zimbabwe’s Tourism Minister Mupfumira arrested by anti-graft commission

TOURSIM Minister Priscah Mupfumira has reportedly been arrested by officials from the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc). Although details were still sketchy early Thursday, a Zacc official who declined to be named confirmed the arrest. “The minister of tourism has been…

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Mozambique warns Zimbabwe over beer ban

MAPUTO – Economic relations between Zimbabwe and Mozambique seem to be heading for the rocks after President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration banned various products from the neighbouring country including beer lines. Reports from Zimbabwe’s eastern neighbour quote that country’s Minister of…

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Zimbabwe: President Mnangagwa promises economic joy by year-end

HARARE – ZANU PF leader and President Emmerson Mnangagwa has promised his policies meant to turnaround the fortunes of the country will begin to bear fruit by the end of the year. Mnangagwa told his party’s politburo in Harare on…

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Cameroon: Government condemns prison riots incitement

Xinhua Cameroon’s Minister of Communication Rene Emmanuel Sadi on Tuesday condemned violent protests that took place Monday night in the country’s largest prison commonly called Kondengui Central Prison located in the capital, Yaounde, vowing that effective investigation will be made…

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S. Sudanese Civil society network condemn national anthem ban

KAMPALA – The Network of South Sudan Civil Society Organizations in Uganda (NoSSCOU) has strongly condemned the recent ban on singing of the national anthem by President Salva Kiir. The directive was announced by South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei…

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US Envoy to Sudan: Lifting sanctions depends on transitional Govt. commitment

Riyadh – Fatehelrahman Yousif US envoy to Sudan Donald Booth said his country would support the Sudanese people’s legitimate demands and the formation of a balanced transitional government. He pledged that Washington would back the lifting of sanctions on the…

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Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa charms new British Prime Minister

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose country has been isolated by former colonial master, Britain and its allies over alleged rights abuses and poll fraud, on Tuesday made the earliest advances towards incoming British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, viewed…

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Opening economy to competition is the road to growth – Ramaphosa

He referred to an IMF official who had said the problem of this country’s economy was dominance by monopolies which prevented new players coming in. The stranglehold of monopolies in the South African economy had to be broken to achieve…

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BTI Bank bolsters Morocco’s participatory finance sector with World Finance award

GLOBE NEWSWIRE – Morocco’s central bank propelled the nation into a new financial era in 2017 when it began allowing banks to offer sharia-compliant products and services. The advent of sharia-compliant banking in Morocco has helped boost financial inclusion and…

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Iran says it’s watching all US ships in Gulf, keeping record of their movements

Head of navy says drones tracking all ‘enemy’ vessels in the region, announces joint naval exercises with ‘allied countries’ in March 2020. The head of Iran’s navy said Tuesday that Tehran is observing all US ships in the Gulf region…

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Johannesburg Mayor says illegal land occupations in the city are politically orchestrated

Angry residents blocked roads on Friday and Saturday to protest the illegal occupation of land and construction of shacks on it. The city of Johannesburg’s metro police department has asked the provincial police commissioner to establish a task team to…

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Cameroonian soldiers kill four detainees at maximum security prison in Yaounde

YAOUNDE – As the dust settles at the Yaounde maximum security prison, it is becoming clear that the demonstrations at the facility and the fire set to it have left a trail of death and destruction. It is emerging that…

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Syria: Dire Conditions for ISIS Suspects’ Families

Countries Should Support Citizens’ Returns, Increase Aid. Al-Hol, Syria – The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration for northeast Syria is holding more than 11,000 foreign women and children related to Islamic State (also known as ISIS) suspects in appalling and sometimes deadly conditions in a…

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SA-based Zimbabwean singer, Blecy Diamond, drops drama play

Christopher Ncube JOHANNESBURG – Johannesburg-based Zimbabwean songstress Blecy Diamond is set to release her first drama – a Ndebele offering titled “Isono Somzali”. Working with BMK Productions founder Kriss Mvalela, Diamond will release the drama under her company, BD Media…

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Switzerland says it is mediating talks to end deepening Anglophone Cameroon crisis

YAOUNDE – Switzerland has officially said it is helping the government of Cameroon negotiate with rebels to end the separatist crisis that has killed more than 2,000 people in Cameroon. The Swiss ambassador to Cameroon, Pietro Lazzeri, spoke in Yaounde…

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Cameroon’s security forces kill civilians, rape woman in North-West region

Investigate Crimes, Hold Security Forces Accountable Nairobi) – Cameroonian security forces have killed at least four civilians and raped one woman since mid-June 2019 during security operations in the North-West region. Those killed include an elderly man with a physical disability and…

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Droughts leave millions food insecure in Zimbabwe, UN food agency scales up assistance

UN News Severe drought has rendered more than a third of rural households in Zimbabwe – or around 3.5 million people – dangerously food insecure, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) revealed on Friday. Citing the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee’s…

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Radio Bukalanga fundraises for the less-privileged

Christopher Ncube JOHANNESBURG – Radio Bukalanga, an internet-based Zimbabwean radio station, will early next month hold a fundraising event in Johannesburg. The event, slated for August 3 at the Zoo Lake, is aimed at raising funds to be channeled towards…

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SAKAG activists implore South Africa to stop ongoing floor of blood in Kashmir

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – Exiled activists from Kashmir recently appealed to the South African government to exert pressure on the Indian government to allow the people of Jammu and Kashmir to exercise their right to self-determination. During a press conference…

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Nigerian Passport Scam: EFCC Arrests Immigration Officer, 14 Others

Orilade stated that the suspects conspired to extort money from unsuspecting members of the public applying for international passports. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos Zonal office, has arrested a Nigeria Immigration Service officer, Mr Adebimpe Kehinde, for…

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A clean-up campaign, donations of cash, food and blankets: Ethiopian community in SA celebrates Mandela Day in style

Mxolisi Ncube JOHANNESBURG – A clean-up campaign, a donation of R100,000 to the City of Johannesburg and hundreds of blankets to the less-privileged is how the Ethiopian community in Gauteng celebrated this year’s edition of Mandela Day. The day culminated…

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African Continental Free Trade Area a fulfillment of our founding fathers’ OAU vision

By Phumla Williams The dream and vision of the founding fathers of the OAU, now known as the African Union was for a united and prosperous continent, which benefitted all her people.  Today, those dreams are a step closer to…

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South Sudan seeks Chinese support in education sector

JUBA) – South Sudan is seeking to strengthen cooperation with China to enhance development in the education sector. The country’s general education minister, Deng Deng Hoc Yai, said Juba seeks to expand the existing cooperation with Beijing in an effort…

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Sudan’s political agreement fails to resolve difference over transitional parliament

KHARTOUM – The political agreement reached Wednesday between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) did not resolve the difference over the legislative council composition as it provides that every party sticks to its…

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They called last night and said they would kill me, Zuma tells Zondo

The former president says an unknown person called his PA last night and told her to tell him that they would kill him and his children. Former president Jacob Zuma has told the chair of the commission of inquiry into…

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As Old Mutual battle goes to court, Moyo drags Rothschild’s Kingston into the fray

The axed CEO might subpoena the Rothschild group’s chairman to submit an affidavit about Trevor Manuel’s ‘triple conflict of interest’. Ahead of Peter Moyo’s appearance in court on Tuesday in his efforts to be reinstated as Old Mutual CEO and…

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Zuma’s allegations could see him facing jail time – analysts

Lying under oath is a serious offence and if his allegations at the Zondo commission are found to be untrue, he could face serious consequences. Jacob Zuma’s allegations against former comrades and friends, while attempting to portray himself as the…

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Fresh coup fears in Zimbabwe: First Lady rants against military spying on her, in leaked audio

A leaked audio that went viral on social media late Monday, reportedly bearing the voice of First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has raised alarms that President Mnangagwa’s administration is in danger of a coup. Mnangagwa rose to power in November 2017…

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Zimbabwe’s inflation spikes to 175,66%

HARARE – ZIMBABWE’S year-on-year inflation rate for the month of June 2019 rose sharply by 77,75 percentage points to 175,66% from 97,85% in May 2019, driven by increases in the price of basic goods, the statistics agency reported yesterday. “The…

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Zimbabwe: Opposition lawmaker freed on Z$5 000 bail for treason charge

HARARE – MDC deputy chairperson and Zengeza West legislator, Job Sikhala, who is facing a subversion charge, was yesterday freed by Masvingo High Court judge Justice Neville Wamambo on ZW$5 000 bail. The State did not oppose bail, but called…

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The UN report on the upheaval in Southern Cameroons

Cameroon Concord News Imagine if your family was killed in front of you. Then, with no time to process what has occurred and or grieve, you are forced to hide in the wilderness for months to save your own life….

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Zuma will duck and dive, analysts predict

According to reports, Zuma’s appearance at the commission is expected to draw about 5,000 supporters. Although former president Jacob Zuma is expected to finally appear at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture today, experts say he will “duck and…

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Saudi Arabia, UAE send 50 tons of agricural fertilizers to Sudan

KHARTOUM – Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will send fifty tons of highly needed fertilizers by farmers in Sudan, reported the official news agency in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. “In the framework of continuous and joint support provided…

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Sudan’s ruling junta appeals court ruling to restore internet

KHARTOUM – Sudan’s presidency legal adviser has asked a high court in Khartoum on Sunday to reverse the decision to restore the Internet service for the mobile phone in the country. Yasir Mirghani, the secretary-general of the Sudanese Consumers Protection…

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7 Ambazonians killed in Cameroon’s troubled Anglophone region

Seven armed separatists were killed in fresh clashes with government forces early Thursday in Cameroon’s locality of Esu located in troubled English-speaking region of Northwest, according to military sources. “There were 11 of them generally but we only handled those…

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Qatar behind Sudan’s Thursday coup attempt – official

Nyamilepedia – A member of the Sudan’s ruling military junta has accused the state of Qatar of being behind an attempted coup that authorities in Khartoum said they foiled on Thursday. The Transitional Military Council (TMC) said in a statement on…

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UNDP collaborate with TEF to support 100,000 Young Entrepreneurs in Africa

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has collaborated with Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) to train, mentor and financially support 100,000 young entrepreneurs in Africa over 10 years towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…

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I lied over Gupta plane, too ashamed to face Zuma and others – Koloane

Despite Bruce Koloane admitting he had lied and had used Zuma’s name to get landing clearance for the Gupta wedding plane, his diplomatic posting seems secure. After his initial denials of ever invoking the names of the former president and…

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Two Ghanaian journalists arrested and interrogated, one allegedly tortured in custody

New York – Ghana’s Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice should immediately launch an independent investigation into the arrests of Modern Ghana editor Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri and reporter Emmanuel Yeboah Britwum and security forces’ alleged torture of Ajarfor, and hold those responsible to…

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In era of reform, Ethiopia still reverts to old tactics to censor press

By Muthoki Mumo/CPJ Sub-Saharan Africa Representative  On June 22, Ethiopia was plunged into aninternet blackout following what the government described as a failedattempted coup in the Amhara region. In the aftermath at least two journalists were detained under the country’s repressive anti-terror law,…

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Clarence Seedorf backs Nigeria to win Afcon 2019

Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf says Nigeria have what it takes to go on and win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The Super Eagles ended Cameroon’s reign as AFCON champions with a thrilling 3-2 win in Alexandria on Saturday, with…

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AFCON 2019: Tunisia will fall today – Andre Ayew assures

Captain for the Black Stars of Ghana, Andre Dede Ayew has assured that the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia will fall today when the two teams meet for the last round of 16 match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations…

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Liverpool’s Alisson becomes first goalkeeper to win three Golden Gloves in single season

Alisson capped off his scintillating season in stunning fashion as he won the Copa America Golden Glove in an historic feat. Of course, Alisson won the Premier League Golden Glove and Champions League Golden Glove for Liverpool last season as…

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Nigeria: 19 die, seven injured in autocrash along Kano-Maiduguri road

At least 19 people were confirmed dead and seven others injured in a ghastly auto crash on Sunday, that occurred at Dinyar Madiga in Takai Local government area in Kano state. The National Union of Road Transport Workers,(NURTW), chairman in…

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Nigeria Joins AfCTA as Buhari Signs Agreement

Nigeria at the weekend in Niamey, Niger Republic, officially joined the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as President Muhammadu Buhari finally signed the agreement at the opening of the African Union (AU) Summit. This is coming as the President…

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9 South Sudanese killed in airstrike in Libya

At least nine South Sudanese migrants were among the victims of the airstrike that hit a migrant detention center in Libya, several migrants confirmed. Madit Gatuong, a South Sudanese migrant, told Radio Tamazuj from Tripoli on Friday that nine South…

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Sudan, Eritrea discuss border reopening, bilateral relations

KHARTOUM) – Khartoum and Asmara discussed on Sunday practical measures to open the border between the two countries and ways to normalize and boost bilateral relations. In a meeting held at the presidency, the head of the Transitional Military Council,…

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New chief for Mthwakazians in the diaspora

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – Diasporans from Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland region have identified a new leader to take over as their chief and fill the void left by Albert Zwelibanzi Gumede, who died earlier this year. Zimbabwean businessman, Matabeleland culturalist and philanthropist,…

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In Cameroon, AFRIMA Seeks Ways to Boost Local Music Industry

As part of its build-up activities to its annual award ceremony, the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA held its stakeholders meeting at the Central Africa country, Cameroon. The goal of the meeting was to reiterate the goal of the African…

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Contractors to complete Kenya-South Sudan highway in 2020, say PS

Chinese contractors are on course to complete the Kenya-South Sudan highway in 2020, a Kenyan official said on Wednesday. Julius Korir, principal secretary in Kenya’s Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development said that three Chinese contractors won the…

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Sudan’s opposition and military leaders reach power-sharing deal

NAIROBI — Sudan’s opposition and military leaders reached a power-sharing deal that would move the country toward elections in just over three years, a mediator from the African Union announced in the predawn hours of Friday morning.  The deal, while…

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Amid Ethiopian protests, Israel’s Erdan criticizes police force’s internal affairs body

Public security minister cites Ethiopian-Israelis’ ‘lack of trust’ in law enforcement department that released cop suspected of killing teen, sparking riots Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Thursday called for a reform in the body in charge of investigating…

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Emirates to resume flights to Sudan’s Khartoum

The carrier suspended its services to Sudan in early June along with fellow UAE carriers Etihad and Flydubai. The Middle East’s largest carrier, Emirates Airline, said on Thursday it has decided to resume flights to Sudan from July 8 after…

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Sudanese parties resume talks over transitional Sovereign Council

KHARTOUM – The Transitional Military Council (TMC) and Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) resumed direct talks on Wednesday over the sticking point of the presidency of the transitional Sovereign Council following huge efforts by the mediators to bring the…

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Zimbabwean NGO VESO celebrates 7th anniversary

Christopher Ncube JOHANNESBURG – A Zimbabwean non-governmental organisation Venda and Sotho (VESO), will this weekend celebrate its 7th anniversary in Johannesburg. The event, slated for Saturday July 6 in Berea, will also see VESO leaders give a brief on a…

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Burkina Faso parliament passes legal revisions criminalizing false news, reporting on terrorism

New York – Burkina Faso authorities should prevent the enactment of revisions of the penal code that criminalize false news and reporting on terrorism or security operations, and ensure laws do not permit jail time for reporters, the Committee to…

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Discredited, threatened, attacked: challenges of covering South Africa’s election in the digital age

By Angela Quintal/CPJ Africa Program Coordinator  In the lead up to South Africa’s elections in May, the Electoral Commission of South Africa accredited CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal as an international observer, monitoring press freedom. Quintal found that unlike 1994–when she covered the violence…

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U.S. condemns use of live ammunition against protesters in Sudan

KHARTOUM – U.S. embassy in Khartoum Monday condemned the use of live ammunition against peaceful protesters in during the nationwide demonstrations in support of civilian-led rule in Sudan. The Sudanese health authorities said seven people have been killed during the…

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Liquid Telecom spearheads South Sudan’s first fibre network

JUBA – Pan-African telecoms group, Liquid Telecom, will implement and operate South Sudan’s first fibre broadband network, connecting the country to the ’One Africa’ broadband network. The company, in a July 1 statement extended to Sudan Tribune, announced that the…

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JSE flat as global risk appetite wanes a little

Two days after a US-China trade war ceasefire, the US has threatened new tariffs against Europe. Renewed investor interest in gold offset losses by retailers and banks on Tuesday morning, as the boost from the recent US-China trade war ceasefire…

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Lies have short legs: Zimbabwe’s energy minister has last laugh as he shares proof of payment to Eskom

The payment, however, does not guarantee power for Zimbabweans. Energy Minister Fortune Chasi took to social media to share Zimbabwe’s proof of payment to Eskom after being accused of lying about the payment following the power utility’s statement on Friday….

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Trump returns to critics after historic North Korea stop

The US president walked a few paces across the demilitarised zone on Sunday to greet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. AFP US President Donald Trump has returned from a historic, impromptu stop on North Korean soil to attacks from…

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SA state capture inquiry to hear evidence on Gupta Waterkloof landing

Advocate Thandi Norman says Jacob Zuma was issued with a notice as he is mentioned in testimony relevant to the landing. The commission of inquiry into state capture chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo will on Tuesday hear evidence…

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Zimbabwean maskandi singer, Mashiyendiya Gwajo, launches career with a scorcher

Entertainment Reporter JOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwe’s new addition to Mthwakazi maskandi, Mashiyendiya Gwajo, has released a scorcher of a single that is sure to instantly endear him with fans of the growing genre. Released on June 21, the single track, “Ngiyangqongqoza”…

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Nigeria, South Sudan to seek higher output quotas under OPEC/non-OPEC deal: sources

S&P Global Platts Vienna — Nigeria and South Sudan will request that their oil output quotas be raised, when ministers from the OPEC/non-OPEC producer coalition gather later Monday to discuss extending their supply cut accord, sources told S&P Global Platts. Both…

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Seven killed as bloody protests hit Sudan

Asharq Al-Awsat KHARTOUM – At least seven people were killed Sunday as angry Sudanese protesters took to the streets to demand civilian rule in the first mass rally since the bloody crackdown on demonstrators on June 3. The “million-man” march…

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Why Zimbabwe can’t pay R140 million of its outstanding debt to Eskom despite Minister Ncube’s assurances

Eskom’s spokesperson says Zimbabwe failed to pay R140 million of its outstanding debt, despite undertakings by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube. Drought-stricken and going through power-generating difficulties, Zimbabwe – which has been unable to service its outstanding debt with local power…

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Caster issues explosive World Champs ultimatum

Caster Semenya said Sunday she will not take part in this year’s World Championships if she loses her legal battle with the IAAF over new rules governing testosterone levels in female athletes. The two-time Olympic champion extended her four-year unbeaten streak in…

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Just suck it up and move on: Mnangagwa tells Zimbabwe’s captains of industry

BARRING threats of social upheaval, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared he is ready to stick it out and push with his reform agenda. Mnangagwa on Thursday told captains of industry meeting under the banner of the Zimbabwe National Chamber of…

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Zimbabweans resort to firewood, plastic, gas unaffordable as power crisis bites

WITH a 15 to 19 hour load shedding schedule underway, massive hikes in prices of firewood and acute shortages on gas, some Zimbabweans have resorted to burning plastic to cook meals. Barely a week ago, Energy Minister, Fortune Chasi promised…

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Calculators out as Zimbabwe go into today’s Afcon match with their backs against the wall

Stewart Musarapasi Zimbabwe go into today’s African Cup on Nations match against the Democratic Republic of Congo with their backs against the wall, after The Warriors failed to kill off the game against the Cranes of Uganda Monday. Had Zimbabwe…

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World Bank avails US$500 million to boost Morocco’s education program

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – The World Bank has announced a new US$500 million program to boost Morocco’s efforts to expand access to quality preprimary education, significantly enhancing teachers’ skills and competencies, and strengthening the governance of the sector. Building on…

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Global Fund praises Botswana’s latest move to uphold rights of LGBT people

Staff Reporter GABORONE – The landmark ruling in which the High Court of Botswana – meant to remove legal provisions that have been blamed for discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, has won praise from the…

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Volkswagen Group grooms new generation of South African entrepreneurs

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – Volkswagen Group South Africa has, in partnership with the Young Entrepreneurs organisation, this week presented a holiday programme aimed at grooming the youth in entrepreneurship. This came as the VWSA’s Community Trust hosted a four-day entrepreneurship…

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Sudan must end repression, give monitors access, U.N. rights boss says

GENEVA (Reuters) – Sudanese authorities must grant human rights monitors access to the country and end “repression” against protesters and restore the country’s Internet, U.N. human rights boss Michelle Bachelet said on Monday. Her office had received reports that more…

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Public protector shares Maimane’s original letter in Ramaphosa investigation

According to Mkhwebane, the Supreme Court of Appeal has empowered her to look beyond the scope of the DA leader’s concerns. In response to the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) claims that they didn’t ask Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to investigate President…

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Joburg to switch off water for 54 hours starting Monday next week

Johannesburg will shut off its water supply for more than two days from Monday June 24, the city said on Tuesday. “ Rand Water, which is our main bulk water supplier, is planning a major shutdown that will affect all…

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Cameroon: Journalist detained on criminal defamation and false news charges

Staff Reporter YAOUNDE -The Committee to Protect Journalists this week called on Cameroonian authorities to immediately release journalist Paul Chouta and drop criminal defamation and false news charges levelled against him. On May 28, in the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde,…

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Chris Anu relieved of his duties as Ambazonian Secretary of State for Communications and Information Technology

Staff Reporter JOHANNESURG – The movement fighting for the freedom of the South Cameroons, also known as the Federal Republic of Ambazonia, has relieved its Secretary of State for Communications and Information Technology of his duties. In a statement released…

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A timeline of the most influential African players in modern football history

African players have been among some of the most spectacular in modern football. With the Africa Cup of Nations right around the corner, where Mohamed Salah’s Egypt will vie with several other sides, including Sadio Mané’s Senegal, in an effort…

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Mnangagwa blows US$1m on new US courtship

HARARE – The Zimbabwean government has hired a second American consultancy firm, Avenue Strategies Global LLC, for US$1 080 000 to lobby the United States government to drop sanctions against the southern African nation. The hiring came about a month…

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MultiChoice reports strong revenue, profits despite a tough economic climate

CFO Tim Jacobs said the Pay TV operator is improving its services, particularly online streaming. In the face of intensified competition from video-on-demand services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube and consumers downgrading their DStv subscriptions due to a tough economic climate, MultiChoice continues to…

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South Africa: Zuma loses court bid to escape legal costs

The court ordered that the state attorney must take all the necessary steps, including civil proceedings, to recover all the money. The High Court in Pretoria reportedly dismissed former president Jacob Zuma’s appeal of its December 2018 judgment that the…

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Somaliland urged to lift ban, as authorities shut down 2 TV stations for ‘threatening national security’

NAIROBI – The Committee to Protect Journalists this week called on authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland to immediately lift an indefinite ban on two privately owned television stations. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. yesterday, police entered the offices of…

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International financial system is culpable in Gupta looting

British politician Lord Peter Hain said monies looted by the Guptas from state-owned enterprises like Eskom, Transnet and SAA needs to be returned to the country. The international financial system is culpable and must now track down the money looted…

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South Africa is 37th most dangerous country in the world

South Africa is the 37th most dangerous country on earth‚ according to this year’s Global Peace Index (GPI)‚ which was released on June 12. Mzansi dropped two places compared to the 2018 report. In the global ranking, South Africa is at 127th. Two…

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Johannesburg Mayor Mashaba declines to engage ‘politically-driven’ #AlexShutDown movement

The mayor accuses some councillors from Johannesburg’s previous administration of being ring-leaders for the protest. Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said he would not engage with representatives of the Alexandra Shutdown Movement leading more protest action in the township on Wednesday….

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South Africa: EFF wallows in legal debt of almost R1m

And the amounts already owed to Trevor Manuel, Karima Brown and AfriForum can escalate sharply as Julius Malema’s team heads to the appeal court. Legal debts are mounting for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) as it takes its application to…

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Turkey: Drop bogus charges, free Kavala and Aksakoğlu

BERLIN – The trial of 16 people accused of organizing and financing peaceful protests which began in Istanbul’s Gezi Park in 2013 is scheduled to begin on June 24, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing a shortvideo about the case….

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Five African countries to benefit from AFDB’s US3.2 million Swiss windfall

Staff Reporter Johannesburg – Five African countries are set to benefit from deals worth 3.2million Swiss Francs, recently signed to boost the African Development Bank’s “Boost Africa” Entrepreneurship Lab and Urban Development Fund. This follows the recent signing of two…

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EU avails additional US$3.9 million aid for Uganda and South Sudan

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – The European Union has availed a combined package of €3.5million (US$3.9 million) in further emergency aid for Uganda and South Sudan. The amount is split to €2.5 million (US$2.9 million) for Uganda and €1 million (US$1.1…

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UNICEF launches emergency Ebola response plan in Uganda, following confirmation of cases

Staff Reporter KAMPALA – UNICEF has launched an emergency Ebola response plan in Uganda, following confirmation of the first three cases of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country over the past two days. UNICEF’s shift to its response phase…

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Michel Platini arrested over awarding SWC 2022 to Qatar

Cape Town – Ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a probe into the awarding of the 2022 Soccer World Cup to Qatar, a source close to the investigation said. The French football legend elected to lead European football’s governing body in…

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Factional battles ‘threaten ANC, dwarf Ramaphosa, Magashule’

ANC factionalism is now being institutionalised and seen in the battle for the control of key state institutions, says analyst Ralph Mathekga. Fierce factional battles that continue to threaten unity, renewal and stability within the ANC are bigger than President…

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SA fuel price increase looms thanks to oil tanker attacks

The Sarb’s announcement of a possibility of a cut in interest rates may not bring the relief SA consumers had hoped for. The welcome indication from the SA Reserve Bank (Sarb) last week that there is a possibility of a…

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Another top exec resigns amid Tongaat Hulett scandal 19

Accounting irregularities have seen the company’s share price plummet more than 75% since the beginning of the year. Sugar and property group Tongaat Hulett has seen another senior executive resign as it grapples with an accounting scandal that saw it…

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Feminism is a scam tearing women down, it kept friend unmarried For 55 Years, says US activist

POPULAR American activist, Candace Owen has admitted that she discovered too late that feminism is a scam and is not about uplifting women but tearing women down and hence she has changed her stance. Candace Owen gave an audience of…

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Ousted and tormented former Egyptian leader Morsi dies

Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted by the army in 2013, has died after fainting in a courtroom, state TV says. A former top figure in the now-banned Islamist movement Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi was in court for a…

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Double-tragedy as ADF loses its deputy-chairperson and hubby within hours of each other

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – A double tragedy hit the African Diaspora Forum last week, when the Johannesburg-headquartered migrants’ rights organisation lost its Deputy Chairperson, Dr Janet Rogers and her husband within barely less than 24 hours. According to ADF insiders,…

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Xenophobia is coming, rage angry South Africans, as they accuse migrants of committing crime

Christopher Ncube JOHANNESBURG – Residents of one of the densely-populated suburbs in Johannesburg, South Africa, expressed rage at migrants and local police at the weekend, threatening fresh xenophobic attacks as they accused the non-South Africans of committing crime and corrupting…

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Cameroon begins distribution of 15 million mosquito nets to fight malaria

YAOUNDE, June 13 (Xinhua) — Cameroon government on Thursday launched a campaign to distribute 15 million mosquito nets free of charge across the country to reduce the infection of malaria. “We are targeting areas that are most affected. When we…

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82 die as soldiers, terrorists clash in Cameroon

YAOUNDE – The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) lost 10 soldiers and killed 64 terrorists when troops clashed with Boko Haram members on Tuesday at Darak in Cameroun. During the duel, the military also captured eight insurgents and destroyed speedboats….

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DBSA avails $4,9 million towards Sierra Leone’s Bumbuna power project

Business Reporter FREETOWN – The Development Bank of Southern Africa has committed US$4.9 million to finance remaining project development activities of the Bumbuna II 143 MW hydropower project in Sierra Leone, which have entered the final stages. “Bumbuna II is…

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Gauteng – a paradise for crooked police, Corruption Watch report shows

The shocking report documents a rising trend of police officials attempting to extort sexual favours from women. Civic organisation Corruption Watch has released a report documenting shocking levels of corruption within South Africa’s policing system. Over half of the reports of police corruption received…

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SA’s Amcu demands R17,000 per worker in SA’s platinum mines

Citing increased prices in palladium and rhodium, and inflation, the union has upped its 2012 demand for R12,500 per worker. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is demanding R17,000 a month per miner in the platinum sector, as…

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ADF blasts SA authorities as police attack migrants with live ammunition, leaving one for dead

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – The African Diaspora Forum this week blasted the arbitrary application of the law by South African law-enforcement agents, following recent attacks on migrant businesspersons in the Johannesburg inner-city, which left one fighting for his life. At…

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Displaced Iraqis unable to return home years after battles

Staff Reporter ERBIL – An estimated 1.8 million people remain displaced by the conflict between Iraqi forces and the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, about two years after the heaviest fighting ended. A new Human Rights Watch web feature…

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Salah ranked second highest-valued soccer player in the world

Egyptian-born Liverpool soccer star Mohamed Salah has been ranked as the second highest-valued player in the world, according to CIES Football Observatory—using an algorithm that “takes into account a wide array of variables such as age, contract, position, minutes, goals, international status,…

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Mnangagwa goes berserk, employs arbitrary arrests, abductions, intimidation in bid to crush worker movements

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – The Zimbabwean government has gone on an overdrive in its bid to crush worker movements through arbitrary arrests, abductions, torture and intimidation, a teachers’ union leader said this week. Speaking during a press briefing at Cosatu…

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African leaders call for urgent regional integration to accelerate economic transformation

Ndumiso Mlilo MALABO – Africa’s political and business leaders this week called for urgent regional integration in the continent, to accelerate Africa’s economic transformation. Speaking in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea Wednesday, ahead of the opening ceremony of the African Development Bank’s…

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Human Rights Watch calls on Mozambican authorities to improve security of children with albinism

News Reporter MAPUTO – Human Rights Watch this week challenged Mozambican authorities to improve the security of children with albinism and provide them with education in schools. The international human rights watchdog said this as it released a report detailing…

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124 arrested as SAPS, JMPD comb dilapidated buildings in Johannesburg

Christopher Ncube JOHANNESBURG – A joint operation by the South African Police Services and the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department nabbed 124 suspects in the filthy and dilapidated buildings of the inner-city Wednesday. The operation, code-named “Bad Buildings”, was aimed at…

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Amnesty, HRW warn UN against Sudan pullout

KHARTOUM – Amnesty and Human Rights Watch have warned UN peacekeepers against withdrawing from Sudan at a time when the Janjaweed militia is not only keeping up war crimes in Darfur but also taking its “despicable brutality” to Khartoum. “It´s…

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West Africa: Nigeria greatest contributor to wealth creation in West Africa – AfDB

JOHANNESBURG – The African Development Bank (AfDB), says Nigeria is the greatest contributor to wealth creation in West Africa, contributing about 75 per cent of regional Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Mr Ebrima Faal, AfDB Senior Director for Nigeria said this…

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It’s not enough to declare June 12 Democracy Day when Buhari’s govt disrespects rule of law – Atiku

LAGOS – Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 general election, Atiku Abubakar, has said that declaring June 12 as Democracy Day is not enough, when the current government allegedly disrespects the rule…

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“The New Dawn is here – FRA IG CA, We mobilise, fundraise, educate, collaborate and deliver”: Dabney Yerima, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia’s full speech

Earlier this week, we published a story in which Dabney Yerima Vice President of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia, addressed fellow members of the movement pushing for the independence of Anglophone Cameroon, also known as Ambazonia. However, our editorial team…

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South Africa: Fat pensions were the reason why 9 ANC MPs resigned

Ministers pocket more than R2.4 million per year, while ordinary members of parliament earn less than a chief magistrate at a little over R1.1 million a year. It’s probably unfair to say the ANC was cleaning house given that President…

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New App and online database to support South Sudanese Children

News Reporter JUBA – UNICEF, Save the Children and a network of child protection organisations recently launched a new online database and application designed to better protect children in emergencies, especially in South Sudan. Developed globally but customized for South…

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Zimbabwean crisis: Do Zanu (PF), MDC Alliance leaders ever spare a thought for the suffering sekuru in Mutoko and that ailing gogo in Tsholotsho?

By Stewart Musarapasi That Zimbabwe was once famed as the “bread basket of Africa”, widely exporting agro-based products now sounds like one of the most-creative works of fiction. In part, this can be blamed on the political stalemate in which…

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Mthwakazi’s struggle for self-determination shall soon bear fruit, says Ndebele King

Christopher Ncube JOHANNESBURG – The struggle for self-determination will eventually bear fruit for the people of Matabeleland, western Zimbabwe if they remain resolute and united, said King Collins Bulelani Khumalo in Johannesburg recently. Addressing the thousands that gathered for the…

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SA drivers association demands dismissal of non-South African drivers

News Reporter JOHANNESBURG – A South African drivers’ association behind the current truck violence in South Africa’s volatile KwaZulu-Natal Province has allegedly ordered trucking companies in the country to dismiss all non-South African truck drivers and replace them with locals….

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Senegal: Unchecked abuses in Quranic schools

President Sall Should Use Second Term to Protect Talibé Children. DAKAR – Severe abuse, exploitation, and neglect of children known as talibés continue at alarming rates in many of Senegal’s Quranic schools, Human Rights Watch and the Platform for the Promotion and Protection…

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Morocco Considers Stability Of Libya Priority And Of Great Importance To Wider Maghreb Stability

RABAT – Morocco Kingdom has announced that it attaches great importance to Maghreb stability. As such, the country considers stability of Libya a priority, stressing the need that all parties shoulder responsibility to reach consensus conducive to stability. This came…

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Sudanese businesses shut in strike against military rulers

Sudanese workers are refusing to go to work in an attempt to pressurise the ruling military government to make way for civilian rule. script async src=”https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js”> The opposition called for a campaign of civil disobedience including a national strike, which…

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South Sudan Govt says not consulted over Sudan’s suspension from African Union

JUBA  – South Sudan’s government said last week that it was not consulted by the African Union (AU) following the suspension of the member of the neighboring Sudan. The continental body last week suspended the membership of Sudan following crackdown…

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Cameroon government has killed thousands, displaced millions and destroyed villages, but struggle shall continue: says Ambazonian leader

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – The Cameroonian government has killed thousands of civilians, displaced millions, held thousands incommunicado and destroyed hundreds of villages in Anglophone parts of the country, according to one of the senior officials of a movement fighting for…

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ZMF, Glow Petroleum strike lucrative 5-yr fuel supply deal for Zimbabwe’s small-scale gold miners

Almot Maqolo HARARE – The Zimbabwe Miners Federation has struck a 5-year deal with Glow Petroleum, which will see gold miners procuring fuel at US$1 per litre from all the eight mining regions where the service station is present. The…

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Zimbabwean churches, NGOs, seek divine reversal of looming threats to national security

Staff Reporter HARARE – A coalition of Zimbabwean churches and civil society movements has launched a prayer initiative meant to foster peace and unity in the troubled southern African nation, torn apart by political upheaval that has continued to threaten…

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Nigerian police beat journalist, threaten him with sexual assault

ABUJA – Nigerian authorities must investigate and hold accountable the police officers responsible for allegedly assaulting and threatening journalist Kofi Bartels, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On June 5, a group of at least five police officers punched…

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Let us stand up and fight for what is ours, says Ndebele King

Christopher Ncube JOHANNESBURG – Matabeleland King Collins Bulelani Lobhengula Khumalo has urged his subjects to stand up and fight for their space in Zimbabwe’s economic sphere. “When I joined the military wing (SA Defence Forces) I thought that I had…

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EXCLUSIVE! SA FINALLY allows undocumented migrant children to write Matric exams

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – The South African government will allow undocumented children – including undocumented migrants classified as “illegal aliens”, to register and sit for the 2019 National Senior Certificate, also known as Matric examinations. A letter signed by Bheki…

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At least our body language is better, says SA cricket star Morris

But that alone isn’t enough for the Proteas to cure their World Cup losing streak. While the Proteas can draw some solace from the fact that their bowling unit finally lived up to some of the hype before the World…

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Daggers drawn between ANC factions over radical transformation of economy

The finance minister yesterday felt the need to speak up, partly over possible fears of an imminent recession. The opposing factions within the governing ANC are ready to square up once more – this time over the implementation of radical…

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Zimbabwe and EU seek to move on from Mugabe-era strains

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe and the European Union began political talks on Wednesday aimed at turning the page on hostile relations during Robert Mugabe’s rule, a step that could enable a resumption of direct financial aid for the ailing economy….

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International NGOs petition UN Security Council over Ambazonian crisis

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – A group of international human rights organisations this week challenged members of the United Nations’ Security Council to pay particular attention to the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights situation in Cameroon. In a petition signed ahead…

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Blood on the streets…Zimbabwe on knife-edge as intelligence reports make shocking claims of a coup plot

Political Reporter JOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwe is on the verge of a second coup in as many years, amid reports claiming former strongman Robert Mugabe, the mainstream opposition and civil society leaders are planning to take advantage of rising tensions between…

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Maritzburg set to sign Chiefs man

Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadioda has not ruled the possibility of signing a player Kaizer Chiefs are going to part with at the end of June. Ryan Moon, a former Maritzburg forward, is set to leave Amakhosi when his contract…

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Sudan: Freedom House Condemns Military Attack on Peaceful Prodemocracy Protesters

Washington  –  Following the violent dispersal of peaceful protesters by Sudanese security forces in Khartoum, which resulted in multiple fatalities, Freedom House issued the following statement: “This is an unconscionable act by Sudanese security forces, including the notorious Rapid Support…

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South Sudanese government forces accused of abusing civilians

JUBA – Government soldiers carried out extensive abuses against civilians during counter-insurgency operations in South Sudan between December 2018 and March 2019 in Yei River state, Human Rights Watch said today. The soldiers shot at civilians, looted extensively, burned homes and crops,…

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Zimbabwe’s current problems were authored during Lancaster House negotiations, MK veteran

Christopher Ncube JOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwe’s current problems were authored by the Lancaster House talks of 1979, which resulted in the signing of an agreement on December 21, 1979, said a veteran of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the former military wing of…

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European Partnership strengthens access to financial inclusion for refugees in Uganda

News Reporter JOHANNESBURG – The European Partnership last week strengthened the access to financial inclusion for refugee communities living across the East African country of Uganda, opening economic opportunities for thousands of refugees and Ugandans living in communities that host…

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European Commission commits US $111,1million towards vulnerable people in Horn of Africa

News Reporter JOHANNESBURG – The European Commission has adopted seven new programmes and additional funds for two existing projects, worth €99.5 million (US $111,1million), in which they will support ongoing efforts to help vulnerable people in the Horn of Africa….

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How Liverpool want to reward Champions League winner Jurgen Klopp

Fenway Sports Group are keen for the German to extend his stay at Anfield and build a dynasty Liverpool are hoping that Jurgen Klopp will put pen to paper this summer on a new contract to extend his stay at…

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Former Arsenal star Jose Antonio Reyes dies in car crash aged 35

Tragic news to report of the death of former Spain and Arsenal footballer Jose Antonio Reyes . Former Arsenal and Spain footballer Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a car crash, aged 35. His former club Sevilla confirmed the tragic…

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Great speeches make great men… Mthulisi Hanana’s fully-charged speech at Dr Dumiso Dabengwa’s funeral service

In moments like these, it is safer to say, all protocols observed. I would like to extend our warmest condolences to Mama Mrs Dabengwa, uMakhu, as ubaba fondly called her, to the Dabengwa children, Dabengwa and Khumalo families, ZAPU, ZPRA…

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South Africa Commemorates UN International Peace Keeping Day

Nomazulu Moyo BLOEMFONTEIN – The South African National Defence Forces (SANDF) and families that lost their loved ones in peace-keeping missions gathered in De Brug military base in Bloemfontein Wednesday, to commemorate the United Nations International Peace Keeping Day. The…

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BREAKING: Zimbabwe’s ex-police officers “involved in acts of insurgency”, panicky ZRP puts them under the spotlight

News Reporter ZRP has also immediately banned resignations and cancelled all leave and time off. HARARE – The Zimbabwe Republic Police has been thrown into a state of severe panic, amid growing suspicion that some of its former members are…

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Zanu PF blasted for monopoly over national hero status

BULAWAYO – The acting President of Zimbabwe’s opposition Zapu party, Isaac Mabuka said the Zanu PF politburo should not have the monopoly to declare who national heroes are and called for an independent body to be set up to select…

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Malema tears into Ramaphosa’s ‘stupid’, ‘bloated’ cabinet

The only good thing about Ramaphosa’s cabinet, according to Malema, is the 50-50 representation of women and men. Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is not impressed with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet for a number of reasons, including that it is still…

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Maimane: Ramaphosa’s cabinet places ANC ahead of SA’s people

The DA has had much to say about the inclusion of Mantashe, Mbalula and Mabuza, but was still in a possibly shocked silence about Patricia de Lille. The appointment of the deputy president and ministers to form the nation’s new…

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“A TEAM” – is it real return of the MDC Class of ’99

Stewart Musarapasi The outcome of the just-ended 5th MDC Congress, held in Gweru recently, can be called the return of the original MDC pioneers to the gallery. The grand occasion was graced by two notable persons – the first one…

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Zimbabwean city postpones quasquicentennial celebration in honour of national hero

LISA DUDUZILE BULAWAYO – The Bulawayo City Council has postponed its 125 year celebrations, which were scheduled for Saturday, in a bid to pave way for the burial of Zimbabwean national hero Dumiso Dabengwa at his rural home in Ntabazinduna…

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First Merck Foundation Health Media Training held in Liberia

Staff Reporter MONROVIA – The Merck Foundation, philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, recently organized its first “Merck Foundation Health Media Training” in partnership with Liberian First Lady Clar Weah, who is also the ambassador of Merck More Than a…

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UNESCO launches legal standards toolkit on personal freedoms

News Reporter PARIS – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a new publication titled “Legal Standards on Freedom of Expression: Toolkit for the Judiciary in Africa”, expected to simplify the rights to freedom of information,…

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WATCH: Egyptian military armed forces accused of human rights abuses in the Sinai Peninsula

Staff Reporter CAIRO – Egyptian military and police forces in the Sinai Peninsula are committing serious and widespread abuses against civilians, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Tuesday. The international human rights watchdog said in a 134-page report…

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Switzerland boosts World Food Programme with US$1,96 million aid for Sahrawi refugees in Algeria

Staff Reporter ALGIERS – The United Nations World Food Programme has welcomed a US$1,96 million contribution from Switzerland, to help fund the humanitarian organisation’s school feeding programme in refugee camps in Algeria. The amount is also expected to cover the…

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EU commits additional US$20 million towards EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in the Horn of Africa

JOHANNESBURG – The European Union has committed an additional EUR18 million (US$20.1 million) to its partnership with the International Organization for Migration, known as the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in the Horn of Africa. The funding…

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ZAPU implores mourners to respect Dabengwa’s political choice and ideology

News Reporter BULAWAYO – Zimbabwe’s opposition ZAPU this week implored people who visited the home of fallen party President Dumiso Dabengwa and those who would attend his burial to respect Dabengwa and everything that he stood for. While expressing his…

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Rising Africa stressed as continent marks anniversary

Many in the African continent believe that it has made enormous progress toward governance and putting in place progressive programs for development over the last decade. Experts from the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD, or AUDA NEPAD, have reiterated that Africa…

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Msebele breathes fire against Zanu (PF), calls on young people to join Zapu and “fight for the Zimbabwe we want”

Christopher Ncube JOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwe’s opposition Zapu party called on Zimbabwean youth to join it and enforce the wishes of the country’s fallen national liberation war heroes. Zapu deputy secretary for International Relations, Future Msebele, said this to scores of…

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Zimbabwe Communist Party tells Mnangagwa to disband National Dialogue

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – The Zimbabwe Communist Party has advised Mnangagwa to disband his “so called” National Dialogue and seek genuine National Economic Dialogue that would bring government, labour, business and political parties together to address the country’s economic collapse….

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World Bank’s US$115 million IDA grant to increase access to sanitation services in five Mozambican cities.

MAPUTO – The World Bank has approved a US$115 million International Development Association grant to increase access to sanitation services in five Mozambican cities. The grant is expected to benefit about 200,000 people across the cities of Maputo, Beira, Nampula,…

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Zimbabwe’s levels of corruption have become a security threat, says government official

Staff Reporter MUTARE – The levels of corruption in Zimbabwe have become so alarming that they are now affecting service delivery, foreign direct investment, the economic turnaround and social order, a top government official said recently. Prosecutor General Kumbirayi Hodzi…

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TS Galaxy player dies in road accident

He passed on in the early hours of Saturday morning. TS Galaxy FC has announced that Thembinkosi Mamba passed on following a car accident in the early hours of Saturday morning. “A sad morning for the TS Galaxy family as…

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South Africa’s problems real but not insurmountable, says Cyril Ramaphosa in inauguration speech

Through the irrefutable power of the ballot on May 8, South Africans declared the dawn of a new era. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday urged all South Africans to work together to renew the country and build a better future…

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ZAPU to hold Dabengwa memorial service in Johannesburg Sunday

Mxolisi Ncube JOHANNESBURG – The South African province of Zimbabwe’s opposition ZAPU party will Sunday hold a memorial service for fallen party President Dr Dumiso Dabengwa. Dabengwa, head of intelligence for Zapu’s military wing, ZIPRA, during the liberation war that…

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SALC condemns Mnangagwa’s crackdown on human rights defenders

News Reporter JOHANESBURG – The Southern African Litigation Centre this week condemned the Zimbabwean government’s ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders, following the recent arrests of civil society leaders Tatenda Mombeyara, Gamuchirai Mukura, George Makoni and Nyasha Mpahlo Monday. The…

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“Mugabe has not followed the Unity Accord to its letter and spirit”…reliving Mxolisi Ncube’s Question and Answer with Dr Dumiso Dabengwa.

In June 2009, Dumiso Dabengwa, the then ZAPU interim national chairman, visited Johannesburg for his first public address of the re-launched party’s membership in Booysens. At the time, the former ZIPRA Intelligence Supremo was being accused by his critics of…

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Currency issues responsible for slow appetite for tourism fund, TBCZ

HARARE – The Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe (TBCZ) says the uptake of the $15 million Tourism Revolving Fund has been slow because it is not denominated in US Dollars. The incentive, set up by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe…

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A giant has fallen! In memory of Dumiso Dabengwa

A somber mood engulfed Zimbabwe and the rest of progressive Africa Thursday, when news broke that former Home Affairs Minister, Dr Dumiso Dabengwa had died at the age of 79 years. Dabengwa, a former intelligence chief with the Zimbabwe People’s…

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Breaking: Dumiso Dabengwa dies

News Reporter Zimbabwe’s former Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Dumiso Dabengwa, who is also a decorated African liberation war hero, has died. Dabengwa, President of Zimbabwe’s opposition Zapu party, died in Nairobi, Kenya, while awaiting a connecting flight to his…

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Zimbabweans, The Power is in your hands

Barbara Nyagomo ZIMBABWEANS it’s getting harder for me daily to honour my political break and restrain myself from kicking Sh*t……..it’s happening daily in our country. Surely the Minister of Energy can put on his thinking cap and look at Renewable…

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Forex allocation delays bog down Zimbabwe’s mining industry, reduce mineral output

Almot Maqolo HARARE – Zimbabwe’s mineral production slipped in the first quarter as most key minerals recorded negative growth, with gold output being the largest casualty owing to the delays in foreign currency allocation, said the Chamber of Mines of…

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Outcry as Nigeria charges newspaper editor under cybercrimes, terrorism acts

News Reporter BERLIN – A federal court in Nigeria on Wendesday charged Jones Abiri, the publisher and editor-in -chief of the Weekly Source, under Nigeria’s cybercrimes act, anti-sabotage act, and terrorism prevention act for crimes allegedly carried out in 2016, and…

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Gabon Govt in turmoil: President Ali Bongo sacks vice president, forestry minister

Gabon’s leader Ali Bongo has dismissed both his vice president and the minister of forests, a move that comes amid a scandal over the smuggling of precious timber. Bongo made the announcement in a statement released on Tuesday without giving a reason…

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South Africa: Makhura wins Gauteng battle for premier

Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) chairperson David Makhura has been elected premier of the province during the first sitting of the sixth legislature, beating out the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Solly Msimanga with 38 votes to 32. Earlier on Wednesday, Zamani Saul, Sefora Ntombela, Job Mokgoro, Alan Winde, Oscar…

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Africa Month dialogue panelists blast African leaders for their lackadaisical approach towards curbing violence against migrants

Lack of proactive approach, political will pointed out as main reason xenophobia keeps recurring. Christopher Ncube JOHANNESBURG – Panelists at an Africa Month dialogue this week lambasted the continent’s political leaders, especially South Africa, for their lackadaisical approach towards curbing…

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Mozambican contestant wins world bodybuilding competition in Hong Kong

On 17 April, the Mozambican athlete Bruno Saraiva won an international bodybuilding competition in Hong Kong. After beating five competitors, the athlete won first place in the category of classic bodybuilding (classic physique), the most popular and important category in the event, which…

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Afghanistan’s Mina Mangal: ‘A strong, self-made woman’ gunned down in broad daylight

The murder dealt another blow to women and media workers. As conflict and insecurity layers doubt over Afghanistan’s recent achievements, the figure of Mina Mangal stood tall as a marker of progress — until she was killed, on May 11….

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South Africa: Cyril Ramaphosa elected as president unopposed

Economic Freedom Fighters MPs had earlier abstained from the vote for the speaker. President Cyril Ramaphosa was announced as president of the republic by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng unopposed on Wednesday afternoon in the National Assembly. His MP position now…

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Good leadership, the cornerstone of Rwanda’s success story

Prof. Pierre-Damien Habumuremyi and Patrice Habinshuti. John C. Maxwell, a highly acclaimed leadership coach and prominent author, sums it up well when he says; Everything rises and falls on leadership”. After independence, the leadership of Rwanda was characterised by dictatorship,…

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Rwanda joins OECD Centre

Rwanda becomes the 55th member of the OECD Rwanda has formally been admitted to the Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Centre having applied to join the body in November 2018. OECD Development Centre, which was established in 1961, is an…

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New accreditation requirements restrict press access to Nigeria’s National Assembly, charges CPJ

BERLIN – Authorities in Nigeria should withdraw new media accreditation requirements for accessing the National Assembly, the country’s legislature, and ensure that future regulations do not unduly limit freedom of the press and access to information, the Committee to Protect…

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EU facility shows Solid progress in supporting refugees in Turkey

News Reporter JOHANNESBURG – The European Commission has reported good progress in the implementation and programming of €6 billion (US$6,6million) of the EU Facility for refugees in Turkey. More than 80 projects are currently up and running, delivering tangible results…

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Germany avails 10 million Euro (US$11.1 million) grant to combat climate change in Southern Africa

News Reporter JOHANNESBURG – Germany has pledged a grant of 10 million Euros (US$11.1 million) for five southern African countries to use in combating the effect of Climate Change. The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive…

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BREAKING NEWS: #Free Sekuru Freddie Chawatama advocates successfully submit papers with the Zimbabwean High Court

Stewart Musarapasi HARARE – Advocates of the #Free Sekuru Freddie Chawatama initiative successfully submitted papers with the Zimbabwean High Court Tuesday, as they take the fight for retrial of the rape cases involving septuagenarian Freddie Chawatama. ALSO READ: #Free Sekuru…

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Zimbabwe: US$170,000 needed to bring Mbare’s dilapidated Shawasha flats back to habitable conditions

Stewart Musarapasi HARARE – A team put in place to assess the refurbishment needs of the dilapidated Shawasha flats in Harare’s Mbare high-density suburb has put at US$170,000 the overall cost of bringing the flats to minimum habitable conditions, Africanvoice…

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Zimbabwe’s National Peace and Healing Commission prioritises Gukurahundi genocide

Sandra Maricho GWERU – Zimbabwe’s National Peace and Healing Commission recently reiterated its commitment to urgently addressing the political disturbances which happened in the early 80s, adding that would promote transparency to what actually took place and allow the process…

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Girls’ lives shattered by attacks on schools

NEW YORK – Armed groups attacked hundreds of schools in the Kasai region of central Democratic Republic of Congo during the 2016-17 conflict, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) in a report released Monday. The violence…

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ZAPU: Are the dry bones rising again?

News Reporter Flesh and soul could be finding their way back to Zimbabwe’s skeletal liberation movement. JOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwe’s opposition ZAPU party has embarked on a massive recruitment drive in South Africa, as it begins its re-alignment and re-energizing exercise,…

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NGOs raise hands to protect Children after approval of New Law

News Reporter CAPE TOWN – Various NGOs and role-players will at the end of this month gather to discuss the implementation of the Western Cape Commissioner for Children Act assented to by provincial authorities. About 40 NGOs from across the…

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NGO promotes safe use of medicine in Ghana

News Reporter BONO – A nongovernmental organization, DKT International, recently held a day’s workshop to promote safe use of medicine in Bono Region of Ghana. The workshop, held in Sunyane, brought together academia, doctors, nurses, and personnel from Ghana Health…

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Africa’s First Ladies: Are they blessings or curses?

The presidents’ wives hold a lot of sway within the political power structure The role played by the wives of heads of state in Africa has been largely ignored. In a bid to contribute to this under-researched area we analysed the political…

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Asamoah Gyan quits Black Stars after dispute with Andre Ayew over captain’s armband

Ghana record goal scorer Gyan Asamoah has retired from international football after a dispute involving Andre Ayew and the captain’s armband ahead of AFCON 2019. Gyan, 33, has issued a statement claiming his decision is based on trying to prevent…

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Soweto will be the first South African township to get fibre

The Orlando West High School in Soweto, Johannesburg has just received a high-speed fibre Internet connection provided by Telkom. “The internet will be an enabler for us as learners from the township,” said Orlando High student representative Thatho Mahlatsi. “The teaching…

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South Africa: Ramaphosa appoints head of the Investigating Directorate in the Office of the NPA

News Reporter PRETORIA – South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Adv Hermione Theresa Cronje as head of the Investigating Directorate in the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions, the presidency revealed Friday. In March 2019, Mr Ramaphosa…

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Touch not our chief, Zimbabweans protest in solidarity with chief Ndiweni

Lisa Duduzile BULAWAYO – Political activists in Zimbabwe’s second-largest city of Bulawayo held a solidarity march in support of outspoken Ntabazinduna chief, Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni, following alleged attacks on him by suspected members of the dreaded Central Intelligence Organisation in…

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#Free Sekuru Freddie Chawatama bears fruit, septuagenarian’s rape case to be appealed next week

Well-wishers have raised the required $1000 towards revisiting the case of 76-year-old convicted of raping fife children Stewart Musarapasi HARARE – The #Free Sekuru Freddie Chawatama initiative, launched a few weeks ago to fundraise towards legal representation for rape-convicted Zimbabwean…

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Al Ahly end Pyramids title chase, as they secure a place in the 2019/20 CAF Champions League

Al Ahly have secured a place in the 2019/20 CAF Champions League and ended Pyramids chances of winning the Egyptian Premier League. Martin Lasarte’s side have secured their place in the CAF Champions League next season following a tough 2-0…

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Wellbeing Foundation Africa expands MamaCare Antenatal and Postnatal Education program to more local government associations in Nigeria

ABUJA – The Wellbeing Foundation Africa is expanding its MamaCare Antenatal and Postnatal Education program in Nigeria’s Federal Capital territory of Abuja, to reach more local government associations. The ‘MamaCare + Nutrition program’ will now reach four more local government…

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Australian rugby star Israel Folau sacked over anti-gay comments

The deeply religious fullback now has 72 hours to appeal the termination of his contract.  Devoutly Christian Wallabies star Israel Folau was sacked Friday for homophobic comments in a case that sparked a bitter debate and looks to have ended…

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South Africa: Robert Marawa hints at ‘sexual harassment’ cover-up after SuperSport fires him via SMS

Controversial Twitter account @AdvBarryRoux claims to know the inside details of an alleged sex scandal, which he believes Marawa was dismissed for trying to bring to light. On Thursday evening, popular sportscaster shocked fans by posting a message on Twitter…

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World Bank approves $15 million International Development Association package for Djibouti

Our Correspondent DJIBOUTI – The World Bank has approved a $15 million International Development Association package for Djibouti, meant to support an expanded and enhanced social safety nets system and improve access to basic services in targeted poor communities. The…

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Which ones are the most in-demand job skills in South Africa right now?

CareerJunction has released its latest jobs update, showing which jobs are most in-demand in South Africa. The CJI represents online labour dynamics in South Africa by providing a detailed analysis of the relative ratio of supply and demand in the online…

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Daily prayer meetings and bags of cash: a day in the life of a Bosasa executive.

The day would start with a prayer meeting. Then the bags of cash would be arranged for delivery to the army of corrupt officials and politicians whose patronage built Bosasa into a multi-billion-rand-a-year enterprise. This was a typical day at…

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South Sudan dismisses 40 of its overseas diplomats

JUBA – South Sudan – So far, the government of Africa’s youngest nation South Sudan has sacked forty of its overseas diplomats on allegations that they failed to show up for work. In a statement issued by the country’s foreign…

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Pan-African Parliament raises concern over gushing of money for minuscule gains in lobbying for Malabo Protocol, suggest reduced budget allocation

News Reporter JOHANNESBURG – Members of the Pan-African Parliament have raised concern over money spent trying to lobby African Union member states to ratify the Malabo Protocol, following the gushing out of money for minuscule success. In June 2014, the…

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Dubious court rulings won’t force us to unite, says Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC-Alliance

Lisa Duduzile BULAWAYO – The national youth secretary-general of Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC-Alliance, Lovemore Chinoputsa, who is also the party’s aspiring national youth chairman, Lovemore Chinoputsa, this week scoffed at suggestions that the party’s warring factions were being forced to unite…

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Legislators raise concern as only 38 out of 55 AU member states accede to APRM

Mxolisi Ncube JOHANNESBURG – Legislators attending the Pan-African Parliament this week challenged countries that are yet to accede to African Peer Review Mechanism to do so, arguing that would help in the production, popularisation and dissemination of the African Government…

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Goldman expands SA business on the back of Ramaphosa victory

Decision to expand operations a sign of firm’s confidence in Ramaphosa’s ability to resuscitate flagging economy In what it said was a sign of its confidence in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ability to resuscitate the economy after the ANC’s victory in…

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500,000 African children die of immunization-preventable illnesses annually, WHO calls for implementation of ADI

News Reporter JOHANNESBURG – The World Health Organisation believes that the implementation of the Addis Declaration on Immunisation is the key to arresting the immunization-related deaths that have become commonplace in Africa. Addis Declaration on Immunisation commits to increasing and…

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Zim finance minister pleads for more patience

Lisa Duduzile BULAWAYO – Zimbabwe’s Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Professor Mthuli Ncube, this week urged his country’s citizens to be patient with the pace of the country’s economic reforms, arguing government efforts would not work overnight. “I urge…

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Racing for a cause: South Africa’s Mahikeng to host JM BUSHA 54 RACES for Peace and Unity in Africa

News Reporter JOHANNESBURG – The 2019 edition of the JM BUSHA 54 RACES for Peace and Unity in Africa, popularly known as JM BUSHA 54, is this year slated for Mahikeng, in South Africa’s Northwest Province. JM BUSHA 54 is…

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Pan-African Parliament, UNHCR sign MoU to tackle forced displacements in Africa

News Reporter JOHANNESBURG – The Pan-African Parliament has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which seeks find a sustainable solution to forced displacement in Africa. The two signed the MoU on the sidelines of…

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Zimbabwe’s grain millers to import 500,000 tonnes of maize from South America

Almot Maqolo HARARE – The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) says it will import half a million tonnes of maize – roughly half of its requirements for commercial milling, from South America this year to mitigate glaring production gaps….

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South Africa: Will Ramaphosa reduce Cabinet nine departments and 15 deputy ministries?

PRETORIA – South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa could reduce his national executive by as many as nine departments and ministries when he announces the reconfiguration of his Cabinet soon. Although there is no official word from the Union Buildings on…

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Zimbabwe runs out of electricity

Economic commentator Vince Musewe said these power cuts meant that production schedules for struggling companies would not be met. HARARE – There is anger in Zimbabwe over a tough new load-shedding schedule planned for the coming months. Zimbabwe’s main hydro-power station at…

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OFFICIAL: SA unemployment rate hits 27,6%, highest in two years

South Africa’s unemployment rate has risen to its highest level since the third quarter of 2017 to 27.6% at the end of the first quarter of 2019, according to data released by Stats SA on Tuesday. script async src=”//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js”> JOHANNESBURG…

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Watch: Liberians Urge President Weah to Support Civil Wars-Era Prosecutions

Our Correspondent MONROVIA – – Liberian citizens this week called on President George Weah to bring justice for atrocities committed during Liberia’s civil wars. Liberia’s Independent National Human Rights Commission is set to hold a conference Wednesday to assess progress…

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Italy donates US$280,656 towards needs of communities affected by Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe

News Reporter HARARE – The Italian Government has contributed €250,000 (US$280,656) to respond to the needs of communities affected by Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe. The contribution, provided to the World Food Programme (WFP), is meant to support immediate food needs…

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South Sudan says troops deployment not linked to calls for protests

JUBA – South Sudan Information Minister Thursday dismissed rumours that recent deployment of troops in the streets of Juba meant to prevent protests in the capital. Inspired by the Sudanese revolution that toppled the regime of former President Omar al-Bashir,…

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South Africa’s electoral body says no evidence of double voting as election results still stream in

PRETORIA – Despite a raft of complaints, the Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said on Friday morning that it could find “no evidence” that anyone has voted twice in this year’s elections. The IEC’s commissioner was discussing the results…

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South African star Teko Modise quits soccer

Cape Town – Bafana Bafana legend and Cape Town City midfielder Teko Modise on Friday announced his retirement from professional football bringing an end to an illustrious 18-year career. The 36-year old made 66 appearances for Bafana Bafana scoring 10…

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African legislators told to look beyond South Africa for civil society engagements

Staff  Reporter JOHANNESBURG – Members of the Pan-African Parliament members have requested the Bureau to consider engaging civil society organisations from other countries and not always use those based in host country South Africa. While debating the Pan-African Parliament President’s…

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Former Starbrite winner releases world class video

Sandra Maricho GWERU – Chinhoyi born afro fusion musician Brian K has released his newest video titled Pole Pole, which has already hit the airwaves with a bang, considering numbers of views it has scored on social media platforms. The…

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SA Election results could be delayed due to claims of double voting

The announcement of the final election result could be delayed as the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) looks into allegations of double voting and conducts new audits of several voting stations. The final results were due to be announced on…

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ANC to win election, likely to come in below 60%

The governing ANC will win the election but with less support than it had in 2014, News24’s analysis of real-time election results shows. The party is set to come in below 60%. It secured 62.15% of support in 2014. According…

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South Africa: PSL unveils names of 2019 PSL Awards nominees

Sports Reporter JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s Premier Soccer League will unveil nominees for its end-of-season awards early next week, the league revealed in a statement Monday. The public announcement will be made at Durban International Conference Centre at 11am next…

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UAE, UNHCR sign $4 million emergency response fund agreement towards South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

Johannes Fayayo JOHANNESBURG – The United Arab Emirates has vowed to continue with its assistance for refugees scattered right across the African continent. Addressing the opening ceremony of the 2nd ordinary session of the 5th parliament of the Pan-African Parliament…

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SA Elections: DA lodges 60 official objections as ANC hovers at 55% in national election results

The DA has lodged 60 official objections and 2,500 complaints against the results, eNCA reports. These will be taken up with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) at around 10am when they meet at the national party liaison board meeting. Objections…

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World Bank, Egypt, pen US$200 million agreement towards small businesses and job creation for women and young people

News Reporter CAIRO – The World Bank has signed a US$200 million agreement with Egypt, whose aim is to promote small businesses and spur job creation for women and young people. The US$200 million “Catalyzing Entrepreneurship for Job Creation” project…

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Ethiopia charges former intelligence chief over human rights abuses

Ethiopia has charged powerful former intelligence chief Getachew Assefa and 25 others over alleged human rights abuses, the office of the attorney general said Tuesday. Getachew was the head of the Ethiopia National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) until June…

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South Africa: Voting stations not opening on time leaves Johannesburg voters frustrated

Several voting stations did not open on time on Wednesday morning leaving voters angry and frustrated in and around Johannesburg. Some polling stations opened late while others did not have voting material when they opened. Hundreds of voters started queuing from as early as…

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When Barcelona’s star-studded cast looked like rabbits caught in the headlights: Reds a powerful, unstoppable force as Catalans are humiliated in Anfield night like no other

Liverpool ECHO’s James Pearce reacts to a special night at Anfield as Liverpool produce a miracle to come back from the dead against Barcelona to return to the Champions League final. This was a night like no other. Even for…

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DRC ‘On a knife edge’: Ebola outbreak threatens to escalate as violence rises

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is threatening to spiral out of control, with ongoing violence aimed at the Ebola response workers undermining efforts to stop spread of the deadly virus. STAT spoke to a number…

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UAE President praises African women

Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – President of the Federal National Council United Arab Emirates Rt. Hon. Dr Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, this week applauded African women for the critical role they continue to play in various peace initiatives on the continent….

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Zim’s energy firm partners with SA investors to develop US$400 mln solar power plants

Almot Maqolo HARARE – Zimbabwe’s Guarantee Risk Solar Energy in partnership with their South Africa investor’s eXess Africa and Bushveld Energy says it will spend at least US$400 million on the construction of 3 solar power plants in the country….

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Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu PF steals developmental projects to boost election victory

Clayton Masekesa MUTARE – Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu (PF) party has been exposed in its desperate attempts to win the Mutasa Central ward 10 by-election, as the party allegedly claimed projects done by other organizations as its own. The election is…

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Excessive beer prices open Zimbabwe to toxic Mozambican brews

Local brews now beyond the reach of many local imbibers. Staff Reporter MUTARE – The high cost of local beer in Zimbabwe, spurred by the weakening of the local Rtgs currency against the USD$ is fuelling the smuggling of cheaper…

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New WhatsApp data bundle prices in South Africa

WhatsApp is the preferred mobile communication medium for many South Africans, and it has replaced SMS as the messaging service of choice because of its improved functionality and cost savings. For many poor South Africans who cannot afford large data…

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South Africa: IEC official suspended over roadside ballot boxes

PRETORIA – The Electoral Commission has confirmed that the official responsible for transporting ballot boxes found on the side of a Limpopo road at the weekend has been suspended. In a statement issued on Monday evening, the IEC confirmed that…

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Zodwa Wabantu makes bold move, proposes before Ben10 could baulk

Eat your hearts out, ladies, Ntobeko Linda is off the market. This after Zodwa Wabantu popped the question to her lifetime bae. Zodwa Wabantu took to Instagram on Sunday to share a video of her going down on one knee at…

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Is Zimbabwe about to introduce its new currency?

BULAWAYO – Prominent Zimbabwean industrialist and Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) member, Mr Busisa Moyo, has pleaded with Zimbabweans to have confidence in the ongoing processes of resolving prevailing currency distortions. Government and the private sector are agreed on the need…

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Zimbabwean minister calls for SADC unity on region’s jumbo issues

HARARE – Southern Africa, which is home to 61 percent of the world’s elephant population, can only benefit more from its natural resources if the block remains united and speaks with one voice in international forums, Minister of Environment, Tourism…

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Top American actor Forest Whitaker to star in Emmerson Mnangagwa documentary

Zimbabwe-born United States-based actress Danai Gurira and American actor Forest Whitaker will join local stars for the upcoming documentary, ‘‘The Rise of Emmerson Mnangagwa’’. The film is being produced by Tatenda Gate and directed by Zimbabwe-born United Kingdom-based Kenny Gasa….

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Human Rights Watch condemns Cameroon abuses in crackdown on separatists.

YAOUNDE – Cameroon authorities have regularly tortured and held incommunicado detainees arrested in the government’s crackdown on an English-speaking armed separatist movement, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday. The New York-based rights group in a report urged the United Nations…

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Being a prostitute is not a crime, says Nigerian actress

Ahead of the cinema release of the new movie which she stars in, ‘Heaven’s Hell’, on May 10, 2019, Nollywood actress Nse Ikpe-Etim has condemned the alleged sexual harassment of women labelled a prostitutes by police officers after a raid…

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Sudan sends troops to forcefully evict Turkish soldiers in Port Suakin

Nyamilepedia – The ruling Sudanese Transitional Military Council (TMC) said on Saturday that it is sending troops to Port Suakin in preparation for forceful eviction of Turkish troops stationed in the tiny island for almost two years. In December 2017, then…

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Nigeria: Buhari approves appointment of former minister he once accused of corruption

The appoinment of Bello Maitama-Yusuf as one of the directors of Nigerian Railway Corporation has been approved by President Buhari. Yusuf was once accused of corruption by the military in the early 1980s when Buhari was the head of state…

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Tony Elumelu Foundation hosts Africa’s largest gathering of African entrepreneurs

News Reporter ABUJA – The Tony Elumelu Foundation, Africa’s foremost champion of entrepreneurship, will in July host the fifth edition of its Annual Forum — the largest annual gathering of African entrepreneurs. The two-day event, slated for July 26 –…

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Massmart CEO Guy Hayward to step down

Walmart-owned retailer Massmart, whose brands include Makro and Game, said on Monday its CEO of five years, Guy Hayward, would step down from his role before the end of 2019. Last week, the group said Mohammed Abdool-Samad would take over…

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SA, South Sudan sign six-year oil production sharing agreement

Minister of energy Jeff Radebe says the country has committed $1bn to the project South Sudan and SA on Monday signed a six-year production-sharing agreement for an untapped exploration block in the East African country, where production has been hit…

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SA Elections: Why ANC could get below 55% of votes

The latest poll by the Institute for Race Relations says the party could lose its majority in Gauteng and also, surprisingly, in KwaZulu-Natal The final election poll conducted by the Institute for Race Relations (IRR) indicates that the ANC could…

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Six months on, ADF scores historic feats, spreads its wings beyond Gauteng

News Reporter JOHANNESBURG – South African-headquartered migrants’ rights organisation, the African Diaspora Forum, has scored arguably more tangible feats during the past six months than it did during its first decade. Presenting a report in review of his leadership’s first…

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South Africa: Malema tells whites to share land or risk losing it all.

EFF leader Julius Malema said that the only way the country would progress harmoniously was if equality was achieved. JOHANNESBURG – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has called on white South Africans to share land and other material gains or risk losing…

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SOUTH AFRICA: Why the majority of blacks don’t vote DA

According to a study, 76 percent of white South Africans vote for the Democratic Alliance (DA). This is not because the DA is the ‘best’ party in South Africa, but is because white South Africans identify strongly with the DA. Hence race…

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South Africa: BLF found guilty of hate speech, criminal charges may follow

The Equality Court has found that the Black First Land First (BLF) political slogan on land is hate speech. The clerk of the Equality Court was directed to send a copy of the judgment to the director of public prosecutions,…

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah to miss Barcelona clash? Egyptian media provide update

LIVERPOOL’S chances of taking on Barcelona on Tuesday with Mohamed Salah involved appear unlikely. Liverpool are 3-0 down to the Catalans after they lost the first leg at the Nou Camp last week. Jurgen Klopp and his side know the challenge…

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#Free Sekuru Freddie Chawatama: Zimbabweans unite for justice for ailing septuagenarian convicted of rape

Stewart Musarapasi HARARE – Zimbabweans have launched a call for the state to revisit a case in which 76-year-old Fredie Chawatama is saving time for multiple rape. Chawatama, born in Wedza district, Mashonaland East, was arrested in his native village…

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Forgive us for our transgressions – Ramaphosa

Nomazulu Moyo JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress leader Cyril Ramaphosa has pleaded with South African voters to forgive the ruling party for its transgressions of the past, promising accountability ahead of general elections this week. Addressing thousands of ANC supporters…

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Lebanese NGO wins 2019 Sharjah International Award for Refugee Advocacy and Support

News Reporter The 2019 Sharjah International Award for Refugee Advocacy and Support has been awarded to the Lebanese NGO, Amel Association International for its work in improving the lives of displaced people. The award was presented by His Highness Dr…

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Ugandan regulator suspends staff from 13 outlets that covered Bobi Wine

ADDIS ABABA -The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Uganda’s media regulator to immediately rescind an order yesterday suspending staff from 13 radio and television stations in connection with their coverage of opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi, known as Bobi…

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Zimbabwe gets US$1 million grant to help quickly restore education services for 55,000 children

News Reporter HARARE – Education Cannot Wait – a global fund to prioritize education in humanitarian action, has approved a US$1 million grant that will help quickly restore education services for 55,000 children in Zimbabwe, including 27,000 girls whose lives…

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Zimbabwe’s RaDDA Foundation plants seed of self-sustainability for people living with disabilities

Lisa Duduzile BULAWAYO – Zimbabwe’s people living with disabilities received a shot in the arm recently, when a non-profit organisation – Rare Diseases and Disabilities Africa Foundation successfully launched an income generating project to its beneficiaries in Makokoba, Bulawayo. Tinotenda…

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Analysts say convincing win by the ANC will boost stocks, power the Rand

Rand is also set to gain, with RBC Capital Markets expecting it to reach R13.40/$ by year-end. With the ANC expected to win Wednesday’s elections, equity-market investors will be watching for the victory margin to give them the chance to…

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My brother’s killing in Ibadan painful –Finidi George

UEFA Champions League winner and one of the greatest right footers in football history, Finidi George, in this exclusive interview with Saturday SunSports correspondent, BOLAJI OKUNOLA, revealed his ups and downs as a footballer. The former Nigerian winger opened up…

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Nigeria becoming a failed state –Olisa Agbakoba

LAGOS – Rights activist, Chief Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has said that Nigeria is becoming a failed state, as the indices  to support that are manifesting in the country. In this interview with VINCENT KALU, the constitutional lawyer, pointed out that…

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“Vagina-shaped” stadium unveiled in Qatar for 2022 FIFA World Cup despite ridicule

A ‘vagina-shaped’ football stadium has been unveiled in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup in the country. The construction of the so-called Al Wakrah ground has now been completed, with some saying it resembles female genitalia. The stadium, which…

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Cameroon Journalists Decry Intimidation, Detention by Both Government, Separatist Fighters

YAOUNDE — On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, journalists in Cameroon are protesting what they said are abuses by both the government and separatists fighting for the independence of the English-speaking areas from the majority French-speaking state. More than…

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Zimbabwe: 8,000 Shawasha flats families live on health time bomb, as colonial dwelling betrays 39 years of failure by the independent government

Stewart Musarapasi HARARE – Standing among other completely dilapidated buildings and principally housing some of the poorest of Zimbabwe’s urbanites, Mbare’s Shawasha Flats are – in their sorry state, not only a reminder of Zimbabwe’s colonial past, but also an…

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Zimbabwean defender brews shocker – quits national team

HARARE – Zimbabwe national team defender Costa Nhamoinesu dropped a bombshell Wednesday evening, announcing that he had called time on his Warriors career at a time that the technical team of the Zimbabwe senior men’s national football team was finalising…

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MDC Alliance was dissolved after elections, Jacob Ngarivhume

HARARE – Transform Zimbabwe (TZ) has pulled out of the MDC Alliance pact, choosing to go it alone than to dissolve and be part of the grand MDC, whose congress is to be held later this month. Seven political parties…

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South Africa: Ramaphosa rubbishes Magashule’s phone-tapping claims

The president says he had also believed that his own phone had been bugged at some point. JOHANNESBURG – In a rare television interview, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa rubbished Ace Magashule’s recent claims that phones of senior ANC members were…

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SA activists blame colonialism, apartheid for xenophobia

But now the democratically elected government is implementing xenophobia institutionally, panellists agreed. JOHANNESBURG – The scourge of xenophobia South Africa is currently grappling with was brought to Africa by the colonials and adopted by the apartheid regime to divide and…

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Zimbabwe: Linda Masarira forms political party, promises to LEAD worker emancipation

Clayton Masekesa MUTARE – Linda Masarira, leader of newly-formed Zimbabwe political party Labour, Economists, African Democrats -LEAD, said this week that her party would create a social democratic society directed by a workers’ government. In her Workers’ Day statement Wednesday…

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Sredojevic, Musonda, Billiat, claim Absa Premiership monthly gongs

JOHANNESBURG – Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic was Thursday named the Absa Premiership Coach of the Month, at the same time Black Leopards’ Zambian-born striker Mwape Musonda won the Absa Premiership Player of the Month award. The gongs, presented to…

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Zimbabwe: How Chamisa hopes to help Mnangagwa exorcise Gukurahundi ghost

HARARE – MDC leader, Nelson Chamisa has indicated that he is willing to assist President Emmerson Mnangagwa to apologise to Zimbabweans for the post-independence atrocities commonly referred to as Gukurahundi. Chamisa was addressing a Workers Day event, organised by the…

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South Africa: Stop spoiling ministers with freebies while workers suffer – Julius Malema

JOHANNESBURG – If the EFF was government‚ ministers would be carrying lunchboxes to work‚ even if it contains mopane worms. This was said by EFF leader Julius Malema during the party’s Workers’ Day rally in Alexandra‚ in northern Johannesburg‚ on…

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Caster Semenya takes swipe at IAAF for “personal” regulations

PRETORIA – Caster Semenya is not giving up the fight and has accused the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) of targeting her for a decade. Semenya is set to approach the Swiss Federal Tribune (SFT) in an attempt to…

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Mozambique church a refuge for Muslim cyclone survivors

MAPUTO – Next to a marble pulpit inside a Catholic church, a young Muslim girl chases around with other children. The church has become a home for her and nearly 1,000 others from different faiths as they wait out the…

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Zimbabwe joins the world in celebrating Workers Day

Almot Maqolo HARARE – As Zimbabwe joine the rest of the world in commemorating International Workers Day, the Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) called upon workers and all other social movements to unite against austerity measures targeted at…

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Zimbabwe Communist Party’s May Day Message: WORKERS OF THE WORLD — UNITE !!

Revolutionary Greetings to all Zimbabwean working people from the National Steering Committee of the ZCP. As Proletarian Internationalists we extend our revolutionary greetings to workers, communists and revolutionary democrats throughout the world. We make particular mention of the struggles in…

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South Africa: Ramaphosa declares national period of mourning for flood victims

News Reporter PRETORIA – South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has instructed that the National Flag should fly at half-mast at every station in the country from May 1-7, as a mark of respect and in observance of seven days of…

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Cameroon: 169 Million children at risk of contamination

The worrisome situation is attributed to the growing number of unimmunised children. YAOUNDE – Measles is still a major health risk in poor and rich countries alike. According to health experts, the situation is the result of the increasing number…

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Johannesburg Mayor takes a dig at migrants, blames ANC – AGAIN!

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba’s views on immigrants have been largely criticised, and he’s also been accused of fuelling violence against foreign nationals. JOHANNESBURG – Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says after two and half years in government he’s convinced, now more…

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Sudan military ruler to head new joint council with civilians

KHARTOUM – A top Sudanese general has said the new joint civilian-military council will be headed by the current chief of the ruling military council. The move has been denounced by leaders of the protest movement that brought down former…

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Qatar Airways to launch thrice-weekly service to Rabat

RABAT – Qatar Airways will launch a thrice-weekly flight to the Morroccan capital of Rabat from the end of May as well as a daily flight to Casablanca. In addition, Qatar Airways has announced its joint business agreement with Royal…

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Africa: Most beautiful African destinations

In commemoration of Earth Day 2019, CNN Travel compiled a list of the 25 most beautiful places in the world, which included Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve and Morocco’s Mount Toubkal. This is Africa explores other African…

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Why last-minute shoppers will miss Nedbank Cup final

Sports Reporter JOHANNESBURG – Tickets for the Nedbank Cup final, slated for Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on May 19, have been sold out – barely 24 hours after they went on sale. The match will pit South Africa’s famed “Cup…

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Hundreds of children drop out of school as ravaging drought hits Zimbabwean constituency

Staff Reporter GWERU – A Zimbabwean lawmaker has expressed fear that a number of children in his rural constituency may be forced to drop out of school, due to drought-induced hunger that has ravaged the area. Mthokozisi Manoki Mpofu, Member…

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Under Abiy, Ethiopia’s media have more freedom but challenges remain

Muthoki Mumo/ CPJ Sub-Saharan Africa Representative on April 29, 2019 During a trip to Addis Ababa in January, it was impossible to miss the signs that Ethiopian media are enjoying unprecedented freedom. A flurry of new publications were on the streets. At…

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Zimbabwe’s RTG declares first cash dividend of $1mln after 2 decades, now holds 3.6% in FMHL

Business Reporter HARARE – Rainbow Tourism Group (RTG) has declared a $1 million cash dividend in the year ended December 31, 2018 after nearly 2 decades as the hospitality group is now strong financially with sound fundamentals. This is the…

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New ADF executive chairman unearths gross abuse of organisational funds, old guard bays for his blood

Staff members went unpaid, mounting debts to service providers, organisation kicked out of its Yeoville offices, despite donors pouring in money. Panicky old guard bays for new chairman’s blood. Mxolisi Ncube JOHANNESBURG – New African Diaspora Forum executive chairman, Dr…

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Death toll from Cyclone Kenneth rises to 38 in Mozambique

MAPUTO – At least 38 people have been killed since Cyclone Kenneth began to batter the northern coast of Mozambique, the National Disaster Management Agency said on Monday. At least 39 others were injured on day four of the tropical…

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Journalists urged to partner scientists on HIV and AIDS related researches

Sandra Maricho GWERU – Zimbabwean journalists have been urged to partner scientists carrying out research on HIV/AIDS prevention and cure, so that they can best inform the public. During a training workshop held in the Midlands capital recently, HIV prevention…

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Nigeria: Police arrest 264 suspected killers, kidnappers, cultists in Anambra

KANO – The Police Command in Anambra says it arrested 264 suspects including kingpins that masterminded two high profile kidnap and murder cases from April 1 to date in the state. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mustapha…

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Mobile journalism training helps Sudanese citizen journalists tell their own stories

Thomson Foundation upskills reporters in the country that ranks 175th out of 180 in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index, training them in non-confrontational reporting. JUBA –“Our vision that everyone should have the right to an honest and factual account…

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Zimbabwe: Police summon top human rights lawyer as crackdown on human rights defenders continues

Brenna Matendere GWERU – Zimbabwean police have summoned top human rights lawyer Doug Coltart for questioning, a day after four activists were allegedly abducted and tortured for attending a civil society meeting in Harare Saturday. The meeting – a workshop…

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RioZim slips into the red, posts $2.3 mln loss as forex constraints weighs down on operations

Almot Maqolo HARARE – Zimbabwe resources group, RioZim Limited slipped into a $2.3 million loss in the year ended December 31, 2018 from a profitability position in the comparable period in 2017 owing to fixed costs incurred and the halting…

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African Union dispatches delegate to Sudan

KHARTOUM – The African Union (AU) has sent special envoy Mauritanian diplomat Mohamed El-Hassan Ould Labbat to Sudan following the political crisis the country has seen since the toppling of former President Omar al-Bashir. The Union said that the new…

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Cameroon Defeats Guinea in Shoot out to Lift U-17 AFCON

DAR ES SALAAM – Cameroon defeated Guinea 5-3 on penalties to be crowned the champions of the Total Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations 2019 at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam Sunday. Goalkeeper Manfred EKoi was the hero for “Les…

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Zimbabwe: Alpha Media Holdings online radio a hit at ZITF

Lisa Duduzile BULAWAYO – One of Zimbabwe’s leading independent media house, Alpha Media Holdings, made waves during its debut appearance at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair which ended in Bulawayo at the weekend – getting inundation of visitors at the…

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How Zanu (PF) politicians, ZCDC officials, state security agents and mining cartels smuggle diamonds out of the country

Clayton Masekesa MUTARE – An organised syndicate involving senior employees of the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company, state security agents, Zanu (PF) politicians and wealthy buyers are allegedly smuggles thousands of carats of diamonds worth billions of dollars out of Zimbabwe’s…

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Zimbabwean police probe syndicate around porous border with Mozambique

Clayton Masekesa MUTARE – Police in Zimbabwe’s eastern border town of Mutare are investigating the existence and operations of well-organised syndicates at the porous Forbes Border Post in the city, believed to be facilitating smuggling, prejudicing the country of millions…

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Health time bomb as Harare is hit by water chemical shortages

HARARE – The City of Harare is faced with water shortages in the next few days owing to non-availability of water treatment chemicals. Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba recently revealed the city authorities had reduced water production due to lack of…

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One month on…72-year-old Cyclone Idai survivor relieves her “Doomsday” horror

Staff Reporter CHIMANIMANI – Ennia Muvhuni is a 72-year-old woman. She was sleeping in a wooden cabin in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe’s eastern province of Manicaland, when what had started as heavy rains suddenly metamorphosed into a monstrous cyclone. Following hours of…

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NMB FY18 NPL ratio misses estimates, sources $15 mln facility from regional institution for exporters

Almot Maqolo HARARE – Dual listed financial service group, NMBZ Holdings has reported a non-performing loans ratio of 7.43% that missed the bank’s estimates, citing a low demand for RTGS$ loans in the last quarter of 2018. However, the bank…

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“Expensive” Zimbabwean bread floods Mozambique

Clayton Masekesa CHIMOIO – AS locals in Zimbabwe have shunned buying expensive bread in Zimbabwe, unemployed youths in the country have something to smile about as they have joined the great trek to Mozambique to become porters, lugging consignments of…

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Govt must prioritize foreign currency allocation to local authorities: Chamisa

Business Reporter HARARE – Zimbabwe’s largest opposition MDC leader Nelson Chamisa says foreign currency allocation to local authorities for the purchase of water treatment chemicals must be a top priority for the government as the delay in availing the money…

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BancABC FY18 net profit rises to $11 mln on upbeat performance in net interest income

Business Reporter HARARE – BancABC, the local unit of African Banking Corporation, says its net profit doubled in the year ended December 31, 2018 to $11 million from $5.18 million in 2017, largely on efficient assets and liability management, lower…

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Zim’s tobacco sales drop 71% to $32 mln as holiday effect fails to come into play

Almot Maqolo HARARE – Zimbabwe’s tobacco sales continues with its downward trend as 18.54 million kilograms of tobacco worth $31.98 million have been sold so far since the start of the selling season in March this year. Latest data from…

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South Africa: Families evacuated as flooding hits parts of the country after heavy rain

Emergency services in several provinces are dealing with the aftermath of heavy rains, localised flooding and car crashes. JOHANNESBURG – Emergency services officials are dealing with several disasters across the country due to the heavy rainfall. In KwaZulu-Natal, a number…

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Sudanese call for renewed protests to pressure military

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudanese activists are calling for nationwide protests to press the military to hand over power to a civilian authority after the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir earlier this month. Railway workers and other protesters are gathering…

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ZIMRA fine threatens collapse of two of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations, owners appeal to President Mnangagwa

Clayton Masekesa MUTARE – Owners of SkyWalk and SkyLine – two of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations in the scenic Nyanga tourist resort in Zimbabwe, have pleaded with President Emmerson Mnangagwa to intervene over a RTGS$750,000 fine they were slapped…

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Pitso: We still don’t know our points

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has taken another jab at the PSL’s slow process of deciding whether or not to deduct points. Sundowns face the possibility of being docked points after being found guilty of fielding illegible player Wayne Arendse…

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Wilfried Zaha has been tipped for Liverpool transfer but would deal suit Reds?

Winger could be heading for Crystal Palace exit in pursuit of Champions League football Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has been tipped for a move to Liverpool but would the former Manchester United flop suit Jurgen Klopp’s Reds? Quotes from Zaha…

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South Africa: KZN church collapse: Families to identify remains of loved ones

DURBAN – The bereaved families of 13 churchgoers killed in a church collapse in KwaZulu-Natal will identify their remains at the Richards Bay mortuary on Tuesday. The majority of those who lost their lives when the wall and part of…

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Zimbabwe: Education beyond reach, as school demands 80 % fees top-up

Brenna Matendere GWERU – Midlands Christian College, an esteemed private school in Zimbabwe’s Midlands provincial capital, Gweru, has sparked the ire of locals, after it unilaterally charged a fees top-up of about 80 percent, on top of an additional mandatory…

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Cameroonian Women Call on Government to Stop Anglophone Separatist Fighting

YAOUNDE — Hundreds of Cameroonian women gathered in the capital this week to urge the government to stop the killings in the country’s Anglophone separatist western regions. Weeks of violent clashes in those areas have left at least 70 people dead….

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New Zealand becomes first country to hand over genocide archives to Rwanda

KIGALI, April 19 (Xinhua) — New Zealand on Friday became the first country to hand over archives related to the 1994 genocide to Rwanda. Of all the countries having historical ties with Rwanda that were requested to share archive documents…

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African Union commission chief to start talks with Sudan’s junta on power transfer

April 20, 2019 (KHARTOUM) – The head of the African Union Commission is expected Saturday to arrive in Khartoum to discuss the power transfer to civilians after an ultimatum by the Peace and Security to hand over power to civil…

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Zimbabwe: Security of tenure, access to capital for farmers key to generating adequate raw materials for the industry

Almot Maqolo HARARE – Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the country is now focusing on unlocking value from the land, ensuring maximum productivity, as the agricultural sector plays a pivotal role in stimulating the modernization and industrialisation of the economy….

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Sudan rebels suspend hostilities in support of power transition

KHARTOUM – An armed Sudanese rebel movement announced yesterday it was unilaterally suspending hostilities in support for peaceful transition of power in the country, Reuters reported. The movement, which is active in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states, said that…

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The Anglophone Cameroon crisis: April 2019 update

Relations between the largely Anglophone regions of Cameroon and the country’s dominant Francophone elite have long been fraught. Over the past three years, tensions have escalated seriously and since October 2017 violent conflict has erupted between armed separatist groups and…

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South Africa: Maimane accuses Ramaphosa of failing to declare R500k Bosasa donation

PRETORIA – President Cyril Ramaphosa has not noted the controversial R500,000 donation to his 2017 presidential campaign from facilities management company Bosasa in his declaration of interests. This is according to DA leader Mmusi Maimane, who, in a press release…

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SA and Zimbabwe musicians band together for Cyclone Idai victims

PRETORIA – South African music stars, promoters and Zimbabwean artists have come together to pledge their support for victims of tropical cyclone Idai that hit  Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, last month. The artists have committed to collecting non-perishable food, clothes,…

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Morocco is a trove of Jewish history if you know where to go

NEW YORK (AP) – With its mountains and desert, beach resorts and Berber villages, Morocco is a feast for travelers of all kinds, including those who want to explore the kingdom’s deep Jewish roots. The presence of Jews in Morocco…

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Pro-apartheid expats club that calls Mandela ‘evil terrorist’ makes headlines in UK

A UK-based club for South African and Zimbabwean expats seemingly believes former president Nelson Mandela was “evil”, a “terrorist”, and should have been hanged.  On its webpage, the Springbok Club displays the flag of apartheid South Africa and still refers to Zimbabwe…

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UEFA Champions League: Semi-final dates confirmed

Liverpool and Tottenham have had the dates for their Champions League semi-finals confirmed by Uefa. Spurs will host Dutch side Ajax in the first leg on Tuesday, 30 April, with the second leg in Amsterdam on Wednesday, 8 May. Liverpool…

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How People Power has managed to topple authoritarian regimes in Africa: Dictators must take heed

By Stewart Musarapasi The year 2019 alone has seen discord escalate between ordinary people and their governments within the African continent in at least three countries – Algeria, Libya and lately, Sudan. The major causes of disharmony are corruption, oppressive…

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Zimbabwe’s Karo Mining Holdings spends $8mln in first phase of exploration

Business Reporter HARARE – Zimbabwe’s Karo Resources, which signed a $4.2 billion platinum deal with government last year, revealed this week that its exploration program was going ahead of schedule, as it had drilled 18.5 meters so far in the…

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Why Zimbabwe needs to urgently rebrand as a tourist destination

Clayton Masekesa MUTARE – Zimbabwe needs to urgently rebrand itself as a safe and top tourist destination if she is to boost tourist confidence, the Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Prisca Mupfumira said this. Addressing delegates at the…

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Why Zimbabwean artists will die poor

Clayton Masekesa MUTARE – Outspoken musician Hosiah Chipanga has said despite having a new government headed by Emerson Mnangagwa and a new arts and recreation minister, Kirsty Coventry, artists in Zimbabwe will continue to wallow in poverty because of inheriting…

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Time 100: Mohamed Salah graces 2019 cover

Salah, who discussed the importance of women’s equality, is on one of the four Time covers Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for 2019 is out, and the names you would expect to see are there like…

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‘Chamisa a dictator worse than Mugabe’

Staff Reporter HARARE – A Zimbabwean pressure group calling itself in Defence of the Morgan Tsvangirai’s Legacy (DTML) has accused MDC-Alliance president Nelson Chamisa of trying to create a dictatorship that is worse than that of deposed former Zimbabwean leader…

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Sudan: Army raids Intelligence and Security Service headquarters

Activists said the Security Service used the freshly printed banknotes to pay gangs to harass protestors. A video clip circulated on social media showing Sudanese military intelligence teams raiding the headquarters of the National Intelligence and Security Services. The footage…

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Africa making progress in using STI to achieve SDGs, but more still needs to be done

MARRAKECH – The Africa Regional Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum was one of the pre-events of the fifth session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development that took place at the Palais des Congrès de la Palmeraie in…

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Western Sahara: Morocco Reiterates that Autonomy is the Most it Can Offer

The Polisario Front has long sought support from Russia, building on the friendly diplomatic ties between Moscow and Algiers. Rabat – In Russia, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita stressed the importance of a realistic political solution to the Western Sahara…

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South Africa: Inter-ministerial committee to tackle burning issues in Alexandra

An inter-ministerial committee has been established to attend to the issues raised by protesting Alexandra residents during ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to the area. The committee will include ministers of cooperative governance and traditional affairs, human settlements, water and…

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Zimbabwe: How corrupt Zanu (PF) officials and traditional leaders betrayed the evicted villagers of Gokwe South

Staff Reporter HARARE – A regional anti-corruption watchdog has blamed government officials and traditional leaders for the illegal parceling of land at Ngondoma and Chemagora areas, Gokwe South, in Zimbabwe’s Midlands Province, where thousands were displaced as their homes were…

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Zimbabwe: Turnall bounces back, daily output up 25% as exports growth expected in the Q1 of 2020

Almot Maqolo BULAWAYO – Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed Turnall Holdings Limited has seen its per-day production volumes increase from the initial 80,000 tonnes to 100,000 tonnes at its non-asbestos plant in Bulawayo, in sync with the firms’ target to increase exports…

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How Zimbabwe’s poor resettlement programme worsened Cyclone Idai impact

Clayton Masekesa CHIPINGE – Zimbabwe’s poor resettlement programme that saw hundreds of villagers living in unsafe areas have been largely blamed for the loss of many people to Cyclone Idai. Hundreds have died after Cyclone Idai hit Zimbabwe and thousands…

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Zimbabwe: Youth organisations perturbed by crackdowns on CSOs and journalists

By Staff Reporter HARARE – The National Association of Youth Organisations (NAYO) in Zimbabwe says is perturbed by government’s continued crackdown on civil society organisations (CSOs) and has implored the government to enact laws that guarantee freedom of association. While…

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Sudan: Protest leaders demand civilian rule as African Union threatens suspension

The main protest group behind the movement to topple President Omar Al Bashir has issued a stark ultimatum to the now ruling military transitional council – disband and hand over to a civilian administration or face sustained demonstrations. The Sudanese…

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Nigerian, Cameroon, Chadian forces kill 90 Boko Haram fighters

(NAN)In a fierce encounter at the weekend with Boko Haram terrorists, troops of Sector 1 Operation LAFIYA DOLE, along with the Cameroon Defence Force, killed no fewer than 27 of the terrorists. Chadian forces also killed 63 of the terrorists…

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Zimbabwe moving at snail’s pace towards improving ease of doing business

Business Reporter HARARE – Despite moving in the right direction, Zimbabwe is not moving fast enough on the easy of doing business. There have been slow reforms largely in financing the processes and getting support from policy makers. The Ease…

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Alph Lukau’s Elliot, Brighton Moyo, Thabiso Proud Mlanje and the “secrets he took to the grave”

Mxolisi Ncube JOHANNESBURG – Usually, when a person dies and gets buried, their soul must be allowed to rest, except that person may have left behind them questions that still need answers, in which case, they cannot be left to…

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Zimbabwe: Resettled farmers fail to reach macademia nuts targets

Clayton Masekesa CHIPINGE – Resettled farmers here who forcefully grabbed macadamia nuts farms during the country’s infamous land grab in 2000 have this year failed to meet the 9 000 tonnes target following poor farming methods and incapacitation, experts have…

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UNICEF assists HIV+ cyclone victims

Clayton Masekesa MUTARE – UNICEF has rolled out a programme to trace and assist HIV-positive mothers and displace children who had their treatment schedules disrupted in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. The furious natural disaster ripped apart Chimanimani and Chipinge,…

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Zimbabwe: Compensating white farmers is class solidarity between black capitalists and white capitalists, while trampling on the rights of the workers and peasants, charges ZCP

Political Reporter JOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa’s recent promise to compensate the country’s displaced white commercial farmers is some form of class solidarity in which “black capitalists” are extending the hand of friendship to a “section of white capitalists”…

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George Charamba scoffing at Gukurahundi victims proves what an ignorant fool he is

Iphithule Maphosa President Mnangagwa`s spokesperson George Charamba, who has dedicated his life to justifying all evils perpetrated by Zanu (PF) over decades, once again displayed his arrogance recently, when he gave Zanu (PF)`s position and its attempts to hoodwink the…

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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa sees nothing wrong with Gukurahundi debate

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa says debate on the Gukurahundi issue should have started a long time ago and resolution of some of the issues finalised back then. The Head of State challenged the nation to open up discussions on…

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South Africa: ANC veterans slam Magashule for ‘outrageous’ racial utterances about whites

The ANC secretary-general called on voters to reject ‘umlungu’, while the veterans are in effect asking the ANC to reject him in response. In a statement on Monday, numerous ANC veterans said it was “unacceptable” that ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule…

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Rwanda’s genocide: Between Hutu majority and dictatorship

Inwalomhe Donald Though Kagame is facing little opposition in elections as his reign extends through the years, only time will tell if the Rwandan example of dictatorship and development proves an enduring model or a one-time fluke. The genocide ended after…

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Six killed in anti-separatism military operation in Cameroon’s restive anglophone region

YAOUNDE – At least six people were killed and several others injured early Sunday during an anti-separatism military operation in Ekona, a locality in Southwest, one of Cameroon’s two war-torn English-speaking regions, Xinhua news agency reported, quoting local sources. The…

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Nigerian, Cameroonian troops kill 27 Boko Haram suspects in gun battle

YAOUNDE – The Nigerian Army on Monday announced the imposition of a “permanent discomforting sleep” on 27 Boko Haram suspects in a joint raid with Cameroonian forces. The raid on April 13 also led to the recovery of heavy arms,…

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How skewed electoral processes are hindering Africa’s economic prospects

Christopher Ncube JOHANNESBURG – Africa lags behind other continents in terms of development, despite the abundance of natural resources, because of her egocentric leaders, who fail to use their nous to improve the life of their people in particular and…

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Manufacturing sector contribution to GDP will rise to 25% says Govt

Almot Maqolo HARARE – Zimbabwe government says it will increase manufacturing’s contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 25% -previously its peak, as it is one of the key economic sectors to spearhead the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP)….

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Zimbabwe: Gukurahundi exhumations a delicate issue which cannot be handled ineptly: analysts

Staff Reporter HARARE – Zimbabwean political analysts this week expressed mixed views on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s recent pledge that Government would facilitate the exhumation and reburials of victims of the 1980s Gukurahundi genocide, which killed an estimated 20,000 civilians, displaced…

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Free by day, jailed by night: Egyptian activists speak out against conditional release

They are out of prison, but not really free. Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, also known as Shawkan, spent five years in prison for simply doing his job as a journalist. He was detained on August 14, 2013 as he…

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Cortex logic appoints Deon van Heerden as new CEO

Business Reporter CAPE TOWN – African Artificial Intelligence Software and Solutions company, Cortex Logic, has appointed Deon van Heerden as the new Chief Executive Officer of Cortex Logic and Board Member of the Cortex Group. Van Heerden is an accomplished…

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How “thief” Chitando is “misleading” Emmerson Mnangagwa

Clayton Masekesa MUTARE – Themba Mliswa, chairperson of Zimbabwe’s Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Mines and Energy, this week accused the country’s Minister of Mines and Mining Development – Winston Chitando, as a thief and corrupt official who stalled the country’s…

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Zimbabwean gospel artist does it for charity

Lisa Duduzile BULAWAYO – Zimbabwean gospel songbird, Evangelist Gaudencia Shumba has dedicated proceed for the launch of her album – By Grace, to the Silobela Jairos Jiri centre, a home for the old aged as a gesture of giving back….

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Go hang Malema, says Zanu (PF) youth leader

Staff Reporter HARARE – Youths of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu PF party came out guns blazing against Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema this week, bluntly telling the EFF Commander-in-Chief to “go hang” for his attack on Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa…

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Communities must benefit from rich wildlife within their areas’

Almot Maqolo HARARE – A clarion call has been made by ministers from Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) partner countries to ensure that communities benefit from the rich wildlife within the region. KAZA partner countries includes Botswana, Zambia, Angola,…

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Sudan army surrounds Khartoum home of Bashir’s brothers

Move follows reported resignation of President Omar al-Bashir after three decades in power. KHARTOUM –Sudanese army troops on Thursday surrounded the Khartoum home of former President Omar al-Bashir’s brothers, according to local witnesses. Witnesses reported seeing armored vehicles around the…

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IMF, Zim agree on policies and reforms to support quarterly-monitored SMP

Almot Maqolo HARARE – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said this week it had reached an agreement with the Zimbabwean government on macroeconomic policies and structural reforms that could underpin a Staff Monitored Program, to be monitored on a quarterly…

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No reprieve for Ziscosteel ex-workers, Zimra maintains accounts garnish

Staff Reporter KWEKWE – There appears to be no immediate reprieve for long suffering former employees of defunct Zimbabwe steel manufacturer Ziscosteel, as The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has now entered the second week of maintaining a garnish order on…

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South Africa: Protesters blockade Cape Town’s biggest township over water bills

Cape Town’s largest township was blockaded early on Thursday by protesters angry about high water bills. City of Cape Town traffic spokesperson Maxine Bezuidenhout said protesters had barricaded roads in and around Khayelitsha with burning tyres and rocks. “The whole…

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Omar al-Bashir steps down, army to announce transition – Sudan government sources

KHARTOUM  –  Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has stepped down and consultations are under way to set up a transitional council to run the country, government sources and a provincial minister said on Thursday. The minister of production and economic resources…

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Fears mount over coup in Sudan as armed forces set to make announcement

KHARTOUM – Sudan state television said on Thursday that the armed forces would make an important announcement soon, sparking speculation that a coup attempt could be underway against President Omar al-Bashir, who has led the country for 30 years. Earlier…

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Zimbabwe tobacco sales gross $14.11 million, still 78% lower than last year

Almot Maqolo HARARE – Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) says about 8.10 million kilograms of tobacco worth $14.11 million have been sold so far since the start of the selling season in March. Although at a slow pace,…

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Production commences at Zimcoke

Staff Reporter REDCLIFF – ZimCoke says production is expected to commence in earnest at its Redcliff base as the deal between the coke-making firm and government enters its final stages, only awaiting cabinet approval. Some of the firm’s contractors have…

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Econet commissions 466KW solar power plant

Almot Maqolo HARARE – Zimbabwe’s telecommunication giant, Econet Wireless has commissioned a 466KW solar power plant at its Willowvale industrial complex in Harare, as the company strengthens its efforts to the adoption of clean and reliable energy.  The solar plant…

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Zimbabwean journalists see no government will to scrap repressive media laws

Staff Reporter HARARE – The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe this week deplored government’s lackadaisical approach towards reforming the country’s repressive media laws, despite President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s public admission that the statutes did not meet democratic standards. Already working in a…

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Rwanda: Govt to vaccinate front-line health-workers against Ebola

KIGALI — The Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organization and other partners will launch vaccination of health care and frontline health workers to prevent them against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in case they have to…

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Morocco: Over 400,000 jobs created in 2014-18

RABAT – Over 400,000 new jobs have been created in Morocco’s industry over the 2014-2018 period, Industry Minister Abdelkader Amara said on Monday. This represents 81% of the targets set as part of the government’s plan for 2020, the minister…

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Zimbabwe: Why Lancashire Steel deal could be headed for stillbirth

William Milasi KWEKWE – A cloud of uncertainty hangs over an investment deal signed between the Zimbabwean government and a Botswana-based Indian company, Whinstone Enterprises, amid fears the treaty could be facing a stillbirth. Whinstone Enterprises signed a five-year deal…

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Sub-Saharan Africa inflation rate seen at 4.9%, inflationary pressures remains high says WB

Business Reporter HARARE – The World Bank (WB) said Monday the median inflation rate for the Sub-Saharan African countries will rise moderately to 4.9% this year, as inflationary pressures remain high in some countries. The projection reflects a 28.94% sharp…

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How Zimbabwe seeks to harness migration for its economic growth

Clayton Masekesa MUTARE – Zimbabwe must design a vigorous National Migration Policy that addresses migration challenges and harnesses the developmental opportunities offered by migration. Officially opening a three-day NMP draft workshop supported by the International Organisation for Migration, which kicked-off…

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Zimplow declares healthy dividend of $500K as cost-cutting measures pay off

Almot MaqoloHARARE – After-tax profits for Zimbabwe’s farm implements manufacturer Zimplow rose 76% to $6 million for the year ended 2018, after a significant growth in topline to $48.7 million, the company has revealed. In the past few years, the…

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Expedite infrastructure rebuilding in Cyclone hit areas: ZHRC tells Zimbabwean government

Staff Reporter HARARE – The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has recommended improved coordination of aid distribution in the cyclone ravaged areas of Manicaland. In a report on their first monitoring visit to Chimanimani and Chipinge in the aftermath of…

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Cameroon deploys troops bracing for anti-Biya protests

YAOUNDE — Cameroon has deployed troops to crack down on protesters calling for the release from jail of 150 opposition party members, including their leader Maurice Kamto, who says he won the October presidential election, not long-serving President Paul Biya….

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Sudan prepares to vaccinate over 11 million children against measles and polio

KHARTOUM – The Federal Ministry of Health in Sudan, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today launched a large-scale vaccination campaign in Sudan to vaccinate over 11…

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Zimbabwe’s milk production up 14% in first 2 months

Almot Maqolo HARARE – Raw milk production in Zimbabwe rose 14% to 12.9 million litres in the first two months of the year in comparable to 11.34 million litres reported in the same period last year, at a time the…

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Rwanda ‘a family again’, 25 years after genocide — Kagame

KIGALI, Rwanda (AFP) — President Paul Kagame said yesterday that Rwandans had become a family again, 25 years after more than 800,000 people were slaughtered in a genocide that shocked the world. Kagame lit a remembrance flame at the Kigali…

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Morocco’s Automotive Industry Creates More Jobs Than Other Sectors

Several reports acknowledged that industries reduce unemployment, which is hindering Morocco’s development. RABAT – Morocco’s Ministry of Trade and Industry has said the North African country has reached nearly 81 percent of its goal in the Industrial Acceleration Plan (IAP) to offer…

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Zimbabwe: Why dualisation of the Beitbridge-Harare- Chirundu highway may remain a pipe dream

Aku Harriet HARARE – Zimbabwean authorities’s plans to dualise the Beitbridge-Harare- Chirundu highway might hit a brick wall, as thousands of villagers meant to be displaced have not received any compensation. The highway, expected to ease trade and minimise the…

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Zimbabwe: Why Emmerson Mnangagwa will fall in the same pit as Robert Mugabe

Clayton Masekesa MUTARE – Outspoken Zimbabwean musician-cum politician, Hosiah Chipanga, has warned President Emerson Mnangagwa he faces the same predicament that befell his predecessor Robert Mugabe – a military ouster, if he did not seek urgent spiritual anointing and guidance….

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Zim partners Welcome China for training program to lure Chinese tourists

Almot Maqolo HARARE – The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) and Welcome China to hold a China Ready Certification training program for the tourism industry starting tomorrow (Sunday), meant to assist the destination and service providers to be ready for Chinese…

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What problem lies ahead of SA allowing undocumented migrant children to register at government schools?

Mxolisi Ncube JOHANNESBURG – The South African government’s decision to finally allow migrant children – including undocumented ones, to enroll with government schools, is a step in the right direction, but more work remains in forcing its implementation, say migrant…

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Free our leaders, stop the genocide, say Ambazonian activists

Mxolisi Ncube PRETORIA – Activists fighting for the independent state of Ambazonia (Anglophone Cameroon) have vowed to continue their quest for freedom and the right to self-determination in the face of reprisals from President Pau Biya’s government, which has respondent…

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Morocco: King Mohammed VI Chairs Meeting on New ‘Cities of Professions, Skills’

The King is determined that vocational training could be a lever to curb unemployment in Morocco. Rabat – King Mohammed VI has chaired a meeting in which officials presented a roadmap for the development of vocational training and the creation of “cities…

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BREAKING! South Africa FINALLY allows undocumented migrant children to register at government schools

The DBE has written a circular to all provinces directing that all learners, irrespective of their citizenship status, should not be denied admission to any public school Mxolisi Ncube PRETORIA – The South African government has directed public schools to…

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Pope Francis visits Mozambique

MAPUTO – Pope Francis will visit Mozambique in September 2019, just weeks before elections that will choose the new president, members of the Republican Assembly, and provincial governors. The Pope was invited by Mozambique’s president, Filipe Nyusi, in September 2018….

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Dry week for Redcliff as Kwekwe “cuts” water supplies

Staff Reporter KWEKWE – The Redcliff municipality has gone for more than a week without water, leaving thousands of residents in the dormitory town sitting on a health time bomb. This follows failure by the Kwekwe City Council to supply…

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Liquid Telecom nails US$180 million investment from UK’s CDC Group plc

Business Reporter JOHANNESBURG – Africa’s leading telecommunications group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has announced the completion and receipt of a US$180 million investment from CDC Group plc, the UK’s development finance institution. The investment will enable Liquid…

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Zimbabwe’s Proplastics reports $3.51 PAT, but forex hurdles continue to impinge on operations

Almot Maqolo HARARE – Zimbabwe’s leading plastic pipe manufacturer Proplastics Limited is facing challenges in securing foreign currency for the importation of raw materials and capital equipment, which is essential to keeping the factory running. On a monthly basis the…

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Why Zimbabwe’s humanitarian assistance needs have hit US$60 million

Staff Reporter HARARE – The Zimbabwean government and the United Nations community have launched a revised Humanitarian Flash Appeal to include response to Cyclone Idai, requesting for an additional USD 60 million. This brings to USD294 million the total amount…

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False context: Graphic videos, photos not of recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa – Africa Check

Foreign nationals living in South Africa are again fearful of attacks by locals. But widely shared images and videos falsely captioned as xenophobic violence only get in the way of solutions. Researched by Cayley Clifford and Lee Mwiti South African…

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Zimbabwean artists challenged to target regional, international audiences

Lisa Duduzile BULAWAYO – Zimbabwe Arts and Culture Association President, BonifaceChimedza, has challenged the country’s artists and producers topackage their productions for the regional and global markets. “Let’s shift our focus and target the lucrative regional and globalmarkets, which will…

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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa calls for united front in tackling disaster, as he takes 17 opposition parties on tour of cyclone-ravaged areas

Steven Mahwai HARARE – Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday called for a united front in tackling the Cyclone Idai tragedy, as he took leaders of 17 opposition political parties on a flight tour of cyclone-ravaged Chimanimami, in the country’s…

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CCA, Parallel Wireless partner to provide end-to-end network solutions for US mobile operators

World’s First Virtualized Open RAN to Deliver Profitability and Cost-effectively Enable 4G Expansion and Migration to 5G Business Reporter Parallel Wireless, Inc., the leader in providing the world’s first software-based unified end-to-end ALL G network solution (2G, 3G, 4G, and…

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Not drought or Cyclone Idai: Why thousands of villagers face starvation in Zimbabwe’s Manicaland Province

Clayton Masekesa MUTARE – Zanu (PF) officials in Mutasa South constituency, in the country’s eastern province of Manicaland, have been accused of continuing to sideline villagers they perceive to be MDC-Alliance supporters during the distribution of agricultural inputs, leaving thousands…

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African airlines traffic records 2.5% profits, but business conditions remain challenging: IATA

Almot Maqolo HARARE – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) saidAfrican airline’s traffic rose 2.5% in February 2019, compared to thesame period last year, but business conditions remained challenging formany airlines in the region, slowing down the growth trajectory. However,…

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Armed men raid Somalia’s Universal TV, fire guns in station

Nairobi – Authorities in Somalia should urgently investigate an attack on the privately-owned station Universal TV and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. Ten armed individuals, including nine in police uniform, who claimed to be…

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Cameroon: Farmers spice up earnings with forest-friendly foods

Elias Ntungwe Ngalame Mbalmayo, Cameroon — A government programme is providing training and funds to help farmers process and package local spices and herbs, boosting their incomes and protecting forests Lucy Muke, a farmer in Mbalmayo in south-central Cameroon, pointed…

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Senele Mbatha appointed new Discovery Vitality CFO

Discovery Vitality has appointed former AIG CFO Senele Mbatha as its new CFO from April. Former American International Group Inc (AIG) CFO Senele Mbatha has joined the Discovery Group as the CFO of Discovery Vitality as of April.  Senele, a chartered accountant, held several senior positions at AIG,…

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South Africa: Why PSL is changing kickoff times for afternoon matches

Sports Reporter JOHANNESBURG – The South African Premier Soccer League has changed kickoff times for both Absa Premiership and National First Division afternoon matches, effective this weekend. The PSL said in a statement Thursday that afternoon matches, which used to…

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Zimbabwe’s public media too obsessed with politics to cover climate change, charge church leaders

Clayton Masekesa MUTARE – Zimbabwe’s church leaders this week accused the country’s public media of obsessing over partisan politics at the expense of covering climate change topics. During a climate change church leaders’ conference held in the eastern border town…

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Forgive me for my failures, pleads Algeria’s outgoing President

Outgoing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has asked his country for “forgiveness” in a letter published by the Algerian Press Service. The president, who has been in power for 20 years, said he was “proud” of his contributions but realised he…

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South Africa: Why ANC’s ‘rotten apples’ will not make it to parliament, cabinet

JOHANNESBURG – Senior leaders within the ANC are placing their trust on the integrity commission’s might to remove delinquent candidates from its national and provincial lists.  The integrity commission, which investigates those who bring the party into disrepute, has, however,…

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Zimbabwe tobacco auction rakes in US$1.78 million as deliveries continue to improve

Almot Maqolo HARARE – Cumulative tobacco deliveries at the Zimbabwe’s three auction floors hit one million kilograms Wednesday – day 10 of the sales period, raking in $1.78 million as deliveries continued their slow surge, official data showed. It was…

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Fuel shortages will not affect cyclone relief efforts: WFP

Almot Maqolo HARARE – The World Food Program (WFP) said this week it had secured adequate fuel supplies for its air operations to help in Zimbabwe’s disaster relief efforts. This comes after media reports alleging shortages of Jet A-1 fuel…

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Chariot Oil & Gas expands Morocco footprint with acquisition of Lixus licence

“The award of the Lixus licence provides Chariot with a discovered resource base offering a low-cost development opportunity and significant upside,” said chief executive Larry Bottomley. Chariot Oil & Gas Limited (LON:CHAR) has expanded its footprint offshore Morocco, with the…

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Zimbabwe: Patients exchange used bandages as Zanu (PF) blocks donation from local resident

Staff Reporter MBERENGWA – A Zimbabwean resident who wanted to give back to his community had his generosity thrown back at his face recently, when what is seemingly Zanu (PF) paranoia and red-tape saw him being pushed from pillar to…

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Algerians reach their “Asante Sana” moment with Bouteflika , but where to from here?

Joyous scenes of celebrations after Bouteflika resigns Bouteflika’s resignation prompts jubilation in Algiers but many say they will continue to protest against government. ALGIERS – “I am super happy and excited. We have won a battle. This will be a sleepless…

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In Zimbabwe: At least 375 convicted for protest riots. Travesty of justice?

Steven Mahwai HARARE – At least 375 people – predominantly opposition activists, who participated in the January protests that left at least 17 people dead and property worth millions of dollars destroyed, have been convicted for their hand in the…

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How Zimbabwe’s new law seeks to bar civil servants from dabbling in politics

Steven Mahwai HARARE – The Zimbabwean government has started a process to amend laws that govern civil servants, in a bid to bar them from being active in partisan politics at the expense of service delivery Briefing journalists at a…

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Union says education amendment bill still overlooks teachers welfare

Staff Reporter HARARE – Zimbabwe’s rural teachers said this week that while government had made strides in modernizing the education system through the education amendment bill of 2018, the bill was still silent about the teachers’ welfare. Amalgamated Rural Teachers…

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UN raises red flag over piling of food donations meant for Cyclone victims

Clayton Masekesa MUTARE – The United Nations has raised concern over the continuous piling up of food donations in warehouses in the city of Mutare, while affected victims of Cyclone Idai are grappling with hunger in Chimanimani and Chipinge –…

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Tobacco sales show 90 % decline, but deliveries improve

Almot Maqolo HARARE – Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) says about 876,804 kilograms of the golden leaf worth US$1.5 million have been sold since the start of the selling season in March this year. This represents a 90%…

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Celebrate: Madlela S’khobokhobo, Mthimbani Boyoyo, combine to release a scorcher

Lisa Duduzile BULAWAYO – Zimbabwean musician-cum-comedian, Madlela S’khobokhobo Power this week launched a rhumba track in honour of legendary fellow rhumba artist, Themba Mthimbani Boyoyo Mathe. The powerful rhumba track titled “Celebrate”, was launched earlier this week, alongside a gospel…

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South Africa: Ace Magushule denies he doctored ANC lists

JOHANNESBURG – ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has once again denied claims that he tampered with the list of candidates nominated to represent the party in the National Assembly and provincial legislatures. Speaking days after state security minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba allegedly…

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Sudan’s al-Bashir appoints 7 new ministers

KHARTOUM – The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir on Monday issued presidential decrees in consultation with the Prime Minister Mohamed Taher Aila appointing 7 ministers. According to the decrees, Rawda al-Haj has been named Minister of Culture, Siddig Amir has been…

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Pope commends Morocco for accepting migrants

Pope Francis has commended the people and government of Morocco for accepting and being hospitable to migrants. The Pope who was on a two day visit to Morocco gave the commendation at a grand reception organised for him at Esplanade…

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Zimbabwe: Cyclone Idai leaves thousands of refugees and asylum seekers at Tongogara Camp susceptible to diseases

MUTARE – THOUSANDS of refugees living at Tongogara Refugee Camp in Manicaland are in danger of contracting diseases after their water and sanitation infrastructure was damaged during violent storms brought by last month’s Cyclone Idai. The camp, situated outside Chipinge,…

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Zimbabwe launches debt strategy resolution paper

Almot Maqolo HARARE – The Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) has launched a debt strategy resolution paper called Sustainable and Inclusive Debt Management Framework for Zimbabwe (SIDMaF) aimed at weaning the southern African nation from the debt trap….

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Migration will ‘never be resolved by raising barriers’, says Pope Francis during Morocco visit

Pope Francis has slammed Donald Trump‘s plan to build a wall on the Mexican border, saying migration will ‘never be resolved by raising barriers’. The 82-year-old made the comments as he arrived for the start of a two-day visit to Morocco today,…

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Arrest those engaging in xenophobic attacks, says Ramaphosa

News Reporter JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa – whose recent inflammatory statement on migrants operating small-scale businesses in the country has been blamed for stocking the anti-migrants attacks in Durban, this week condemned the violence and called on…

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Stop attacking our African brothers and sisters: Malema on xenophobia

EFF leader Julius Malema’s African ideology has attracted the support of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) organisation. CAPE TOWN – With 37 days to go until South Africans head to the polls, political parties are stepping up their electioneering….

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FS Stars winger Jantjie dies in car crash

Sinethemba Jantjie joins a growling and concerning list of South African footballers who have passed away in a motor vehicle accidents. CAPE TOWN – Free State Stars confirmed winger Sinethemba Jantjie has been killed in a car accident in Bethlehem…

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BRICS Bank approves $790 million for SA projects

A bank official has told Reuters that $480 million is aimed at Eskom’s Medupi power station. JOHANNESBURG – The BRICS New Development Bank of emerging economies has approved funding of $790 million for three South African projects. A bank official…

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Cyril Ramaphosa suffering from mental slavery, charges Zimbabwean opposition leader

By Staff Reporter JOHANNESBURG – A Zimbabwean opposition leader lashed out at South African President Cyril Ramaphosa this week, saying the ANC leader’s recent utterances about migrants in South Africa were symptomatic of mental slavery. During a recent campaign rally…

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Zimbabwe: RG’s office opens satelite centres for births and deaths registrations in Cyclone-hit areas

Aku Harriet MASVINGO – The Zimbabwean government has established satellite centres for the registration of births and deaths to specifically cater for people in the areas recently ravaged by Cyclone Idai, amid reports thousands lost essential documents during the tragedy….

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Old Mutual Zimbabwe FY18 profit rises to $300 mln, wary of inflationary pressures

Almot Maqolo HARARE – After-tax profits for Zimbabwe’s financial services giant Old Mutual Zimbabwe rose 37% to $300.7 million for the year ended 2018, the company has revealed. The surge, from $219.3 million recorded in 2017, was backed by cost…

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Zimbabwean musicians fundraise for Cyclone Idai victims

Lisa Duduzile BULAWAYO – Zimbabwean musicians have lined up several concerts around the country meant to raise funds to assist victims of the Cyclone Idai disaster. Hundreds of lives were lost, many people were injured, while hundreds of others were…

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Command Agriculture lies exposed ….. Zim left with just seven months’ supply of maize

Steven Mahwai HARARE – Crisis-hit Zimbabwe is left with seven months’ supply of both the staple maize and small grains supply, according to a government minister. This spells more doom for the impoverished state, which has heavily relied on donor…

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Morocco inks investment projects worth billions of dollars

RABAT – Moroccan government has approved 28 new investment projects worth 2.4 billion U.S. dollars in various sectors, the prime minister’s office said in a statement on Wednesday. The projects will create 4,346 direct jobs and 7,934 indirect ones, the…

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Mozambique floods a highest-level emergency, WFP

News Reporter BEIRA – The United Nations World Food Programme declared the Mozambique flood crisis a Level 3 emergency Friday, putting it among top response priorities for the organisation, on a par with Yemen, Syria and South Sudan. The designation…

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How Zimbabwe will benefit from its new $3,4m Walvis Bay Dry Port

Zimbabwe has completed the construction of a Dry Port Facility at Walvis Bay in Namibia in a move expected to boost trade and bilateral relations between the two countries. But more importantly for trade, it is anticipated that this facility…

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US$5.2 million boost for fight against malnutrition in Chad

News Reporter N’DJAMENA – The UK government has committed another equivalent of US$5.2 million to support UNICEF’s treatment of severe acute malnutrition in Chad. The fund, donated through the Department for International Development, will expectedly bolster lifesaving interventions in the…

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Malawi: UK provides $4.5 million humanitarian response to Malawi floods

News Reporter LILONGWE – The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development this week provided US$4.5 million towards humanitarian response for displaced people, following heavy rains and catastrophic floods in the south of Malawi. The funds donated to fund the works…