Category: Africa

CONGO : Sassou's Falcon jet not up for sale before summer

January 29, 2021
With the Paris Court of Cassation due to hand down a ruling in early February, the Falcon 7X jet belonging to the Congolese president’s office looks like it will not be going on sale before July. Source link

Namibia: Exile Kids Association Wants Swapo Govt Removed

January 28, 2021
The Namibia Exile Kids Association (Neka) wants the ruling Swapo Party to recall all its representatives in the current administration under president Hage Geingob, saying they have made themselves guilty of corruption. Neka chairperson Benita Nakaambo in an interview with The Namibian said she was disappointed to learn that majority of Swapo’s prominent leaders only

Africa: UNHCR Warns Asylum Under Attack At Europe’s Borders, Urges End to Pushbacks and Violence Against Refugees

January 28, 2021
Alarmed at the increasing frequency of expulsions and pushbacks of refugees and asylum-seekers at Europe’s land and sea borders, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for states to investigate and halt these practices. “UNHCR has received a continuous stream of reports of some European states restricting access to asylum, returning people after they have

Mozambique: Police Commander Sacks Frontier Police Leaders

January 28, 2021
Maputo — The General Commander of the Mozambican Police, Bernadino Rafael, announced on Wednesday that he has removed the entire command of the First Regiment of the Frontier Police, stationed at Namaacha, on the border between Mozambique and Eswatini. He added that all members of the frontier police stationed a few kilometres away at Macuacua

Africa: COVID 19: TrustAfrica V6 CO Online Medical Supplies Provide Relief for Healthcare Workers in Senegal

January 27, 2021
TrustAfrica Foundation will be providing much-needed relief to healthcare workers in Senegal as part of its contribution to the concerted efforts to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Foundation plans to donate about thirty thousand high-quality masks from Wednesday, January 27, to be used for the protection of frontline healthcare providers in the

South Africa: SA’s Age-Old Factionalism Fuels Vaccine Scepticism

January 27, 2021
In Joburg’s inner city, existing political fault lines are providing fertile ground for the spread of misinformation, with vaccine scepticism taking hold. As science around the Covid-19 pandemic becomes increasingly contested in South Africa, the consistently trialled efficacy of the vaccines approved so far, to protect against the virus, is encouraging. But, as debates over

Africa: President Ramaphosa Asks Rich Countries Not to Hoard Covid-19 Vaccines

January 26, 2021
President Cyril Ramaphosa says poor countries desperately need COVID-19 vaccines as much as other nations that have already started vaccinating their citizens. “We are all not safe if some countries are vaccinating their people and some countries are not vaccinating,” said President Ramaphosa on Tuesday. The President did not hold back as he raised concerns

SOUTH AFRICA/ANGOLA : Macron forced to postpone southern Africa tour yet again

January 26, 2021
Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Angola and South Africa planned for the first quarter of 2021 has been postponed to late March at the earliest. Source link

Zimbabwe: Poor Grain Production Hurting Zim Economy

January 25, 2021
Zimbabwe has been a net importer of food for the past 2 decades and the country’s import bill has increasingly featured grain imports with maize imports averaging 1.1 million Metric Tonnes (MT) per year in the last 10 years, while wheat and soya beans account for 300 000MT and 150 000MT in import quantities respectively.

Africa: Study shows vaccine nationalism could cost rich countries US$4.5 trillion

January 25, 2021
Paris — New comprehensive economic modelling shows advanced economies stand to lose trillions of dollars through vaccine nationalism – more than previously thoughtEconomic benefits of funding multilateral efforts to ensure equitable access to vaccines dwarf the costsAdvanced economies with international linkages have the most to gain from global collaboration on vaccine access and distribution A

Kenya/Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe Marathon Champ Pitches Camp in Kapsait, Chases Olympic Ticket

January 25, 2021
The Kapsait Athletics Training Camp in Elgeyo Marakwet County is proving to be a distance running Mecca of sorts with an increasing number of elite foreign athletes pitching camp at this address, some 3,000 metres above sea level, seeking improved performance. The camp was catapulted into global limelight when Brigid Kosgei, who trains at Kapsait,

Africa: A Key Component Of Climate Change Adaptation Urgently Needs A More Sustainable Approach – New ODI Report

January 24, 2021
A new report from global think-tank ODI sheds light on the need to strengthen sustainable climate services across Africa if ambitions for effective climate adaptation are to be realised. African countries are expected to be hit hard by climate change, and unpredictable and extreme weather is already having a significant impact on people’s lives across

CAMEROON : Ministers ruled offside over FIFA boss's route to African Nations opening match

January 24, 2021
Government ministers clashed with the president’s office over the route to be taken by the official convoy bringing FIFA chairman Gianni Infantino and his entourage to the opening match of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) between Cameroon and Zimbabwe in Yaounde on 16 January. Source link

Mozambique: Cyclone Eloise Hits Beira

January 23, 2021
Maputo — As forecast, Cyclone Eloise hit the central Mozambican city of Beira early on Saturday morning, with winds of 140 kilometres an hour and gusts of up to 160 kilometres an hour, according to the independent television station, STV. The cyclone flooded much of the city, and left it without electricity, while mobile phone

Africa: Why Cranes Need to Correct Results On Final Straight

January 23, 2021
Uganda, Togo, Morocco and Rwanda were all heading to the pitch for their second Group C games of the African Nations Championship (Chan) last night as we published this. But the topic of discussion remains as alive as the next and final group games on Tuesday night. It will be the same kick-off times between

EAST AFRICA : Kenya Railways boss feels the heat from anti-graft body

January 23, 2021
Months ahead of the scheduled delivery in June of six locomotives from Spain’s Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca, the procurement contract has already landed new Kenya Railways Corp (KRC) director Philip Mainga in the hotseat. Source link

Mozambique: Coastal City of Beira Braces for Another Hit

January 22, 2021
Geneva — The Mozambican city of Beira and the region around it are bracing for the impact of tropical storm Eloise, expected to make landfall soon. “Even if Eloise doesn’t make landfall directly on Beira, there is a very high probability that Beira is going to be hit by these very high winds and heavy

Africa: Over 2.8 Million Covid-19 Recoveries Across Continent

January 22, 2021
As of January 22, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 3,364,291. Reported deaths in Africa reached 82,789 and 2,809,930 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases – 1,380,807 – and 39,501 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (463,706), Tunisia (190,884), Egypt (158,963), Ethiopia (159,715), and Nigeria (116,655). For the latest totals, see

Mozambique: Nyusi Urges Cne Leadership to Be Impartial and Objective

January 21, 2021
Maputo — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Thursday urged the leadership of the National Elections Commission (CNE) to work with objectivity, impartiality, competence and zeal. He was speaking at a ceremony in Maputo where he swore into office the chairperson and two deputy chairpersons of the CNE. The chairperson is the Anglican bishop of the

Africa: Amnesty and FA Launch Guide for Increasing Refugee Women’s Participation in Football

January 21, 2021
Amnesty International UK, in partnership with the English Football Association, have today launched a free guide and online training series which aims to increase refugee women’s participation in grassroots football. The guide will help coaches, clubs and their foundations, county FAs, and others to set up football sessions with and for refugee women and girls

Mozambique: New Army Leadership Urged to Re-Establish Peace

January 20, 2021
Maputo — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has urged the new leadership of the Mozambican Armed Forces (FADM) to re-establish peace in the northern districts of Cabo Delgado province, as well as to swiftly restore order in Manica and Sofala provinces in the country’s central region. Nyusi posed those challenges on Wednesday in Maputo when swearing

Africa: Joe Biden’s in-Tray for Africa As He Takes Power Today

January 20, 2021
Africa may be looking up to Joe Biden and his Vice President Kamala Harris to right the wrongs of Donald Trump as the pair take power following a chaotic political season in the US. And while Biden will most certainly consider addressing domestic issues first after his swearing in this afternoon in Washington, his in-tray

MALI : AfDB to take over financing of Kenié dam abandonned by IFC

January 20, 2021
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is examining a case for the financing of the 42-MW hydropower plant Kenié. The Abuja-based institution is in talks with the project developer, French power producer Eranove. Source link

Mozambique: UN to Shine Urgent Spotlight On Cabo Delgado Crisis

January 19, 2021
Geneva — After developing under the radar for a number of years, what has been described as a humanitarian disaster in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado region is now grabbing the United Nations’ attention. The UN is so concerned that the regional directors for Southern and Eastern Africa of various of its agencies will jointly address

Africa: Discovery of Two New Giant Radio Galaxies Offers Fresh Insights Into the Universe

January 19, 2021
Two giant radio galaxies have been discovered with South Africa’s powerful MeerKAT telescope, located in the Karoo region, a semi-arid area in the south west of the country. Radio galaxies get their name from the fact that they release huge beams, or ‘jets’, of radio light. These happen through the interaction between charged particles and

GHANA : Foreign minister Botchway, centrepiece of Akufo Addo's ECOWAS chairmanship

January 18, 2021
Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo’s powerful foreign minister for the past four years, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway is to chair a meeting of her ECOWAS colleagues in Mali on 19 January. Source link

Africa: Namibia Prepares for CHAN Opener

January 18, 2021
The 2020 Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) kicked off on Saturday 16 January in Cameroon. Namibia will open their campaign against Guinea on Tuesday at the Limbe Sports Stadium. Namibia is making her second consecutive appearance at the finals. In 2018, Namibia defeated Ivory Coast and Uganda 1-0 each and drew 1-1 with Zambia, the

Africa: AfCFTA – What Nigerian Businesses Must Do to Export to African Countries – Official

January 18, 2021
Nigerian govt unveils guidelines for export to AfCTA countries The Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN) Saturday said exporters or agents aspiring to move products to countries under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) must obtain permits, licences, certificates and other relevant documentation from appropriate government agencies. Apart from getting regulatory approvals from such

GUINEA/SIERRA LEONE : With China all over Guinean bauxite and iron ore, investors target Sierra Leone

January 17, 2021
Indian group Geetarani Mohanty (GRM) is eagerly awaiting the Freetown government’s reply to its request for a bauxite and iron ore exploration permit for a site in Koinadugu District, northern Sierra Leone, filed in late 2020.DiversifyingThis permit would allow GRM Source link

Zimbabwe: Chikwende Perfect for Simba

January 17, 2021
FC Platinum striker Perfect Chikwende is ineligible to play for his new side Simba SC in the CAF Champions League group stages after joining the club from the Zimbabwean champions on Friday. The Tanzanian football champions are believed to have paid an around US$50 000 transfer fee for the red-hot 27-year-old forward. Chikwende has already