Category: Africa

Angola Readies to Join Continental Trade Area

January 4, 2021
Luanda — The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) opened last Friday, January 1, 2021, which is an initiative of the African Union (AU) that foresees an increase in trade among member countries. The Republic of Angola may not start, on that same day, to carry out free trade under the Agreement, taking into account

Africa: Banadir Wins Somali Inter-State Tournament

January 3, 2021
Banadir defeated Gal-Mudug 3-0 on penalties after a 2-2 stalemate in regular time to win the 2020 edition of Somali Inter-state football tournament on Thursday (31 December 2020). Early in the game, a well taken free kick by Nageeye Deeq Mahmoud gave Banadir the lead, but Sahal Abdi Farah equalized after 15 minutes. Nageeye scored

Africa: When the World Unites to End Violence Against Women

January 3, 2021
Violence against women and girls is a global human rights challenge which must be fought to a standstill, JOY YESUFU writes. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the frontlines showed that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, have escalated. The trend is described as

South Africa: Health Workers Demand Vaccine Rollout

January 2, 2021
Thousands sign letter calling for Department of Health to act urgently “We call on the Department of Health to act urgently, transparently and decisively now to obtain vaccines and to implement vaccination, so as to reduce death and illness, and bring the pandemic under control.” So reads a letter started by Professor Heather Zar, a

Africa: Kenya’s President Calls On African Leaders to Harmonise Covid Protocols

January 2, 2021
President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to prepare harmonised COVID-19 protocols that will ensure participants are safe during the African Union meetings scheduled for February next year. President Kenyatta emphasized that the protocols will determine whether the African Union (AU) meetings will be virtual or physical

Africa: The Revolutionary Promise of New Year’s Day

January 2, 2021
In 1804, enslaved Africans seized their freedom on the Caribbean island that became Haiti. It came at an unthinkable cost, but it remains an inspiring example of what popular commitment and organisation can achieve. The celebration of New Year’s Day as a moment to contemplate renewal, usually personal renewal, follows the calendar adopted by Julius

Zimbabwe: Bulawayo Rapper Asaph Shortlisted for Listeners Choice Award

January 1, 2021
A BULAWAYO-based rapper, ASAPH has been short listed to represent Zimbabwe in the Listeners Choice Award at the MTV Africa Music Awards. The award winning rapper and musician broke the news on his Twitter account as he pleaded with Zimbabweans to vote for him in order for him to get the opportunity of a lifetime.

Africa: Zimbabwe Forced to Put CHAN Preparations On Hold

January 1, 2021
Zimbabwe have been forced to put their preparations for the African Nations Championship finals (CHAN) on hold after nine members of the squad tested positive for COVID-19 when the team re-grouped after Christmas on Monday. A further five members of the technical team also tested positive, Zimbabwe Football Association communications and competitions manager Xolisani Gwesela

South Africa: Stocks to Watch in 2021

December 31, 2020
Investors had high hopes for the JSE in 2020. After a lacklustre five years, ending December 2019, when the JSE managed subpar returns of 6% and barely beat inflation, it was hoped that 2020 would be the year of recovery. Instead, it’s been a year of wild rides beginning in March, when bourses around the

Africa: How to Usher in a New Year in ‘Lockdown’

December 31, 2020
Bogged down by the Coronavirus pandemic, the year 2020 brought with it lockdowns, economic insecurities, anxiety, ailment, and even deaths. So much that the world is hopeful for a new beginning in 2021. Fingers and toes crossed, the world is preparing to bid adieu to 2020 and ring in the New Year with renewed hopes

Mozambique: Covid-19 – 261 Recoveries, 62 New Cases and One Death

December 31, 2020
Maputo — The Mozambican health authorities on Tuesday reported that a further 261 people have made a full recovery from the Covid-19 respiratory disease. According to a press release from the Ministry of Health, this brings the total number of recoveries to 16,439 – which is 89.5 per cent of all those diagnosed with Covid-19

Africa: COVID-19: One year later – WHO Director-General’s new year message

December 30, 2020
Geneva — As people around the world celebrated New Year’s Eve 12 months ago, a new global threat emerged. Since that moment, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken so many lives and caused massive disruption to families, societies and economies all over the world. But it also triggered the fastest and most wide-reaching response to a

Zimbabwe: Khupe Still Party Leader, Engaging Madhuku Over Mwonzora’s ‘Poll Theft’

December 30, 2020
EMBATTLED MDC-T former interim leader Thokozani Khupe is reported to be still in charge of the opposition party and waiting for legal opinion from her lawyer, Lovemore Madhuku, her spokesperson has confirmed. Khupe Sunday tried in vain to stop delegates attending party’s chaotic extraordinary congress from voting accusing former interim secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora of rigging

African Union Celebrates Outstanding Education Innovations Across Africa, Crowning 3 Winners

December 29, 2020
Three (3) outstanding education innovations were awarded grants of USD 60,000, 40,000 and 20,000 at the Innovating Education in Africa Pitch Event 2020. The grants will be used to undertake pilot projects in collaboration with African Union Member States. The innovations included: BAG – Building A Generation – A gamified platform that offers real-time access

Africa Pilots Anti-Illicit Financial Flows Project

December 29, 2020
Africa has been selected to pilot a United Nations-funded project to reduce illicit financial flows. The pilot by the United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) support the project, which is aimed at helping the region achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the

Africa: International Day of Epidemic Preparedness

December 28, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of investing in systems to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks. The first ever International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, being held on 27 December 2020, was called for by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate the importance of the prevention of, preparedness for and partnership

Mozambique: Nyusi Inaugurates New Bridge in Cabo Delgado

December 28, 2020
Maputo — Bilibiza (Mozambique), 28 Dec (AIM) – Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Monday inaugurated a 300 metre long metallic bridge over the Montepuez river in Bilibiza, in Quissanga district, in the northern province of Cabo Delgado. The metallic bridge replaces the conventional bridge which collapsed almost exactly a year ago. In early January, the

Africa: Eight People, Processes and Political Events Set to Shape 2021

December 28, 2020
While we all wish 2021 would start with a clean slate, it won’t. Many key themes from annus horribilis 2020 will be with us well into the new year. The Covid-19 vaccine It’s clear that the global scramble for vaccines will be decided along economic rather than moral lines, and there is controversy about the

NIGERIA : Why Buhari is dragging his heels on marginal field awards

December 27, 2020
As we revealed (Africa Intelligence, 03/12/20), last week the head of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Sarki Auwalu, sent out an email to all of the companies shortlisted in the tender for 52 marginal fields left behind by foreign Source link

Zimbabwe: SA Authorities Say Beitbridge Border Congestion Now Cleared

December 27, 2020
SOUTH AFRICAN authorities say they have managed to clear the traffic congestion at the Beitbridge border post. In a statement, the South African Department of Home Affairs said the border was now easily accessible. “The Musina Local Municipality provided additional holding areas which enabled vehicles going to the border to be released to travel in

Africa: 2020 in Review – Investigations

December 26, 2020
Geneva — Our reporters uncovered sexual abuse allegations against Ebola aid workers in Congo, a data breach the UN tried to keep under wraps, and more. Sex abuse, corruption, missing aid money, data breaches, and alleged cover-ups: Our investigative reporting explored these topics and others as we looked at the multibillion-dollar aid sector in 2020.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC : Parisian PR agency ImaGGE backs Catherine Samba-Panza's campaign in France

December 26, 2020
Early this month in Paris, Catherine Samba-Panza, candidate for president of the Central African Republic, relied heavily on ImaGGE communications agency for PR. Source link

South Africa: Yaadt Music, a People’s Expression

December 26, 2020
There is always a song, remixed by no-one-knows-who, playing in many of the Cape’s spaces. It’s music that has become a part of the culture of the communities who produce as well as consume it. The history of yaadt music, a sound born in the Cape and its surrounding towns, is shrouded in obscurity and

Africa: A Year Without Precedent – WHO’s Covid-19 Response

December 25, 2020
Taking stock of all that’s been achieved – and the partnerships working to end the pandemic. It was the scenario the public health community had feared for decades. A dangerous virus emerges. It spreads rapidly around the world. COVID-19 infects people when they come together, but coming together is also how we will beat it.

SOUTH AFRICA/UNITED STATES : Arms broker Gareth de Nysschen does battle with US State Department

December 25, 2020
The South African entrepreneur Gareth de Nysschen, the founder and main shareholder in the South African firearms distributor Dave Sheer Guns, has been embroiled in a dispute since the summer with the US State Department and Department of Commerce after they refused him an import licence. Source link

Malawi’s Top Chess Player Mwale ‘Between Rock and a Hard Place’ to Defend His Chessam Title

December 24, 2020
Malawi’s top ranked chess player, Joseph Mwale – who is based in South Africa – wants to come and defend his Chess Association of Malawi (CHESSAM) National Championship title but is torn between a rock and a hard following the closure of all land borders for two weeks starting from December 23. In an interview,

Africa: Transparency in Extractives to Tame Graft Starts January

December 24, 2020
All countries subscribing to the global extractives initiative will effective January 1, 2021, have to publicly publish new and amended contracts signed with mining firms according to transparency disclosure requirements. Tanzania and Uganda are the East African countries subscribing to the Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). EITI said Tanzania and Uganda are among 55 countries

CENTRAL AFRICA/WEST AFRICA : Jeantet opens new 'green' OHADA desk

December 23, 2020
Green energy will be the theme of the first two seminars organised by Jeantet’s brand new OHADA desk. Source link

Mozambique: Sasol Pulling Out of Ressano Garcia Power Station

December 23, 2020
Maputo — The South African petrochemical giant Sasol has announced that it is selling its share of the gas-fired Ressano Garcia Thermal Power Station (CTRG), in the far south of Mozambique to the Nigerian company, Azura Power Limited, for 145 million US dollars. Sasol has a 49 per cent holding in CTRG. The other 51

Africa: ‘African Leaders Are Not Thinking Right’ – Thomas Mapfumo

December 23, 2020
Zimbabwean music maestro Thomas Mapfumo channeled his revolutionary rasp and talked tough about Africa at the third edition of African Crossroads. The Chimurenga music legend was the headline performer and guest of honour at the event which was screened from seven hubs on December 10 and 11. His prerecorded set included liberation-era songs while his