Category: Africa

AFRICA/UNITED ARAB EMIRATES : How Abu Dhabi calmed African countries' protests over its visa freeze

December 22, 2020
As part of its preparations for the historic official visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahou, which is due to Source link

Africa: WFP Cuts Refugees’ Food Rations in Uganda As Funding Declines

December 22, 2020
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned it will have to further reduce monthly relief cash and food rations for 1.26 million refugees in Uganda due to a funding shortfall.  With effect from February 2021, refugees will have to make do with only 60 percent of a full ration. “COVID-19 must not be

SOMALIA/KENYA/SOMALILAND : Kenyatta and Odinga play the Somaliland card to weaken Farmajo's 2021 election chances

December 21, 2020
The president of the self-proclaimed republic of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, who made an official visit to Nairobi last week, lunched discreetly with Somali presidential candidate Hussein Abdi Halane on Monday 14 December, just before boarding his plane back to Source link

South Africa: Vaccine Rollout – Here Is Where South Africa Stands

December 21, 2020
Johnson & Johnson is trying to get approval for a vaccine against Covid-19 that only requires one shot. Details of the vaccine’s trial are expected to be released in January. Only a massive global rollout of an effective vaccine can end the Covid-19 pandemic in the short term. The vaccine is being rolled out in

Africa: IGAD – Statement By the High Representative Josep Borrell On IGAD Summit

December 21, 2020
Statements by the HR/VP The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) leaders are meeting in Djibouti today at a time when the region has pulled together impressively to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and a desert locust invasion. And at a time, when the stability of the region is threatened by conflicts, ancient border disputes and a

GUINEA : Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée revives refinery project

December 20, 2020
Alumina production could begin in early 2025, according to Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG), a joint venture between Australia’s Rio Tinto, the US firms Alcoa and Dadco, and the Conakry government. CBG plans by that date to have completed Source link

South Africa: Sad Year for Football

December 20, 2020
The following are some of the leading individuals who passed away – football people and those closely related and friends of the game: – Xolani BISHOTI Former Interim President and founder member of Buffalo City Region, Former Buffalo City FC and Aces United FC (also chairman) defender – Amr FAHMY Former CAF General Secretary –

Africa: Continent Nears 60,000 Covid-19 Deaths

December 19, 2020
Cape Town — As of December 19, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 2,469,099 . Reported deaths in Africa reached 58,311 and 2,081,060 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases – 901,538 , and 24,285  people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco ( 412,393 ), Egypt ( 124,280 ),

AFRICA : Leading wealth manager Maitland promotes offshore trusts in face of wobbly rand

December 19, 2020
Offshore trusts as the bulwark against the risks of the rand: this is the solution being touted by the leading Source link

Mozambique: Fighting Displaces Over 500,000 in Northern Mozambique, Reports UN Refugee Agency

December 18, 2020
Attacks by armed groups and worsening insecurity in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Zambezia and Niassa provinces have displaced more than 530,000 people, many of whom have been forced to move multiple times, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. According to the agency, majority of the affected families have sought refuge in the safer

Africa: Glimmer of Hope – Africa CDC Launches Guidelines to Make Covid-19 Tests More Affordable and Accessible

December 18, 2020
The new guidelines on the use of rapid diagnostic testing offers new hope for more equitable, accessible and affordable testing. On 14 December 2020 the Western Cape health department restricted access to Covid-19 testing for the second time in the year, excluding most of those under 45 and all of those without symptoms from access

Zimbabwe: Funds for Emergency Food Assistance Run Dry As Millions Face Hunger Season

December 18, 2020
Harare — With millions of Zimbabweans devastated by a year of drought, rising hyperinflation and COVID-19, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for an additional US$204 million to support over four million of the most food insecure people over the next six months. The appeal comes ahead of the ‘lean’ season, which

Africa: We All Deserve Protection From Covid-19

December 17, 2020
When I contracted Ebola virus disease in August 2014 while working as a medical doctor in a well-known private hospital in Lagos, Nigeria, I was denied access to a potential cure. For 15 days, I battled for my life in a debilitated isolation ward, not knowing if I would survive. But American aid workers who

WEST AFRICA : Insurance giant Prudential's African path points towards Orabank

December 17, 2020
After the Ivorian civil servants’ pension fund took a share in the pan-African banking roup Orabank, British insurance giant Prudential may follow suit. Source link

Zimbabwe: Harare Mayor Charged With Contempt of Court

December 16, 2020
Harare mayor Jacob Mafume today appeared in court on obstruction of course of justice or alternatively contempt of court for allegedly interfering with a key witness, Edgar Dzehonye, in another matter where he is facing criminal abuse of office. The State led by Mrs Constance Ngombengombe and Mrs Kudzai Chigwedere opposed granting of his bail

Africa: Hailing a Great Feminist and African Nationalist

December 16, 2020
As advisor to a number of African leaders during their struggles for independence, the freedom fighter and champion for women’s rights Andreé Blouin cannot be relegated to the footnotes of history. Andreé Blouin is best known as the powerful advisor to Patrice Lumumba, but much of the focus on the activist has been on only

South Africa: Concourt Warns Against Unfounded Personal Cost Orders Against Public Protector

December 16, 2020
The Constitutional Court has considered four personal cost orders against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and upheld only one. On Tuesday, the court warned that awarding such orders without merit would weaken Mkhwebane’s office and damage democracy. In the ruling, the court also dismissed her appeal to subpoena tax records. The Constitutional Court has warned the

Africa: Broken Societies Put People and Planet On Collision Course, Says UNDP

December 15, 2020
An experimental global index offers a new measurement of human progress that illustrates the challenge of tackling poverty and inequality while easing planetary pressure The COVID-19 pandemic is the latest crisis facing the world, but unless humans release their grip on nature, it won’t be the last, according to a new report by the United

NIGERIA/UNITED STATES : Washington to take over Madueke clan's $20m villa after judge rejects Sarbonne Estate's claim

December 15, 2020
US Judge Keith Ellison decided late November that Sarbonne Estate cannot block the Department of Justice’s seizure of Nigerian national Kola Aluko’s villa. Source link

Africa: Ground Breaking and Unveiling Ceremony for Africa CDC HQ

December 14, 2020
Today, H.E. Amira Elfadil Mohamed Elfadil, Commissioner for Social Affairs and H.E. Ambassador Yuxi Liu, Head of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to Ethiopia, on behalf of the African Union Commission and the Government of China attended the ground breaking and unveiling ceremony for the China aided Project of the Africa Centres

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC : EUTM-RCA buys kit from TAG, Haftar's source of armoured vehicles

December 14, 2020
The Armored Group (TAG) continues to win contracts with multinational forces, even though the US firm operates in a Libya under sanctions. Source link

South Africa: Tears of Joy – Zama is the Winner of Idols South Africa Season 16!

December 13, 2020
Zama cried tears of joy as ProVerb announced that she had just sang her way to becoming the 16th winner of the Idols SA competition! In the process, Zama walks away with a cool R1 million, a recording deal from Kalawa Jazmee, R150 000 worth of the latest Samsung products, the all-new Toyota Starlet 1.4, R100

Africa: Scholar Recommends Ethiopia’s Economic Policy to Other Africans

December 13, 2020
Ethiopia is a good example to African countries with regard to pursuing home-grown economic policy and strategies that are free from the dominance of developed countries, a renowned African policy scholar said. In an emailed interview with The Ethiopian Herald, Political Economy Professor at Nairobi University, Michael Chege stated that the policies and strategies of

IVORY COAST : After Zimbabwe, B2Gold sets its sights on Ivorian gold

December 13, 2020
The booming Ivorian gold sector has succeeded in attracting a new player that is already well known in African mining circles: Canada’s B2Gold Corp. Source link

South Africa: Oil Refinery Blast Is One More Reason South Africa Should Take Industrial Risks Seriously

December 12, 2020
A blast at an Engen oil refinery recently rocked the community of Durban South, an industrial basin in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Several employees and community members were treated for smoke inhalation. The Conversation’s Nontobeko Mtshali asked Llewellyn Leonard to share his insights on South African communities and environments exposed to industrial risks. The recent explosion

Africa: AU Sides With Western Sahara On Autonomy Despite U.S. Decision

December 12, 2020
The African Union has maintained that the fate of Western Sahara must be decided by a referendum, even after the the US endorsed Morocco’s control over the breakaway region. Ebba Kalondo, spokesperson of AU Commission chair Moussa Faki Mahamat, says the AU supports the self-determination of Western Sahara through a free and fair referendum as

South Africa: Unregulated International Trade in Reptiles Threatens South Africa’s Vulnerable Species

December 11, 2020
The majority of South Africa’s snakes that are exported are wild-sourced and, along with most indigenous lizards, are not CITES-listed, meaning they can be moved out of the country without having to declare the source as either wild or captive-bred. This article was supplied by the Conservation Action Trust. A new report, Plundered – South

Africa: Russian Disinformation Popularizes Sputnik V Vaccine in Africa

December 11, 2020
Beach Gray, PhD, is a Senior Open Source Analyst at Novetta, specializing in Russian disinformation and media influence. Neil Edwards is an Open Source African Media Analyst at Novetta. On December 3, a vaccine produced by Pfizer, BNT162, became the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive authorization in the United Kingdom for distribution. The United States

AFRICA : Verdict on Africanews sale expected on 11 January

December 11, 2020
Following a submission of arguments on 7 December, the commercial court of Paris has postponed until 11 January its ruling on the €1M paid by Sipromad to Euronews for the planned purchase of the pan-African media service Africanews. Source link

Angola: Reforms in Angola Arouse Interest in Kenya

December 10, 2020
Luanda — Angolan ambassador to Kenya Syanga Abílio said Wednesday that the East African country’s investors were interested in investing in Angola. According to the diplomat, who was speaking on the LAC breakfast programme, investors from Kenya are very interested, driven by the reforms taking place in the Angola. The diplomat highlighted Kenyans’ interest in