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Africa: In a Fiscal Ditch? African Countries Should Try Public Participation in the Budget Process

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There are two big challenges African countries face when it comes to managing public finances. First, many lack fiscal capacity on account of structural weaknesses of their economies and gaps in tax administration. Predominant informality of wage employment and reliance on subsistence agriculture in most countries make it difficult to raise revenue beyond consumption and…

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Kenya: UDA, ANC and Ford Kenya to Join Forces in Parliament

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Nairobi — The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) will join forces with its newly found allies in Parliament to guard against unchecked public debt and taxation proposals. UDA made the announcement on Monday following a Parliamentary Group meeting during which lawmakers endorsed the party's alliance with the Amani National Congress and FORD Kenya. Speaking at Deputy…

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Africa: Over 236,000 Covid-19 Deaths Across Continent

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Harare — As of January 24, 2022, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached   10,580,634 while over 205,275,858 vaccinations have been administered across the continent. Reported deaths in Africa reached   236,169 and  9,436,859 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases  3,581,359 and   94,117 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco…

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South Africa: Westerford High

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Westerford High School in Cape Town has maintained a consistent 100% pass rate for years, which has positioned the 69-year-old academic institution as one of the country's top schools. Westerford High School in Cape Town is one of South Africa's most expensive public schools, and costs about R44,991 in annual school fees. After the results…

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Africa: Wagner’s Dubious Operatics in CAR and Beyond

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Is the expanding presence of Russia's private military company a legitimate cause for African concern? Russia has established a strong military presence in the Central African Republic (CAR) over the past four years, clandestinely using dubious actors like the military company Wagner, which is allegedly close to President Vladimir Putin. Wagner has become the deniable…

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South Africa: The EFF Surrenders a Key Progressive Principle

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The party's reckless descent into xenophobic politics is an alarming development. Building a counter-politics of solidarity is essential. Until recently, the EFF's sternest critics had to concede that the party had held a principled line on xenophobia towards African migrants. With all the major parties taking xenophobic positions, the EFF, an entirely unscrupulous organisation in…

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South Africa: Facing Hormone Shortages, South Africa’s Trans Men Try Black Market

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As COVID-19 fuels testosterone shortages, some trans men are turning to risky illegal alternatives * Testosterone shortages disrupt gender transitions * COVID-19 vaccines impacting supplies * Transgender men turn to black market hormones South African tech adviser Josh Stols felt a wave of euphoria when his doctor handed over his first testosterone prescription, allowing him…

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Tanzania: CCM Endorses Dr Tulia for National Assembly Speaker

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The ruling Party, Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has nominated deputy speaker, Tulia Ackson to run for the position of Speaker of the National Assembly. Before announcement of the result in Dodoma Thursday, Chama Cha Mapinduzi CCM national chairperson and Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan presided over a Special Session of the Central Committee (CC) held…

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Ethiopia: Secretary-General statement on Ethiopia

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New York — Today, I had a telephone conversation with the African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa, H.E Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, to exchange views with him on the conflict in Ethiopia following his latest visit to Addis Ababa and Mekelle, the capital of the regional state of Tigray. H.E Mr. Obasanjo briefed…

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Nigeria: Twitter Ban Shows Limits of State Power in Nigeria

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The Nigerian government's ban of Twitter led many users to simply switch platforms or circumvent the ban with VPNs, an illustration of the difficulty of clamping down on online activities. Nigerian authorities' decision in June 2021 to ban Twitter from operating in the country "indefinitely" raised Nigerians' hackles and caused no little consternation across the…

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Namibia: Informal Settlement Houses Flooded

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Residents of Windhoek's informal settlements are once again suffering losses after the heavy downpours in the capital over the weekend. The City of Windhoek has blamed those who built their houses in areas that are not suitable for living. Harold Akwenye, City spokesperson said, "all I can say is, our people do not want to…

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Namibia: Lessons Namibia Can Learn From Lindiwe Sisulu

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Political Philosophy lays a foundation in the formation of state institutions. Western political philosophy dominated the social and political economics of the world from the domestic to international level. The ideas of Marxism, liberalism and socialism have contributed to the modern state. Current scholars and statesmen of Africa took African political philosophy as the traditional…

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Nigeria: Nigeria to Launch Second Satellite Into Orbit

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Nigeria has mapped out strategies to launch a second satellite (Sat 2) into the orbit to enhance the communications status of the nation. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami disclosed this during a one- day facility visit and interaction with the staff of the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) in Lugbe, Abuja,…

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Zambia: Graft Culprits Shouldn’t Cry Foul

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The fight against corruption, more often than not, starts as a lone battle and could make the initiator unpopular in some quarters. This is because the suspects usually have a lot of influence on society and are sometimes able to endear themselves to unsuspecting members of the public. Where more citizens are gullible, the fight…

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Angola: Angolan Migrants Who Fled Drought Start Return Home

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Windhoek, Namibia — Namibian authorities say thousands of Angolans who entered Namibia in the past year to escape drought back home, have been returning amid fresh rains. Authorities this month said at least 18 Angolan infants, whose parents fled hunger, died in Namibia from malnutrition. The acting health director in the Omusati region of northern…

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South Africa: NPA Steadily Rebuilding

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The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it is steadily rebuilding the institution "after years of being undermined" by those who pursued State capture. The prosecutorial body was responding to the release of the first tranche of the State Capture report. In the report penned by the State Capture Commission chairperson, Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo,…

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South Africa: SA Records 6,762 New Covid-19 Cases, 181 Deaths

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South Africa has recorded 6 762 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24-hour reporting cycle, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 540 891. According to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), this increase represents a 15.5% positivity rate. A further 181 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to…

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Kenya: 91 Ethiopians Arrested for Being in Kenya Illegally

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Nairobi — Police have arrested ninety-one Ethiopian nationals who were in the country illegally during a crackdown in Kitengela, Kajiado. According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), 'they were arrested at a house within Milimani area" on Sunday evening. "91, (of whom 44 are juveniles) were ferried to the location onboard a trailer and…

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South Africa: The Congress of South African Trade Unions’ Response to the African National Congress NEC January 08 Anniversary Message for Year 2022

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Special Note: Happy 36th Anniversary to COSATU. Formed December 1985 The Congress of South African Trade Unions has noted the African National Congress (ANC) NEC January 08th message as delivered by ANC President Cde Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa in Polokwane yesterday -08 January 2022. We congratulate the ANC on reaching an impressive milestone of 110 years.…

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Zimbabwe: Fresh Zanu-PF Tensions Over New Polls

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Spread This News ZANU PF is headed for renewed factional turbulence ahead of a string of fresh internal elections starting next month, NewZimbabwe.com can report. The ruling party, still smarting from highly contentious provincial polls held late last month, is gearing towards primary elections to select candidates that will represent the party in the upcoming…

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Zimbabwe: Chamisa Laments Zim, SA Migration Crisis

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Spread This News MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has lamented the ongoing migration crisis between Zimbabwe and South Africa saying his party would ensure there is a vibrant economy which will allow Zimbabweans to return home. This comes as the South African government recently tightened its regulations and beefed up security to block undocumented Zimbabweans…

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Zimbabwe: Ndlovu Rallies Local Volleyball Clubs

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THE Zimbabwe Volleyball Association president, Mxolisi Ndlovu, is confident that country's club representatives at this year's Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) Zone VI Senior Volleyball Clubs Championships in Maputo, Mozambique, will do well at this event. The Zone Six Club Championships will begin tomorrow with over 24 clubs expected to take part in the tournament,…

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Namibia: Bipa Tells CC Owners to Pay Up

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The Business and Intellectual Property Authority is urging business owners, especially those with dormant close corporations and who do not intend to conduct business in the future, to rather deregister their entities. This is because various business owners registered their businesses and failed to pay annual duties, ultimately accumulating high penalties. "The submission of annual…

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