South Africa: SA Should Implement FATF Recommendations to Avoid Greylisting, Says Kganyago

South Africa can avoid possible greylisting if it were to implement recommendations contained in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) mutual evaluation report. The FATF commenced its assessment in 2019 and published its final report on 7 October last year. The mutual evaluation report had an adverse rating under technical compliance and effectiveness. It made

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Africa: We’re Listening to Africa and Strengthening Ties – Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield

African nations have “unlimited” potential to become “breadbaskets” that not only feed the continent but also a hungry world, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said during a policy address on food security in Accra earlier this month. The Cabinet member with the most broadest African experience and knowledge – she served

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Kenya: Polls Body Limits Access to Tallying Centre as It Announces Enhanced Measures

Nairobi — The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced enhanced measures at the Bomas of Kenya during the verification of presidential results in a bid to expedite the process. In the revised rules of procedure, the electoral body’s commissioner Abdi Guliye stated that only chief presidential agents from the four presidential candidates and

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South Africa: Recycling is About So Much More Than Waste #AfricaClimateCrisis

Millions of waste pickers and reclaimers around the world search through disposed of goods in dumpsites, and landfills for valuable recyclable materials that many consider worthless. Some search for necessities, while others collect to recycle, and sell to recycling warehouses or recycling plants. They operate and collect either from neighborhood streets, door-to-door or waste collection points. Recyclers play an important role

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Nigeria: The Fight Against Malaria, What More Should We Do?

Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease that affects humans, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria causes symptoms that typically include fever, tiredness, vomiting and headaches. In severe cases, it can cause jaundice, seizures, coma, or death. It is spread exclusively through bites of infected Anopheles mosquitoes. The mosquito bite introduces the parasites from the mosquito’s saliva

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Nigeria: Bauchi Governor Stresses Need for Peaceful Coexistence to Overcome Challenges in Nigeria

Bauchi — Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, has stressed the need for Nigerians to put sentiments aside and live peacefully with each other irrespective of ethno-religious differences. The governor further stressed that the present situation in the country characterised by insecurity and banditry need peaceful coexistence and purposeful tolerance in order to be

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Nigeria: Nigerian Governors Tackle Govt Over $418 Million Paris Club Deductions

The governors accuse Attorney General Malami and the finance minister of circumventing the law by surreptitiously securing the approval of FEC to effect the payment. Governors of Nigerian states under the umbrella of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) have again resisted attempts to commence the deduction of $418 million Paris Club refund allegedly owed four contractors

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Africa: CAF Executive Committee Approves Totalenergies Afcon 2023 Revised Qualification Calendar

The Confederation of African Football (“CAF”)_ Executive Committee has approved a revised TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 revised qualification calendar._ This was necessitated by the Executive Committee’s commitment to make room for the African nations that have qualified for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in November/ December 2022 to prepare adequately.

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Angola: Angola’s Fifth Multiparty Election

With voters impatient for better government, Angola’s parliamentary elections on 24 August will be the closest since democratic elections were first introduced. The electoral contest in Angola – which officially started on 24 July – is fiercely competitive. An Afrobarometer survey in May found the opposition National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA)

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Rwanda: How Local Initiative Is Driving Women Representation On World’s Largest Encyclopedia

Rwandan women from various sectors have been profiled and added on Wikipedia, the world’s largest encyclopaedia. Biographies of 264 women from across fields such as politics, activism, sports and the art industry have been profiled both in English and Kinyarwanda, bringing their total to over 400. The initiative by the Wikimedia Community User Group Rwanda

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Malawi: Martha Chizuma Shoddy Work Exposed

Anti-Corruption Bureau Director General Martha Chizuma’s incompetence and self-centredness has has been exposed with the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Dr Steven Kayuni, in a letter to the graft bursting body describing her conduct as an embarrassment and disappointment to other law enforcement agencies in the country. In a letter dated July 19 2022, Kayuni

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Morocco: Morocco, MCC Commend Dynamic Partnership

Marrakech — The Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch, and president of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Alice Albright, welcomed, Wednesday in Marrakech, the dynamism of their “fruitful” partnership, especially in the light of the last phase of the “Millennium Challenge” program. “Morocco is positioned as an excellent partner for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, committed to

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Morocco: Morocco

Casablanca — The growth of the Moroccan economy is expected to reach 1.3% in 2022, compared to 7.9% in 2021, said, Wednesday, the WB’s Senior economist in Morocco, Javier Diaz Cassou. After a strong recovery in 2021, the Moroccan economy is facing the effects of the global economic slowdown, a severe drought, the repercussions of

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Kenya: IEBC to Dispatch Location-Specific Results Forms, Geofenced Kiems Kits to Avert Fraud

Nairobi — The electoral on Tuesday announced it had geofenced KIEMS kits to location-specific parameters with the devices said to be programmed to reject “false results forms” without the requisite identify features for corresponding polling centres. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said each polling station had unique statutory forms whose identifying features do

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South Africa: Zimbabweans Should Be in Their Home, Says ANC’s Lindiwe Zulu

Zimbabweans should be in their home country and all nations “need to take responsibility of their citizens” a South African cabinet minister and senior ruling African National Congress (ANC) party official has said. Lindiwe Zulu, social development minister and chairperson of the ANC’s international relations sub-committee as speaking Monday during a discussion on party policy

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Nigeria: Insecurity

Nigeria and China have signed a bilateral intellectual agreement to find lasting solutions to the challenges of insecurity in both countries. The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, said Nigeria and China have challenges of insecurity and that the two countries need to work together in harmony to ensure peace in their countries, Africa and

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Uganda: U.S. Actor Terrence Howard Eyes Uganda as ‘Fertile Ground’ for New Technology Initiatives

Cape Town — Oscar-winning actor Terrence Howard is in Uganda, where he announced the development of several scientific initiatives that also form part of plans to boost funding and tourism to the nation, Nile Post reports. Howard’s effort comes as Uganda seeks to attract investment from historical diasporas in a drive led by Senior Presidential

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Nigeria: 2023

Thus, 2023 would be the first time in the Fourth Republic that a retired military officer will not be a major contender for the office of Nigeria’s president. The influence of former military officers in the political process appears to be reducing as Nigeria heads towards its sixth general elections under the Fourth Republic. Until

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Africa: Giving Malaria, Neglected Tropical Disease Attention it Deserves Will End Preventable Suffering

Johannesburg — During The Kigali Summit on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) hosted by Rwanda, leaders reflected on the Kigali summit and made commitments to work towards ending the epidemic of malaria and NTDs by 2030, to recognise the Kigali Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases, and to call for the successful 7th replenishment of The Global

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Zimbabwe: Yale School of Art (USA) Appoints Zimbabwean Nontsikelelo Mutiti Director of Graduate Studies in Graphic Design

The Yale School of Art recently announced the appointment of Nontsikelelo Mutiti to the faculty as the Director of Graduate Studies in Graphic Design. Set to begin her appointment this August, Mutiti will become the third director of the graphic design program, following Professor Sheila Levrant de Bretteville’s historic thirty-two year tenure. The Yale School

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Nigeria: Osun

INEC will conduct the governorship election in Osun State on July 16. TheIndependent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has identified vote-buying and insecurity as some of its major concerns ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in Osun. Speaking on Saturday on INEC’s preparedness for the election, the Commission’s Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said plans are on to

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Sudan: U.S. Senate and House Leaders from Both Parties Press Sudan Military to Cede Power

Washington, DC — WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representatives Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today released the below statement calling on the Sudanese military junta

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Sudan: Sudan

At least five protesters were shot dead in Sudan Thursday, medics said, as huge crowds staged rallies against an October military coup. In the capital Khartoum, security forces fired tear gas and water cannon in an attempt to push back the demonstrators marching toward the presidential palace, witnesses said. They estimated that the crowds in

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South Africa: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation On Launch and Processing of Covid-19 1st Edition Country Report, 30 Jun

Publication, launch and processing of the 1st edition of the COVID-19 country report The Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation in collaboration with the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and experts in various research institutions across South Africa will be hosting the Launch of the 1st EDITION OF THE SA

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South Africa: Special Investigating Unit Freezes Mansion of Former Lottery Chair

Under Alfred Nevhutanda’s tenure as chairperson of the Lottery board there was grand-scale corruption A judge has granted a preservation order on the multi-million rand luxury home and furniture of former National Lotteries Commission (NLC) board chair Alfred Nevhutanda. Besides the house, the order was also granted against Vhutanda Investments, a private company that owns

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Nigeria: What Tinubu, Atiku, Obi, Kwankwaso Told INEC About Their Education, NYSC, Occupations

The publication of the personal particulars of candidates for the 2023 elections has been followed by animated discussions among Nigerians on social media The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Friday, published the particulars of candidates for the 2023 general elections. The publication has been followed by animated discussions among Nigerians on social media on

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South Africa: Zuma Slams Corruption Report as ‘Irrational’

South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma plans to challenge the findings of a judicial report into rampant corruption during his nine-year tenure, his spokesperson said Saturday. Mzwanele Manyi, a spokesperson for the Zuma Foundation, told a news conference in northern Johannesburg that the ex-leader regarded the 5,600-page Zondo Commission report as “unlawful and highly irrational.”

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Zimbabwe: Parirenyatwa General Workers Earning ZW$5,000 Per Month

General workers at Parirenyatwa Hospital, who include groundsmen, cleaners, and cooks are reportedly earning as little as ZW$5,000 a month which is barely enough to buy five loaves of bread. Allied Health Workers Association of Zimbabwe leader Simbarashe Chatyoka, who represents unqualified personnel at the country’s biggest hospital, said their situation was embarrassing. The general

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Africa: IMF Calls for Good Governance, Stronger Anti-Corruption Measures on the Continent

The African Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) convened a two-day meeting on good governance and corruption in Botswana to discuss how Africa can reap the benefits of good governance, improve growth opportunities, create jobs, reduce poverty and achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “It’s especially appropriate that we are gathered in

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Congo-Kinshasa: Belgium Finally Returns Murdered DRC Leader Lumumba’s Tooth

Sixty-one years after Belgian mercenaries and separatists murdered Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba, Belgium officially returned his tooth, his only remains, in a televised ceremony on Monday. “I think it will provide solace for the family and the Congolese people,” Lumumba’s eldest son François told Belgium’s RTBF broadcaster, adding that the family had been waiting more

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Liberia: Blessing Kieh Returns Home

By Naneka A. Hoffman Monrovia Football Academy-LEAD forward, Blessing Kieh, who left Liberia on July 11, 2021, to honor a full scholarship from Westminster High School in the United States, is currently in Liberia for a summer vacation, meeting with friends and family members. The CEO of Monrovia Football Academy Sekou Degeorge Manubah said the…

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South Africa: North West Human Settlements On Portfolio Committee Calling for Punitive Measures On Developers

Human Settlements portfolio committee calls for punitive measures on developers The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements Aaron Motswana has urged the North West Department of Human Settlements to enforce consequence management on non performing developers. Motswana’s appeal follows a visit by the portfolio committee in Kopela Village in the Tswaing Local Municipality…

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Africa: Twitter Town Square

Elon Musk, the world’s richest man and founder of Tesla and SpaceX, recently made an offer to buy the social media network Twitter for $44 billion. In a statement Musk declared Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity…

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Namibia: Farmgate

The presidency said there is absolutely no truth in the allegations that President Hage Geingob inappropriately used his office to assist President Matamela Ramaphosa. State House on Friday issued a statement over what it calls “unfounded allegations” that President Geingob might have assisted his South African counterpart Ramaphosa in “apprehending” a suspect connected to the…

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Africa: Ukraine, Africa, and Our Planet

“An end to this terrible war based on dialogue must be the international community’s highest priority. Support to the people of Ukraine must be matched by efforts to advance Russian/Ukrainian negotiations, European security dialogue, and wider risk-reduction measures to prevent nuclear escalation.’ – The Elders, May 25, 2022 The war in Ukraine, and above all…

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South Africa: Cabinet Welcomes Positive Developments in Economy

Cabinet has welcomed the recent positive developments in the country’s interventions aimed at stimulating economic growth, says Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele. The Minister was addressing media following Cabinet’s meeting this week. Last week, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said unemployment in the country had decreased from 35.3% in the fourth quarter of 2021…

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South Africa: Natjoints Cautions Spread of Unsigned National Shutdown Messages

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) says it is aware of unsigned messages and posters circulating on various social media platforms calling for a national shutdown. In a statement, the NATJOINTS warned those behind these messages and reminded that prohibiting people’s freedom of movement is a criminal offence. NATJOINTS spokesperson, Colonel Athlenda Mathe,…

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Rwanda: Who Is Polluting River Nyabarongo?

Environmental experts have recommended thorough investigation into why Nyabarongo River continues to be polluted despite billions of monies that have been invested in its conservation and protection. The views come after President Paul Kagame recently grilled officials in charge of the environment, over increasing pollution in Nyabarongo River. Nyabarongo is the longest river in Rwanda,…

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Rwanda: Rwanda Red Cross Receives Two New Ambulances From Qatar Counterpart

Rwanda Red Cross received two new ambulances from its counterpart, Qatar Red Crescent, to boost emergency healthcare services. This happened on June 8, during a handover ceremony that was officiated by the Qatar ambassador to Rwanda, Misfer bin Faisal Mubarak Al-Ajab AL-Shahwani and Emmanuel Mazimpaka, the Red Cross Head of Communication, Fundraising and Humanitarian Diplomacy…

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Africa: Covid-19 Recoveries Across Continent Near 9.9 Million

As of June 8, 2022, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached  11,757,022 while  301,428,973 vaccinations have been administered across the continent. Reported deaths in Africa reached  254,203 and  9,899,200 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases of  3,970,993 and  101,397 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (  1,171,034…

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South Africa: Minister Patricia De Lille Visits Saldanha Harbour Upgrade Project, 07 June

Minister Patricia of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia de Lille to visit completed Saldanha Harbour Upgrade Project Tomorrow, Tuesday 7 June 2022, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia de Lille will visit the recently completed Saldanha Habour upgrade project. The upgrades to the Saldanha Harbour forms part of a major refurbishment programme to the…

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Africa: Interview

South African bioinformatics expert Professor Tulio de Oliveira is still deciding whether to travel to New York City next month to accept his Time Magazine 100 most influential people award. De Oliveira keeps a tight schedule. Just back from Stockholm, where he addressed the world’s top COVID scientists at the Nobel Symposium of Medicine, he…

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Uganda: Beti Kamya to Ugandans

The Inspector General of Government, Beti Kamya has said Uganda needs some martyrs who believe in the country and are willing to sacrifice their lives in the fight against corruption. Kamya made the remarks as Ugandans celebrate Martyrs Day, which falls today June 3. ADVERTISEMENT “Christ the greatest martyr of all time who had the…

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Tanzania: Z’bar Primes Blue Economy

ZANZIBAR plans to invest a whopping 81.6bn/-, over 90 per cent of the blue economy ministerial budget, in various projects to accelerate the country’s economic growth, the House of Representatives was told here on Wednesday. Blue Economy and Fisheries Minister Suleiman Masoud Makame told the house that the government is determined to reinforce economic production…

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East Africa: Aid Agencies

Nairobi — Aid agencies warn the number of people facing starvation in the Horn of Africa is expected to reach 20 million by the end of September without a stronger response to an ongoing drought. The warning comes after the fourth rainy season in a row for the region without adequate rain. The worst drought…

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Nigeria: Elite Compact Thrown Into Doubt As Atiku Abubakar’s Emergence Blows Nigerian Presidential Race Wide Open

The outcome of party presidential primaries appears to signal the end of post-military elite political consensus. Insofar as the axle of political contestation in Nigeria is the struggle for power between the northern and southern elite blocs, systemic stability hinges on the moral understanding that power will rotate between the two regions. The order of…

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Nigeria: APC’s Consensus Conundrum

All Progressives Congress leadership’s preference for a consensus presidential candidate unattainable, writes Bolaji Adebiyi It is clear from the body language of the All Progressives Congress leadership that it would prefer a consensus presidential candidate for the 2023 general election. There were two indications of this. First, President Muhammadu Buhari, among other reasons, initially refused…

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Mauritius: Protests

Cost of living protests descended in riots last month. Food and fuel prices are set to rise further. In late-April, protests against the soaring cost of living erupted in cities across Mauritius. In Beau Bassin, Rose Hill, and the capital Port Louis, large groups of frustrated residents – particularly from low-income neighbourhoods – took to…

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Kenya: Climate Change Isn’t a Priority for Universities. It Should Be

Universities can play a vital role in shaping change in societies. They produce knowledge through research, train future decision makers, and contribute to public awareness of issues. But not all universities are rising to challenges like this. Studies have established that efforts to integrate sustainable development into African universities’ curricula and their community engagement processes…

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