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Tanzania says it has lifted ban on Kenya Airways flights

Reuters Tanzania said on Tuesday it had reinstated approval for Kenyan national carrier Kenya Airways (KQNA.NR), opens new tab to operate flights between the Kenyan capital Nairobi and Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam. In a tit-for-tat move, Tanzania announced on Monday it had banned Kenya Airways flights after Nairobi refused to grant a request to

IMF board set to approve $600 million loan for Ghana on Friday – sources

Reuters The International Monetary Fund (IMF) executive board is due to meet on Friday to approve a $600 million rescue loan payout to Ghana, three sources told Reuters, after the country reached a deal to restructure $5.4 billion of official creditor debt. The board date is expected to be published in the IMF’s public calendar on

FILE - Tanzanian miners extract soil to look for gold at an open-pit gold mine in Nyarugusu, Geita Region, May 27, 2022. The collapse of an illegal gold mine killed at least 22 people in northern Tanzania following heavy rains, a senior government official said on Jan. 14, 2024.

Collapse of goldmine in Tanzania kills 22, official says

VOA DAR ES SALAAM — The collapse of an illegal small-scale gold mine has killed at least 22 people in northern Tanzania following heavy rains, a senior government official said on Sunday. The accident happened early on Saturday in the Simiyu region after a group of people aged between 24 and 38 years old started

The upcoming elections in South Africa will be complicated

There is a risk that the 2024 elections in South Africa could become the most intense in recent times. The energy crisis, increasing electricity prices, and water supply issues further escalate the political tension. The upcoming elections are significantly influenced by the high levels of poverty and unemployment, which are regarded as crucial factors. The

Zambia enacts new Access to Information law

VOA Zambia has become the latest country to enact an Access to Information law, as President Hakainde Hichilema signed the bill last month, more than 20 years since it was first introduced in parliament. While some have welcomed the move, rights activists say the measure still falls short of international standards. Under the new law,

Zambia delays start of school year as cholera deaths rise

Bloomberg Zambia has delayed the start of its school year by three weeks, echoing measures taken in January 2018, as cholera deaths in the southern African nation climb. School reopenings have been suspended until at least 29 January as part of measures to contain the outbreak that has infected 3 757 people and killed 128

Former president Jacob Zuma in Verulam, north of Durban, on Tuesday at the Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) Party meeting. Image: Sakhiseni Nxumalo

Zip it, says Zuma to politicians who insult MK Party, or face consequences

TimesLive Former president Jacob Zuma has told politicians who “think they know politics” and are insulting the Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) Party to “zip it” before he reveals their true colours. Zuma was speaking during the newly formed party’s meeting which was held in Verulam, north of Durban, on Tuesday. Despite heavy rainfall, approximately 300

Pockets of violence mar Congo election campaign, threaten vote

Reuters Two candidates running for parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Dec. 20 general election were killed in separate incidents on Friday, as a rights group warned in a report on Saturday that electoral violence risks undermining the vote. A candidate for the ruling coalition in the South Kivu province in the eastern Congo region was

African countries are being urged to reject Western-driven anti-fossil fuel policies outright. Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Lobbyists at COP28 urge Africa to reject anti-fossil fuel policy proposal

News24 A draft agreement at COP28 deleted proposals for the phase-out of fossil fuels. The main sources of energy in Africa are oil (42%), gas (28%), and coal (22%). Countries in southern Africa, such as Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Angola, pin their hopes on fossil fuels for economic development. The COP28 Summit in Dubai at Expo

A decade after Mandela’s death, South Africa in ‘decay’

VOA Nelson Mandela was a global icon who inspired the world, spending 27 years in prison for his fight against the South African apartheid regime and going on to become the country’s first black president. ..Former comrades, family and analysts say Mandela, who died 10 years ago, would have been disappointed in the state of

A pedestrian walks along a path adjacent to Impala Platinum’s shaft 9 mine tower in Rustenburg, North West, on 22 April 2020. (Photo: Waldo Swiegers / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Implats says 11 miners killed, 75 in hospital after conveyance cage tragedy in Rustenburg

Daily Maverick Eleven miners were killed and 75 admitted to hospital after an accident at Impala Platinum’s Rustenburg operations involving the conveyance cage that takes workers underground and back to the surface. This tragedy is a major setback to the mining sector’s vastly improved safety record. Implats said the incident occurred just before 5pm on

Russia woos Africa with free grain, fertilizer research funding

By Bloomberg RUSSIAN shipments of donated grain are due to begin landing in Africa within days, giving fresh impetus to its bid to bolster its influence in the continent. President Vladimir Putin promised to send free grain to six African countries that have strong ties with Moscow at a Russia-Africa summit in St. Petersburg in

Expert says China ready to co-operate with Africa in peace, security

China is willing to make contributions to jointly implementing the Global Security Initiative, with Africa to help maintain security and stability on the continent, an expert has said. Mr An Yuejun, secretary-general of the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD), made these remarks during a seminar in Harare recently. An’s remarks dovetail with

South African lawmakers vote to suspend diplomatic ties with Israel, shut embassy

Reuters South African lawmakers voted on Tuesday in favour of closing down the Israeli embassy in Pretoria and suspending all diplomatic relations until a ceasefire is agreed in its war with Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in Gaza. The resolution is largely symbolic as it will be up to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government whether to implement it; a

Khumbudzo Ntshavheni.

Private sector is ‘engineering the collapse’ of SA government, says Minister Ntshavheni

TimesLive Rand manipulation case shows the private sector wants to undermine the state, says minister in the presidency Minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni claims the private sector has no interest in the development of the country. During a post-cabinet briefing, Ntshavheni launched a blistering attack on the private sector, claiming it was “engineering the

Police probe burglary at SA Rugby offices

eNCA CAPE TOWN – The business park that houses SA Rugby has been burgled. But don’t worry, the Webb Ellis Cup wasn’t taken. Instead, robbers made off with five Springbok jerseys and 68 laptops. SA Rugby have not yet commented, but Parow police have confirmed they are investigating. “Parow police are investigating two separate incidents

South Africa police minister Bheki Cele

Parliament urged to address Bheki Cele’s police meddling and ‘threat to democracy’

IOL In an open letter to Parliament, Mary de Haas, a prominent KwaZulu-Natal Violence Monitor academic, has voiced grave concerns over South Africa’s “deteriorating democratic conditions”. De Haas’s letter, which was sent to the Speaker and the secretaries of Police Portfolio Committee, highlights several critical issues that threaten South Africa’s democracy, primarily focusing on the unchecked power