Dr John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Africa’s Health Boss Seeks To Tempt Expat Medics To Come Back Home

The Guardian HEAD of the continent’s disease control centre says doctors and nurses are needed to bolster the local pandemic response During the pandemic, the UK and other rich nations have relied on African doctors and nurses to shore up their health services. Now the continent’s chief health leader is hoping to put the brain

President Cyril Ramaphosa

SA Cabinet Row: Minister accuses President Ramaphosa of lying

By The Presidency said late on Thursday it stood by its earlier statement, despite Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu effectively saying President Cyril Ramaphosa was lying by claiming she had apologised and retracted her controversial comments about the judiciary. “The Presidency stands by its statement earlier this evening, 20 January 2022, on a discussion between

Texas Synagogue Siege: Teens Held In UK After Briton Named As Hostage-taker

By BBC TWO teenagers have been arrested in England as part of the investigation into a hostage-taking incident at a synagogue in Texas on Saturday. British citizen Malik Faisal Akram, 44, from Blackburn, was shot dead after a standoff with police in Colleyville. Details of the ages or genders of the pair arrested in south

Biden supporters ‘apoplectic’ one year into his presidency

Associated Press NEW YORK: Just over a year ago, millions of energized young people, women, voters of color and independents joined forces to send Joe Biden to the White House. But 12 months into his presidency, many describe a coalition in crisis. Leading voices across Biden’s diverse political base openly decry the slow pace of

Ethiopia Asks WHO To Investigate Body’s Chief

By BBC ETHIOPIA’S government has asked the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate its own boss, the Ethiopian Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for what it describes as his “harmful misinformation” and “misconduct” over the country’s conflict. “He has been interfering in the internal affairs of Ethiopia, including Ethiopia’s relations with the state of Eritrea,” the

UK: £23 000 Faised For ‘Much-Loved’ Zim Nurse Who Died On The Isle Of Wight A fundraiser been set up to ensure a “much-loved” nurse, who worked and died on the Isle of Wight, is returned to her family in Zimbabwe. Friends and family of Divine Mupoperi have paid tribute to a “young, vibrant and bubbly lady”. The mother-of-three, who moved to the Island to work at St Mary’s

SEX ABUSE CHARGE: UK’s Prince Andrew Stripped Of Royal And Military Links

REUTERS THE Royal Family removed Prince Andrew’s military links and royal patronages on Thursday and said he will no longer be known as “His Royal Highness”, as the son of Queen Elizabeth fights a U.S. lawsuit in which he is accused of sex abuse. Andrew, 61, the Duke of York, was forced to step down

Afcon Cameroon 2022: Playing Football In The Shadow Of Rebellion

By BBC THIS is the first time in 50 years that Cameroon is hosting the Africa Cup of Nations. A group of would-be footballers sweat and shine in their kickabout in the late afternoon heat, their boots spraying up little clouds of dust as they run. They play a stone’s throw away from the mesmerising

WHO Predicts Acute Covid Will End In 2022

By Staff Reporter THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has predicted that acute Covid-19 deaths and hospitalisations could end this year, if governments remain vigilant in enforcing public health measures set to control the spread of the virus. WHO chief of emergencies, Mike Ryan in a recent statement, however, emphasised that the virus was unlikely to

Tony Blair Becomes ‘Sir Tony’, Joins Top Royal Order

BBC TONY Blair, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Baroness Amos are to be appointed as members of the Order of the Garter, England’s oldest and most senior order of chivalry. The former Labour prime minister now becomes known as Sir Tony. The appointments are the personal choice of the Queen, who has up to 24

South Africa Prepares To Bury Archbishop Desmond Tutu

By BBC THE funeral mass for South African anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu is set to take place on Saturday morning in Cape Town. Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who helped end the racist regime in South Africa, died last Sunday aged 90. His death prompted an outpouring of grief among South Africans. Thousands

South African Court Blocks Shell Oil Exploration

By BBC A South African court has halted oil giant Shell’s seismic testing for oil and gas along the country’s eastern coastline, pending a final ruling. The decision has been hailed by environmentalists who fear that the sound blasting will harm marine life. Shell said it had “paused” operations while it reviewed the judgement. South

ECA executive secretary Vera Songwe

UN Agency Urges Gvts To Prioritise Greener Investments

By Mandipa Masenyama THE Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has urged African governments to foster greener investments, sustainable development and spearheaded the initiative of a robust battery, electric vehicle and renewable energy chain to better the livelihoods of Africans. In a statement the ECA’s Director of the strategic planning, oversight and results division Saheed Adejumobi

Omicron: South African Scientists Probe Link Between Covid Variants And Untreated HIV

BBC News SOUTH African scientists – hailed for their discovery of Omicron – are investigating the “highly plausible hypothesis” that the emergence of new Covid-19 variants could be linked, in some cases, to mutations taking place inside infected people whose immune systems have already been weakened by other factors, including, though not limited to, untreated

24 Rhinos Killed In SA In Two Weeks

By BBC TWENTY-four rhinos have been killed in South Africa in about two weeks, the environment ministry has confirmed. It says seven carcasses were found at Kruger National Park, another seven in Mpumalanga province, six in KwaZulu-Natal and four in Western Cape. The ministry has condemned the continued poaching of rhinos for their horn, saying

UNECA boss Vera Songwe

UN Agencies Call For Agrifoods Transformation In Africa

By Mandipa Masenyama THREE United Nations agencies Tuesday called for African countries to act on agrifood transformation in a bid to curb hunger and malnutrition as shown by the interactive digital report that reflects surging hunger statistics in Africa. In a statement, the new interactive digital report launched shows that the number of hungry people

Afghanistan: Foreign Office Chaotic During Kabul Evacuation – Whistleblower

By BBC THE UK Foreign Office’s handling of the Afghan evacuation after the Taliban seized Kabul was “dysfunctional” and “chaotic”, a whistleblower has said. Raphael Marshall said the process of choosing who could get a flight out was “arbitrary” and thousands of emails with pleas for help went unread. The then Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab