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World Bank trims Sub-Saharan Africa growth projection

The World Bank cut its growth projection for sub-Saharan Africa this year after a tumultuous period in 2016. According to the bank, Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to grow at a moderate rate of 2.6 percent in 2017. Growth this year will be “better than the 1.3 percent in 2016, the lowest in two decades, but […]

South Africa’s Mbeki questions Jacob Zuma’s fate

South Africa’s former president, Thabo Mbeki in a letter published by The Star newspaper on Monday, urged Members of Parliament (MPs) to vote based on the will of the people during an impending no-confidence motion tabled by opposition parties against incumbent Jacob Zuma. Mbeki says although it could be assumed that MPs must respect decisions […]

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South Africa: About 30,000 protesters call on Jacob Zuma to quit

Thousands of South Africans took to the streets demanding the resignation of scandal-tainted Zuma, who for now retains the support of the ruling ANC. According to local media, Members of the ruling African National Congress party assaulted several protesters participating in a Johannesburg march organized by the Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s biggest opposition party. Some […]

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South Africa’s Zuma sacks finance minister

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa sacked Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at a cabinet reshuffle announced late on Thursday. Pravin Gordhan was replaced by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, the president’s office said in a statement. Gordhan’s sacking comes after a months-long battle with Zuma over government spending and control of the public purse. Gordhan […]

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South African anti-apartheid veteran Kathrada dies at 87

South Africa’s anti-apartheid veteran Ahmed Kathrada died in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the Donald Gordon Hospital in Johannesburg, his foundation said in a statement. According to the foundation’s director Neeshan Balton, the anti-apartheid struggle veteran had “breathed his last today” just before 06:00 AM. “This is great loss to the ANC, the […]

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SA bans meat imports from Brazil

South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has suspended some meat imports from Brazil amid a scandal over adulterated meat in the Latin American country. Police launched a corruption probe into the meat industry earlier this week, alleging that industry members had bribed officials to turn a blind eye to shipments of contaminated meat. […]

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Mali: Health workers on strike over pay

Medical practitioners including Doctors, nurses in Mali have put down their tools, demanding bonuses and pending allowances. The protest comes weeks after teachers, magistrates, clerks and foreign affairs officials also went on strike. According to Youssouf Maiga, Deputy General Secretary of the national Union of Health, Social Action and Family Promotion,  there is no more […]

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South Africa loses Commonwealth Games, New Zealand not interested

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee on Monday said Durban will not host the 2022 commonwealth games due to financial restrictions. The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) confirmed in a statement released later that the Rainbow nation made “significant departures” from its original promises. “The CGF has completed its review of the final information submitted […]

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South Africa revokes ICC withdrawal bid

South Africa has revoked its withdrawal from the ICC on Tuesday; weeks after the country’s High court blocked the government’s bid to pull out of the international criminal court. According to a document posted on the UN treaties website, South Africa indicated that its latest decision comes as the High Court found the withdrawal “unconstitutional […]

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Lesotho’s King dissolves parliament, announces fresh elections

Lesotho’s King Letsie III on Tuesday dissolved parliament and will shortly set an election date, the deputy prime minister said. In a statement aired on the state-run radio, Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing said “We are here to announce that His Majesty has accepted the prime minister’s advice to dissolve parliament and the nation will […]

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