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Togo: Resumption of air traffic

In Togo, the international airport Gnassingbé Eyadéma of Lomé has resumed its commercial flights since Saturday. Several measures are being taken to prevent the contamination or spread of the coronavirus disease. RFI visited the site. At the entrance to the terminal on the departure level, a hand-washing facility is in place and the floor is […]

South Africa: IMF Provides $4.3 Billion in Emergency Assistance to fight Covid-19

The IMF announced this week that it approved $4.7 billion (€3.7 billion) in emergency assistance in response to Covid-19 to South Africa. The country had been refusing IMF assistance for more than 25 years. But South Africa is the worst affected country in Africa with nearly 450,000 cases and 6,700 deaths, according to a latest […]

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Football: Belgian coach fired in Tanzania after racist comments

The very popular Tanzanian football club Young Africans SC announced on 27 July 2020 the immediate dismissal of its Belgian coach. Luc Eymael had compared his own supporters to “monkeys or dogs” after a draw. “I’m not a racist, far from it,” he defended himself. “These fans know nothing about football… They sound like monkeys […]

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South Africa: Andrew Mlangeni, the last survivor of the Rivonia trial, died at the age of 95

South Africa has just lost another great figure in the struggle against apartheid. Andrew Mlangeni passed away last night. He had just celebrated his 95th birthday and for the past week had been admitted to a hospital in Pretoria for abdominal pains. It is a page in the history of the country that is being […]

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South Africa: Reinstatement of curfew and ban on the sale of alcohol

Two months after lifting them, Pretoria decided to re-impose these restrictions on 12 July, in view of the spread of the epidemic (between 12,000 and 14,000 new cases every day since 9 July). South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said the ban on the sale of alcohol should prevent accidents and thus not “overburden” hospitals. Family […]

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The youngest daughter of Nelson Mandela passed away

Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of Nelson Mandela, committed to the fight against apartheid, died on July 13 at the age of 59 in a Johannesburg hospital, official sources said. The head of state paid tribute to “a courageous political activist” who, among other things, participated in the armed wing of the African National Congress […]

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Negotiations have resumed on the Renaissance dam

Tripartite negotiations have quietly resumed on the Renaissance dam in a rather peculiar context, after a week of violence in Ethiopia. The negotiators had agreed to meet again on Monday 6 July in plenary session, after a weekend in which the three countries concerned maintained their positions. While Ethiopia was still taking stock of the […]

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South Africa: first clinical trial of a vaccine against Covid-19 being conducted

South Africa has just started the first clinical trial of a vaccine against Covid-19 on the continent. This candidate vaccine has been developed by Oxford University and is already being tested in humans in Great Britain. South Africa is approaching 140,000 detected cases of coronavirus and 2,500 deaths and remains the most affected country in […]

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Covid 19: South Africa has passed the hundred thousand cases

South Africa has passed the 100,000 mark for coronavirus cases, with the number of deaths now approaching 2,000, the authorities announced Monday. The country accounts for more than half of all coronavirus infections in sub-Saharan Africa. The South African Department of Health announced in a statement on Monday June 23 that the country now has […]

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The pandemic and caregivers in countries across the Continent

In recent weeks, the epidemic has been accelerating in several countries on the continent, the most affected of which are South Africa with more than 75,000 cases, Egypt with 47,856 cases and Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa (200 million inhabitants) with 17,148 registered cases. These explosions of contamination make the work of health […]

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