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Coronavirus Pandemic update in Africa

Africa had 54 027 confirmed cases of Coronavirus as of Friday, May 8. Covid-19 has already claimed the lives of 2 074people on the continent, according to the African Union Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. South Africa and Egypt are the two most affected countries, with 8 232 and 7 981cases respectively. They are […]

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South Africa to set up new airline to replace SAA

South Africa will be turning nearly a century of history of a company that was founded in 1934 and was considered a national pride. The coronavirus crisis is poised to claim a major casualty in the airline industry, with South African Airways (SAA) already in debt and under financial trusteeship. The international context has accelerated […]

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Deconfinement measures being taken in African countries

While Nigeria is preparing to start easing coronavirus lockdown covering its largest city Lagos and capital Abuja from May 4, some countries have already announced the reopening of businesses. It is the case of Algeria, where on date, the government has reported a total of 3,256 confirmed infections with the virus, with 419 deaths and […]

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Two hundred more Cuban doctors in South Africa to help fight Covid-19

Two hundred Cuban doctors arrived in South Africa on Sunday April 26. They will join the 200 Cuban doctors already in South Africa as part of the medical cooperation. After a period of quarantine, they will be distributed throughout the country in support of the South African teams. Among these approximately 200 caregivers are epidemiologists […]

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Coronavirus: South Africa announces €24.4 billion economic and social support plan

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Tuesday a “huge economic and social support plan” worth 500 billion rand (€24.4 billion), to support companies and the most vulnerable people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This envelope is intended to help “millions of South Africans in the informal economy” and the unemployed who are “struggling to […]

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South Africa to build 40km fence along Zimbabwe border

South Africa will build a 40km fence along its border with Zimbabwe to prevent undocumented migrants from entering and spreading coronavirus – even though the neighboring country has no confirmed cases. The planned fence is to be erected on either side of the Beitbridge Land Port of Entry to “ensure that no undocumented or infected […]

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Jailed South African activist freed in time for Christmas

Jailed South African activist freed in time for Christmas

Christmas celebration has started with a great joy in Kanya Cekeshe’s family as he was freed from jail. The South African student who was jailed for violently protesting against tuition fee increases in 2016 has been released from prison in time to celebrate Christmas with his family, a BBC journalist reported. Kanya Cekeshe was sentenced […]

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Russian, Chinese warships arrive in South Africa

In South Africa, Russian and Chinese warships have arrived in Cape Town for their first naval exercises with South Africa in a demonstration of shifting allegiances. The Russian Navy has sent its Slava class guided-missile cruiser, Marshal Ustinov. The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China has deployed its frigate, Weifang, to join their host’s […]

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South Africa’s leading opposition party appoints new leader

In South Africa, the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Sunday appointed John Steenhuisen as interim leader a month after the leader of the country’s main opposition party resigned. Mmusi Maimane resigned together with former Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip last month, saying that the party was no longer a vehicle best suited to take forward […]

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World’s most dangerous, unfriendly places through expatriates’ eyes

A recent research published by InterNations has named Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Egypt among the world’s most dangerous places to live and work in, for expatriates. The report polled 20,259 expats representing 182 nationalities and living in 187 countries or territories, covering topics such as quality of life, cost of living, personal finance, safety […]

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