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South Africa commercial bus drivers goes on strike, workers stranded

South Africa’s minibus taxi drivers strike over what they say is inadequate coronavirus relief funds has disrupted the return of scores of thousands of people to work.Taxi operators in the economic hub of Gauteng province, which includes the city...

Zimbabwe health minister arrested over $60m Covid-19 equipment fraud

Zimbabwe Health Minister Obadiah Moyo was arrested by police on Friday over allegations of corruption in government procurement of around $60 million worth of medical equipment, the Daily News newspaper reported.Several other Zimbabwean and South African news outlets reported...

Zimbabwe dismisses coup rumours, says country stable

Zimbabwe’s National Security Council (NSC) in a maiden news conference on Wednesday accused allies of the late former leader Robert Mugabe and some opposition officials of peddling rumours of an impending military coup and said the country was stable.Zimbabwe’s...

Outrage in S/Africa as school ask kids to make poster advertising slave auction

While the whole world is still dealing with the aftermath of senseless killing of an African-American in USA by a police officer by kneeling on his neck even while his victim cried for help, till he was suffocated to...

Malawi moves election re-run date to June 23

Malawi will go to the polls on June 23, a week earlier than initially ordered by the courts, which annulled President Peter Mutharika’s narrow election victory last year due to irregularities.The Constitutional Court ruled on Feb. 3 that a...

Ramaphosa worried at sharp rise of coronavirus cases in South Africa

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa says that he is worried over fast rising numbers of coronavirus cases in the late Nelson Mandela's rainbow nation reports Associated press.In the past two weeks over 25,000 new cases has been confirmed accounting...

Covid-19: Children returns to school in South Africa

Children in South Africa began returning to classrooms on Monday as part of a gradual loosening of restrictions imposed under a months-long COVID-19 lockdown in the continent’s most industrialised nation.The re-opening of schools had been delayed after teachers’ unions...

Lesotho 1st lady rearrested for murder of ex-PM Thabane’s wife

Police in Lesotho have arrested the country's former first lady, Maesaiah Thabane, this follows the revocation of her bail last week by the country's appeal court.The former first lady, who had been out on bail, is suspected of orchestrating...

Zimbabwe summons US envoy over White House adviser’s comment on George Floyd

Zimbabwe has summoned the U.S. ambassador in Harare to a meeting over comments by a White House official suggesting Zimbabwe is among “foreign adversaries” that could face retaliation for trying to foment unrest in the U.S. over the death...

Appeal courts revokes bail granted to ex-Lesotho PM’s wife

Lesotho’s Appeal Court on Friday revoked bail which had been granted to former prime minister Thomas Thabane’s wife, who is accused of murdering his previous spouse.Maesaiah Thabane was charged with ordering the killing of Thomas Thabane’s then estranged wife...
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COVID-19 vaccine may start in Africa by first quarter 2021

Africa could have a COVID-19 vaccine in the first quarter of 2021 if human trials underway in South Africa...
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Death of Ivory Coast PM: Is Ouattara set to run for third term?

Ivory Coast’s ruling party may ask President Alassane Ouattara to rethink his decision not to stand for a third term, after the sudden death...

S/Sudan diplomat sparks uproar after urinating during live panel discussion

A South Sudanese diplomat in the United States, Gordon Buay has sparked an online uproar when he was seen urinating during a live Facebook...

Ragtag Burkina Faso’s volunteer fighters no match for jihadists

Issa Tamboure, 63, a member of local defense fighters was no match for gun-wielding jihadists who attacked his village in northern Burkina Faso in...

Ivory Coast PM and ruling RHDP candidate for presidency in next election dies at 61

Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ivory Coast’s prime minister and the ruling party’s candidate for an October presidential election, died on Wednesday, President Alassane Ouattara said.The...