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South Africa: Former President Zuma to pay back legal fees

The North Gauteng High Court has ordered that South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma pay back millions the State spent on his legal fees to defend allegations against him over the past few years. The legal fees come to more than R15 million (about N386 million), starting from 2006 when Mr Zuma was prosecuted in the spy…

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Four ‘cool’ destinations to travel in Africa

Four African destinations have made it on to National Geographic Traveller's Cool List for 2019. National Geographic Traveller in the UK has listed 19 destinations "set to hit the headlines in 2019". Zimbabwe is listed 9th on the list, while Eritrea comes in at 12th. KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa is…

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South Africa: Dark Times Ahead? Cash-Strapped Power Utility Needs Massive Govt Bailout

By Andre van Wyk Cape Town — In light of festive season power cuts, Eskom's woes continue to mount. The embattled power utility plans to ask the government to absorb about R100 billion - nearly U.S.$7.2 Billion - of its debt in order to rescue it from bankruptcy, according to a…

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North Africa wants AFCON 2019 withdrawn from Cameroon

By Michael Tantoh The North African Football Union (UNAF) wants the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to move the hosting of the 2019 African Cup of Nations from Cameroon to Morocco. UNAF says Cameroon seems more than likely to withdraw, and the union is placing pressure on CAF to make…

U.S. to begin drone attacks on Sahel militants – Report

American forces in Africa will soon escalate their war against militants in the Sahel by using armed drones to attack them, reports an American news website on global affairs. The attacks will be launched in the coming months from new facilities which the United States Air Force is building at…

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Racist U.S. pastor punches, spits at Uganda hotel employee

Police in Uganda have arrested an American pastor after a video of him beating a hotel employee was circulated. Footage from security television cameras installed showed a foreigner, identified later as Jimmy Taylor, punching and humiliating a hotel employee. Upon police efforts to effect his arrest, Mr Taylor turned rowdy…

Angola: Former President Dos Santos’ son charged with fraud

By Jerry Chifamba José Filomeno dos Santos, the former president of the Angolan Sovereign Fund and son of former Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos, is barred from leaving the country, VOA's Portuguese Service reports. Dos Santos has officially been charged in connection with a case involving the illegal transfer of…

Jacob Zuma

Zuma enters last days in office as South African President

President Jacob Zuma faces a vote of no confidence tabled in parliament by his own party within days if he does not resign his office. Leaders of the ANC are still hoping to avoid his and the party's “humiliation” by having further talks with him. But the party wants its…

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Commonly used drug may be key to stopping thousands of mothers dying

Roughly every six minutes, a woman somewhere in the world bleeds to death in child birth. But a new medical trial shows that there is a way of combating the problem. The trial has found that a simple drug called tranexamic acid, a blood clot stabiliser first discovered in Japan…

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Commonly used drug may be key to stopping thousands of mothers dying

Roughly every six minutes, a woman somewhere in the world bleeds to death in child birth. But a new medical trial shows that there is a way of combating the problem. The trial has found that a simple drug called tranexamic acid, a blood clot stabiliser first discovered in Japan…

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Defeating malaria in Nigeria, other African countries: One step at a time

By Tami Hultman and Melissa BritzDespite dramatic progress against it, malaria still kills over 420 thousand people a year – an estimated 92 per cent of them in sub Saharan Africa. Most of those are children. Rapid malaria tests make it easier to diagnose the mosquito-borne disease, and that's a…

Lose Weight or You’re Fired, Egyptian TV Presenters Told

Eight women working for Egyptian TV have been ordered to lose weight or be taken off air, according to BBC. The women have been suspended, and told to lose weight or they may lose their jobs. The Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) has given them one month to do,…

Africa: U.S. to Africa’s Leaders – ‘Embrace Life After the Presidency!’

This is a crucial year for democracy in Africa. Six countries have already held presidential elections in 2016, and 11 more are preparing for elections. African leaders have the opportunity to advance democracy and cement their legacies by establishing the conditions for peaceful transitions of power. Their actions will determine…

Lesotho: Time for Visionary Leaders in Lesotho

By Tsoeu Petlane Almost a month after the release of the report of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) inquiry into political instability in Lesotho, many citizens remain in the dark over both its contents and their implications for the future. Led by Justice Mpaphi Phumaphi of the Botswana High…

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Africa: Four in Five Africans Don’t Want Gay Neighbours

Cape Town — Africans are generally tolerant of people of different ethnic groups and religions - but not of gays and lesbians, according to a new report from Afrobarometer. The continent-wide collaborative group released the report in Maputo on Tuesday. It is based on more than 50,000 interviews with members…

Ethiopia: We Want ‘Equitable, Broad-Based Growth’ – Prime Minister Hailemariam

Addis Ababa —Since Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn became head of Ethiopia's government upon the death of Meles Zenawi in 2012, the economy has been one of the fastest growing in Africa, with rates exceeding 10 percent. In September, the fifty-year-old Hailemariam was elected unanimously to another term by the lower house…

Nigeria: Nation Faces Major Challenge to Vaccinating Children

By Utibe Effiong As we look back on the public health issues that caught the world's attention in 2015, immunization stands out. Whether it was the measles outbreak in the US or the Ebola vaccine trials in Guinea, vaccines were top of mind throughout the year. The annual Global Vaccine…

Africa: Nairobi Trade Talks Made History – Kenya Foreign Minister

At the start of 2015, the prospects for a successful outcome for the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Nairobi were dim. The pundits were forecasting failure. But WTO member countries proved them wrong and we succeeded. We reversed the fortunes of the WTO and placed the…

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Africa: What Obama Still Owes Africa (a Visit to Nigeria for One Thing)

By Johnnie CarsonWashington, DC — After seven years in office, President Barack Obama has already engaged more broadly on Africa than any previous American president, but with one year remaining in the White House, there are still a few things he should do before he leaves, writes Johnnie Carson, the…

Namibia: President Geingob Pledges ‘All-Out War’ – on Poverty

When Hage Geingob became Namibia's third president in March, he declared a 'war on poverty'. Since independence in 1990, the politically stable country has mended the rifts of conflict, held six successful national elections and invested in critical infrastructure. But despite strides in such areas as education and health care,…

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Africa: Over 30 Years of HIV in Africa: What We’ve Learned and the Road Ahead

As someone who has been involved in HIV/AIDS prevention and control for years, I vividly remember a time the epidemic seemed unsolvable, globally and in Africa. When I was working on HIV/AIDS at UNAIDS and the World Health Organization's Africa Regional Office in the late 1990s and early 2000s respectively,…

Central African Republic: Pope Francis Visits Mosque in Bangui to Plead for Unity

Pope Francis visited the central mosque in Bangui on Monday, where he urged Christians and Muslims to conduct themselves as "brothers and sisters". Vatican Radio reports from Bangui that on a visit to the Grand Mosque of Koudoukou, the Pope said acts of violence in the Central African Republic "were…

INTERVIEW: Nigeria: Challenges Abound but People Want Results – Fashola

The International Crisis Group, a global, Brussels-based NGO dedicated to preventing and resolving conflict, selected seven individuals to receive six awards in marking its 20th anniversary. Africa-engaged honorees include Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and co-founder of The Elders, as well as Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi…

INTERVIEW: Nigeria to lead in Lighting the World through Renewable Energy

Clean, cheap, inexhaustible sources of electricity - every country needs it. But existing investments in power grids built on fossil fuels keeps most countries tied to costly, polluting energy sources. So who can lead the way to save-the-people/save-the planet innovations and practices. Renewable energy experts are looking to Nigeria. Viewing…

South African Govt to Face Contempt of Court Charges Over Bashir?

A South African legal NGO is "strongly considering" bringing contempt of court charges against government officials for allowing President Omar al-Bashir to leave the country on Monday. The Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC), the group which secured a court order for Bashir's arrest, said in a statement after his flight…