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Zimbabwe: Govt Restructures Command Agriculture Financing Model

The government of Zimbabwe has moved in to restructured the financing model of its Special Grain and Oil Seed program dubbed, Command Agriculture taking on…

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Zimbabwe: Contractors Swarm Chimanimani

Chimanimani is taking shape fast as companies contracted to repair road infrastructure damaged by Cyclone Idai are now on the ground. These are Bitumen World,…

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Zimbabwe: New Mines Law to Resolve Farmer, Miner Conflict

Bulawayo — Farmers’ perennial conflict with miners over the latter superseding the former, headline a cocktail of reforms in a proposed mining bill to repeal…

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Zimbabwe: EcoCash Suspends 4 000 Agents

The country’s largest payment platform, EcoCash, has suspended over 4 000 of its agents on allegations of participating in the now rampant trend of charging…

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Congo-Kinshasa: Speeding Up Detection to Slow Down Ebola – Smartphone App Is Game-Changer

Standing in front of her house, Kavira Kasomo chats with Léa Kanyere as if they are old friends. Kanyere shows Kasomo something on her mobile…

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Zimbabwe: Minister Moyo Denies Owing Power Utility U.S.$414 000

Local Government Minister, July Moyo is denying owing the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) US$314 000 in unpaid bills. He was recently dragged to court…

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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Allies Fight Rages On

High Court Judge, Felistus Chatukuta will this Thursday hear a case in which President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s allies, Kudakwashe Tagwirei and Justice Mayor Wadyajena are fighting…

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Kenya: Activists Want Details on Oil Contract with Chinese Firm

Kenya has exported its first shipment of oil, worth about $12 million, under a deal with the Chinese petrochemical company, ChemChina. Members of a civil…

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Angola: DRC Expresses Interest in Angola’s Oil

Luanda — Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has expressed interested to cooperate with Angola in the oil field to develop the sector, after the…

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Rwanda: What’s Holding Back Uptake of Cashless Payments?

The Central Bank will in October launch its third cashless payment system awareness campaigns in a bid to drive uptake. This is in line with…

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Zimbabwe: Govt, China Investors Hold Crucial Indaba

GOVERNMENT yesterday held a crucial meeting with Chinese Embassy officials and Chinese investors to seek ways of enhancing cooperation between the two countries. The meeting…

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Seychelles: Seychelles’ Island Development Company Plans to Increase Onion and Vanilla Production

Onion and vanilla are two crops that the Island Development Company (IDC) expects to produce at scale, meeting the company’s targets set in the five-year…

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Uganda: Ban On Charcoal Trade in Nebbi Pushes Prices Up

Charcoal prices in Nebbi District have increased following an ordinance that declared charcoal burning illegal. The by-law, which was passed in October last year, was…

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Uganda: Russia and Uganda Sign Deal to Develop Nuclear Energy

Kampala — Russia and Uganda have agreed to work together in the field of nuclear energy, the Russian nuclear agency Rosatom said Wednesday, as Moscow…

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Tanzania: 50 People Living With Disability On Ccbrt Database Get Jobs

Dar es Salaam — About 50 people living with disabilities have been employment in various sectors thanks to a data base, which has been established…

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Uganda: Museveni Warns On Private Sector Investment in Power

President Museveni has cautioned advocates of public-private partnerships (PPP) to trade carefully before rallying the private sector to invest in power generation, transport and financial…

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Mozambique: ‘Hidden Debts’ Suspect Was Talking to FBI

Maputo — One of the key suspects in the case of Mozambique’s “hidden debts” has been cooperating with the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation…

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Mozambique: Work Begins On New Bridge Across Licungo River

Maputo — Work on building a metallic bridge across the Licungo river in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia, linking Namacurra district on the west…

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Zimbabwe: The Monetary Policy Statement: ‘Transition to Normalcy’

On the 13th of September the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr J. P Mangudya presented the half year Monetary Policy Statement. A statement that…

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Zimbabwe: NetOne Puts ‘Out of Bundle Browsing’ Feature to Test

Mobile telecommunication giant NetOne has heeded calls from its subscribers to introduce an out-of-bundle (OBB) barring feature, which allows users to prevent have control over…

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Zimbabwe: Ecocash Hands Tied in Fight Against Cash Premiums

Mobile money service provider, Ecocash can only view electronic activities of mobile money through its internal monitoring systems but cannot distinguish transactions of illicit nature…

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Africa: Midlevel Workers – Africa’s Unsung Health Heroes Need More Support

Midlevel health workers can play an important role in addressing shortages of health professionals and improving access to care. This is especially true in low…

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Zimbabwe: Anti-Riot Police Block Doctors’ March to Parliament

Police in riot gear, early Wednesday blocked protesting medical practitioners angry at the abduction of their colleague and Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association acting president Peter…

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Zimbabwe: High Court Annuls 2% Digital Transactions Tax

High Court Judge Justice Happius Zhou has scrapped the two percent transaction tax which sparked an uproar from Zimbabweans after it was introduced by Finance…

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Namibia: Air Namibia Wants Over U.S.$680 Million

AIR Namibia’s board has warned the government that the national airline could shut down if it does not get a N$1,6 billion bailout by the…

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Malawi: U.S.$95 Million Project to Capacitate 650,000 Farmers

Malawi government has rolled out a six year Agricultural Commercialization (AGCOM) project which aims at increasing the capacity of 650,000 farming households to improve production…

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Liberia: Controversy Hangs Over Lrd35 Billion

Controversy over the printing of some 35bn new Liberian Bank notes is gaining steam at the Senate, with the plenary rejecting a report from its…

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Malawi: Ruling Party Stops Anti-Graft Body From Prosecuting Former Bank Boss

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) will not be prosecuting former CDH Investment Bank chief executive officer (CEO) Misheck Esau for allegedly failing to conduct due diligence and…

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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Urged to Extend Begging Bowl to International Community

The opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has encouraged President Emerson Mnangagwa to engage the International community and seek help in addressing grievances of…

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Zimbabwe: Youths Challenged to Take Active Role in Policy Formulations

The annual youth mining conference took off amidst calls from civil society leaders to youths to take active roles in influencing policy in natural resources…

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Zimbabwe: Govt Turns to Army, Police Doctors As Strike Continues

Government is set to deploy army and police doctors into the country’s public hospitals to fill up the vacuum created by an ongoing strike action…

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Southern Africa: Nyerere School of Ideology Ahead of Schedule

The construction of a school of ideology for Former Liberation Movements of Southern Africa has started in earnest and is ahead of schedule, Tanzania’s Chama…

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Zimbabwe: Central Bank Introduces U.S. Dollar Savings Bond

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has brought to the market a United States dollar-denominated savings bond with an interest rate of 7,5 percent per…

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Namibia: Save Our Jobs, Mr President – Construction Workers

Windhoek — Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (Manwu) General Secretary Justina Jonas-Emvula last week told President Hage Geingob that if nothing radical is done,…

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Zimbabwe: Former State Broadcaster Bosses Granted Bail

Former Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) chief executive officer (CEO) Patrick Mavhura was Tuesday granted $5 000 bail after languishing in jail for four days. He…

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Zimbabwe: Govt Announces New Wages for Domestic Workers

Government has moved to increase wages for domestic workers. The new wages are with immediate effect. Transport allowances for domestic workers who commute to and…

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Botswana: Govt Adopts New Poverty Measurement

Gaborone — Government is to start using the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index in order to understand poverty dimensions and to capture its deprivations. This was…

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Tanzania: Mobile Lending App TALA Shuts Down Operations in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam — A US-based company TALA-an operator of the Mobile lending app Tala has officially announced to shut down its operations in Tanzania,…

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Tanzania: Tanzania and Uganda in New Agriculture, Immigration Pacts

Uganda and Tanzania are seeking to increase their bilateral trade by removing non-tariff barriers, streamlining immigration processes and offering tax incentives. The two governments signed…

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Tanzania: Mining Firms in Tanzania On the Spot Over Royalty Fees

Mining companies in Tanzania risk being denied transport permits to ferry their products if they have not adhered to section 18 of the country’s Mining…

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Zimbabwe: Govt, Belarus Sign U.S.$350 Million Deals

Zimbabwe and Belarus yesterday signed deals worth US$350 million as they stepped up efforts to enhance economic cooperation. President Mnangagwa witnessed the signing ceremony in…

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Nigeria: Andela Lays Off Over 250 Engineers in Nigeria, Other African Countries

Tech firm and talent accelerator, Andela, has announced that it will lay off over 250 junior engineers across Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria. Jeremy Johnson, Chief…

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Uganda: Judiciary Unveils Shs9b Digital System to Track Cases

The Judiciary yesterday unveiled a Shs9b digital system to auto-track all case files during the trial and update relevant players on the progress of the…

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Tanzania: Refinery Set to Turn Tanzania City Into Major Gold Hub

Tanzania is set to earn more from its gold once the first refinery is completed in the country’s administrative capital Dodoma in the next six…

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East Africa: Kenya Still Pushing for Out-of-Court Deal With Somalia in Maritime Row

Despite the court case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Kenya says it prefers an out-of-court settlement. Kenya wants to still take up the…

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Somalia: Economy Grows but Literacy Lags

The World Bank has applauded Somalia’s economic resurgence, but said that high levels of illiteracy pose a threat to long-term growth. Despite being ravaged by…

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Rwanda: Mocha Cafe Brings Yemeni Flavour to Kigali

Mocha Café, the entrant into Kigali’s restaurant scene is turning out to be the proverbial breath of fresh air. Opened about two months ago, the…

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Angola: Trump Calls for Attractive Business Environment in Angola

Luanda — The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, on Monday urged the Angolan government to promote an attractive environment for foreign…

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Zimbabwe: Outrage Over Ecocash Charges

Ordinary Zimbabweans and economic experts have raised a red flag over excessive premiums charged by EcoCash agents when withdrawing cash, saying this was unlawful, inflationary…

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Zimbabwe: We Are Too Scared to Work – Doctors

Dozens of doctors this morning staged a protest at Harare Hospital over the disappearance of Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) president, Peter Mugombeyi saying they…

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Malawi: Govt Anounces Suspension of 75% Penalty On Tobacco Quotas

Minister of Agriculture Irrigation and water Development Kondwani Nankhumwa on Tuesday announced the suspension of fines and penalties imposed on tobacco farmers in the new…

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Africa: Nile Dam Project – Talks Stall Between Egypt and Ethiopia

Egypt has accused Ethiopia of being “unfair” in talks over a massive dam project. The impasse has occurred due to technical aspects related to the…

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Africa: Vegetarian Diets Not Always the Most Climate-Friendly, Researchers Say

Rome — Raising dairy cows for milk, butter and cheese requires large amounts of energy, land and chemical inputs, emitting greenhouse gases It may be…

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Africa: AfCFTA Under the Spotlight at ISO Assembly

Support for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement formed part of discussions at the 42nd General Assembly of the International Organization for Standardization…

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Zimbabwe: Striking Doctors Blocked From Confronting Mnangagwa

Dozens of striking Zimbabwean doctors in Harare were Monday blocked within just a hundred mitres from marching to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Munhumutapa offices amid fears…

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Namibia: Hosea Kutako Airport Upgrade to Start

THE long-awaited expansion of Hosea Kutako International Airport at a cost of N$250 million will start next week, says the Namibia Airports Company. The chairperson…

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Ethiopia: A $10 Billion Economic Reform Package

Adanech Abebie, minister of Revenues, has the toughest task cut out for her to boost domestic resources mobilisation to 20pc of the GDP for the…

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Zimbabwe: Diesel, Petrol Prices Go Up Again

Prices of petrol and diesel went up again on Monday, with the pump price of diesel now $10.89 per litre while petrol is now $10.41…

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Nigeria: Nigeria’s Inflation Reduces Again

Nigeria’s Headline Inflation slowed for the third consecutive month in August. The headline inflation reduced from 11.08 per cent in July to 11.02 per cent…

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Liberia: Senate Committee Recommends Plenary’s Approval to Print ‘New’ Money

— But senators Cooper, Dillon, Sherman, Coleman, others urge caution The Senate Committee on Banking and Currency, has recommended that Senate plenary authorizes the printing…

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Zimbabwe: Mangwana Blames Doctor’s Abduction On Mnangagwa Attempted Assassins

Information Secretary Nick Mangwana has blamed Saturday’s abduction on doctors union leader Peter Magombeyi on what he termed third forces which he linked to President…

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Zimbabwe: Protesting Doctors ‘Emotionally Drained’ By Colleague’s Abduction

Dozens of doctors and other health staff mainly from Mpilo and United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH) Monday staged their own demonstration to demand the release of…

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Zimbabwe: MPs Grill Central Bank Deputy Governor Over Cash Black Market

MPs on Monday took Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) deputy governor Kupukile Mlambo to task over continued cash shortages on the formal market when groups…

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Zimbabwe: Be Patient, Says First Lady to Suffering Zimbabweans

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wife, Auxillia has urged patience among locals, telling mourners at a funeral ceremony for a late top Zanu PF official that the…

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Zimbabwe: Health Minister in Surprise Demand for Abducted Doctor’s Release

Health Minister Obadiah Moyo has issued a surprise demand for the immediate release of abducted doctors’ union leader, Peter Magombeyi after Zimbabwean doctors have refused…

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Zimbabwe: Anti-Corruption Commission Probes Ecocash Amid Agent Fraud

THE Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) Monday announced it had opened investigations into Econet’s mobile money transfer subsidiary, Ecocash. This follows an outcry by the public…

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Zimbabwe: Union Blames Doctor’s Abduction On Paid Hooligans

the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has blamed Saturday’s abduction on Zimbabwe Hospitals Doctors Association (ZHDA) acting president Peter Magombeyi on paid hooligans. Mugombeyi…

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Tanzania: Kenya, Tanzania Colleges Win China Tech Contracts

Tanzania and Kenya raised the region’s banner high at this year’s Africa Tech Challenge held in Nairobi, scooping manufacturing contracts and scholarships. In the competition,…

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Nigeria: Meet Buhari’s New Economic Management Team Members

President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted an Economic Advisory Council (EAC). Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said President Buhari appointed the following experts: 1. Prof. Doyin Salami…

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Zimbabwe: ED, Belarus Envoy Hold Crucial Talks

President Mnangagwa and Belarusian Chief of Presidential Affairs General Colonel Victor Sheiman yesterday held crucial talks to assess progress on investment opportunities which are set…

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Zimbabwe: Work on Mugabe Mausoleum Begins

The construction of a mausoleum for former President Robert Mugabe has started, with preparatory work at the site under way, while work on the design…

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Nigeria: Minimum Wage – Govt, Public Servants Again Fail to Reach Agreement

The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) and the Representatives of the Federal Government have again failed to reach an agreement over relativity and…

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Angola: Diplomat Calls for Chinese Investment in Mining Sector

Luanda — Angolan ambassador to China João dos Santos Monday in Beijing called on more than 150 participants in the 3rd Roadshow for mining concessions…

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Uganda: Why Kampala-Jinja Expressway Has Delayed

For many motorists, the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway is a driver’s paradise. It is breath-taking to meander across the swamp-fringed green landscape and the well-manicured lawn at…

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Uganda: Local Producers Fault Court Over Rise in Untaxed Rice Imports

Local rice dealers under the Rice Business Sector Association comprising of farmers, producers and processors have petitioned Parliament to protect them against importers of white…

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Tanzania: Fake Goods On the Decline As Tanzania Rolls Out Electronic Stamps

Dodoma — The number of counterfeits in the market is increasingly falling as the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) rolls out its Electronic Tax Stamps (ETS),…

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South Africa: Zondo Commission Has Cost R356 Million So Far

The Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture brought South Africa Angelo Agrizzi’s Bosasa-bombshells, Jacob Zuma’s spy stories and more recently the Hlaudi Motsoeneng show….

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Nigeria: NES#25 – Nigerian Economic Summit to Focus On Pillars of ‘Industrial Revolution – – Minister

The 25th edition of the Nigerian Economic Summit (NES#25) will focus on the pillars of the country’s 4th Industrial Revolution, the Minister of Finance, Budget…

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South Africa: Metrobus Strike – Demawusa Vows to Continue, Despite ‘Minority Union’ Status

Metrobus has warned workers affiliated to Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers Union (Demawusa) that they are part of a minority union which has limited rights…

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South Africa: Call for Forensic Investigation Into Farm Worker Equity Schemes

When Jolande Smith and 240 other farm workers became shareholders in the Langwyde Werknemers Trust ten years ago, they thought their lives would change for…

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Zimbabwe: Dairy Industry Takes a Knock

Zimbabwe’s dairy herd has declined to below 32 000 from a high of 192 000 in the 1990s, Dairibord Zimbabwe CEO Anthony Mandiwanza has revealed….

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South Africa: High Court Rules RICA to be ‘Unlawful and Invalid’

Investigative journalism centre amaBhungane walked out of court victorious on Monday after successfully challenging parts of South Africa’s surveillance law, the Regulation of Interception of…

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Zimbabwe: Production of Buses Starts Next Month

Daniel Nemukuyu Investigations and Special Reports Editor THE production of 500 buses offered to Zimbabwe to modernise its mass public transport starts next month, Belarus…

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Zimbabwe: Unpacking the 2019 Mid-Term Monetary Policy Statement

The Mid-Term Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) came a time when the country recently introduced its sovereign currency, the Zimbabwe dollar, which effectively reactivated the monetary…

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Zimbabwe: Energy Regulator Comes Down Hard On ‘Cash Only’ Fuel Stations

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) yesterday shut down a Maps Fuel service station on allegations of conducting business outside its licence conditions. The service…

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Mali: In Fuel-Short Mali, Farmers Find Money in Saving Tree Stumps

Bamako — A method to regrow and partially cut trees is spreading in West Africa as a way of sustainably producing fuel – and income…

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Zimbabwe: 2020 Budget Consultations Begin Today

Pre-budget consultations for the 2020 National Budget have begun with several of Parliament’s portfolio committees expected to hold meetings with various Government ministries and departments…

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Namibia: Beverage Manufacturing Firm Introduces New Non-Alcoholic Beverage

Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) reaffirmed its commitment to instilling “a culture of continuous innovation”, through the introduction of Windhoek Non-Alcoholic to its beer portfolio, and…

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Nigeria: How Nigeria Was Schemed Out of €15 Million EU-Funded Fisheries Project

There are insinuations that Nigeria may have been schemed out of €15 million (N6 billion) European Union (EU)-funded project designed for the development and improvement…

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Zimbabwe: Central Bank to Inject More Bond Notes, Coins to Ease Cash Shortages

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) will be issuing more bond notes and coins into the market to alleviate worsening cash shortages, amid high prevalence…

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Zimbabwe: Doctors Vow Continued Strike Despite Union Leader’s Disappearance

Zimbabwe’s striking doctors have vowed to continue with their job action despite the abduction of union leader by suspected State agents on Saturday. Peter Magombeyi,…

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Zimbabwe: Govt to Establish Gold Centres to Increase Output

Government has tabled a plan to establish gold centres which will provide technical and financial assistance to Artisanal Small Scale Miners (ASM). The move is…

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Zimbabwe: Thermal Coal to Produce 2 400 Megawatts of Electricity By 2023 – Govt

MINES and Mining Development Minister, Winston Chitando on Thursday said government was planning to work towards generating energy by taking advantage of thermal coal which…

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Zimbabwe: Companies Rake in Profits Despite Depressed Demand

Companies in Zimbabwe continue to rake in huge profits on the back of continued price increases despite operating in an environment characterised by reduced product…

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Kenya: Kenyans Are Addicted to Smartphones – Survey

Nairobi — Move over substances, Kenyans have a new source of addiction, and its name is ‘Smartphone’. A survey by Deloitte describes smartphone use in…

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Uganda: Museveni Wants 2020/21 Budget to Lower Cost of Doing Business

President Museveni on Thursday tasked Finance Minister Matia Kasaija to ensure that the budget for Financial Year 2020/21 lowers the cost of doing business in…

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Zambia: Govt Deports Chinese Man Over ‘Abusive Remarks’

Zambian immigration authorities on Saturday announced they have deported a Chinese national for allegedly using abusive language towards Zambians and government officials. Yi Jian,36, is…

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Kenya: Eight Killed After Kampala-Bound Kenyan Bus Collides With Truck in Uganda

At least eight people were on Sunday killed in a road accident at Nakawa, Busowa Town Council in Uganda’s Bugiri District on the Jinja-Tororo highway….

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Ethiopia: Why Showcase Sugar Projects Face Huge Challenges

If it’s completed, the Kuraz sugar project in Ethiopia will be a mega-scheme unprecedented in size and processing capacity. The project sits on 100,000 hectares…

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East Africa: EAC Keeps Europe Guessing Two Months to Crucial Meeting

Two months to the East African Community’s Summit, partner states are keeping the European Union guessing over the controversial Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) whose signing…

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