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Mozambique: New Year Bonus Guaranteed, Pledges Nyusi

Maputo — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi guaranteed on Thursday that the government will pay the traditional New Year bonus to all state employees in January….

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Zimbabwe: Outrage Over Bank Charges

Depositors have expressed concern over the high banking charges levied by financial institutions. Speaking at a post-2020 Budget breakfast meeting co-organised by Zimpapers and ZBC…

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Mozambique: Former President Guebuza Mentioned in Boustani Trial

Maputo — For the first time, the name of former Mozambican President Armando Guebuza has appeared in the trial in New York of Jean Boustani,…

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Zimbabwe: 2020 Budget Fair, but Failed to Tick Crucial Boxes

When Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube stepped into the Chamber yesterday afternoon it was never going to be an easy task to balance…

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Southern Africa: Nyusi Inaugurates Rebuilt Beira-Zimbabwe Highway

Maputo — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Thursday inaugurated the rebuilt highway from the central port of Beira to the Zimbabwean border, a distance of…

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Africa: How Digital Training Can Help Supervisors Lift PhD Output

Several African countries have increased the number of new universities and increased enrolments as part of an effort to boost tertiary education and development. More…

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South Africa: South Africans Returning From Abroad Shocked to Learn SAA Cancelled Flights Due to Strike

South Africans making their annual trip home from abroad were surprised to land at OR Tambo International Airport on Friday morning to find out connecting…

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Tanzania: Legislators Push for Solar Power Use to Curb Pollution

STUDIES conducted in Tanzania have shown that the country has a potential to generate 1,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity through solar, the Minister for Energy,…

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South Africa: SAA Extends Cancellation of Flights

South African Airways (SAA) has extended the cancellation of all domestic and regional flights and has re-introduced international flights. “SAA has extended the cancellation of…

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Kenya: Activists Praise AfDB for Pulling Out of Lamu Coal Plant

Kenya’s quest to have a coal power plant has been shattered after one of the proposed project’s key financiers, the African Development Bank (AfDB), pulled…

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Kenya: Despite Ban, 5 Maize Flour Brands Still On Nakuru Shelves

Five maize flour brands banned by the Kenya Bureau of Standard (Kebs) nearly a week ago are still on sale in various shops in Nakuru…

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South Africa: ‘For Us, It Is Business As Usual’ – Mango CEO As SAA Goes On Strike

Domestic airline Mango has continued with “business as usual” after two unions at South African Airways (SAA) embarked on a planned strike on Friday. “I…

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Angola: Angolan Currency Enters Valuation Trajectory – Reserve Bank

Luanda — Angola’s currency (Kwanza) has entered into a valuation trajectory following high levels of depreciation recorded since last October 23, the deputy- governor of…

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Zimbabwe: 2020 Budget – Education Takes Lion’s Share, Health Comes Second

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube has allocated the second biggest chunk of his 2020 budget to health proposing a $6, 5 billion vote to the struggling…

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South Africa: Dam Owners Urged to Stick to the Rules

Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has called on dam owners across the country to adhere to dam safety legislation in the wake of extreme…

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South Africa: Rail Agency Meltdown Likely to Derail 10,000 Jobs

The dismissal of over 3,000 security guards – with October salaries unpaid – means more than 10,000 jobs directly linked to Prasa’s meltdown could be…

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South Africa: Stats SA Report Reveals Country’s State of Inequality

A report released by Statistics South Africa paints a grim picture of inequality in the country. It looks at trends such as access to basic…

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Nigeria: Govt Orders Deactivation of Automatic Voicemail On Existing Phone Lines

Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has ordered the Nigerian Communication Commission to deactivate automatic voicemail on existing phone lines. This is…

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Nigeria: NNPC Secures $1.16m U.S. Grant for 1,350MW Abuja Power Plant

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) have concluded arrangement to sign a $1.16 million dollar grant…

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Nigeria: Border Closure – Nigeria, Benin, Niger Joint Committee Meet

Weeks after Nigeria closed its borders to its neighbours, a tripartite joint committee consisting of Nigeria, Niger and Benin has met to seek ways to…

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South Africa: SA Post Office Denies Talk of Planned Retrenchments to Manage Labour Costs

The SA Post Office (SAPO) has not announced plans to retrench employees as part of its current program of reducing labour costs in line with…

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South Africa: Dams Empty in Eastern Cape

All dams supplying Butterworth and surrounding areas in the Eastern Cape are dry. Amathole District Municipality (ADM) spokesperson Nonceba Madikizela-Vuso said 33 boreholes have now…

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South Africa: Text Messages | Predictions From Berlin

Granta essays from the time of the fall of the wall and apartheid hail political leaders who aspire to ‘not victory, conquest or triumph, but…

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Ghana: Make Science, Technology Relevant to Ghanaians – President to Scientists

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged scientists in the country to help make science and technology more relevant in providing dignified standards of living…

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Ghana: Vodafone Healthline Saves 5-Year-Old

Vodafone Healthline has brought smiles on the faces of five-year-old Sarah Botchway and her foster parents, after the multiple award-winning TV programme saved her from…

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Ghana: MTN Congratulates SWAG for Technology Innovation

Headline sponsor of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Awards, MTN, has congratulated SWAG for adapting the use of technology in their elections. They…

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Ghana: Ghana Sells 200,000 Tonnes of Cocoa With Farmer Premium

Ghana has sold nearly 200,000 tonnes of cocoa for the 2020/21 season, with prices including a new premium to support farmers, the head of the…

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Ghana: Joe Mensah Promoted to Senior Vice President, Head of Ghana Business Unit

Kosmos Energy announced today that Joe Mensah has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Head of the Ghana business unit after serving with distinction…

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Ghana: barclays Bank to Hold First Absa AfCFTA Conference in 2020

Barclays Bank Ghana has declared itsintentions and committed to organise the first Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA) conference in 2020 under the auspices of…

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Ghana: Govt to Establish National Devt Bank

The government is to establish a National Development Bank (NDB) next year to provide long term funding and credit to private sector players and the…

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Africa: Africa Investment Forum – MOU Brings Good News for Africa’s Rail Networks

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and Thelo DB on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg. The agreement will…

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Ghana: Ghana to Be Self-Reliant in Rice Production

Government through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has reiterated its position to make Ghana self-reliant in the production of rice. The initiative is…

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Ghana: Budget Greeted With Cheers and Jeers

Chorus of cheers and jeers that have for years become a feature of budget statements and fiscal policies presentation in Ghana’s parliament was on full…

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Ghana: Project Finance 2019 Underway in Accra

A three-day practical technical conference dubbed Project Finance 2019 aimed at equipping both the private and public sector prepare good documents to access global funds…

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Liberia: Amended Cocoa, Coffee Policy Targets Inclusiveness Over Contention

– Policymaker calls for dialogue with actors in the sectors Despite previous proclamation from officials of the Liberia Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (LACRA), which almost…

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South Africa: SAA Cancels Flights in Midst of Industrial Action

South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled almost all its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday as a result of industrial action….

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Zimbabwe: Central Bank Investigates Release of Wads of Cash

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has instituted investigations to establish the bank that issued out large sums of new bank notes. The $2 notes are…

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Kenya: Unanswered Questions in Kenya Airways Stowaway Saga

It has been four and a half months since a mystery man fell off a Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in London on a sunny…

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Zimbabwe: Striking Teachers Fail to Pitch Up to Invigilate Final Exams

Education authorities in Victoria Falls were left scrambling to find replacement invigilators after teachers at Mosi oa Tunya High School failed to pitch up for…

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Zimbabwe: Late Midlands Governor’s Son Faces Imprisonment Over U.S.$62,000 Debt

The son of late former Midlands Governor, Cephas Msipa, Mandlenkosi has been hauled to court on allegations of failing to settle a US$62 000 debt…

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Zimbabwe: Opposition Takes Dig At Govt Over ‘Slow Genocide’

The opposition MDC has accused government of committing ‘slow genocide’ by causing needless deaths owing to its ongoing stand-off with doctors who have been on…

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Zimbabwe: Govt Bans Electric Geysers in Bid to Save Power

Government has with immediate effect banned the installation of electrical water geysers in the country as a move to manage electricity use during a period…

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Tanzania: Cashew Farmers Enjoy Rising Prices

Dar es Salaam — Cashew nut farmers are putting on broad smiles as price for the crop has risen by about 6.5 per cent during…

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Zimbabwe: ‘New Notes, Coins Won’t Cause Inflation’

The recently introduced bank notes and coins as a strategy to satisfy legitimate demand for coins and small notes will not fuel inflation as is…

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Southern Africa: Tighten Screws On Political Parties’ Funding, SADC Told

The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) has called on member states to strengthen political financing systems to ensure clean political campaigns, and…

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Zimbabwe: Patients Plead for End to Impasse

Patients have called on Government and striking doctors to find each other to ensure efficient health delivery returns to hospitals and clinics, where they are…

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Sudan: Cabinet Briefed On Sudan Participation in Development Dam Meetings

Khartoum — The Council of Minuisters, chaired by the Transitional Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok, was Wednesday briefed on the participation of Sudan in the tripartite…

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Lesotho: Instability, Corruption Chasing Away Investors – Business Mogul Matekane

Business tycoon Sam Matekane of Matekane Group of Companies (MGC) says political instability and corruption have a negative impact on the country’s ability to attract…

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South Africa: Ex-Transnet, Eskom CFO Anoj Singh No-Show At Disciplinary Hearing

Former Transnet and Eskom chief financial officer, Anoj Singh, was a no-show at the start of his disciplinary hearing on Wednesday morning in Johannesburg. Singh…

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Nigeria: Senate Wants Fuel Supply Back At Nigeria’s Border Towns

The Senate on Wednesday called for a steady supply of Petroleum products through the identified suppliers and registered filling stations across all Nigeria’s border towns…

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Nigeria: How Nigeria Will Fund Bad Roads’ Repairs – Minister

The Nigerian government says its priority for the releases for capital projects in the 2020 budget will be on fixing bad roads in the country….

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South Africa: Conference to Focus On Africa’s Green Economy

South Africa is to host the 17th Ordinary Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Durban. The conference will take place…

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Angola: Over U.S.$50 Million for Training Sector in Pipeline

Luanda — The Angolan government plans to invest until 2027 at least USD 50 million to enhance the National Programme for Teacher Training to bolster…

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Ghana: JUSAG Downs Tools in Protest Over Salary Review

The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) today laid down tools in protest over salary reviews. A statement signed by Alex Nartey, National President,…

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Ghana: Gh¢ 50 Million Electronic Warehouse Receipt Financing for Smallholder Farmers Launched

The Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX) in collaboration of ARB Apex Bank has launched the Electronic Warehouse Receipt (EWR) financing programme. ARB Apex Bank has set…

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South Africa: ‘Technically Insolvent’ SAA Says It Is At a Precipice As Strike Looms

The leadership of struggling flag carrier South African Airways has said that questions around its ability to continue operating as a going concern were behind…

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Zimbabwe: Govt Fires 75 More Striking Doctors

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has fired an additional 75 doctors to bring to 286, the number of medical practitioners who have been shown the door…

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Namibia: Geingob Refuses to Shoulder Blame Alone, Promises to Fix Economy

Oshakati — President Hage Geingob who is also Swapo’s candidate in this month’s presidential vote said he cannot solely be blamed for the current status…

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Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe Not Ready to Join AfCFTA – Trade Expert

Zimbabwe must address low capacity utilization in small to medium industries to position itself for opportunities provided by the African Continental Free Trade Area, a…

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Zimbabwe: Govt Says Unperturbed By Perceived British Wink At Fired Doctors

Government says it is not reading much into recent British plans to relax terms for foreign doctors and nurses wishing to be employed within its…

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Zimbabwe: Social Security Body Increases Monthly Pension Pay-Outs By 65%

National Social Security Authority (NSSA) has increased the minimum monthly retirement pension by 65 per cent across the board. The increase is with immediate effect….

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Zimbabwe: Snow Grader Deal Raises Red Flags

When several local authorities in Zimbabwe needed new machinery to build and maintain dirt and gravel roads, the National Road Authority issued a tender for…

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Zimbabwe: Minerals Growth Output Seen Suffering Minus 40% Decline By Year End

Mineral production in Zimbabwe will decline to around minus 40 % by year end owing to a host of challenges confronting the mining sector, the…

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Zimbabwe: Health Minister Moyo Says Prepared to Seek Treatment At Parirenyatwa

Health Minister Obadiah Moyo says he was prepared – if he were to fall sick sometime – to seek treatment at Parirenyatwa government hospital, moreso,…

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Zimbabwe: Foreign Currency Deposits Increase by 5.41%

Foreign currency deposits have maintained a growth trajectory, increasing by 5.41 % indicating a significant recovery from the slump which was experienced in the month…

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Zimbabwe: Zupco Buses, Free Lunches for Junior Doctors

Government says it is in the process of organising ZUPCO buses to ferry junior doctors to and from work in attempts to ease their transport…

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Zimbabwe: Country Risks Losing More Than 300 Doctors to the UK – Biti

Top MDC politician and MP, Tendai Biti has warned Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube the country risked losing more than 300 doctors to the United Kingdom…

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Zimbabwe: New Perks On the Table for Doctors

Government and striking doctors will meet tomorrow to discuss a proposed package of improved working conditions that includes accommodation, transport and food, as authorities seek…

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South Africa: Strike Could Destroy National Airline, Executive Says

Any industrial action will endanger the existence of South African Airways (SAA), and could destroy every job at the state-owned airline as well as related…

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Kenya: Man Who Fell From Kenya Airways Plane Into a London Garden Identified

The stowaway, who fell off a Kenya Airways plane moments before it landed at London’s Heathrow Airport in June has been identified. Sky News has…

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Zimbabwe: Drought Threatens Livestock in Western Zimbabwe

Drought is taking a toll on Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector, with farmers in the western region losing their livestock at an alarming rate. More than 4,500…

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Southern Africa: SADC Launches Agriculture Project in Botswana

Gaborone — The aim of the Southern African Development Cooperation (SADC) Regional Agricultural Policy Investment Plan (2017-2022) project launched in Gaborone November 12 is to…

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Ghana: Traditional and State Powers Must Collaborate to Halt Illegal Mining

Small-scale mining forms an important sector of Ghana’s economy, employing one million people directly and supporting the livelihoods of about 4.5 million people. The industry…

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East Africa: Uganda Has Worst Roads in East Africa – Report

The Inspectorate of Vehicles has said Ugandan roads are the worst in East Africa in terms of carnage, killing at least 3,500 people per year….

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Kenya: Treasury Seeks House Nod to Increase Budget

Unpaid standard gauge railway (SGR) bills, universal healthcare plans and construction of Kenya’s first double-decker road have forced the Treasury to review and increase the…

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Kenya: Silverstone Air Suspends All Flights After Dash 8 Fleet Grounded

Nairobi — Local budget airline Silverstone Air Tuesday suspended all its flights after the regulator grounded its Dash 8 fleet for seven days pending a…

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South Africa: Saldanha Steel Closure Signals Death of SA Industrial Dreams

The closure of the Saldanha steel plant by ArcelorMittal SA has hit Kumba Iron Ore, which on Tuesday revised its 2019 sales guidance down slightly…

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Nigeria: How Nigerians Suffer From Poor Electricity Regulation

On April 12, 2017, Aliyu Umar, 27, began his day, carefully preparing a charcoal fire with which he would prepare breakfast of noodles, bread, fried…

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Africa: How Increased Energy Demand Can Grow Africa’s Economy – Report

The African economy has the potential to grow fourfold, with energy demands expanding by only 50 per cent, a new report by the International Energy…

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Nigeria: Why Finance Bill 2019 Is Crucial to Nigeria’s Economic Growth – Finance Minister

The Finance Bill 2019 is crucial to the growth of the Nigerian economy as it would allow the government to realize its annual revenue projections…

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Nigeria: Senate Report Blames NNPC for Pipeline Explosions That Killed 18

Two petroleum pipeline explosions that killed 18 people between June and July happened because the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was “negligent”, a Senate committee said…

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Africa: Can Leaders Put Free Trade Above Nationalism?

The signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) couldn’t have come at a better time for the continent. Globally, the United Kingdom’s exit…

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East Africa: Harmonisation Pushes Up Intra-East African Community (EAC) Trade Over 10pc

Arusha — Intra-regional trade within the East African Community (EAC) bloc rose by 10.3 per cent last year, courtesy of harmonisation of cross-border rules and…

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South Africa: MEC Motlalepula Rosho Tables 2019/20 Provincial Mid-Term Adjustment Budget, 19 Nov

In compliance with Section 31 (1) of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), Act no 1 of 1999 as amended, the MEC for Finance, Ms….

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South Africa: Illicit Mining Task Team Arrests More Suspects

The Illicit Mining Task Team consisting of various police units and security companies arrested four more suspects on Monday, 11 November 2019 for illegal mining,…

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Kenya: Tz, Kenya, Uganda Inflation Trend Climbs

THE annual headline inflation rates for Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda for the month of October, 2019 went up compared to the corresponding period in September,…

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Africa: SGR Grasps African Investors’ Attention

A STANDARD gauge railway (SGR) project that will link Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo with the Dar es Salaam port is one among major projects…

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South Africa: Tax Inspectors Without Borders Saves Millions

Emerging economies lose billions in revenue each year to tax avoidance, and these lost resources prevent millions of people from getting an education, accessing healthcare,…

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Africa: Africa’s Innovative Response to Internet Repression

As governments across Africa continue to introduce internet policies that hurt connectivity rates and stifle freedom of expression, an increasing number of digital rights activists…

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Zimbabwe: Trainee Medical Registrars Boycott Final Exams

Dozens of University of Zimbabwe (UZ) postgraduate medical registrars, Monday boycotted their end of course examinations claiming they missed out on crucial practical lessons due…

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Zimbabwe: New Coins, Notes Hit Market

Local banks started the issuance of the new Zimbabwean dollar coins and notes as of this morning following a ZWL$30 million allocation to banks by…

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Nigeria: Engaging Billionaire Tax Evaders

Lagos — Whatever Yardstick It Is Measured, the Current Management of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Has, With Its Performance in the Last Four Years,…

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Zimbabwe: Biti Fumes As Sakunda Holdings Boss Dodges Parliament Hearing

Under-fire Sakunda Holdings owner, Kudakwashe Tagwirei Monday left MPs fuming after failing to appear before parliament’s Public Accounts Committee to face grilling over his company’s…

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Zimbabwe: Finance Minister Ncube Budget Fails to Excite Zimbabweans

Zimbabwe business leaders, trade unionists and informal traders say they were not expecting any substantive solutions to come out of Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube’s 2020…

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Zimbabwe: Cash Withdrawals Begin Today

Commercial banks were collecting $30 million new notes and coins yesterday from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and account holders should be able to…

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Zimbabwe: Govt Rolls Out Lower-Denomination Money to Ease Cash Shortage

Zimbabwe’s central bank says it has begun circulating lower-denomination bank notes and coins, in an effort to help end severe shortages of cash and boost…

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Zimbabwe: Irrigation Will Transform the Lowveld – Mnangagwa

Local and international investors must seize opportunities presented by the new Tugwi-Mukosi Dam in Masvingo to irrigate vast tracts of land and transform the province…

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Uganda: Uganda’s Loan Uptake Sparks Pay Back Fears

Uganda’s public debt had risen to $12.2 billion as at June this year from about $9.4 billion in 2017, Ministry of Finance data shows. The…

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Kenya: Report Shows Kenyans’ Popular Cooking Solutions

The traditional three-stone open fire has remained the most commonly used cooking technology in Kenya with 58.1 per cent of the population using it to…

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Zimbabwe: Govt Seeks to Establish E-Classrooms

Bulawayo — Government is seeking to establish smart classrooms in primary schools to promote a sustainable computer education programme. Secretary in the Ministry of Primary…

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