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South Africa: SA, Nigeria Commit to Condusive Business Environment

The governments of South Africa and Nigeria have committed to creating a conducive business environment that will make it easier for business to operate. “We…

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South Africa: SA Calls for Increased Intra-African Trade

In preparation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the African continent to strategically position itself by developing its human capital…

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South Africa: NHI Pulse – Department of Health Non-Committal On Private Sector Reforms

Spotlight asked the Department of Health and others what happens next following the release of a landmark report into private healthcare in South Africa. The…

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Namibia: Hippy Tjivikua New Walvis Bay Corridor Boss

THE Walvis Bay Corridor Group has appointed former TransNamib acting chief executive officer Hippy Tjivikua as theWBCG executive officer. Attempts to get confirmation from Tjivikua…

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Namibia: Transnamib Transports 1000 Tons of Drought Relief Cargo

Rail operator, TransNamib has managed to move about 1000 tons of drought relief cargo from the Port of Walvis Bay to inland destinations within the…

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Namibia: Fuel Imports Burn Away Current Account Surplus

After a single quarter of being in surplus, Namibia recorded a substantial current account deficit to N$3.1 billion during the second quarter of 2019, the…

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South Africa: Security Guard Wage Negotiations Deadlocked

Unions reject offer of 5% increase The security sector unions have rejected the 5% wage increase offered by employers during the latest rounds of talk…

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South Africa: Legalisation Is Killing Our Market, Say Small-Scale Dagga Growers

Part one in a series on the Pondoland dagga growers On a frigid September morning in Mkumbi, a remote village in the Pondoland region of…

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Zimbabwe: Report Slams ‘Porous’ Kimberly Process

A new report by a coalition of non-governmental organizations pushing for responsible investment in the extractive sector, has raised red flags over continued marketing and…

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Angola: World Bank, AFD to Release U.S.$230 Million for Agriculture

Malanje — The World Bank (WB) and the French Development Agency (AFD) will release an overall 230 million US dollars in November, for the financing…

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Africa: Global Electric Vehicle Road Trip Shines Light On Need for Sustainable Transport

The global transport sector accounts for almost one quarter of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, and this proportion is rising. An estimated 3.7 million premature deaths…

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Zimbabwe: Baba Harare Headlines Return of Electric Quench

Masvingo born musician Braveman Chizvino popularly known as Baba Harare will headline the Electric Quench concert set for today at Extra Mile in Harare. Baba…

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Namibia: Agriculture Sector Jobs Shrink

Namibia’s employment opportunities in the agriculture sector shrunk from 34% in 2012 to 23% to date, the Agricultural Bank of Namibia (Agribank) said on Wednesday….

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South Africa: SABC to Receive R2.1 Billion Bailout

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is set to receive a cash injection of R2.1 billion to help stabilise the public broadcaster. Communications and Digital…

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South Africa: Old Mutual’s Peter Moyo Sues Employer for U.S.$16 Million

Cape Town — Former Old Mutual CEO, Peter Moyo is suing the insurance group for R250-million (U.S.$16, 509 500) or be permanently reinstated. Moyo has said…

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Zimbabwe: U.S. Ups Economic War On Zimbabwe

The United States has escalated its political and economic war against Zimbabwe in the past few weeks, despite spirited efforts by the New Dispensation to…

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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa, Minister Cross Swords Over National Railways

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is on a collision course with Transport minister Joel Biggie Matiza over the US$400 million National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) recapitalisation project,…

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Zimbabwe: Ruling Party Youths Demand 40% Command Agriculture Machinery

Zanu-PF youths have demanded access to atleast 40 percent of farm mechanisation equipment set to be distributed to local farmers under government’s controversial command agriculture…

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Zimbabwe: Farmers to Abandon Planting As Input Prices Soar

Marondera — High costs of basic agricultural inputs and low incomes will force most small-scale farmers to abandon farming in the coming 2019/20 season, worsening…

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Zimbabwe: Former Opposition Legislator Fights for Pension

Former MDC legislator for Mutasa North, David Anthony Chimhini has approached the High Court seeking an order by the courts to compel the public service…

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Zimbabwe: Cashless Pensioners Run Out of Patience, Besiege Bank

Hordes of agitated pensioners and war veterans Thursday besieged the People’s Own Savings Bank (POSB) Head Office in Harare demanding the release of their payments…

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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Tries the Kagame Way

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is trying to emulate his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame’s economic development model, which blends authoritarian practices and homegrown solutions with international best…

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Kenya: Mobile-Based Lending Is Huge – but There’s a Downside Too

Over the past 10 years mobile-based lending has grown in Kenya. Some estimates put the number of mobile lending platforms at 49. The industry is…

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South Africa: Country Must Harness Technology in a Way That Helps Fix Its Problems

In the three short years that the World Economic Forum (WEF) has been punting the concept of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) as the route…

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Rwanda: Govt’s Solar Energy Ambition Receives U.S.$9 Million Boost

Rwanda’s energy ambition received a boost this week following an endorsement of a financial instrument by the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance that will…

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South Africa: Wake Up, Everyone – ANC NEC’s Energy Statement Is a Real New Dawn for South Africa

The policy community and the media seem so set in their respective performances that it seems they can say in advance what the other has…

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Kenya: At Least 13 Killed, Several Injured as Nairobi Bus Collides With Truck

Kisumu — Thirteen passengers aboard a Nairobi-bound bus died in a grisly road accident last night along Kisumu Nairobi highway. The tragic road accident involved…

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Nigeria: Buhari to Present 2020 Budget Next Tuesday

President Muhammadu Buhari will present the 2020 budget by 2 p.m. on Tuesday. The Senate spokesperson, Adedayo Adeyeye, made this known to journalists after at…

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Nigeria: Senate Approves MTEF, Raises Oil Benchmark to U.S.$57

The Senate has approved the 2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP). The MTEF and FSP are documents that provide the…

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Africa: Nigeria, South Africa to Strengthen Economic Ties – Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced plans to create stronger economic and social ties between South Africa and Nigeria, following a spate of violence against foreign…

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Kenya: Fate of 400 Sportpesa Staff Remains Uncertain After Exit

The fate of 400 SportPesa staff remains uncertain amid speculation that they have been summarily dismissed. Media reports indicate that the employees were on Wednesday…

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Kenya: Chinese Firm Bags Sh1.4bn for Not Drilling a Single Inch in Baringo County

Taxpayers have lost at least Sh1.4 billion after the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) cancelled a controversial geothermal contract handed to a Chinese company in 2014…

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Rwanda: Rwanda Hosts an International Conference On Poultry Industry Development

From the 1st to 3rd October 2019, Rwanda is hosting Poultry Africa 2019, a major international exhibition and conference event for Sub-Saharan Africa. The event…

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Mauritius: Full Concrete Housing Scheme – Three Families Receive Keys to Their Housing Units

Three families received keys to their housing units under the Full Concrete Housing Scheme (FCHS) during a handing-over ceremony, on Tuesday 01 October 2019, in…

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Swaziland: Swaziland Police Shoot Union Leader in Back As Peaceful Workers’ Protest Turns Into a ‘Battlefield’

Police in Swaziland / eSwatini once again attacked striking workers using teargas, water cannon and rubber bullets. One union leader was shot in the back…

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South Africa: Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana Embarks On Cyber Safety Awareness Campaign

Deputy Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies takes cyber security awareness to learners in Limpopo October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Deputy Minister of Communications…

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Tanzania: Domestic Plants Process 4,000 Tonnes of Cashews

Dar es Salaam — The government on Monday said six large and eight small-scale factories in Mtwara and Lindi Regions processed some 3,917.39 tonnes of…

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Uganda: Museveni Orders Salary Rise for Teachers, Doctors

In one of the biggest pay increments in recent times, President Museveni has given significant salary boost for science lecturers, doctors and other scientists. In…

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Zimbabwe: Civic Society Group Dismisses U.S. Forced Diamond Mining Labour Claims

Claims by U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleging the use of forced labour in Zimbabwe’s diamond mining sector are a result of confusion caused by…

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Zimbabwe: High Court Faults City of Harare for Constructing Houses On Wetlands

A Zimbabwe court has faulted the City of Harare (CoH) for disobeying a lawful court order after the local authority continued with housing developments on…

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Zimbabwe: Tagwirei, Wadyajena Face Off in Court

Prominent fuel mogul Kuda Tagwirei who, was alleged to have fled the country to evade questioning from the Reserve Bank Of Zimbabwe (RBZ)’s Financial Intelligence…

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Zimbabwe: Residents Blast City of Harare Over Misplaced Priorities

Harare residents have blasted the city fathers over what they termed “misplaced priorities” following the announcement that the city had signed a Memorandum Of Agreement…

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Zimbabwe: Minister Kazembe Calls for Intensive Cyber Security Awareness

Information Communication Technology and Courier Services Minister Kazembe Kazembe has challenged stakeholders in the industry to craft effective cyber security awareness strategies in the wake…

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Namibia: Fuel Prices to Remain Unchanged This Month

The Ministry of Mines and Energy has announced that fuel pump prices will remain unchanged, with 95 Octane unleaded petrol staying put at N$13.05 per…

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Lesotho: Striking Teachers’ Salaries Docked

The government has slashed the salaries of about 4 000 teachers who went on strike to press for better pay at it seeks to enforce…

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Lesotho: Diamond Firm in Racism Storm

Angry Letšeng Diamonds employees are demanding the sacking of a white South African-born manager, Bris Olivier, who they accuse of assaulting a local employee at…

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Zimbabwe: Doctors in Threat Climbdown

The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has backtracked on its decision to exit the Health Apex Council after continuously blasting the forum for its ‘compromising’…

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Malawi: Malawi Power Black Outs Back As Escom Laments Low Water Levels, Faults

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) says power black outs are now back in full swing due to inadequate electricity supply blamed on faults on…

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Africa: Africa’s Top Mobile Phone Seller Transsion Lists in Chinese IPO

Chinese mobile-phone and device maker Transsion has listed in an IPO on Shanghai’s STAR Market, a Transsion spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch. Headquartered in Shenzhen, Transsion…

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Zimbabwe: Former Power Company Boss Kazhanje Released On Bail

Former Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) board chair Stanley Kazhanje, who was recently caged three years following his conviction for concealing a US$10 000 transaction with…

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Africa: Manufacturing App Platform Tulip Raises a U.S.$39.5 Million Series B

Back in 2017, Tulip raised a $13 million Series A, with help from NEA, Pitango Venture Capital and a handful of investors who were already…

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Zimbabwe: Court Orders Football Body to Pay U.S.$1,2 Million Debt

The High Court has granted an order compelling the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) to pay back US$1,2 million to Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of…

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Zimbabwe: Govt Moves to Ensure Power for Exporters

Government is keen to see an assured power supply for businesses whose produce is meant for the export market and will continue seeking a lasting…

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Zimbabwe: Cassava Launches Vaya Tractor Services

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed entity Cassava Smartech has once again, in its series of platforms, launched the Vaya tractor services to add to its Eco-farmer portfolio….

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Namibia: Cabinet Wants Agreements With Angola Implemented

Windhoek — Cabinet has directed the speedy implementation of numerous memoranda of agreements signed during the 5th Session of the Namibia-Angola Joint Commission of Cooperation…

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Nigeria: Govt to Reintroduce Toll Gates On Federal Roads

The Federal Government yesterday announced plans to return toll gates on federal highways across the country. The administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo had in…

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Zambia: Zambia, DR Congo Ink Deal to Export Maize

The Zambian government said on Wednesday it had signed a deal to export to 600,000 metric tonnes of maize to the neighbouring Democratic Republic of…

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Nigeria: U.S.$9.6bn Judgment Debt – Govt Details Shady Deals of P&ID

The Federal Government has given details of fraudulent circumstances surrounding the Gas Supply Processing Agreement (GSPA) with Process and Industrial Developments Ltd (P&ID) leading to…

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Nigeria: Minimum Wage – Nigeria Workers Threaten Strike From October 16

Organised labour on Wednesday threatened to embark on a nationwide strike from October 16, if the federal government fails to reconvene the meeting of the…

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Zimbabwe: Govt Spends $2,5 Billion on Infrastructure

Government has spent over $2,5 billion on infrastructure projects, which are key enablers to the achievement of targets set under Vision 2030. This was said…

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Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit Pledges to Get Another Operator

Dar es Salaam — The government is optimistic to get a new operator for the Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit (Dart) before end of the…

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Namibia: Fitch Downgrades Country’s Creditworthiness

Fitch Ratings is of the view that the domestic economy remains under recessionary pressure, as it downgraded Namibia’s creditworthiness to BB with a stable outlook…

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South Africa: Magashule Says There Are No Fundamental Challenges to Mboweni’s Economic Plan

There are no fundamental challenges regarding Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s controversial economic growth plan, according to ANC secretary general, Ace Magashule. Speaking during a media…

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South Africa: Joburg Residents Asked to Adhere to Water Restrictions Amid Maintenance of Lesotho Highlands Water Project

Residents in Johannesburg have been urged to adhere to the Level 1 water restrictions implemented in the city. This as the Lesotho Highlands Water Project…

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South Africa: Economic Freedom Will Save the Planet

Free-market capitalism benefits people in many ways. It makes people more prosperous and happier. What activists won’t tell you, however, is that it also benefits…

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South Africa: SABC News Channel Gets New Editor

The SABC has announced that Njanji Chauke has been appointed as editor of the 24-hour SABC News Channel. “The appointment comes at a crucial moment…

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Tanzania: Boon for Traders As Maize Price Climbs 48 Per Cent

Dar es Salaam — Wholesale price of maize has increased by 48 per cent in a year triggering fears among consumers of the country’s main…

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Sierra Leone: Idris Elba to Help Bring Economic Prosperity to Sherbro Island

Cape Town — The British award-winning actor and musician has committed to developing Sherbro Island into a world-class city as part of his drive to give…

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Zimbabwe: U.S. Issue Ban On Country’s Diamonds

United States of America Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a ban on the sale of Zimbabwe’s rough diamonds citing the use of forced…

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Tanzania: Achieving Renewable Energy in Tanzania

THE evening sun is setting on a group of women carrying firewood, casting long shadows behind them. They are on their way back to the…

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Zambia: Zambia to Cancel Debts in Economic Revival Bid

Zambia finance minister Bwalya Ng’andu has placed bolstering tax-hit copper mines at the enter of broad measures to invigorate the economy which is suffering from…

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Zimbabwe: Econet Drags Central Bank to Court Over Cash-in, Cash-Out Ban

Cassava Smarttech Zimbabwe Limited, which operates Ecocash money transfer, has rushed to the High Court with an urgent chamber application seeking to nullify Reserve Bank…

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Kenya: Brexit – Kenya Gets More Time to Trade

Kenya has reached an agreement to continue trading with Britain under preferential terms even after the UK’s exit from the European Union. Under the deal,…

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Kenya: Farmers Mix Tradition With Tech to Protect Drying Mara River

Ilula — Using a new digital system, farmers can report violations of water use – and get an idea what might lie ahead for river…

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Kenya: Rare Windstorm Hits Parts of the Country, Causes Power Outages

A rare windstorm swept across the Kenya and some parts of Tanzania Tuesday afternoon catching many unawares. The heavy windstorm caused power outages in the…

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Zimbabwe: EcoCash Approaches High Court

Cassava Smartech Zimbabwe Limited has approached the High Court seeking to nullify the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s directive to shut down its EcoCash cash-in and…

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South Africa: When Mining Defeats Farming, the People Lose Their Food

In many parts of Africa and South America, rural development is a game of tug-of-war: Farmers and agriculturalists on one side of the rope, and…

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Kenya: Govt’s Foreign Banks Debt Stock Hits U.S.$10 Billion

Kenya’s expensive debt from foreign commercial banks hit Sh1.09 trillion by end of June following the Sh210 billion May Eurobond issue. The loan type has…

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Rwanda: Govt Reviews Petroleum Policy

The Government has committed to increase strategic fuel reserves to 100,000 cubic metres by the end of next year after the Auditor General’s report exposed…

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Malawi: Parliament Passes U.S.$150.1 Million Loan Bill for Electricity Expansion

Malawi Parliament has passed a US$150.1 million loan bill, authorizing government to borrow from the International Development Fund for access to electricity project. Minister Msaka…

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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Pours U.S.$51 Million Into Scandal-Ridden Command Agriculture

President Emmerson Mnangagwa Tuesday announced an additional RTGS$1.8 billion and US$51 million injection into his scandal-ridden Command Agriculture programme. The move could be a slap…

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Namibia: Namibians Drowning in Debt, Owe U.S.$425,4 Million to Cash-Loans

Windhoek — It doesn’t matter which walk of life you are from, be it tenderpreneur, chief executive officer or domestic worker, Namibians are drowning in…

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Namibia: Namibia’s Creditworthiness Sinks Further – Fitch

THE credit rating agency Fitch Ratings has downgraded Namibia’s creditworthiness again, this time stating that the deterioration in economic growth and the government’s budget situation…

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Nigeria: Why Country’s Economic Growth Is Slow – Report

The decline in government revenues and the slow and uneven growth in key sectors of the economy are key factors in the stagnation of the…

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Kenya: Car Wreckage With 2 Bodies Located in Indian Ocean

The search and recovery for the car wreckage that plunged into the Indian Ocean on Sunday with two people on board was called off Tuesday,…

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Kenya: KPC Recovers 551,000 Litres of Oil Spilt in Kiboko

Nairobi — Kenya Pipeline Company says they have recovered 551,000 litres of oil from the Kiboko oil spill that occurred on March 30. KPC Acting…

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Zimbabwe: Govt Hits Out at U.S. Over Diamonds

GOVERNMENT has expressed concern over the United States’ continued attempts to suffocate Zimbabwe’s economy after it barred local diamonds from entering Washington claiming they were…

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Nigeria: For Nigeria, Darkness Has Great Cost: Trillions of Naira and Over 59 Years

Oilfields across the resource-abundant Niger Delta spew flames day and night, fired by gas associated with oil during production. Daily, Nigeria flares some 700 million…

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Nigeria: Grace Garba Becomes First Female Air Warrant Officer in Nigeria

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has approved the promotion of Master Warrant Officer (MWO), Grace Garba to the exalted…

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Nigeria: Nigeria to Assemble Solar Cars By 2020

As Nigeria celebrates 59th Independence anniversary, an indigenous company says it is intensifying efforts to begin assembling of solar cars by 2020. Mr Moses Onaja,…

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Tanzania: Vodacom Tanzania to Roll Out 4g in Zanzibar

Unguja — Zanzibar residents will start to access faster mobile telecommunication after Vodacom Tanzania announced a plan to roll out 4G network in the next…

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Ethiopia: Ministry Takes First Step to Privatise Telecom

State Minister for Finance Eyob Tekalign (PhD) gave a press briefing last week about the transaction advisor the Ministry is looking to hire for the…

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Ethiopia: Local Electric Motor Assembler to Begin Production

The company will use students as its labor force The electric vehicle plant was opened on the premises of the Addis Abeba City Administration’s Technical…

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Ethiopia: Kenya-Ethiopia Electricity Interconnection Reaches Testing Stage

The 500kV line has a capacity of carrying up to 2,000 megawatts and is 1,055Km long Built by China Electric Power Equipment and Technology (CET),…

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South Africa: Classic FM Goes Into Business Rescue

Classic 1027 – previously known as Classic FM – has started business rescue proceedings, African Media Enterprises (AME) announced on Tuesday. South Africa’s only commercial…

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South Africa: Railway Safety – Fatalities Down, Injuries to Commuters Up By 23 Percent

There’s been a a decrease in railway fatalities, but an increase in the number of commuters injured due to “operational occurrences”, according to the latest…

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South Africa: AMCU Leader Blasts Mining Bosses With Bible Verses

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union says it has not been able to reach a resolution with two major mining companies about wages, and…

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South Africa: Steinhoff Changes Pepkor Europe’s Name

Steinhoff said the name change will link the business directly to Pepco, which has more than 1 600 stores in Central and Eastern Europe. Pepco…

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Africa: Kenya’s Ludique Works Launches First Major Pan-Continental Esports Event Outside South Africa in October

Africa’s online games sector is slowly picking up momentum with the first pan-continental eSports event taking place in Nairobi in October this year. Russell Southwood…

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Africa: Digital Media, Content and Services – Why They Matter and What Is Africa Doing to Encourage Them?

Africa’s digital content and services sector is growing in most African leading markets. But money is tight and it’s hard to make it mass market…

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