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Stay away from DRC women – Mapisa Nqakula

May 29  2017 – Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Monday implored members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) heading to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to stay away from local women while on the United Nations peacekeeping mission. “While we recognise the successes achieved by the FIB (Force Intervention Brigade) in neutralising M23 and other negative forces, ... Read More »

Burundi fuel crisis deepens

May 17 2017 – THE  fuel crisis in Burundi is deepening daily, with many fuel stations having not had fuel for several weeks now. The few stations that still have fuel face long lines of vehicles, while ticket prices for public transport to the countryside have doubled due to the fuel shortages. Anatolie Kabura, 59, had to travel back to ... Read More »

Tanzania’s Magufuli turns despotic

April 8  2017 – Hailed as Africa’s most beloved president upon election 16 months ago to lead East Africa’s second largest economy, the conversion of Tanzanian head of state Joseph Magufuli from an exemplary leader to the so-called typical African despot has been dramatic. Nicknamed the bulldozer for his tremendous work ethic, he received global acclaim after one of his ... Read More »

Sanlam to buy East African company

 March 22  2017 – Sanlam on Wednesday  (today) said it had agreed to buy the East African business of PineBridge, the leading global multi-asset class asset manager. Sanlam Emerging Markets chief executive officer Junior Ngulube said the acquisition of the company with operations in Kenya and Uganda would enable the group “to build a leading position in institutional, affluent and ... Read More »

Heavy Burundi rains kill 5

 March 18 2017  – HEAVY  rains which hit the north-western Burundi and the north of the capital Bujumbura killed five persons and destroyed 136 houses.  The local administration in Mabayi commune, Cibitoke province, 109 km  in north-western from Bujumbura, told reporters that five persons of the same family had perished following the violent wind, inclement weather and heavy rains which ... Read More »

Xenophobia wars, MTN offices in Abuja vandalised

February 23 2017 – MTN Group on Thursday expressed concern over renewed incidents of xenophobic violence directed against non citizens in  both in SA and Nigeria, following revenge attacks on the company in Abuja  “MTN requests people to exercise restraint and remain calm,” say the network operator. The SA based multinational mobile telecommunications company runs one of its largest operations ... Read More »

AU calls for mass withdrawal of ICC

February 1 2017– THE  African Union (AU) has called for a mass withdrawal of member states from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Senegal and Nigeria have opposed the non-binding resolution which calls for the withdrawal. South Africa and Burundi have already decided to withdraw, accusing the ICC of undermining their sovereignty and unfairly targeting Africans, the BBC reported on Wednesday ... Read More »

Gambia waits for Barrow as Jammeh flies out

January 22 2017 – GAMBIA’s capital Banjul on Sunday (today) was awaiting the arrival of the country’s new leader  Adam Barrow and an era of democracy, hours after the authoritarian ruler of 22 years, Yahya Jammeh, flew into exile with an extraordinary set of assurances from the international community. Even as  Barrow remained in neighboring Senegal awaiting a triumphant return ... Read More »

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