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Exiled Former Zanu-PF Top Brass Urge ANC to Intervene in Zimbabwe Crisis

By Daniel Jones, Harare (AFRICAN EXAMINER) -Two exiled former Zanu-PF bigwigs who fled the country after the ouster of former President Robert Mugabe have written to South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) requesting the liberation party to save Zimbabwe’s ruling party from military capture. Adding their voices on the growing call for the region to […]

COVID-19: Zimbabwe Launches Tourism Recovery Strategy to Boost Economic Growth

By Daniel Jones, Harare (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Zimbabwe has launched a National Tourism Recovery and Growth Strategy whose objective is to ‘restart’ tourism and boost arrivals in the wake of the global pandemic, Covid-19. President Mnangagwa launched the strategy in Victoria Falls, the country’s tourism capital where he said hopes are high to achieve a […]

Zambia Launches Emergency COVID-19 Social Cash Transfer Scheme

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Zambia on Tuesday launched an emergency COVID-19 social cash transfer scheme to help vulnerable communities affected by the pandemic. Kampamba Mulenga, Minister of Community Development, said this during a news briefing in Lusaka. The minister said that the emergency social cash transfer would help mitigate the impact of the pandemic in vulnerable […]

COVID-19: South Africa Minister Tests Positive, Hospitalised

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – South Africa’s minister of mineral resources and energy Gwede Mantashe has been admitted to hospital days after testing positive for Covid-19, the government has announced. His wife, Nolwandle Mantashe, will continue to self-quarantine at home. The couple tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday last week. In a statement, the government said the […]

More Than 7,000 South African Police Test Positive for COVID-19

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A total of 7,021 South African police officers have tested positive to COVID-19 while 53 have passed away, the Police Minister, Bheki Cele, said on Wednesday. Cele said at a news conference, on plans to combat COVID-19 and compliance, in Pretoria that 4,949 police officers have been quarantined while 150 have been […]

BREAKING: Nelson Mandela’s Daughter Is Dead

By Nwa Diokpa (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The youngest daughter of Winnie and Nelson Mandela, Zindzi, is dead. She was aged 59. According to reports, she died in a hospital in Johannesburg in the early hours of Monday. South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, who expressed his condolence to the family, said […]

Zimbabwe Arrests Nurses Striking Over Poor Pay

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Zimbabwe’s largest nursing union says police have arrested more than a dozen nurses and union representatives protesting against poor pay. The nurses are demanding to be paid in US dollars, saying that inflation, which is running at nearly 800%, is eroding their salaries. “At least 13 of our members and union leaders […]

South Africa Announces Further Reopening Of Schools Amid COVID-19

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – South Africa will further reopen its schools in line with its phased-in reopening strategy amid an upsurge in confirmed COVID-19 cases, the government announced on Sunday. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga, who made this known in a statement, said that from July 6, schools would reopen for Grades R, 6 and […]

COVID-19: 40 South African Soldiers Test Positive

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The South Africa Defence Force (SANDF) has confirmed that at least 40 of its officers have tested positive for coronavirus. “Like all other front-line workers, SANDF soldiers are exposed to the scourge of Covid-19, more than the average citizen,” the defence forces said. The troops are from an infantry battalion based in […]

COVID-19: 80 Stranded Rwandans in India Evacuated

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Nearly 80 Rwandans who had been stuck in India for three months due to restriction of movement and suspension of international travel have been finally repatriated, according to Rwanda’s embassy in New Delhi. A special flight operated by RwandAir flew a group of 79 Rwandan nationals and a few Indians who operate […]

After Historic Win, Opposition Leader Chakwera Sworn In As New Malawi President

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) Lazarus Chakwera has been sworn in as president of Malawi after winning an election rerun. “Time has come for us to wake up and to make our dreams come true,” Mr Chakwera said in his victory speech. He defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of the vote in Tuesday’s poll. In February, Malawi’s […]

Malawi Heads to Polls In Historic Presidential Election Re-Run

(AFRICAN EXAMINER)- Malawians on Tuesday headed to the polls in a historic re-run of 2019 presidential elections that were declared null and void by the country’s Constitutional Court. In February, the court found that the elections, which saw incumbent President Peter Mutharika narrowly re-elected for a five-year term, had been riddled with irregularities and ordered […]

Kenya Records Surge in Teenage Pregnancies Amid Schools Shutdown

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Authorities in Kenya have stated that there has been a significant rise in teenage pregnancies since the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic. Available data indicated that the health ministry reveals that about 4,000 teenage girls have become pregnant since the start of the year. It could be recalled that schools were closed nationwide […]

South African Province to Only Test Elderly For Coronavirus

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – South Africa’s Western Cape province has stated that it will only focus on testing the aged that are 55 years and above, thus amending its testing policy as regards the coronavirus pandemic. The province, known for the port city of Cape Town, has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country […]

COVID-19: South Africa to Reopen Places Of Worship in June

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – South Africa’s churches and other places of worship can reopen their doors from June, The African Examiner reports. According to reports, South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, stated this stressing that chuch attendance will only be limited to 50 people.  “This pandemic has … taken a toll on us emotionally and spiritually. It […]

World Bank Approves $48m To Help Uganda Contain Locust Plague

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The World Bank said its board of executive directors has approved $48 million to help Uganda fight a desert locust invasion threatening livelihoods. The funds, under the Emergency Locust Response Programme, will help Uganda monitor and manage locust swarms to limit the growth of existing and new desert locust populations, the bank […]

Zimbabwe Conducts Mass COVID-19 Testing In Village Outside Harare After 3 Cases Confirmed

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Zimbabwe health officials are conducting mass COVID-19 testing at a village about 100 km southwest of the capital, Harare. The tests are being conducted following the death of an elderly woman from the coronavirus and infection of two others in the area in recent days. The woman died at a Harare private […]

About 24 Killed In Congo Floods As Thousands Displaced

 (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Heavy flooding killed 24 people and displaced tens of thousands in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said on Saturday. A further 45 people were injured, said Theo Kasi, governor of the South Kivu province. About 3,500 houses were destroyed, and 77,790 people displaced, he said after an assessment of the damage. […]

South African President Punishes Minister for Violating Lockdown Regulations

 (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, on a two-month special leave after she violated lockdown regulations, the Presidency said on Wednesday. Of Ndabeni-Abrahams’ two months special leave, one month will be unpaid, the Presidency said in a statement. “As to allegations that the minister violated […]

South Africa Reports 2 Covid-19 Deaths, More Than 1,000 Cases Now Confirmed

 (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – South Africa on Friday reported its first two deaths from Covid-19 and more than 1,000 confirmed cases of the respiratory disease, as the country began a three-week lockdown to curb the pandemic. According to the Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, both deaths occurred in the nation’s Western Cape region, in which tourist metropolis […]

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