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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 […]

South Africa Coronavirus Cases Rise To 85

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in South Africa has increased by 23 to a total of 85. A state-run South African Government News Agency reported on Wednesday, citing Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize. The minister noted that there had been eight cases of local transmission. On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared […]

U.S. Africa Command Cancels Phoenix Express Military Exercise

 (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Africa Command (AFRICOM) said the U.S. military called off a second military exercise with African partner countries in two days due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. AFRICOM announced this in a statement on Tuesday. “Exercise Phoenix Express 2020 has been cancelled for force protection considerations. “The decision not to proceed […]

Yuletide: Zambian President Pardons 961 Prisoners

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Officials on Tuesday said Zambian President Edgar Lungu, has pardoned 961 prisoners as part of the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Stephen Kampyongo, Minister of Home Affairs, said out of the pardoned prisoners, 857 were males while 104 were females. The Zambian minister told reporters during a press briefing that out of […]

Miss South Africa Wins 2019 Miss Universe

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe Sunday night after excelling through rounds of swimsuit and evening gown struts, questions on social issues and one final chance to explain why she was the right choice. “I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me — with my kind of skin and […]

Corruption: Former South African President Jacob Zuma Loses Appeal

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma has edged closer to coming to trial for corruption after a High Court dismissed an appeal on Friday. Zuma, who is facing numerous corruption charges, was meant to stand trial on Oct. 15, but his lawyers appealed the decision. The High Court in Pietermaritzburg, in Zuma’s eastern […]

South African Ex-Security Minister Arrested On Corruption Charges

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A former State Security Minister, Bongani Bongo, now a parliamentarian from the ruling African National Congress (ANC), has been arrested on corruption charges, the Office of the ANC Chief Whip in Parliament confirmed on Thursday. “We are aware that the MP (Member of Parliament) was arrested by the Hawks (a special anti-crime […]

South Africa Urges End to US, EU Sanctions Against Zimbabwe

 (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The South African foreign minister on Monday reiterated a call for an end to U.S. and EU sanctions against Zimbabwe. Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, was speaking in Pretoria at a seminar to discuss “the best path to a prosperous Zimbabwe”. The sanctions have to be removed for Zimbabwe […]

Malawi Government, Opposition, Human Rights Defenders Coalition Set for Dialogue

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Malawi government, opposition and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) have said they’re ready for dialogue to end acts of violence in the country following the May 21 presidential poll results. Malawi Government’s spokesperson, Mark Botomani, said this on Monday in Lilongwe. The commitment comes a week after the UN and six embassies […]

South Africa Grants Air Peace Rights To Operate Daily Flights

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that the South African government had granted Air Peace’s request to commence commercial flights to Johannesburg, South Africa Mr Ferdinard Nwoye, spokesperson for the ministry made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that the […]

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s Ex-President Dies At 95

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has died at the age of 95, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced.  “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,” Mnangagwa posted on Twitter early on Friday. “Mugabe was an icon of liberation, […]

SA Police Arrest 18 Suspects After Foreign Shops Looting

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The South African police said on Saturday that 18 suspects had been arrested following the Soweto looting of shops belonging to foreigners on Wednesday night. According to the police, the situation is now calm in Soweto townships following the looting spree. On Wednesday night, several shops belonging to foreigners were looted. Gauteng […]

Zimbabwean Opposition Plans Demonstrations Over Economy

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Zimbabwe’s main opposition party is planning street demonstrations next week to protest against the government’s handling of the economy. The country’s economy is mired in its worst crisis in a decade and has plunged most citizens into poverty. The Southern African nation is enduring shortages of foreign currency, fuel and bread as […]

Zambian President Sacks Finance Minister

Photo: Zambia President, Edga Lungu (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Bwalya Ng’andu, central bank deputy governor, will take over as finance minister, the statement stated. However, the statement did not give any reasons why she was sacked. The Zambian leader, however, thanked the sacked finance minister on her services rendered to the government since her appointment in […]

Morocco Seeks Tender For 230 MW Plant in Atlas Mountains

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  The Moroccan agency for sustainable energy (MASEN), says it has opened the first stage in a tender process to build, operate and maintain a 230 megawatt solar plant near the town of Midelt in the Atlas mountains. The agency said in a statement on its website in Rabat that applications for the […]

Ethiopia Govt Restores Mobile Internet In Addis Ababa After 10 Days Outage

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Ethiopia has restored mobile internet connection in its capital city Addis Ababa after 10 days outage. The Ethiopian government is yet to give a statement on the development, but the outage occurred on June 22, following reports of a failed coup attempt in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara regional state that left the region’s […]

Zimbabwe Union Wants Salaries In USD As Cost Of Living Skyrockets

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Zimbabwe’s largest confederation of trade unions, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) on Friday said it would call for employers to pay their workers in foreign currency starting from June 2019. ZCTU made the call as agitation grows among the general workforce for employers to review salaries upward in view of […]

Armed Men Kill 16 In Truck Ambush Mozambique

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Unidentified armed men ambushed a cargo truck that also carried passengers, killing 16 people on Tuesday in Macomia district in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado, local media reported on Friday. Witnesses told the press that the attack occurred during the day when armed men came up from the woods and started […]

Malawi Votes In Tough Tripartite Elections

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Malawians headed to polling stations on Tuesday for presidential and legislative elections seen as a tough test for President Peter Mutharika, who is facing challenges from the deputy president and a former pastor who heads the opposition. Malawi is heavily dependent on foreign aid and is frequently beset by droughts which threaten […]

Zimbabwe Secures $500m Loan to Ease Dollar Shortages

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Zimbabwe’s Central Bank says it has secured 500 million dollars loan from unspecified international banks to support interbank currency trading from May 20. Gov. John Mangudya, said in a statement in Harare, that the loan was to ease a dollar crunch that had brought fuel and medicine shortages. Mangudya said that the […]

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