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South Africa announces visa waivers to boost tourism

South Africa on Thursday announced visa waivers for four countries in a bid to boost tourism amid an economic crisis and falling visitor numbers. Visitors from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand will no longer require a visa to visit for holiday, conferencing and business purposes, Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi […]

Scientists hail promise of first effective Ebola treatments in Congo trial

Scientists are a step closer to finding the first effective treatments for the deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever after two potential drugs showed encouraging survival results in a clinical trial in Congo. Two experimental drugs – Regeneron’s REGN-EB3 and a monoclonal antibody called mAb114 – were both developed using antibodies harvested from survivors of Ebola infection. […]

South Africans not responsible for death of Nigerians – Official

South Africans are not responsible for the deaths of Nigerians in the country a senior official of South Africa’s High Commission in Nigeria said on Sunday. The counselor in charge of political Affair at the south African high Commission in Abuja Anna-Maria Jojozi said such claims were unwarranted. “I wish to express my department’s concern […]

S.Africa’s Ramaphosa wins court case against anti-graft watchdog

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa won a court case against the anti-corruption watchdog on Thursday over a matter concerning ally Pravin Gordhan, ahead of a fresh battle over findings against the president himself. A high court judge found that Ramaphosa had acted reasonably in not immediately disciplining Gordhan, the public enterprises minister, over a decision […]

Tunisian defence minister Zbidi to run for president

Tunisian defence minister Abdelkarim Zbidi submitted his candidacy on Wednesday for an early presidential election expected to take place on Sept. 15. Zbidi, 69, an independent supported by liberal parties including Nidaa Tounes and afek Tounes, is likely to be among leading candidates in the election, to be held early following the death of president […]

Ugandan says starts its largest-ever Ebola vaccine trial

Uganda has started its largest-ever trial of a preventive Ebola vaccine, an official said on Monday, amid fears of a potential spillover of the deadly hemorrhagic fever from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. The East African country has been on high alert since two people, part of a family visiting from Congo, died of the […]

Outrage in Gambia over claims ex-president ordered killings

Baba Hydara was in his car, listening to the radio when he heard a former hitman of ex-president Yahya Jammeh coldly describe how his dad was murdered. Baba’s father, Deyda Hydara, co-founder of The Point newspaper and AFP’s correspondent in The Gambia for 30 years, was revered among journalists in this small west African country. […]

Tunisia president dies at 92

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, the North African country’s first democratically elected leader, died Thursday at the age of 92, his office said. The veteran politician, the oldest head of state after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, came to power in 2014, three years after the Arab Spring uprising toppled longtime despot Zine El Abidine Ben […]

S.Africa’s Ramaphosa seeks review of ‘flawed’ graft watchdog report

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday said he will seek an urgent judicial review of what he described as an irretrievably flawed report in which the country’s graft watchdog said he misled parliament over a campaign donation. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s report followed an investigation by the watchdog into a 500,000 rand ($35,878.56) donation […]

Police arrest finance minister on corruption charges

Kenya’s finance minister, Henry Rotch, will be arrested and charged over alleged corruption related to the construction of two dams, the chief prosecutor said on Monday. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji, said the charges against Rotich stem from a police investigation into the misuse of funds in a dam project overseen by the […]