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CAF bars Zimbabwe from hosting international matches

Zimbabwe may have to find a ‘home’ away from home when they kick-off their World Cup qualifiers later in the year after being barred from hosting international matches by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) confirmed on Tuesday that all three of their main stadia – Barbourfields in Bulawayo, Mandava […]

South Africa’s Shoprite and Equities Property fund form $273 mln JV

South Africa’s Shoprite Holdings will transfer its distribution centres and undeveloped land valued at 2 billion rand ($133 million) to a new joint venture (JV) it is creating with Equities Property Fund, the supermarket chain said on Tuesday. Shoppers leave the Shoprite store in Daveyton, South Africa May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo Shoprite, which […]

MTN eSwatini appoints Wandile Mtshali as units CEO

MTN eSwatini, the local unit of telecoms group MTN, on Tuesday appointed Wandile Mtshali Chief Executive Officer after his predecessor was appointed prime minister of the southern African kingdom. Mtshali, who holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Botswana in electronics and computer engineering, will take the helm on Monday, the company said. Former […]

South Africa’s rand recovers as budget risk draws nearer

South Africa’s rand traded firmer early on Tuesday, recovering alongside fellow emerging markets currencies flattened in the previous session as investors worried about the rapid spread of the coronavirus outside of China. At 0900 GMT the rand was 0.75% firmer at 15.0530 per dollar. It had earlier tumbled to a four-month low of 15.1900 in […]

South Africa’s Libstar full-year earnings expected to rise

South African food producer Libstar Holdings Ltd on Tuesday flagged annual earnings up as much as 12%, boosted by improved profits in each of the group’s product categories. Libstar, whose products include baking aids, snacks, confectionery and perishables, said normalised headline earnings per share (HEPS) including the impact of first-time adoption of IFRS 16 and […]

Erdogan says two Turkish troops killed in Libya conflict

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday two Turkish troops were killed in Libya where they back the internationally-recognised government in the north African state’s conflict, adding allied Syrians are honoured to fight there too. Turkey has been providing military support to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), which has been trying to fend off […]

AngloGold’s annual earnings surge 72% on higher bullion rates

South Africa’s AngloGold Ashanti on Friday reported a 72% jump in annual earnings, underpinned by higher bullion prices and solid performance from its Kibali operations in Democratic Republic of Congo. The gold miner’s headline earnings per share – the primary profit measure in South Africa – rose to 91 cents in the year ended Dec. […]

Tunisia names new governmnet, avoids risk of early election

Tunisia’s designated Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh‮ ‬on Wednedsay named a new coalition government‮ ‬after reaching an agreement with Ennahda moderate Islamist Party, the biggest power in Parliament, ending an ongoing political crisis of four months. Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh (C) leaves for a meeting with Tunisian President Kais Saied (not pictured) in Tunis, Tunisia […]

Malawi maize output to climb 8.8% as rains return

Malawi’s maize production will increase by 8.8% in the 2020 crop season as much-needed rainfall helps to raise yields, its agriculture ministry said on Thursday. The small southern African nation, among the poorest in the world, is heavily dependent on agriculture. The sector employs nearly 80% of the population and accounts for two thirds of […]

Libya govt dims hopes of salvaging U.N. ceasefire talks

Libya’s internationally recognised leader on Wednesday dashed hopes of quickly reviving U.N. ceasefire negotiations after his side withdrew, saying talk of them resuming had been overtaken by events as eastern forces continue to shell the capital. Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj, Libya’s internationally recognized Prime Minister, visits Tripoli port after an attack, Libya February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Ismail […]

Libya govt dims hopes of salvaging U.N. ceasefire talks

Libya’s internationally recognised leader on Wednesday dashed hopes of quickly reviving U.N. ceasefire negotiations after his side withdrew, saying talk of them resuming had been overtaken by events as eastern forces continue to shell the capital. A near year-long battle for control of Tripoli worsened on Tuesday when the eastern-based Libya National Army (LNA) of […]

Uganda army fights voracious desert locusts

Under a warm morning, sun scores of weary soldiers stare as millions of yellow locusts rise into the northern Ugandan sky, despite hours spent spraying vegetation with chemicals in an attempt to kill them. From the tops of shea trees, fields of pea plants and tall grass savanna, the insects rise in a hypnotic murmuration, […]

Egypt; Central bank seen keeping key interest rates steady

Egypt’s central bank is likely to keep interest rates on hold for a second straight time on Thursday, a Reuters poll suggested, though some analysts expected another cut after inflation ticking up in January. Six out of 11 economists surveyed by Reuters expected the Central Bank of Egypt to keep rates steady when its monetary […]

Malawi’s president appeals court ruling annulling his re-election

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika and the country’s electoral commission have formally filed an appeal against a court ruling that overturned Mutharika’s narrow election victory last year. Earlier this week, the Constitutional Court annulled the vote held last May that returned Mutharika to power as president. It cited “widespread, systematic and grave” irregularities, which included results […]

Ethiopia’s electoral body seeks verification of activist Jawar’s citizenship

Ethiopia’s electoral commission on Wednesday sought to verify the citizenship of popular activist Jawar Mohammed’s citizenship, ahead of the national elections in August. In a letter sent to the immigration authorities, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) said it wants clarification on the technicalities for regaining Ethiopian citizenship. The clarification is sought by February […]

Malawi top Court throws out Mutharika’s poll annulment appeal

Malawi’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday threw out an appeal by the president Peter Mutharika to suspend the enforcement of a historic annulment of the last presidential elections. The privately-run Nation Newspaper reported that the court dismissed the president and the elections body, both of whom had moved to challenge the outcome of an opposition poll […]

Maroc Telecom reports $620 mln profit in 2019

Maroc Telecom, Morocco’s largest telecoms operator, on Monday reported an adjusted profit of 6 billion dirhams ($620 million) in 2019, up 1% compared with a year earlier. The result was achieved on the back of higher mobile data activity in Morocco and in African subsidiaries, the company said in a statement. Total revenue grew 1.3% […]

WHO to decide on emergency status of Ebola in DR Congo

Kavota Mugisha Robert, a healthcare worker, who volunteered in the Ebola response, decontaminates his colleague after he entered the house of 85-year-old woman, suspected of dying of Ebola, in the eastern Congolese town of Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo, October 8, 2019. “We came as fast as we got a call from his […]

Zambia’s GDP to exceed 3% as copper-producer steps up spending

Zambia’s economy will grow by more than 3% in 2020 from around 2% last year, Finance Minister Bwalya Ng’andu said on Wednesday, while the fiscal deficit is projected to drop to 5.5% of GDP. Economic growth in Africa’s second-largest copper producer has been hampered by electricity shortages after drought hit hydropower generation, and the government […]

Mali’s President Ibrahim seeks dialogue with jihadist

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Monday said the authorities were now prepared to talk with groups in the hope of ending an insurgency that has made swathes of the country ungovernable and stoked ethnic violence. The army has suffered increasing losses in recent months at the hands of Islamist fighters, who have also stepped […]

West African countries to investigate Nigeria border closure

Economic Community Of West African States flags are pictured during a Nigeria, Benin and Niger foreign ministers meeting on Nigeria’s border closure in Abuja, Nigeria November 14, 2019. West African countries have agreed to conduct an investigation into the impact of Nigeria’s decision last year to close off its land borders to trade, Nigeria’s presidency […]

Investments in agric to boost peace in Nigeria, others, says FAO

Assistant Dirctor-General and Regional Representative for Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in Africa, Abebe Haile Gabriel, has said investments in food security and resilience could lead to peace in 10 conflict-ridden African countries. According to him, hunger in affected countries is on the rise by reversing gains from efforts made in last decade.In a statement […]

U.S., Kenya launch talks on trade deal in move welcomed by industry

The United States and Kenya on Thursday agreed to launch negotiations that could lead to the first U.S. bilateral trade deal with a sub-Saharan African country amid growing American concerns about China’s investments across the continent. U.S. President Donald Trump and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the intention to start formal talks on a trade […]

Ex-Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo wants unconditional release

Lawyers for Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo argued on Thursday that he should be released without conditions while awaiting the prosecution’s appeal against his acquittal at the International Criminal Court. The ICC, the world’s first permanent war crimes court, acquitted Gbagbo on crimes against humanity charges on Jan. 15, saying prosecutors had failed to […]

Tanzania rejects calls for election commission reform

Tanzania’s government on Thursday rejected opposition calls for a reform of the election commission, ahead of general elections later this year. The main opposition party Chadema say the commission is not independent and serves the interests of the ruling CCM party of President John Magufuli. The US embassy has made similar calls for an independent […]

Malawi presidency to appeal court ruling overturning poll result

Malawi’s presidency on Wednesday said it would appeal a court ruling overturning the election result that returned Peter Mutharika to power, saying that it cannot be allowed to stand. Presidential spokesman Mgeme Kalirani said the presidency had assembled papers for the appeal against the ruling. “The ruling by (the) … court cannot be allowed to […]

African swine fever kills hundreds of pigs in Bali

Hundreds of pigs have died from African swine fever in Bali, authorities said Wednesday, marking the Indonesian holiday island’s first recorded outbreak and after the virus claimed some 30,000 hogs in Sumatra. Ida Bagus Wisnuardhana, Bali’s agriculture and food security agency chief, said nearly 900 pigs succumbed to swine fever since mid-December. “The results are […]

Court issues arrest warrant for ex-president Zuma

A South African court issued an arrest warrant for former president Jacob Zuma on Tuesday, after he skipped court on grounds of needing medical treatment, but the judge stayed the warrant until his corruption trial resumes on May 6. Zuma’s lawyer presented the judge with a sick note from what he said was a military […]

Iraqi protesters face off against cleric’s followers

Anti-government demonstrators faced off against followers of influential cleric Moqtada Sadr in protest squares across Iraq Tuesday, a day after one demonstrator was killed in a clash between the two sides. Sadr, an enigmatic militiaman-turned-politician, backed the anti-government rallies when they erupted in October but has split with other demonstrators over the nomination of Mohammad […]

UN; Libya rivals agree to turn truce into lasting ceasefire

Representatives of the warring parties in Libya meeting in Geneva have agreed on the principle of turning their shaky truce into a lasting ceasefire, the UN’s Libya envoy said on Tuesday. “The principle has been adopted from the first session. Now the question is what are the conditions,” Ghassan Salame told reporters in Geneva. Five […]

Malawi court cancels presidential election result, orders a new vote

Malawi’s constitutional court on Monday ordered a new presidential poll after annulling the results of a vote that re-elected President Peter Mutharika last May, citing widespread irregularities including the use of correction fluid on ballot papers. Mutharika, who will remain president until the fresh polls, has the right to appeal the verdict, which is expected […]

Malawi braces for ruling on alleged presidential election fraud

Malawi’s constitutional court judges on Monday began reading out the anxiously awaited ruling on whether to annul the controversial vote that saw President Peter Mutharika re-elected in last May’s election. Whichever way the verdict goes, it is likely to stoke turmoil in the impoverished southern African country. The case has gripped the nation and kept […]

Malawi braces for ruling on alleged presidential election fraud

Malawi’s constitutional court judges on Monday began reading out the anxiously awaited ruling on whether to annul the controversial vote that saw President Peter Mutharika re-elected in last May’s election. Whichever way the verdict goes, it is likely to stoke turmoil in the impoverished southern African country. The case has gripped the nation and kept […]

Malawi court to deliver presidential election verdict

Malawi’s Constitutional Court will on Monday’s hand down a ruling on the contested presidential election narrowly won by President Peter Mutharika. Alleging rigging, the main opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), petitioned the court claiming he was robbed of victory at the May 21 vote. He asked the court to annul […]

Portuguese hacker is ‘whistleblower’ behind Luanda Leaks -lawyers

A Portuguese hacker has taken responsibility for disclosing hundreds of thousands of files revealing how Angolan billionaire and former first daughter Isabel dos Santos built her vast business empire, his lawyers said on Monday. Isabel dos Santos speaks during a Newsmaker event in London, Britain, Oct. 18, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo The hacker, Rui Pinto, […]

Tanzania president moves to ease fears over election

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has promised this year’s general election will be “free and fair” and invited international monitors to observe proceedings amid concerns of a democratic crackdown in the East African nation. Magufuli’s long-ruling CCM party won 99 percent of seats in local government polls in November that the US and Britain said lacked […]

Libya’s Haftar committed to ceasefire, says Germany

A Libyan military commander waging an offensive to capture the capital Tripoli is committed to a ceasefire, Germany said on Thursday, in an apparent advance for efforts to end a near-decade of turmoil in the North African country. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, after visiting the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, also said commander Khalifa […]

Kenya talks with World Bank for loan of as much as $1 bln

Kenya is in advanced talks with the World Bank for “a fairly priced” loan of up to 100 billion shillings ($991.57 million), nearly half of its required external funding this fiscal year, a senior Treasury official said on Friday. The East African nation wants to cut debt from overseas capital markets, after a borrowing binge […]

South Africa scours state coffers in bid to rescue SAA

South Africa is scrambling to secure extra funding to rescue South African Airways (SAA), which last month entered a form of bankruptcy protection in a last-ditch bid to save the state-owned company and around 10,000 related jobs. Tito Mboweni, the country’s finance minister, told business leaders in Johannesburg ahead of the World Economic Forum annual […]

S.Africa’s finance minister needs funding for troubled airline SAA

South Africa’s Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Thursday that the government was still trying to find additional financing for troubled state airline South Africa Airways (SAA). Mboweni was speaking at a meeting with business leaders in Johannesburg to discuss what message they will take to the World Economic Forum in Davos this year. “National […]

Gas wealth to benefit all says Mozambique president

Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi on Wednesday vowed to channel future gas revenues back into the economy and fight graft as he began a second term already marred by violence. Nyusi’s ruling Frelimo party was hit in 2016 when it emerged that the government had secretly borrowed $2 billion (1.8 billion euros). The “hidden debt scandal” […]

South Africa’s rand firms ahead of retail sales data

South Africa’s rand firmed against the dollar early on Wednesday, as investors awaited retail sales numbers, looking for clues on the health of the economy in the final quarter of last year. Market focus was also on the initial trade deal which U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He were due to […]

Rugby-South Africa captain Kolisi wins UK writers’ award

Siya Kolisi was voted the UK Rugby Union Writers’ Club personality of the year for 2019 on Monday after leading South Africa to their emotional World Cup triumph in Japan. The Springboks’ captain was recognised with the annual Pat Marshall Memorial Award at the RUWC’s annual dinner in London following a poll of its 200-plus […]

South Africa’s Massmart could cut 1,440 jobs

South Africa’s Massmart Holdings could cut up to 1,440 jobs under a plan to close some stores, the retailer said on Monday as it struggles to grow sales in a tough economy. Massmart, majority owned by U.S. retail giant Walmart, swung to its first half-year trading loss in two decades last August, as low growth, […]

Parliamentary election in May or June, Ethiopian PM Abiy expects

Ethiopia will hold a parliamentary election in May or June despite concerns about security and logistics, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Sunday. The election will be the first under Nobel Peace Laureate Abiy, who took office in April 2018 and launched political and economic reforms. His reform agenda has also stoked violence and highlighted […]

Mass-mart could cut 1,440 jobs in South Africa

South Africa’s Massmart Holdings could cut up to 1,440 jobs under a plan to close some stores, the retailer said on Monday as it struggles to grow sales in a tough economy. Massmart, majority owned by U.S. retail giant Walmart, swung to its first half-year trading loss in two decades last August, as low growth, […]

Threatening food security, Kenya warns locust swarm is spreading

Swarms of desert locusts have spread from Ethiopia and Somalia into eastern and northern Kenya, posing a threat to food production and grazing land, its agriculture minister said on Friday. The locusts began crossing into Kenya around Dec. 28, initially destroying pastures in semi-arid counties mainly occupied by herder communities. They have since spread to […]