Zambia to export 100,000 T maize to East Africa, bulk meant for Kenya

LUSAKA – Zambia will export 100,000 of maize to three east African states facing a shortage, with the bulk of the grain going to Kenya, a government official said on Monday. In June, Zambia opened talks with Kenyan grain traders for the export of maize to east Africa’s biggest economy, which is looking to import […]

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Zimbabwe paid $134 million compensation to white former farmers

HARARE – Zimbabwe paid $134 million as compensation to white former commercial farmers last year, helping to widen the budget deficit, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said on Thursday. President Robert Mugabe’s government in 2000 began seizing white-owned farms saying this was to redress colonial imbalances. The IMF has said compensation the farmers is among the […]

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IMF urges Mozambique to address debt audit concerns

MAPUTO – Mozambique should take steps to address information gaps that remained regarding the use of loans granted to three state-owned companies, the International Monetary Fund said. The IMF visited Mozambique from July 10-19 to discuss findings of an audit by risk-management firm Kroll into the country’s $2 billion in hidden loans to tuna fishing […]

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Angola’s president returns from Spain amid health concerns

JOHANNESBURG – Angolan media say President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has returned to the country from Spain, where he has received medical treatment this year. The state-run news agency Agencia Angola Press reported Thursday that dos Santos and his wife, Ana Paula dos Santos, arrived at a military base in Luanda, the capital. The 74-year-old Dos […]

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South Africa ex-finance minister calls for Zuma to go

Johannesburg – South Africa’s respected former finance minister Pravin Gordhan called Tuesday for President Jacob Zuma to resign, stepping up pressure on the embattled leader. Gordhan joined a growing number of activists in the ruling African National Congress (ANC) along with anti-apartheid veterans and business leaders who have appealed for Zuma to leave office. Gordhan […]

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S.Africa’s ANC seeks to ‘self-correct’ at policy meet

Johannesburg – South Africa’s ruling ANC party will look to “self-correct” at a six-day meeting starting Friday, a senior official said after a series of bruising scandals and fierce criticism of President Jacob Zuma. Zuma has been engulfed by graft allegations and humiliating court rulings while grappling with record unemployment and an economy that has […]

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Tanzania urged to lift school ban on pregnant pupils

DAR ES SALAAM – Women’s group joined forces on Thursday against Tanzania’s ban on pregnant pupils in state schools, saying education was a girl’s best shot at success. In a joint statement, 29 nonprofit groups said that any move to deny girls the opportunity to go back to school after giving birth would only punish […]

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Zimbabwe protest pastor freed on bail, faces violence charges

A Zimbabwean pastor at the heart of a protest movement against President Robert Mugabe was freed on bail on Wednesday, two days after he was arrested at a student rally and charged with promoting violence. Evan Mawarire, whose #ThisFlag movement last year led to the biggest anti-government demonstrations in a decade, walked into the magistrates […]

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Malawi, UNICEF launch Africa’s first humanitarian drone testing corridor

Malawi and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) launched an air corridor on Thursday to test the effectiveness of drones in humanitarian emergencies and other development uses, the first project of its kind in Africa. Landlocked Malawi, which suffers periodic crop failures and is prone to floods, is frequently in need of food and other […]

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De Beers, Namibia launch world’s biggest diamond exploration ship

Anglo American’s (AAL.L) diamond unit De Beers on Thursday launched the world’s largest diamond exploration vessel off the coast of Namibia as it looks to maintain high production levels until 2035. The 12,000-tonne, 113-metre-long SS Nujoma was built at a cost of $157 million and is named after Sam Nujoma, Namibia’s founding president. “I am […]

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