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South African’s ANC suffers worst elections since taking power

By James Macharia| 08-09-2016

The African National Congress lost its grip on local government in Tshwane, home of the South African capital Pretoria, as results on Saturday gave the opposition Democratic Alliance a second big win in the ANC’s worst election since the end of apartheid. The results of Wednesday’s voting have reshaped the political landscape in South Africa, … Continue reading “South African’s ANC suffers worst elections since taking power”


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Mali’s banks woo clients with hire-purchase solar power kits

By Soumaila T. Diarra| 

Residents of Mali’s capital, Bamako, and surrounding areas will find it easier to switch on power in their homes thanks to local banks that have begun offering credit to buy solar energy equipment. The government’s Agency of Renewable Energies (Agence des énergies renouvelables – AER), which is leading the project, says requests for the hire-purchase … Continue reading “Mali’s banks woo clients with hire-purchase solar power kits”


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African exporters face choppy waters in the wake of Brexit

By Fatima Bhoola and Nimisha Naik, University of the Witwatersrand| 06-27-2016

One would certainly be forgiven if, like us, you found yourself doing a double take at the news that Britain’s public voted in favour of leaving the EU. This is because shortly before the Brexit polls closed, opinion polls were showing the ‘remain’ vote marginally ahead. While currency markets were already reflecting heightened volatility in … Continue reading “African exporters face choppy waters in the wake of Brexit”


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Drugs work “like magic” against malaria in Africa’s Sahel, experts say

By Alex Whiting| 06-13-2016

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When health workers ordered malaria drugs last year to protect millions of children in Africa’s Sahel region from the deadly disease, the only company making them could not deliver enough. The health workers were working on the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) which says giving under-fives preventive drugs … Continue reading “Drugs work “like magic” against malaria in Africa’s Sahel, experts say”


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Activists hope Mauritania court rulings signal “beginning of the end” for slavery

By Kieran Guilbert| 05-25-2016

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A week in which two slave-owners were jailed and two leading anti-slavery activists were released from prison in Mauritania could mark a turning point in the West African nation’s fight to eliminate the practice, campaigners said on Wednesday. Two men were last week handed five-year prison sentences – one year … Continue reading “Activists hope Mauritania court rulings signal “beginning of the end” for slavery”


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Nigerian schoolgirl rescued after two years of Boko Haram captive

By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani| 05-18-2016

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – A Nigerian teenager kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago has been rescued, the first of more than 200 girls seized in a raid on their school in Chibok town to return from captivity in the insurgents’ forest lair, officials said on Wednesday. Soldiers working together with a civilian … Continue reading “Nigerian schoolgirl rescued after two years of Boko Haram captive”


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African scientists a step closer to testing for TB in a matter of minutes

By Gerhard Wall, Stellenbosch University| 05-17-2016

Tuberculosis ranks alongside HIV/AIDS as a leading cause of death worldwide. According to the World Health Organisation, 1.5 million people died from TB in 2014. The challenges in tackling the disease include the facts that people are tested too late and that the turnaround for most tests is long. To remedy this a point-of-care rapid … Continue reading “African scientists a step closer to testing for TB in a matter of minutes”


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Union’s call for strike unless Nigeria reverses pump price increase

By Camillus Eboh and Ulf Laessing| 05-15-2016

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s two main labour unions have called for a general strike from Wednesday unless the government reverses a plan to increase petrol prices by up to 67 percent, a joint statement said on Saturday.   Last week, the government announced it was scrapping a costly fuel subsidy scheme and raising the price … Continue reading “Union’s call for strike unless Nigeria reverses pump price increase”


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