Africa Headlines

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 10:41:06 GMT
Africa: Continent's New Covid-19 Cases Surge as Omicron Spreads
[allAfrica] Cape Town -- As of December 3, 2021, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reachedĀ  8,683,745 while overĀ 149,576,877 vaccinations have been administered across the continent.

Sat, 04 Dec 2021 09:18:41 GMT
Gambia: Exiled Strongman Looms Large Over Elections
[VOA] Gambian voters will head to the polls on Saturday in the first presidential election in 27 years that does not have exiled former strongman Yahya Jammeh's name on the ballot.

Sat, 04 Dec 2021 08:15:37 GMT
Gambia: Nation Faces Key Test for Democracy in Decisive Presidential Election
[DW] Gambian voters will cast their votes on December 4 in a hotly contested presidential election. Observers view the polls as a crucial litmus test for Gambia's democracy.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 11:51:45 GMT
Gambia: Citizens Keep Their Marbles As They Head to the Polls for Crucial Elections
[RFI] When voters cast their ballots in The Gambia on Saturday, they'll be using marbles, a technique put in place in 1947 that is used only in this West African country. However the tech-savvy Gambians will be also be following the vote count with a...

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 11:07:20 GMT
Zimbabwe: Aviation Disaster Looms As Zimbabwe's Airports Operate Without Radar Systems
[New Zimbabwe] The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport says the country's airports are operating without radar systems exposing the country's security aviation systems.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 10:55:56 GMT
Africa: A False Start for Africa's Free Trade Deal?
[ISS] To sustain momentum after the AfCFTA's January launch, traders must be kept in the loop about why implementation is slow.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 10:07:38 GMT
South Africa: Massive Blow for the Wild Coast: Urgent Interdict Against Seismic Survey Denied #AfricaClimateCrisis
[Natural Justice] Court refuses to interdict seismic survey on the basis that "irreparable harm" to marine species not proved.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 16:06:48 GMT
South Africa: Fourth Wave Sees 'Stark' Increase in Covid-19 Infections in Children Under Five
[] The fourth wave has sparked an increase in hospital admissions in children under the age of five, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 13:28:23 GMT
Africa: Africa CDC Calls for Calm Amid Surge in Covid Infections
[VOA] Nairobi -- Concerns about the omicron COVID-19 variant are growing in Africa but health experts say vaccination can help reduce infections in the population.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 13:10:51 GMT
Namibia: Over 150,000 Vaccines to Be Destroyed
[Namibian] The minister of health and social services, Kalumbi Shangula, said 154 595 doses of Sinopharm, AstraZeneca and Sputnik component 1 will be destroyed because they are unfit for use.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 12:43:09 GMT
Namibia: Pohamba Eviction, Greed and Indifference
[Namibian] Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba seemingly did everything by the book to evict, and dump in the middle of nowhere, 78-year-old Amanda Keirises, her frail 88-year-old husband, Alfred, and their family members.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 12:41:31 GMT
Namibia: Dunn Appointed As Second Deputy Central Bank Governor
[Namibian] History is being made. The Bank of Namibia will now have two deputy governors, and president Hage Geingob has appointed the Financial Intelligence Centre head, Leonie Dunn, as the second deputy governor of the Bank of Namibia.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 12:25:44 GMT
Nigeria: Nigeria - #EndSARS Protester Faces Years in Jail for Promoting Demonstrations On Facebook
[AI London] The Nigerian Authorities must drop all charges against Imoleayo Michael who is facing years in prison for joining protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) last October, Amnesty International said today, ahead of his trial on...

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 11:51:54 GMT
Zimbabwe: War Vets Stage Demonstration Over Bonus Delays
[New Zimbabwe] There was commotion at the Peoples Own Savings Bank (POSB) in Masvingo Thursday when war veterans and government pensioners staged a demonstration over delays to pay them their 13th cheque in hard currency.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 11:46:54 GMT
Namibia: Pensioners Owe Keetmans Municipality Nearly U.S.$470,000
[Namibian] Pensioners at Keetmanshoop in the //Kharas region owe the Keetmanshoop municipality about N$6,8 million. Keetmanshoop mayor Maree Smit said pensioners' debt stood at N$6 794 130,23 by the end of October this year.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 11:12:34 GMT
Zimbabwe: National HIV Prevalence Drops From 13,9% to 11,8%
[New Zimbabwe] Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who also doubles as the Health Minister, has said despite the Covid-19 induced disruptions to HIV/AIDS service delivery in 2020, the government's response to HIV was pleasing as new infections decre...

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 11:10:52 GMT
Zimbabwe: Congress of Students Union's Anti-Sanctions Meeting Flops
[New Zimbabwe] The Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union (ZICOSU) anti-sanctions meeting Wednesday failed to live up to expectations after a low turnout of students from five Masvingo tertiary institutions.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 11:09:22 GMT
Kenya: Meet the Kenyan Chef Who Prepares Food for Arsenal Stars
[Nairobi News] Beatrice Kariuki is the latest Kenyan to attract global headlines for all the right reasons.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 10:26:48 GMT
Zimbabwe: Teachers 'Baffled' Over Mnangagwa's Regime Change Claims
[New Zimbabwe] The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) has refuted government and state media accusations that the union was working with the United Kingdom (UK) government to effect a regime change in the country.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 10:06:50 GMT
Zimbabwe: Billiat's Chiefs Hit By Covid-19 Outbreak
[The Herald] ZIMBABWE international Khama Billiat could have been caught up in the Covid-19 outbreak at Kaizer Chiefs which has seen over 31 people test positive ahead of the weekend's South African Premiership football game against Cape Town City.

Sat, 04 Dec 2021 09:33:32 GMT
Nigeria: Nigerian Youths Not Ready for Leadership - APC Member
[Daily Trust] A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Mr Karibi Bob Manuel, says Nigerian youths are more interested in following leaders than taking up leadership.

Sat, 04 Dec 2021 09:03:36 GMT
Sudan: "This Is Not a Coup" - Hamdok Must Resign
[African Arguments] Debating Ideas is a new section that aims to reflect the values and editorial ethos of the African Arguments book series, publishing engaged, often radical, scholarship, original and activist writing from within the African contin...

Sat, 04 Dec 2021 08:50:22 GMT
Central African Republic: Russia's Influence in the Central African Republic
[Crisis Group] Russia has become the Central African Republic's preferred ally in its battle with insurgents. But the government's use of Russian mercenaries as it goes on the offensive is causing domestic divisions and alienating other external part...

Sat, 04 Dec 2021 08:35:01 GMT
South Africa: Omicron Causes Concern
[DW] The new variant has come with a spike in cases, but it remains to be seen how much it will affect South African hospitals. New COVID infections have jumped from about 200 a day last month to more than 11,500 on Thursday.

Sat, 04 Dec 2021 08:12:12 GMT
Kenya: Kenya Has Imposed a Holiday Season Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate - Why It's Premature
[The Conversation Africa] Kenya is to impose restrictions on access to public spaces for those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 from December 21. This, along with the opening up of COVID-19 vaccination to young people over 15, is an atte...

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 14:21:52 GMT
Africa: As Nigeria and South Africa's Move for Continental Leadership
[This Day] Chido Nwangwu predicts the likely outcome of the current visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa to four West African countries, including Nigeria.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 13:00:30 GMT
Kenya: Parents Pay Heavily for Unrest in Schools
[Nation] Schools have imposed hefty fines for destruction of property - up to Sh13,000 for every student - in addition to clearing fee balances.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 12:44:17 GMT
Namibia: Fatal Street Shooting Was Senseless, Says Judge
[Namibian] Helao Ndjaba was simply a curious bystander who witnessed a verbal argument in a Windhoek street when he ended up being murdered ruthlessly and senselessly.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 12:27:44 GMT
Nigeria: Two Gunned Down, 'Over 50' Abducted in Fresh Kaduna Attack
[Daily Trust] Kaduna -- Two persons have been killed while "more than 50" have been abducted in an attack in Unguwan Gimbiya community in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 12:25:49 GMT
Nigeria: eNaira - We're Guarding Against Hackers, Fraudsters - CBN
[Daily Trust] Kaduna -- The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has assured that it has put in place effective mechanisms to insulate the e-Naira from hackers and fraudsters.