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South Africa: South Africa Has No Energy Crisis, Says Minister Gwede Mantashe

[Daily Maverick] Just after publishing the wrong version of the Integrated Resource Plan, and with Eskom being forced to admit that more than a third of its infrastructure is broken and cannot be relied on to generate electricity on demand, Mineral Resources
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South Africa: South Africa Has No Energy Crisis, Says Minister Gwede Mantashe

[Daily Maverick] Just after publishing the wrong version of the Integrated Resource Plan, and with Eskom being forced to admit that more than a third of its infrastructure is broken and cannot be relied on to generate electricity on demand, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe denied South Africa has an energy crisis. 'We have no energy crisis, South Africa has an energy problem that will turn into a disaster if not attended,' said the minister on the sidelines of the media briefing to announce the IRP.

Zimbabwe: Opposition Leader Masarira Joins Anti-Sanctions Drive

[The Herald] Labour Economists and African Democrats (LEAD) president Ms Linda Masarira-Kaingidza yesterday joined the anti-sanctions drive and pledged to mobilise communities and fellow citizens against the illegal embargo ahead of the Sadc-initiated solidar
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Zimbabwe: Opposition Leader Masarira Joins Anti-Sanctions Drive

[The Herald] Labour Economists and African Democrats (LEAD) president Ms Linda Masarira-Kaingidza yesterday joined the anti-sanctions drive and pledged to mobilise communities and fellow citizens against the illegal embargo ahead of the Sadc-initiated solidarity day this Friday.

Uganda: Lobbies Accuse Regulator of Suppressing Uganda Media

[East African] Human Rights Watch and Uganda media stakeholders have accused communications sector regulator--Uganda Communication's Commission--of harassing the media.
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Uganda: Lobbies Accuse Regulator of Suppressing Uganda Media

[East African] Human Rights Watch and Uganda media stakeholders have accused communications sector regulator--Uganda Communication's Commission--of harassing the media.

Rwanda: Second Rwanda, Uganda Meeting Fails to Take Off

[East African] A meeting between Uganda and Rwanda that should have taken place on Thursday as a follow up to the September 16 one in Kigali to ease tension between the neighbouring countries did not take place.
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Rwanda: Second Rwanda, Uganda Meeting Fails to Take Off

[East African] A meeting between Uganda and Rwanda that should have taken place on Thursday as a follow up to the September 16 one in Kigali to ease tension between the neighbouring countries did not take place.

Nigeria: World Bank Approves $3 Billion Loan For Country's Power Sector

[Leadership] The World Bank has approved Nigeria's request for a $3billion loan for the expansion of the transmission and distribution networks in the power sector.
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Nigeria: World Bank Approves $3 Billion Loan For Country's Power Sector

[Leadership] The World Bank has approved Nigeria's request for a $3billion loan for the expansion of the transmission and distribution networks in the power sector.

Africa: Russia Rejects 'Latecomer' Tag As It Seeks Role in Big Four

[Nation] Ahead of the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi on October 23-24, Russia's ambassador to Kenya, Dmitri Maksimychev, spoke to Aggrey Mutambo on a range of issues
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Africa: Russia Rejects 'Latecomer' Tag As It Seeks Role in Big Four

[Nation] Ahead of the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi on October 23-24, Russia's ambassador to Kenya, Dmitri Maksimychev, spoke to Aggrey Mutambo on a range of issues

Kenya: Dam Projects Costing Govt More Than They Should - Report

[Nation] A parliamentary committee has warned that the government risks not getting value for the Sh120 billion invested in the construction of eight dams across the country.
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Kenya: Dam Projects Costing Govt More Than They Should - Report

[Nation] A parliamentary committee has warned that the government risks not getting value for the Sh120 billion invested in the construction of eight dams across the country.

Nigeria: Again, Govt Vows to Deal With Purveyors of Fake News, Hate Speech

[Premium Times] The Nigerian government has restated its stance to punish purveyors of fake news and hate speech.
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Nigeria: Again, Govt Vows to Deal With Purveyors of Fake News, Hate Speech

[Premium Times] The Nigerian government has restated its stance to punish purveyors of fake news and hate speech.

Nigeria: Border Closure - Nigeria's Neighbours to Blame - Finance Minister

[Premium Times] The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF) «supports» Nigeria's closure of its land borders because it understands the action is not punitive.
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Nigeria: Border Closure - Nigeria's Neighbours to Blame - Finance Minister

[Premium Times] The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF) «supports» Nigeria's closure of its land borders because it understands the action is not punitive.

Nigeria: Govt Orders MTN to Suspend Planned Charges for Bank Services

[Premium Times] The Federal Government has directed the telecom firm, MTN, to suspend its plan to impose a new charge on customers who use its short codes to access banking services.
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Nigeria: Govt Orders MTN to Suspend Planned Charges for Bank Services

[Premium Times] The Federal Government has directed the telecom firm, MTN, to suspend its plan to impose a new charge on customers who use its short codes to access banking services.

Cameroon: Why Cameroon Must Move Beyond Dialogue to Solve Its Anglophone Crisis

[The Conversation Africa] President Paul Biya convened a national dialogue last month to address the conflict between his government and the people in Cameroon's English-speaking regions in the North West and South West. At the heart of the conflict in which
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Cameroon: Why Cameroon Must Move Beyond Dialogue to Solve Its Anglophone Crisis

[The Conversation Africa] President Paul Biya convened a national dialogue last month to address the conflict between his government and the people in Cameroon's English-speaking regions in the North West and South West. At the heart of the conflict in which 3000 have been killed are grievances over marginalisation and the imposition of French language and administration.

Nigeria: Valuable Lessons From Nigeria's Marathon Effort to Eradicate Polio

[The Conversation Africa] The theme for World Health Day in 1995 was «Target 2000 -- A World Without Polio». I delivered a lecture titled «Polio Eradication Race: Will Nigeria Finish Last?» to mark the occasion. Finishing last seemed l
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Nigeria: Valuable Lessons From Nigeria's Marathon Effort to Eradicate Polio

[The Conversation Africa] The theme for World Health Day in 1995 was «Target 2000 -- A World Without Polio». I delivered a lecture titled «Polio Eradication Race: Will Nigeria Finish Last?» to mark the occasion. Finishing last seemed likely because in the 1990s Nigeria's routine immunisation rates were in the 30%-40% range for all vaccine preventable diseases. Countries in Southern and East Africa that had eradicated polio had coverage in the 80%-90% range.

Rwanda: Rwanda Approves Nuclear Power Deal With Russia

[East African] The Rwandan Cabinet has approved an agreement with Russia to advance the use of nuclear energy for «peaceful purposes,» a move that is expected to bolster relations between the two countries and advance the latter's interests in th
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Rwanda: Rwanda Approves Nuclear Power Deal With Russia

[East African] The Rwandan Cabinet has approved an agreement with Russia to advance the use of nuclear energy for «peaceful purposes,» a move that is expected to bolster relations between the two countries and advance the latter's interests in the region.

Sudan: Kuwait reiterates its support to Sudan at the Security Council

[SNA] New York -Kuwait reiterated its firm position on supporting Sudan, its unity, sovereignty, stability and territorial integrity, stressing that the new Sudan needs the support of all.
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Sudan: Kuwait reiterates its support to Sudan at the Security Council

[SNA] New York -Kuwait reiterated its firm position on supporting Sudan, its unity, sovereignty, stability and territorial integrity, stressing that the new Sudan needs the support of all.

Mauritius: «The IMF will see the pension increase as madness, especially in such troubled times»

[L'Express] With the announcement of the dissolution of parliament and the date of the general election, Weekly speaks to Jocelyn Chan Low, historian and political observer. He talks about the possible implications of a short electoral campaign, the impact o
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Mauritius: «The IMF will see the pension increase as madness, especially in such troubled times»

[L'Express] With the announcement of the dissolution of parliament and the date of the general election, Weekly speaks to Jocelyn Chan Low, historian and political observer. He talks about the possible implications of a short electoral campaign, the impact of the proposed pension increase in the face of a looming global financial crisis, and gives his assessment of the economic situation in the country.

Sudan: Government, SPLM-North sign Declaration of Principles

[SNA] Juba -The delegations of the government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) led by Abdul-Aziz Al-Helu signed Friday a negotiating road-map agreement at the negotiation premises, Juba, at the Bemid Hotel.
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Sudan: Government, SPLM-North sign Declaration of Principles

[SNA] Juba -The delegations of the government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) led by Abdul-Aziz Al-Helu signed Friday a negotiating road-map agreement at the negotiation premises, Juba, at the Bemid Hotel.

Ghana: Climate Change, the Biggest Threat to Realising SDGs - President Akufo-Addo

[Ghana Govt.] President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said climate change remains the biggest threat to the realisation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), especially in Africa.
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Ghana: Climate Change, the Biggest Threat to Realising SDGs - President Akufo-Addo

[Ghana Govt.] President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said climate change remains the biggest threat to the realisation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), especially in Africa.

Africa: Expanding Sahara Leaves Broken Families and Violence in Its Wake

[IPS] Bamako, Mali/Cotonou, Benin -Abdoulaye Maiga proudly displays an album showing photos of him and his family during happier times when they all lived together in their home in northern Mali. Today, these memories seem distant and painful.
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Africa: Expanding Sahara Leaves Broken Families and Violence in Its Wake

[IPS] Bamako, Mali/Cotonou, Benin -Abdoulaye Maiga proudly displays an album showing photos of him and his family during happier times when they all lived together in their home in northern Mali. Today, these memories seem distant and painful.

Cote d'Ivoire: ICC Prosecutor Asks Judges to Declare a Mistrial in Gbagbo Case

[International Justice Monitor] The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor has asked the Appeals Chamber at the court based in The Hague to overturn the acquittal of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and declare a mistrial.
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Cote d'Ivoire: ICC Prosecutor Asks Judges to Declare a Mistrial in Gbagbo Case

[International Justice Monitor] The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor has asked the Appeals Chamber at the court based in The Hague to overturn the acquittal of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and declare a mistrial.

Mozambique: Lopsided Frelimo Victory Could Divide Country - Analyst

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Unofficial results in Mozambique's elections point to sweeping victories for the ruling Frelimo party and President Filipe Nyusi, prompting some analysts to question the credibility of the polls, reports Associated Press, carried on Voi
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Mozambique: Lopsided Frelimo Victory Could Divide Country - Analyst

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Unofficial results in Mozambique's elections point to sweeping victories for the ruling Frelimo party and President Filipe Nyusi, prompting some analysts to question the credibility of the polls, reports Associated Press, carried on Voice of America.

South Africa: Convicted Rapist Nicholas Ninow Gets Life Sentence

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Nicholas Ninow has been handed down a life sentence by Judge Mokhine Mosopa in the North Gauteng High Court for the 2018 rape of a seven-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Dros restaurant in Pretoria, TimesLive reports. The convicted ra
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South Africa: Convicted Rapist Nicholas Ninow Gets Life Sentence

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Nicholas Ninow has been handed down a life sentence by Judge Mokhine Mosopa in the North Gauteng High Court for the 2018 rape of a seven-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Dros restaurant in Pretoria, TimesLive reports. The convicted rapist also received a five-year sentence for posession of drugs and five more for defeating the ends of justice. The two terms will run concurrently.

Africa: World Poverty Day - An Opportunity to Reimagine the Future of African Youth

[allAfrica] Johannesburg -Commemorating World Poverty Eradication day presents an opportune moment to reflect on the status of Africa's journey of development as a means for the continent to step out of poverty, and take its place as a global superpower. It m
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Africa: World Poverty Day - An Opportunity to Reimagine the Future of African Youth

[allAfrica] Johannesburg -Commemorating World Poverty Eradication day presents an opportune moment to reflect on the status of Africa's journey of development as a means for the continent to step out of poverty, and take its place as a global superpower. It must be celebrated the fact that Africa has achieved positive strides in reducing poverty and accomplishing the aspirations set out in Agenda 2063.

South Africa: New Study Shows Caster Semenya Has Advantage - World Athletics Body

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -The governing body of world athletics on Wednesday welcomed a landmark study showing high testosterone helped women run better, saying it justified their decision to bar Olympic champion Caster Semenya from key races.
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South Africa: New Study Shows Caster Semenya Has Advantage - World Athletics Body

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -The governing body of world athletics on Wednesday welcomed a landmark study showing high testosterone helped women run better, saying it justified their decision to bar Olympic champion Caster Semenya from key races.

Mozambique: Ruling Party On Course for Tainted Victory

[Mozambique Political Process Bulletin] Frelimo and its presidential candidate Filipe Nyusi appear to be on course for victory. Severe restrictions on observation and the failure to post polling station results in places where the opposition is expected to wi
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Mozambique: Ruling Party On Course for Tainted Victory

[Mozambique Political Process Bulletin] Frelimo and its presidential candidate Filipe Nyusi appear to be on course for victory. Severe restrictions on observation and the failure to post polling station results in places where the opposition is expected to win make it impossible to forecast percentages. But partial and initial reports give Frelimo a large margin. In three key provinces for the opposition - Nampula, Tete and Zambezia - available results are not sufficient to predict. In Sofala, it appears that MDM and Renamo will split the opposi

South Africa: Animation Studio Scores International Emmy Nomination for Short Film

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Cape Town animation studio Triggerfish has added another feather to its cap in the form of an International Emmy Kids Awards nomination for «Zog», an animated short film for the UK's Magic Light Pictures.
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South Africa: Animation Studio Scores International Emmy Nomination for Short Film

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Cape Town animation studio Triggerfish has added another feather to its cap in the form of an International Emmy Kids Awards nomination for «Zog», an animated short film for the UK's Magic Light Pictures.

Africa: France Says Strong Business Development in Africa Will Benefit Africans

[RFI] The French government is stepping up efforts to strengthen ties with the African continent in the run-up to a key business forum at the end of the month. Africa's leading European trading partner wants a win-win cooperation without historical baggage.
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Africa: France Says Strong Business Development in Africa Will Benefit Africans

[RFI] The French government is stepping up efforts to strengthen ties with the African continent in the run-up to a key business forum at the end of the month. Africa's leading European trading partner wants a win-win cooperation without historical baggage.

Mozambique: Vote Counting Marred by Allegations of Rigging by Renamo Leader

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Mozambicans voted on October 15 in an election which the incumbent President Filipe Nyusi said should help anchor peace, but his main rival, Renamo leader Ossufo Momade has already made allegations of vote rigging, Verdade reports.
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Mozambique: Vote Counting Marred by Allegations of Rigging by Renamo Leader

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Mozambicans voted on October 15 in an election which the incumbent President Filipe Nyusi said should help anchor peace, but his main rival, Renamo leader Ossufo Momade has already made allegations of vote rigging, Verdade reports.

Africa: How These Women Scientists Will Help Africa Adapt to Changing Climate

[allAfrica] Nairobi -A group of 25 women from eastern and western Africa have joined the list of young researchers racing to bridge the shortage of women agriculture scientists in Africa.
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Africa: How These Women Scientists Will Help Africa Adapt to Changing Climate

[allAfrica] Nairobi -A group of 25 women from eastern and western Africa have joined the list of young researchers racing to bridge the shortage of women agriculture scientists in Africa.

Kenya: Blow For Director of Public Prosecutions in Tycoon's Tax Case

[Nation] The prosecution on Monday suffered a big blow in the Sh41 billion tax evasion case against tycoon Humphrey Kariuki, with the High Court faulting the role of the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in the matter.
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Kenya: Blow For Director of Public Prosecutions in Tycoon's Tax Case

[Nation] The prosecution on Monday suffered a big blow in the Sh41 billion tax evasion case against tycoon Humphrey Kariuki, with the High Court faulting the role of the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in the matter.

Guinea: Protests Against Change to Constitution Turn Deadly

[allAfrica] Cape Town -At least one policeman and a protester were killed on Monday during demonstrations in Guinea against a possible change to the constitution that could let President Alpha Conde seek a third term, Reuters reports.
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Guinea: Protests Against Change to Constitution Turn Deadly

[allAfrica] Cape Town -At least one policeman and a protester were killed on Monday during demonstrations in Guinea against a possible change to the constitution that could let President Alpha Conde seek a third term, Reuters reports.

Sierra Leone: 'We Are Not Alone' in Fighting Climate Change, Says Freetown Mayor

[Deutsche Welle] Over 90 mayors of the world's biggest cities have signed a Global Green New Deal in Copenhagen this week. Freetown's mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr talks environmental justice, tackling pollution and what gives her hope.
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Sierra Leone: 'We Are Not Alone' in Fighting Climate Change, Says Freetown Mayor

[Deutsche Welle] Over 90 mayors of the world's biggest cities have signed a Global Green New Deal in Copenhagen this week. Freetown's mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr talks environmental justice, tackling pollution and what gives her hope.