Africa

Time to talk frankly about Africa’s rapid population growth if we want to beat poverty

I think about the future of my continent in terms of three questions: Are Africans healthy? Do they have access to a good education? And do they have opportunities to apply their skills? Millions more Africans have been able to answer yes to these questions in recent years. But there’s...

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 12:57am

Survivor found alive in ferry air pocket in Tanzania

A survivor was found alive inside the capsized Tanzanian ferry in an air pocket on the third day of a grim recovery operation as the death toll from the disaster passed 200. An engineer was found near the engine of the vessel, Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella told reporters on Saturday,...

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 12:52am

Cholera kills 97 in Nigeria’s northeast

A cholera outbreak in Nigeria’s northeast has killed nearly 100 people over the past two weeks and infected thousands more, the United Nations said. The number of recorded cases in Yobe and Borno states currently stands at 3,126, including 97 deaths, the UN Office for the Coordination of...

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 12:50am

South Africa: Ramaphosa outlines stimulus plan for ailing economy

South Africa’s president announced a multi-billion-dollar stimulus programme on Friday, earmarking funds for job creation and infrastructure development as he seeks to make good on a pledge to revive the country’s ailing economy. Speaking a day after the central bank disappointed some...

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 12:17am

Africa’s ancient practices are being digitised for the future

The digital revolution, often described as “leapfrogging,” has brought real change to Africa. In finance, communication, and entertainment, technology has allowed African innovators to skip a step, bypassing the West in significant ways as the continent tries to catch up to more...

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 12:06am

Continental free trade pact positive impetus for Africa’s industrialisation drive – ECA

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on Wednesday stressed that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a positive impetus in Africa’s industrialisation and development drive.  “The AfCFTA is a tool that countries can use to create opportunities...

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 8:17am

How a Chinese fish farming workshop could bolster aquaculture in Egypt

As a well-known Chinese saying goes, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This proverb well describes a Chinese fish farming workshop offered by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs to help develop...

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 7:42am

Zimbabwe seeks $35 million to fight cholera outbreak

Zimbabwe is appealing to individual citizens and local companies for $35 million to help fight a cholera outbreak that has killed 31 and infected more than 5,000, the finance minister said. The worst cholera outbreak in a decade has exposed the problem of decaying urban infrastructure that became...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 11:48pm

DRC: 2 Ebola cases confirmed, 17 deaths suspected in 9th outbreak since 1976

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease has been declared in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). There are two confirmed Ebola cases and 17 deaths that are suspected to have been caused by the virus, according to the heath ministry. This latest outbreak marks the...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 11:53am

Nigerian troops thwart Boko Haram ambush, killing at least three

Nigerian troops on Sunday overpowered a group of Boko Haram fighters, killing at least three, following a gunfight in the northeastern state of Borno. According to a statement by the army on Twitter, the troops of 21 Brigade were on a clearance patrol, when they were ambushed by the terrorists...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 1:02am

Eritrea, Ethiopia sign peace accord in Saudi’s Jeddah

Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali signed on Sunday the Jeddah Peace Accord in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah, Al Arabiya reported. The deal was sponsored by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and attended by the United...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 12:59am

Libyan tribal elders demand UN-backed govt disarm militias in capital

The Libyan Tribal Forum, held in the city of Tarhuna, some 80 km southeast of the capital Tripoli, on Saturday demanded the government disarm all militias in Tripoli within three days. “The Libyan tribes felt the gravity of the general situation, following violation of its sovereignty,...

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 12:45am

African foreign ministers meet over AU reform

Foreign ministers of the African Union (AU) member states on Tuesday met at the headquarters of the pan-African bloc in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa to discuss the progress made on the reform of the 55-member Union. During the two-day meeting, the ministers are expected to consider the key...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 9:42pm

South Africa brushes aside possibility of U.S. sanctions over land reform

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday brushed aside the possibility of U.S.-imposed sanctions over the land reform South Africa is pursuing. “There is no reason to believe any country will impose sanctions on South Africa for any actions that we take, actions that are...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 9:13pm

Over 100 died in boat wreck off Libya in September – MSF

More than100 migrants died in early September when their crowded rubber boats were wrecked off the coast of Libya, the MSF aid agency on Monday quoted survivors as saying. The two vessels had set out from the Libyan coast early on Sept. 1, each carrying scores of people, mostly African, Medecins...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 12:07am

Zimbabwe cabinet ministers sworn in

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday swore into office his new 20-member cabinet that will drive Zimbabwe’s economic revival in the next five years. This comes after Mnangagwa named the leaner cabinet last Friday that is composed of new, old, experienced and youthful faces. A...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 11:58pm

Libyan security takes control of oil corporation headquarters following armed attack

The Libyan Interior Ministry’s Special Deterrence Force announced on Monday taking control over the headquarters of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) in the capital Tripoli after gunmen attacked the building earlier. “A terrorist attack by the Islamic State targeted the NOC. So far,...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 1:20am

Ebola fight has new science but faces old hurdles in restive Congo

When Espérance Nzavaki heard she was cured of Ebola after three weeks of cutting-edge care at a medical center in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, she raised her arms to the sky with joy and praised the Lord. Her recovery is testament to the effectiveness of a new treatment, which isolates...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 1:13am

State of emergency declared in Tripoli after days of fighting

Libya's UN-backed government has announced a state of emergency in the capital, Tripoli, and its outskirts after several days of fierce fighting between rival armed groups. At least 39 people, including civilians, have been killed in the violence and nearly 100 others wounded. "Due to...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 1:29am

Nigerian NGO wins Africa Food Prize award

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), was Friday awarded the Africa Food Prize Awarded 2018 for leadership and innovation in finding solutions to major concerns affecting the continent’s agriculture sector. The award was given during the just concluded African...

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 12:32am