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  • New Botswana president seeks to wean country off dependence on diamonds

    Botswana’s new leader seeks to wean country off dependence on diamonds
    Botswana’s new president, sworn in on Sunday as the country’s leader, said he would give priority to tackling youth unemployment and diversifying its economy. Retired teacher Mokgweetsi Masisi, who takes over from former army general Ian Khama, inherits a state with a reputation as one of Africa’s rare political and economic success stories. But he [...]
  • Accusations against China-Africa cooperation doomed to fail: Namibia President

    Accusations against China-Africa cooperation doomed to fail: Namibian President
    Elevated ties between China and Namibia prove that China-Africa cooperation is win-win and comments smearing bilateral cooperation are doomed to fail, Namibian President Hage Geingob said on Friday. “I didn’t come to beg. I’m talking to friends, and to make a win-win situation created,” Geingob said during an exclusive interview with Xinhua, rebutting some media reports [...]
  • Zambia asks Cuba to recall ambassador for backing new opposition party

    Zambia asks Cuba to recall ambassador for backing new opposition party
    Zambia has asked Cuba to recall its ambassador for openly supporting the newly launched opposition Socialist Party, the president’s spokesman said on Sunday. Amos Chanda said ambassador Nelson Pages Vilas spoke at the party’s launch on Saturday. Political tensions were rekindled in Zambia last month when the country’s main opposition party, the United Party for [...]
  • Botswana swears in its 5th leader, President Mokgweetsi Masisi

    Botswana swears in its 5th leader, President Mokgweetsi Masisi
    The Southern African nation of Botswana has sworn-in its new president in the person of Mokgweetsi Masisi. The 55-year-old becomes the country’s 5th president. He took the oath of office before the country’s national assembly in the presence of the Chief Justice, the Speaker of Parliament and his immediate predecessor, Seretse Khama Ian Khama. The [...]
  • Ramaphosa vows crackdown on stealing, corruption within the ANC

    President Cyril Ramaphosa called for unity within the African National Congress during a Good Friday sermon at the Covenant Fellowship Church International in eSikhaleni in KwaZulu-Natal. “There must be unity and renewal of the African National Congress… Because it is when the ANC is united, that is when we are stronger and I know this church is praying and continues to pray for the unity of the African National Congress,” he said. During his remarks, the South African leader also said there was no place for stealing and corruption within the party and that those who are caught doing so will be punished accordingly. “The ANC must serve the people of South Africa. We must put our old ways behind us. Where there was corruption, we must say goodbye to corruption.” “Where there were people who were stealing the resources of our country, they must be dealt with severely,” Ramaphosa said. “The new dawn means things have to change. We are now going to work in a different way to change the lives of our people,” he said. Ramaphosa said “the new dawn” must mean there was a “renewed enthusiasm” for service delivery. “We must change the structure our economy. The economy must return to the hands of our people,” he said. One of Ramaphosa’s means of achieving that end is through implementation of a new youth employment service to create jobs. The government will reposition state owned enterprises, including Eskom and Prasa. Another one of the issues Ramaphosa addressed was the issue of land, after Parliament passed a motion to amend the Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation. “We are going to return the land to our people so that our people can have their birth right,” he said, adding that it must be done “within the confines of the law”. Land ownership remains a highly sensitive subject more than two decades after the end of apartheid. Whites still own most of South Africa’s land. Moves towards land expropriation also worry economists and farming groups who say expropriation without compensation could have a potentially devastating impact on the agricultural sector.
    President Cyril Ramaphosa called for unity within the African National Congress during a Good Friday sermon at the Covenant Fellowship Church International in eSikhaleni in KwaZulu-Natal. “There must be unity and renewal of the African National Congress… Because it is when the ANC is united, that is when we are stronger and I know this [...]
  • Kenyan president scraps visa requirement for Mozambique

    Kenyan president scraps visa requirement for Mozambique

    Kenyatta announced the scrapping of the visa requirement during a state banquet hosted for him and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta by President Filipe Nyusi and the First Lady of Mozambique, Isaura Nyusi, at the Ponta Vermelha Palace in Maputo on Thursday evening.

  • Botswana bill to raise age of sexual consent to 18 to combat defilement

    Botswana bill to raise age of sexual consent to 18 to combat defilement
    The government of Botswana has initiated moves to raise the age of sexual consent from the current sixteen years to eighteen years. The move is as part of efforts to curb defilement in the southern African country. The measure is contained in an amendment of the penal code cap 08:01 which is currently before the [...]
  • U.K. okays return of frozen U.S.$500 million to Angola

    U.K. okays return of frozen U.S.$500 million to Angola
    Millions of dollars frozen in the U.K. will be returned to Angola as part of an on-going investigation into a potential fraud case against the country’s Central Bank. The U.K.’s National Crime Agency took the decision to return the U.S.$500 million, saying the necessary permission had been obtained for the return of the money. “The [...]
  • South Africa prepares for black ownership of mines

    South Africa prepares for black ownership of mines
    South Africa aims to finalise revised plans for black ownership in the mining industry by the end of May, Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday, promising to deliver “policy certainty” to an industry worried about new costs. Mantashe acknowledged a “lack of consultation between the ministry and the partners in the past”, [...]