Category archives for: African News

Police in South Africa Arrest 560 ‘Undocumented’ Foreigners in Raid

by BUKOLA ADEBAYO Nearly 600 foreigners were arrested in a police raid on a business district in Johannesburg, South Africa, police and government officials said Thursday. The operation involving immigration officials and customs in the commercial hub on Wednesday was to rid the area of counterfeit businesses and crime, South African Police Service said. “Over […]

Despite peace deal, Central African Republic’s population faces daily acts of violence, UN envoy warns

In a briefing, Mankeur Ndiaye, head of the UN Mission to the country, known by the French acronym, MINUSCA, made reference to the “cowardly killing” of 39 people by members of the “3R” armed group – one of the signatories to the accord – in the Ouham-Pendé region of the country on May 21, which led to some 12,000 people being displaced […]

South Sudan on High Alert for Ebola Virus

JUBA , SOUTH SUDAN – South Sudan’s health officials are ramping up efforts to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from entering the country following a confirmed case some 70 kilometers from the border, in the northern Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Pinyi Nyimol, South Sudan’s director general for disease control and emergency response services, said […]

Ghana Aims to Count Population Digitally

In Old Fadama, the largest slum in Accra, Ghana, a government official walks over to a group of men playing a card game. The official carries a hand-held computer. He asks if anyone has time to answer a few questions for an electronic census. Ghana is preparing for its first electronic population and housing survey. Government workers will […]

Russian, South African presidents discuss nuclear, space projects, says Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa have discussed specific mining projects, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “[Putin] had a detailed conversation with South African President [Cyril] Ramaphosa. The two sides had a substantive discussion of bilateral Russian-South African relations, not only in general, they spoke about specific projects as […]

Surge in Violence Results in African Union Membership Suspended

by CATHERINE BYARUHANGA The African Union has suspended Sudan’s membership “with immediate effect”, amid an upsurge of violence in the capital that has seen dozens killed. The pan-African body has warned of further action if power is not transferred to a civilian authority – a key demand of pro-democracy protesters. Opposition activists say a para-military […]

Rwanda Receives Global Recognition For Strengthening Youth Involvement In Agriculture

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) was awarded this year’s Edouard Saouma Award, a global prize instituted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), for outstanding efforts in involving youth in Rwanda’s agriculture transformation. MINAGRI has been selected as joint winner, with the Ministry of National Food Security and Research in Pakistan for […]

Mass Detention of Opposition Members in Cameroon

by ILARIA ALLEGROZZI At least 350 members and supporters of Cameroon’s main opposition party, including its vice president, were arrested across the country this weekend after they tried to hold demonstrations. The arrests, targeting the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC) party, appear to mark yet another step in the government’s attempt to limit political dissent. Cameroon […]

China to Construct Two Major Water Dams in Sierra Leone

by ABDUL RASHID THOMAS Sierra Leone’s minister of water resources – Dr Jonathan Bonopha Tengbe, has confirmed to the Sierra Leone Telegraph that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Chinese engineering firm – China Gezhouba Group Company Limited (CGGC) to carry out the Orugu and Congo Dams and Water Treatment Plants […]

Libyan PM Accuses Rival Leader of Seeking a Coup

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj says his rival for power, General Khalifa Haftar, is trying to stage a coup and take Libya by force. “He’s dreaming of entering Tripoli,” al-Sarraj told France 24 television in Paris Wednesday. “This attack must be clearly condemned because it is an attempt to overthrow the (government’s) legitimacy and seize […]