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President Ramaphosa sends envoys to Eswatini as another protester killed

President Ramaphosa sends envoys to Eswatini as another protester killed

Africa, Breaking News, East Africa, Uganda, USA
At least 80 people were injured in Eswatini on Wednesday, a union leader said, as security forces cracked down on escalating pro-democracy protests in Africa’s last absolute monarchy. Gunfire was heard into the night in the capital Mbabane, and the civil servants’ union NAPSAWU said at least one man had been shot dead earlier in the day. “The army and the police killed one person at about 3PM today,” union president Oscar Nkambule told AFP. Fifty of its members were taken to hospital in the capital Mbabane, with another 30 hospitalised in the city of Manzini, including some with gunshot wounds, he added. Hundreds of soldiers and police began fanning through both cities early in the day, firing teargas at even small gatherings of people and unleashing volleys of rubber bullets. ...
From The Desk of The President – Monday, 18 October 2021

From The Desk of The President – Monday, 18 October 2021

Africa
Dear Fellow South African, The launch of the second phase of the Presidential Employment Stimulus this past week represents great progress in our quest to create job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of currently unemployed South Africans. We established the employment stimulus last year to create as many opportunities as possible in the shortest possible time. This required new and innovative ways of working to implement programmes at an unprecedented speed and scale. The recruitment process of the many people who were unemployed made use of digital platforms to reach as many eligible participants as possible. For example, small-scale farmers were able to apply for support via USSD and receive input vouchers to their cellphones. Since the Department of Basic Education op...
Douglas Ryder: Team Update

Douglas Ryder: Team Update

Africa, Health, Sports
  Today we are not in a position to submit our initial application for our UCI WorldTour licence for next year to the sport’s governing body. We are actively engaged with potential partners, and our current partners, as we work to secure our future for 2022. Since inception our team has provided hope and opportunity to over 50 riders from Africa who have ridden for us at either Continental, Pro Continental or World Team levels, and as a result have had the opportunity to showcase their talent and realise their dreams. The recent news that Rwanda will host the 2025 World Championships is a huge moment for our sport, and one that we are very proud of in the role we have played in support of Africa,  its cycling potential and as a destination to ride. Seeing Biniam Ghirmay from Eri...
‘Focus on development agenda for Northern Uganda’

‘Focus on development agenda for Northern Uganda’

Africa, Uganda
Uganda,Kampala: Members of the Greater North Parliamentary Forum have been urged to focus their legislative agenda on the most pressing issues that affect their region. Speaker Jacob Oulanyah who was meeting members of the forum on Wednesday, 13 October asked them to avoid the temptation of focusing on national issues while forgetting their own plight. “Let us come down to the greater North issues; mixing up things is what always brings us down,” said Oulanyah. He asked the MPs to take interest in discussions such as the renewal of the northern region based NUSAF programme whose funding expired two years ago. “We have big funding gaps; for the last two years, there hasn’t been funding for NUSAF but even then, it has been running on US$100 million for a period of five years. What i...
SWIFT today announces that 100 banks around the world have signed up for SWIFT Go

SWIFT today announces that 100 banks around the world have signed up for SWIFT Go

Africa, Breaking News
Johannesburg, 14 October 2021 – SWIFT today announces that 100 banks around the world have signed up for SWIFT Go since it went live in July, underscoring strong demand for the service that enables small businesses and consumers to send fast, predictable, highly secure and competitively priced low-value cross-border payments from their bank accounts.  Ten banks are already live with SWIFT Go, most recently Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, and China Minsheng Bank, representing 41 million low-value cross-border payments a year.   SWIFT Go is a key building block in the co-operative’s strategy to enable instant and frictionless transactions across its network of more than 11,000 institutions and 4 billion accounts in 200 countries. And it has the potential to be transformative in ena...
MTN Uganda CEO Answers Pertinent Questions about the MTN IPO

MTN Uganda CEO Answers Pertinent Questions about the MTN IPO

Africa, East Africa, Uganda
On Monday 11th October 2021, MTN Uganda opened its initial Public Offer that will run until 22nd November 2021 4pm. The MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer, WIM VANHELLEPUTTE sheds more light on the MTN IPO, responding to some of the pertinent questions from the prospective retail investors. First and foremost, how would you describe MTN Uganda as a Company? MTN Uganda is a subsidiary of the MTN Group, a leading emerging market operator with a clear vision to lead digital solutions for Africa’s progress, through its 277 million customers in 20 countries in Africa and the Middle East. That said, MTN Uganda is a leading telecoms company in Uganda with the primary objective of carrying on the business of a national operator of a telecommunications network, pursuant to the NTO lice...
FIFA WORLD CUP WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS: SOUTH AFRICA RECLAIM TOP SPOT AFTER BEATING ETHIOPIA

FIFA WORLD CUP WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS: SOUTH AFRICA RECLAIM TOP SPOT AFTER BEATING ETHIOPIA

Africa, East Africa, Sports
South Africa’s Bafana Bafana beat Ethiopia 1-0 at FNB Stadium to reclaim Group G top spot of the World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday evening. Ethiopia’s Shimelis Bekele’s 11th minute own goal helped Bafana Bafana boost their chances of qualifying for the final qualifying stage of the qualifiers. South Africa moved to 10 points on the group log table, one point ahead of Ghana who saw off Zimbabwe 1-0 in an earlier match on Tuesday afternoon in Harare. Ethiopia and Zimbabwe are out of the running as they have three points and one point with each two games remaining. Belgian coach Hugo Broos, who has led Bafana Bafana to a draw against Zimbabwe and wins over Ghana and Ethiopia, named a strong starting line-up. Broos made changes to the starting line from the last game against Ethio...
FIFA WORLD CUP WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS: SOUTH AFRICA V ETHIOPIA: LINE-UPS

FIFA WORLD CUP WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS: SOUTH AFRICA V ETHIOPIA: LINE-UPS

Africa, East Africa, Sports
South Africa’s Bafana Bafana hope to build on their solid start to the World Cup qualifiers when they host Ethiopia this evening. Belgian coach Hugo Broos, who has led Bafana Bafana to a draw against Zimbabwe and wins over Ghana and Ethiopia, has named a strong starting line-up. Broos has made changes to the starting line from the last game against Ethiopia with Ngcobo, Letsoalo, Hlongwane, Makgopa getting the nod to start. Mothobi Mvala, Ethan Duncan Brooks, Vincent Pule and Tshegofatso Mabasa have been relegated to the bench. With seven points from three games, Bafana Bafana need a win at all cost this evening. South Africa need to keep at an arms’ length Ghana who have won in Zimbabwe earlier today to remain second on six points from four games. Starting line-up: So...
Big Brother Mzansi Is Back Following A 5-year Break

Big Brother Mzansi Is Back Following A 5-year Break

Africa, East Africa, Entertainment, Europe, LifeStyle
Following a break of over 5 years, Big Brother Mzansi viewers will be delighted to hear that the show is returning. According to entertainment blogger and commentator Phil Mphela, Mzansi Magic is working on re-launching the show however auditions have not yet taken place. Mphela’s sources said the fate of the show’s return will be decided upon today, “Multichoice is working on bringing the popular reality show back. Sources have informed me that a final brief on the status of the show’s return will be made today. No official audition channels have been approved yet.” he reports. Following a break of over 5 years, Big Brother Mzansi viewers will be delighted to hear that the show is returning. According to entertainment blogger and commentator Phil Mphela, Mzansi Magic is working on r...
South Africa Eases Covid-19 Crowd Restrictions For World Cup Game

South Africa Eases Covid-19 Crowd Restrictions For World Cup Game

Africa, Sports
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Oct 11 – A maximum of 2,000 spectators can attend a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Ethiopia in Johannesburg on Tuesday as the republic eases Covid-19 restrictions introduced last year. “The (government) has approved that a limited number of spectators will be allowed back into the stadium,” a national football association statement said. All sport in South Africa was cancelled in March 2020 as the first wave of the coronavirus hit the most industrialised African nation. Play resumed five months later in empty stadiums. The lack of spectators inflicted severe financial hardship on the three most popular sports — cricket, football and rugby. South Africa Eases Covid-19 Crowd Restrictions For World Cup Game (kafurahamedia.com)...