ERITREA SAYS TROOPS IN ETHIOPIA’S TIGRAY, VOWS PULLOUT AS INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE GROWS

Sat 17 April 2021: Eritrea has acknowledged its troops are participating in the war in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region but has vowed to pull them out amid mounting international pressure. The first explicit admission of Eritrea’s role in the fighting came in a letter posted online Friday night by the country’s information minister, written by […]

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US AND IOM DELIVER EMERGENCY SHELTER FOR ETHIOPIANS AFFECTED BY TIGRAY CONFLICT

Fri 16 April 2021: The United States provided supplies that will be used to build a temporary shelter for more than 80,000 people who had been forced to flee their homes after the conflict broke out in Ethiopia’s Tigray, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday. “IOM today received over 1,500 rolls of […]

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SA LAUNCHES ELECTRONIC VACCINATION DATA SYSTEM FOR PEOPLE 60 YEARS AND OLDER

Fri 16 April 2021: South Africa launched on Friday an electronic platform where citizens aged 60 and older can register to get vaccinated against COVID-19, marking the first time in the country’s democratic history that a major public health campaign is supported by a one-for-all digital system. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize described the launch of […]

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PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA ANNOUNCES NEW SANDF LEADERSHIP

Thu 15 April 2021: President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday announced Lieutenant-General Rudzani Maphwanya as the new Chief of the South African National Defence Force and the Military Command. Lieutenant-General Maphwanya replaces General Solly Shoke who retires at the end of this month. He will assume his new responsibilities on 1 June 2021 where he will […]

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ETHIOPIA MIGRANTS HEAD HOME AFTER LIFE IN YEMEN BECOMES UNBEARABLE

Thu 15 April 2021: When Ethiopian migrant Jamal Hussein boarded a UN-run repatriation flight out of Yemen, he ended a journey through the war-torn country that he had hoped would take him to a better life in wealthy Saudi Arabia, Reuters reports. Many more migrants are also calling it quits, reversing a longstanding and often perilous flow […]

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SOMALIA CONDEMNS ‘THREATS’ FROM FOREIGN ALLIES

Thu 15 April 2021: Somalia has accused some of its foreign backers of undermining its sovereignty after the embattled government was threatened with sanctions over a decision to extend its mandate by two years. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Wednesday signed into law a “special resolution” extending his time in office, despite his term expiring […]

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PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA WISHES MUSLIM COMMUNITY A HAPPY RAMADAN

Wed 14 April 2021: President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished the South African Muslim community a blessed Holy Month of Ramadan. Ramadan, which begins today, is a period during which Muslims around the world engage intensively in prayerful devotion, fasting, other forms of abstention and acts of charity. “I wish all Muslims well for this Holy […]

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SOUTH AFRICA SUSPENDS J&J VACCINE ROLLOUT OVER BLOOD CLOT CONCERNS

Tue 13 April 2021: South Africa on Tuesday suspended the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine over potential blood clot risks reported by the United States, the health minister said. “We have determined to voluntarily suspend our roll-out… I humbly call for calm and patience as we ensure that you will continue to […]

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SOUTH AFRICA: AVIAN INFLUENZA OUTBREAK CONFIRMED ON EKURHULENI FARM

Tue 13 April 2021: The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has confirmed the outbreak of the avian influenza on a commercial farm in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. In a statement, the department said about 300 birds had died from the virus on the commercial chicken-layer farm. “The samples from this farm that were sent […]

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