SOUTH AFRICA DEHORNS RHINOS TO CURB POACHING SURGE

Fri 05 June 2020: South Africa has dehorned dozens of rhinos in three popular game parks, aiming to prevent armed poachers taking advantage of the post-Covid-19 crash in tourism to kill them for their horns. The exercise in Pilanesburg National Park and the Mafikeng and Botsalano game reserves – all northwest of Johannesburg – leaves […]

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AFRICA: OUTRAGE GROWS OVER GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH IN US

Wed 03 June 2020: Officials in Africa have expressed concern over developments in the U.S. following the death of George Floyd, the black American man killed in police custody in the city of Minneapolis last week. The head of the African Union described Floyd’s death as an act of “murder.”  In Addis Ababa, African Union […]

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ZIMBABWE TIGHTENS VIRUS LOCKDOWN REINFORCEMENT AS CASES SPIKE

Tue 02 June 2020: Zimbabwean security forces have cleared Harare’s city centre and turned back thousands of commuters and motorists as authorities reinforced restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus following a spike in new cases. Using loudhailer, police drove around telling people to “leave town and go home”, according to AFP news agency. Shops […]

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NIGERIA TO RELAX CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS ON PLACES OF WORSHIP

Mon 01 June 2020: Nigeria will relax restrictions on places of worship that were imposed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the chairman of the presidential task force for COVID-19 has said. Boss Mustapha, in a speech to journalists in the capital Abuja, also said a lockdown in the northern city of Kano […]

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SOUTH AFRICA POSTPONES REOPENING OF SCHOOLS OVER SAFETY CONCERNS

Sun 31 May 2020: (Reuters) – South Africa has pushed back Monday’s reopening of schools by a week, the Department of Basic Education said on Sunday, saying that a substantial number are not ready to welcome back pupils. The plan for grades 7 and 12, the last years of primary and secondary school respectively, to […]

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UN EXTENDS SOUTH SUDAN ARMS EMBARGO UNTIL MAY 2021

Sat 30 May 2020: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has adopted a resolution on Friday extending until May next year an arms embargo on South Sudan and a travel ban and financial sanctions for targeted individuals. The United States-drafted document received 12 votes in favour on Friday, with Russia, China and South Africa abstaining.  The […]

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HUNDREDS OF COVID-19 SUSPECTS FLEE ISOLATION CENTER IN MALAWI

Fri 29 May 2020: Some 400 people have escaped from a coronavirus isolation center in Malawi, increasing the risk of the spread of the virus in the poverty-stricken nation, the government announced. People escaped due to lack of sanitation and clean toilets at the Kamuzu stadium in the commercial capital Blantyre, a man who had […]

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SOUTH AFRICA TO REOPEN PLACES OF WORSHIP FROM JUNE 1

Wed 27 May 2020: South Africa’s president said late Tuesday that places of worship will reopen starting June 1 under strict restrictions to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus.    “Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other recognized places of worship may resume services, but these will be limited in size to 50 people […]

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