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30 May 2015
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29 May 2015
Chad says 33 Boko Haram militants, 3 troops killed in clash
Chad said on Friday that its army killed at least 33 militants from Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist group and lost three soldiers in heavy fighting on an island on Lake Chad earlier this week. "They...
Fighting in northern Mali forces tens of thousands to flee – UN
Clashes between armed groups in northern Mali have forced almost 60 000 people to flee their homes in the past month, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday, amid escalating violence that...
S Africa records a R2.51bn rand trade deficit in April
South Africa recorded a trade deficit of R2.51-billion ($207-million) in April from a revised shortfall of R9-million in March, data from the revenue agency showed on Friday. Exports fell by 7.5%...
Stakeholders meet to discuss land policies
Around 400 stakeholders in the communal land sector have converged in Johannesburg for a two-day indaba to offer their inputs into the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform’s policies....
State Security welcomes signal-jamming ruling
The Ministry of State Security has welcomed the court decision to dismiss an application to prohibit the use of signal jamming devices in Parliament by the State Security Agency. The South African...
S Africa on the cusp of a drought – WWF-SA
Just 8% of South Africa’s land area provided 50% of the country’s surface water and the country could be on the cusp of a drought, Worldwide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) Freshwater...
Mauritius' ceremonial president resigns, as expected
Mauritian President Rajkeswar Purryag resigned on Friday from his ceremonial position in accordance with an agreement with Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth, his office said. Purryag said in a...
WEF will show that S Africa, continent is open for business
Under the auspices of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, being held in Cape Town from June 3 to 5, South Africa will reiterate its stance that it is open for business, showcasing what it has...
Eskom to turn off lights in three defaulting districts
South Africa's power utility Eskom said on Friday all but three of the top 20 defaulting municipalities had settled their outstanding dues and that the debtors still face electricity cuts next...
Molefe vows no planned load-shedding this winter
South Africans could be living without load shedding this winter, if acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe gets his way. Speaking at the launch of the Transnet Development Hub on Friday, Molefe said...
UN says to raise $1.6bn for Zimbabwe development
The United Nations (UN) plans to raise $1.6 billion from donors to improve agriculture, food security, health and governance in Zimbabwe between 2016-2020, its representative in the southern...
US ready to send military trainers to Nigeria in Boko Haram fight
The US is prepared to send military trainers to Nigeria to help new President Muhammadu Buhari's armed forces improve their intelligence gathering and logistics, a senior State Department official...
Nigeria starts new chapter as Buhari sworn in
Three decades after he first came to power in a military coup, Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in on Friday as elected President of Nigeria, giving him control of an African giant struggling with...
Zuma’s pool makes a fool of police minister - Corruption Watch
David Lewis‚ head of the country's leading non-governmental anti-graft agency‚ Corruption Watch‚ has criticised Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's report exonerating President Jacob Zuma of having to...
Judge orders Derby-Lewis be granted parole
The man who was linked to the murder of South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani was on Friday a free man after being granted medical parole in the High Court in Pretoria. After an extensive...
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