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South Africa: Eskom could repeat worst power cuts in its history

South Africa: Eskom could repeat worst power cuts in its history

South African state power utility Eskom may be forced to implement power cuts lasting at least six hours a day, after 10 generation units went offline overnight and a strike disrupted its operations. The cuts could begin on Tuesday, company [...]

June 29, 2022 Africa, Power
East Africa leaders agree regional force to quell DR Congo crisis

East Africa leaders agree regional force to quell DR Congo crisis

Leaders of the East African Community (EAC) have agreed to send a regional force to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to quell the latest flare-up of violence that is sweeping across the northeast of the country. The decision was [...]

June 22, 2022 Africa
Forty fighters ‘neutralised’ in drone strikes in Niger

Forty fighters ‘neutralised’ in drone strikes in Niger

French drone strikes have killed nearly 40 fighters earlier travelling on motorcycles near Niger’s border with Burkina Faso, France’s military said on Thursday. In a statement, the French military called the strikes a “new tactical success” for France’s counterterrorism efforts [...]

June 18, 2022 Africa
One-third of Sudan’s population faces hunger crisis

One-third of Sudan’s population faces hunger crisis

More than 30 percent of Sudan’s people are currently facing a food crisis because of the compounding affects of climate shocks, political turmoil, and rising global food prices. A joint report by the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) and [...]

June 17, 2022 Africa, Food
WFP suspends part of its food aid in South Sudan as funds dry up

WFP suspends part of its food aid in South Sudan

The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended part of its food aid in South Sudan due to a funding shortage – heightening the risk of starvation for 1.7 million people. The move to suspend aid will affect almost [...]

June 15, 2022 Africa, Food
Eleven military policemen killed in northern Burkina Faso

Eleven military policemen killed in northern Burkina Faso

Eleven military policemen have been killed in northern Burkina Faso after their post was attacked by armed men, the army has said. The West African country is battling armed groups, some linked to al-Qaeda and ISIL (ISIS), that are waging [...]

June 11, 2022 Africa, Military
Belgian king returns mask on visit to DR Congo alongside PM

Belgian king returns mask on visit to DR Congo alongside PM

Belgium’s King Philippe has returned a traditional mask to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on his first visit to the former colony, where many remain angry at the kingdom’s failure to apologise for decades of brutal rule. He [...]

June 9, 2022 Africa
Cameroon soldiers killed nine villagers, government admits

Cameroon soldiers killed nine villagers, government admits

A group of soldiers have killed nine villagers including an 18-month-old girl, in a “manifestly disproportionate” and “hasty” response to a confrontation in northwest Cameroon, the government has said. The four soldiers were searching for a missing comrade in the [...]

June 8, 2022 Africa, Crime
Mali military promises return to civilian rule in March 2024

Mali military promises return to civilian rule in March 2024

Mali’s military rulers have proposed the restoration of civilian rule in two years, following an August 2020 coup and a failure to meet an earlier deadline for elections that led to crippling sanctions. Military leader Colonel Assimi Goita signed a [...]

June 7, 2022 Africa, Government and politics
South African carrier grounds flights after running out of funds

South African carrier grounds flights after running out of funds

Comair, the South African operator of British Airways flights, has grounded all of its planes after running out of funds, the company said. The carrier, which is under administration, also operates budget airline Kulula. Those planes are also grounded, with [...]

June 2, 2022 Africa, Business
UN: Eritrean troops shelled school in north Ethiopia

UN: Eritrean troops shelled school in north Ethiopia

Eritrean forces shelled a town in northern Ethiopia over the weekend, according to internal United Nations documents and regional forces. It was a rare bombardment after two months of relative peace in a conflict which began in November 2020. Bulletins [...]

June 1, 2022 Africa, Military
Africa’s growing humanitarian crisis

Africa’s growing humanitarian crisis

African leaders gathered for a summit Friday in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to address growing humanitarian needs on the continent, which is also facing increased violent activity, climate change challenges and a run of military coups. Leaders called for increased mobilisation [...]

May 28, 2022 Africa, Human rights
South Africa needs $250bn for clean energy transition

South Africa needs $250bn for clean energy transition

Moving South Africa’s coal-dominated economy to a greener footing will require at least $250bn over the next three decades, according to a new report released on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The document published on Thursday [...]

May 27, 2022 Africa, Business
Floods hit South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province again

Floods hit South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province again

Heavy rains in South Africa have forced hundreds of people to flee their homes on the east coast, according to officials, only a month after the worst floods in living memory killed more than 400. The floods over the weekend [...]

May 24, 2022 Africa, Environmental issues
IMF extends Somalia funding to August following election

IMF extends Somalia funding to August following election

The International Monetary Fund has agreed to extend the duration of a crucial aid package to Somalia, following a long-overdue presidential election last weekend. The three-year $400m aid package from the IMF had been set to automatically expire on May 17 if [...]

May 21, 2022 Africa
DR Congo authorities seize 1.5 tonnes of elephant ivory

DR Congo authorities seize 1.5 tonnes of elephant ivory

Authorities in the southeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo have seized one and a half tonnes of elephant ivory, legal and environmental officials said, one of the largest hauls in Africa in years. Officers discovered the smuggled tusks [...]

May 20, 2022 Africa
Ethiopia to get $300m World Bank grant for reconstruction

Ethiopia to get $300m World Bank grant for reconstruction

Ethiopia and the World Bank have signed a pact for a grant of $300m to assist reconstruction and recovery in conflict-hit areas, the finance ministry said. Fighting that erupted in the northern region of Tigray in November 2020, and spilled over [...]

May 18, 2022 Africa
IMF: Rising food and fuel prices stoke risk of unrest in Africa

IMF: Rising food and fuel prices stoke risk of unrest in Africa

Surging food and energy prices stoked by the war in Ukraine may lead to “social unrest” in Africa, the International Monetary Fund has warned. Most countries south of the Sahara are already seeing a slowdown in economic growth from last [...]

April 29, 2022 Africa
Bitcoin is now official currency in Central African Republic

Bitcoin is now official currency in Central African Republic

The Central African Republic has adopted Bitcoin as an official currency, the presidency said on Wednesday, making it the first country in Africa and only the second in the world to do so. Despite rich reserves of gold and diamonds, [...]

April 28, 2022 Africa, Finance
20 million risk starvation as Horn of Africa drought worsens

20 million risk starvation as Horn of Africa drought worsens

Twenty million people are at risk of starvation this year as delayed rains worsen an already brutal drought in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, the United Nations has warned. For months, extreme drought has left the Horn of Africa on the [...]

April 20, 2022 Africa, Human rights
South Africa deploys troops to help with flood relief efforts

South Africa deploys troops to help with flood relief efforts

South Africa’s armed forces have been deployed to help with relief efforts in the KwaZulu-Natal province, where more than 440 people died following torrential rains that triggered floods and mudslides last week. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) said it had [...]

April 19, 2022 Africa
Death toll hits 154 following attack in central Nigeria

Death toll hits 154 following attack in central Nigeria

The death toll from attacks on villages in Nigeria’s Plateau state has soared to 154 and an estimated 4,800 people have fled their homes fearing further violence. Villagers were attacked by gunmen on motorbikes who shot sporadically into homes and [...]

April 14, 2022 Africa, Security
At least 16 killed in attack on army base in Burkina Faso

At least 16 killed in attack on army base in Burkina Faso

At least a dozen soldiers and four paramilitary fighters were killed during an attack on an army base in Burkina Faso’s Sanmatenga province. The assault on Friday in the northern region also left more than 20 soldiers wounded, the army [...]

April 9, 2022 Africa
Nigerian atheist jailed for blasphemy over Facebook posts

Nigerian atheist jailed for blasphemy over Facebook posts

A Nigerian court has sentenced an atheist to 24 years in prison for making social media posts it found to be blasphemous against Islam in the West African nation’s northern region. Mubarak Bala, a former Muslim, was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading [...]

April 6, 2022 Africa
Aid enters Ethiopian territory controlled by Tigray forces

Aid enters Ethiopian territory controlled by Tigray forces

Trucks carrying aid have entered Ethiopian territory controlled by Tigrayan forces for the first time since December 15, the United Nations World Food Programme said on Twitter. The UN has said more than 90% of the 5.5 million Tigrayans need [...]

April 2, 2022 Africa
Ukraine war could trigger a food crisis in Africa

Ukraine war could trigger a food crisis in Africa

In September 2012, when Akinwumi Adesina was Nigeria’s agriculture minister, the country witnessed one of the worst-ever floods. The deluge engulfed 30 of Nigeria’s 36 states, killing 363 people and displacing more than two million others. The floods washed away [...]

March 30, 2022 Africa
South African anti-immigration vigilante leader granted bail

South African anti-immigration vigilante leader granted bail

The controversial leader of several anti-immigrant protests in South Africa, Nhlanhla ‘Lux’ Dlamini has been granted bail at the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court, in front of hundreds of his supporters. His trial on Monday followed his arrest last week due to [...]

March 29, 2022 Africa
Ethiopia declares unilateral truce to allow aid into Tigray

Ethiopia declares unilateral truce to allow aid into Tigray

Ethiopia’s government has declared “an indefinite humanitarian truce effective immediately”, saying it hoped to help hasten delivery of emergency aid into the Tigray region, where hundreds of thousands face starvation. Since war broke out in northern Ethiopia in November 2020, thousands [...]

March 25, 2022 Africa
Over 6,000 displaced in Gambia, Senegal after Casamance mission

Over 6,000 displaced in Gambia, Senegal after Casamance mission

More than 6,000 people have fled their homes in Gambia and Senegal following clashes between Senegalese soldiers and separatists near the Gambian border. The figures came in a  statement from the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) in the Gambia on [...]

March 24, 2022 Africa
DR Congo: 223 citizens rescued from Ukraine

DR Congo: 223 citizens rescued from Ukraine

The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced that it has evacuated at least 223 of its citizens out of Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion, according to local media. Citizens made it home thanks [...]

March 23, 2022 Africa