The number of bodies retrieved from Zim mine rises to 24

17 February 2019, 9:28 AM
The bodies of 24 illegal miners have now been recovered from a gold mine in Zimbabwe that was flooded following heavy rains. Authorities say at least 70 people were trapped when the disaster struck on Tuesday night.
Illegal mining.
A rescued artisinal miner is carried from a pit as retrieval efforts proceed for trapped illegal gold miners
Zimbabwean rescuers pull out 22 bodies from mine, 8 others found alive 17 February 2019, 7:40 AM

Zimbabwean rescuers pulled the bodies of at least 22 illegal gold miners out of shafts west of Harare that were flooded earlier in the week, and rescued eight more alive, officials and witnesses said on Saturday.

Former president of Mozambique Armando Guebuza.
Mozambique’s ex-president’s son arrested in graft case 17 February 2019, 6:45 AM

The son of Mozambique's former president Armando Guebuza was arrested on Saturday in a legal crackdown on suspects linked to a $2-billion government debt scandal, local media and judiciary sources said.

Metolong Dam
UN urges Lesotho to prioritise water, sanitation and hygiene 16 February 2019, 7:42 PM

A team of water experts from the United Nations, which are in Lesotho, have called on the country to prioritise water, sanitation and hygiene.

President Omar al-Bashir
Sudan lawmakers postpone amendment to keep Bashir in power 16 February 2019, 6:22 PM

A parliamentary committee tasked with amending Sudan's constitution to allow President Omar al-Bashir to run for another term said on Saturday it would indefinitely postpone a meeting to draft these changes, state news agency SUNA said.

Buhari calls for calm following election postponement 16 February 2019, 2:33 PM

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has called for calm following a decision by the country's electoral commission to postpone Saturday's presidential election.

Nigeria polling station.
Logistical problems force Nigeria election delay 16 February 2019, 6:56 AM

Nigeria's electoral watchdog on Saturday postponed presidential and parliamentary elections for one week, just hours before polls were due to open.

Nigeria’s big elections day beckons 15 February 2019, 9:32 PM

Last minute preparations continue in Nigeria ahead of Saturday's Presidential elections

Ex-Mozambique finance minister denied bail 15 February 2019, 8:23 PM

Former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang was denied bail by a South African court on Friday, meaning he will remain in custody for now pending an extradition hearing over charges relating to $2billion in fraudulent loans.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria ruling party criticises US over vote warnings 15 February 2019, 2:50 PM

Nigeria's ruling party hit back at the United States and other foreign allies for making "unguarded" public statements ahead of presidential polls this weekend.

Guns in smoke filled air
Several wounded in Cameroon governor’s convoy attack 15 February 2019, 11:15 AM

At least 11 people have been wounded in an attack on the convoy of the governor of the English-speaking region of south-western Cameroon, sources said on Tuesday.

East Libyan forces say they have full control of El Sharara oilfield 15 February 2019, 10:42 AM

Eastern Libyan military forces have full control of Libya's biggest oilfield, El Sharara, a spokesperson said, in a challenge to the internationally recognised government in Tripoli.

Illegal artisanal gold miners work at an open mine
At least 23 illegal Zimbabwean gold miners feared dead 15 February 2019, 5:32 AM

The southern African nation has been working to regulate thousands of people who illegally dig for gold everywhere, including on farms and abandoned mines, mostly under the cover of darkness.

Cameroon charges 150 over anti-government protests: party 14 February 2019, 9:13 PM

More than 150 people have been charged with "hostility to the homeland" and "insurrection" for their role in anti-government protests in Cameroon, the vice-president of the country's main opposition party said.

Mnangagwa holds talks with diplomats 14 February 2019, 8:50 PM

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has held talks with diplomats accredited to his country. Mnangagwa has come under pressure for failing to address the challenges facing Zimbabwe.

Search on for 43 missing in Niger boat accident 14 February 2019, 7:04 PM

Rescue teams, fishermen, navy and police experts were searching Thursday for 43 people, most from Benin, missing after an overloaded boat bringing them to a market capsized in the Niger River, authorities said. The vessel foundered as it was battered by powerful winds in Sambera district, southwestern Niger early Wednesday morning, sinking just 200 metres […]

Flood traps miners in Zimbabwe after dam bursts 14 February 2019, 12:58 PM

At least 23 illegal miners are trapped and feared dead in Zimbabwe after shafts and underground tunnels they were working in were flooded by water from a burst dam, a state-owned daily newspaper reported on Thursday.

Zimbabwe protests
Lifting sanctions against Zimbabwe would boost economy: Sisulu 14 February 2019, 8:56 AM

International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says lifting sanctions against Zimbabwe would boost the country's economic growth.

Kashim Shettima, governor of Borno state, gestures during an interview with Reuters in Maiduguri.
Islamic State claims attack on Nigerian governor’s convoy 14 February 2019, 6:12 AM

Islamic State said in a statement on its Amaq news agency that 42 people were killed in Tuesday’s attack on Borno state’s governor.

Gbagbo key to Ivory Coast healing process: Mbeki 13 February 2019, 3:19 PM

Former President Thabo Mbeki says former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo will be key to the country's healing and reconciliation process.

Kenyan plane crash kills five people 13 February 2019, 12:05 PM

Kenya has a vibrant airline industry, with national airline Kenya Airways operating internationally and locally alongside successful low-cost airlines and charter companies.

US calls on Zim to embrace dialogue, end excessive force by security 13 February 2019, 8:24 AM

The United States (US) has called on Zimbabwe to end its security forces' excessive use of force and embrace national dialogue.

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US slams repression in Zimbabwe 12 February 2019, 8:58 PM

The United States Tuesday slammed police repression in Zimbabwe, weeks after security forces crushed protests there.

Minister says department will lead 4th industrial revolution 12 February 2019, 5:04 PM

The minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, says that the Ministry of Communications has been mandated to spearhead and lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution, working with other stakeholders within and outside government. Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams participated in a meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services earlier on Tuesday. This was the first engagement between […]

Nigerian widows confront Shell in Dutch court 12 February 2019, 1:51 PM

Four Nigerian women on Tuesday launched a court case in the Netherlands against oil giant Shell for alleged complicity in the execution of their husbands by the military regime in the 1990s.

Egyptian billionaire, Sawiris, sets sights on ventures in North Korea 12 February 2019, 12:19 PM

Egyptian billionaire businessman, Naguib Sawiris, said on Tuesday he sees opportunities for mining, telecoms and hotels in North Korea if a summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and United States (US) President Donald Trump later in February is successful.

East Libyan forces say they have full control of El Sharara oilfield 12 February 2019, 6:54 AM

Eastern Libyan military forces have full control of Libya's biggest oilfield, El Sharara, a spokesman said, in a challenge to the internationally recognised government in Tripoli.

Lindiwe Sisulu
Africa on track to end conflict by 2020: Sisulu 11 February 2019, 10:21 PM

Africa is on track to meet its own target of ending conflict by 2020, that’s according to South Africa's International Relations and cooperation minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

Muhammadu Buhari
The men who would lead Nigeria: the presidency, power and petroleum 11 February 2019, 8:47 PM

Nigeria had more than 70 candidates for president when campaigning began for Saturday's elections.

Constantino Chiwenga
Zimbabwe’s vice president receiving treatment in India-official 11 February 2019, 3:04 PM

Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is being treated in India for a minor ailment, a government deputy minister has said.

AU security chief warns ‘terrorism expanding’ in Sahel 11 February 2019, 2:30 PM

The African Union's peace and security chief Smail Chergui called Monday for member states to tackle the root causes of extremism, as he deplored the spread of "terrorism" in the Sahel.