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Suspected Shebab rebels massacre 36 in northeast Kenya

Suspected Shebab rebels massacre 36 in northeast Kenya

Gunmen have massacred 36 people in northeast Kenya in the latest attack by suspected militants from Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels in the troubled region, officials said Tuesday. A group of gunmen attacked a quarry near the town of Mandera in the early hours of Tuesday ... Read More »

SWAPO ahead in Namibia election count after Africa’s first electronic poll

SWAPO ahead in Namibia election count after Africa’s first electronic poll

Reports from Namibia on Monday said the ruling South-West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO) party was leading in preliminary results. It was credited with having taken 77 percent of Friday’s poll — based on returns from about ten percent of 121 constituencies. Turnout was put at ... Read More »

Number of Ebola infections in west Africa passes 16,000

Number of Ebola infections in west Africa passes 16,000

The number of people with Ebola in west Africa has risen above 16,000, with the death toll from the outbreak reaching almost 7,000, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says. The number of deaths is more than 1,000 higher than the figure issued by the WHO ... Read More »

Report more on scientific issues, media practitioners urged

Report more on scientific issues, media practitioners urged

Media practitioners need to take up their position as mediators of science communication in order to link communities with researchers and other stakeholders, says Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) Regional programme manager for Media Development and ICTs, Elias Banda. Speaking at the Second African Science ... Read More »

South Africans vote in national polls

South Africans vote in national polls

TODAY, South Africa marks yet another historic day as it goes for its national polls. It has been reported today‚Äôs election have a special significance for South Africans, as the year marks the celebration of 20 Years of Freedom since the first democratic elections on ... Read More »

South Africa’s President Zuma may have contravened executive ethics code

South Africa’s President Zuma may have contravened executive ethics code

South Africa’s Public Protector has released a report revealing improper use of public money on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s private home, saying the president may have contravened executive ethics code. Before the release of the much anticipated report, Zuma had denied any wrongdoing. ... Read More »

Africa’s Agriculture sector suffers coordination failure

Africa’s Agriculture sector suffers coordination failure

African agriculture is suffering a “coordination failure” with state and private sector organisations unable to effectively work together, according to a United Nations’ industrialisation expert. Despite the key role played by farming in the African economy, agricultural development is being hamstrung by ineffective public-private coordination. ... Read More »

Kariba dam on verge of collapsing

Kariba dam on verge of collapsing

A hydroelectric dam bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe threatens the lives of 3.5 million people in the southern African region as it is on the verge of collapsing, local newspaper Zambia Daily Mail reported Tuesday. The wall of Kariba Dam, one of the world’s largest dams ... Read More »

Zimbabwe mining sector needs $5bn to attract $12bn in investments

Zimbabwe mining sector needs $5bn to attract $12bn in investments

The World Bank says Zimbabwe’s mining industry has potential to attract $12 billion in investment over the next five years if the impoverished country gets $5 billion to recapitalise the sector. In a report on trade and competitiveness, the multilateral lender said the southern African ... Read More »

Zim’s investment policies hurt its trade prospects: World Bank

Zim’s investment policies hurt its trade prospects: World Bank

The World Bank says Zimbabwe’s ownership and investment policies continue to hurt its trade prospects. In the latest Zimbabwe’s Trade and Competitiveness Report, the World Bank says the export performance, though it has improved since 2009, is in the long run insufficient to power growth ... Read More »