Monday, 19 February 2018

Africa’s little miracle nation turns fifty


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Agri SA opposes expropriation without compensation

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA  Editor-In-Chief JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – AGRI-SA, the South African agricultural industry association, has raised concern at government’s plans to expropriate white owned land without compensation. Reacting to the State of the Nation Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the organisation said it was highly worried with the contradictory statements related to acknowledging agriculture as […]

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SA beef prices lower, vegetable rates up

by MTHULISI SIBANDA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SOUTH African vegetable prices are increasing  owing to substantial decline in volumes across markets while beef prices are lowering on the back of subdued demand. Reduced domestic beef prices reflect seasonal trends, said Paul Makube, First National Bank (FNB) agricultural economist. The rebound in seasonal rains after a […]

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Huawei forecasts digital market worth over $20 trillion

from NEIL FERGUSON in London and MTHULISI SIBANDA in Johannesburg JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – HUAWEI Technologies predicts the fourth industrial revolution to create a digital transformation market worth US$23 trillion (about R276 trillion). The fourth industrial revolution is described as a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, and […]

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Trio nabbed for bloody Nigeria clash

from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria ABUJA, (CAJ News)– POLICE have arrested three suspects linked to the deadly clash between bandits and hunters in northwestern Nigeria last week. They have been named as Halilu Garba (aged 45), Zubairu Marafa (45) and Nafi’u Badamasi (40). Jimoh Moshood, Nigeria Police Force spokesperson, said the suspects in custody […]

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Varsity chancellor nabbed over fake Grace Mugabe PhD

from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE crackdown on individuals that catapulted the then First Lady, Grace Mugabe’s meteoric and divisive rise to power has netted the Vice Chancellor of the Zimbabwe’s biggest university for awarding her a bogus Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. Prof Levi Nyagura, the University of Zimbabwe […]

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Friday, 16 February 2018

“Economic growth, free education, land back to people”: Ramaphosa

from DION HENRICK in CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN, (CAJ News) – SOUTH African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA). Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Ms Thandi Modise, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Deputy Chairperson of the NCOP, Former President Thabo Mbeki, Former Deputy President FW de Klerk, […]

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Lucrative broadband rollout boost for Limpopo

by AKANI CHAUKE JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE Limpopo Province is poised to enjoy affordable and secure information and communications technology connectivity following a R585 million broadband roll-out. The provincial government, through Limpopo Connexion SOC Ltd, has appointed Altron’s Altech Radio Holdings (ARH) to establish the open access broadband network across the province, in line […]

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Nigeria rights group honors democracy hero Tsvangirai

From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has praised Morgan Tsvangirai, the late former Zimbabwe Prime Minister, as a hero for democracy in Africa. Emmanuel Onwubiko, head of HURIWA, paid a glowing tribute to the opposition leader who died in South Africa on Wednesday […]

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Axe hovers as new broom Ramaphosa sweeps clean

by MTHULISI SIBANDA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – AN analyst expects new South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, to make drastic changes to his cabinet in the coming days. He has succeeded Jacob Zuma whose tenure from 2009 was marred by allegations of corruption, cronyism and incompetence by some public officials. Following Ramaphosa’s swearing-in on Thursday, the […]

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Business urges Ramaphosa to get down to work

Busines Reporter JOHANNESBURG -BUSINESS Leadership South Africa (BLSA) welcomes the election of Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, as President of South Africa following the resignation of Mr Jacob Zuma. BLSA believes the election of a new president this afternoon represents a fresh opportunity to focus on the urgent task of growing the economy and putting our people […]

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Tsvangirai death, Zuma fall set social networks abuzz

from DANAI MWARUMBA in Harare, Zimbabwe HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE death of veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, and the resignation of South African President, Jacob Zuma, caught global attention as evidenced by the buzz in social media. Both events that had Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, WeChat and Tencent QQ buzzing occurred on Wednesday, arguably dominating even […]

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Business urges the Ramaphosa to get down to work

Busines Reporter JOHANNESBURG -BUSINESS Leadership South Africa (BLSA) welcomes the election of Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, as President of South Africa following the resignation of Mr Jacob Zuma. BLSA believes the election of a new president this afternoon represents a fresh opportunity to focus on the urgent task of growing the economy and putting our people […]

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Zimbabwe to honour Tsvangirai with credible polls

from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE Zimbabwean government has pledged to honour the legacy of deceased former Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, by holding credible elections later this year. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, confirmed the move in his condolence message. Mnangagwa praised the opposition leader for insisting on free, fair and non-violent […]

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Kenya defense slays al-Shabaab bandits

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYAN forces have killed three al-Shabaab militants during anti-terror operations northeast of the country. Another insurgent was killed when an improvised explosive device he was planting on a road prematurely exploded. The success of the military in the Boni National Reserve follows sustained attacks at […]

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Desperate Congolese drowning in escape to Uganda

from JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE drowning of at least six Congolese refugees during desperate attempts to cross to Uganda has raised fear more lives could be lost during the dangerous journey by shaky boats. A boat capsized on Lake Albert earlier this week while ferrying some refugees fleeing worsening […]

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Zuma resigns!

by AKANI CHAUKE PRETORIA, (CAJ News) – SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma has resigned on Wednesday night following the decision by the African National Congress (ANC) to recall him. The resignation saved Zuma from a potential embarrassment from the vote of no confidence which hovered on his neck, precisely on Thursday morning. The ANC’s National […]

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End is nigh for SA’s Zuma

by MTHULISI SIBANDA and SAVIOUS KWINIKA PRETORIA, (CAJ News) – SOUTH Africa’s most controversial presidential tenure looks set to end on Thursday when Parliament passes a Motion of No Confidence in President Jacob Zuma. The motion was initially scheduled for February 22 at the request of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) but has been […]

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BREAKING: Tsvangirai dies in Joburg

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – FOUNDING Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai (65) has died. Tsvangirai succumbed to cancer of the colon. He died at the Johannesburg Hospital on Wednesday night. Born on 10th March 1952 in Gutu, Masvingo province, Zimbabwe. Tsvangirai became a household name in Zimbabwean politics when he formed […]

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Disrupt or be disrupted: it’s do-or-die for African telcos in 2018

by MARIAM ABDULLAHI JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -14th February 2018,/ African Press Association (APA) – NO industry will remain undisrupted in 2018 and the years to come. But for African telco providers, who have feasted on near-uninterrupted subscriber and revenue growth over the past two decades, the need to adapt is paramount. In a market where the average business […]

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Economists project dilemma amid Zuma stalemate

by AKANI CHAUKE PRETORIA, (CAJ News) – SOUTH AFRICA’S ruling African National Congress (ANC) has lurched into a quandary in its plans to force President Jacob Zuma out of office. This is according to analysts as the stalemate in Africa’s most advanced economy continued in the wake of the ANC “recalling” Zuma, president since 2009, […]

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New disruptors offer stiff competition to African telcos

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA  JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – AFRICAN telecommunications providers have been alerted to the need to adapt to the challenges posed by a new breed of disruptors. SAP Africa executive responsible for Telco Industry Lead, Mariam Abdullahi, points out since the advent of the internet and the more recent emergence of technologies that include machine learning, internet of […]

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Boko Haram leader on the run, dressed as woman

from AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – BOKO Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, is reportedly disguising himself as a woman to evade capture by the Nigerian military. The Nigerian Army said information from arrested and surrendered insurgents disclosed the masquerade. He is said to desperately trying to escape the theatre disguised as a […]

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

No compensation as SA seeks to reclaim land

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA PRETORIA, (CAJ News) – SOUTH Africa will expropriate land without compensation owing to the ineffectiveness of the “willing buyer” “willing seller” model, a ruling party official has said. Elias Magashule, African National Congress (ANC) secretary general, said the seizures would nonetheless be within the confines of the country’s laws. “One of our resolutions at […]

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Business leaders laud axing of Zuma

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA PRETORIA, (CAJ News) – BUSINESS Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has welcomed as “courageous” the decision by the African National Congress (ANC) to recall President Jacob Zuma. The ruling party’s national executive committee recalled its former leader on Tuesday after his refusal to voluntarily step down. “The refusal to resign shows Mr Zuma, and his defenders and […]

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Communal clashes escalate Nigeria displacement crisis

From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria ABUJA, (CAJ News) – CLASHES between farmers and herdsmen coupled with ongoing anti-terror operations by the military have displaced about 80 000 civilians in Nigeria since the beginning of the year. The latest wave of displacements leaves some 1 782 490 people, or 339 037 families, displaced around the […]

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Monday, 12 February 2018

Tanzania’s Magufuli supports polygamy to end prostitution

from ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania DAR-ES-SALAAM, (CAJ News) – THE Tanzanian President, John Magufuli, is encouraging men to practise polygamy and reduce prostitution in the East African country. Speaking in the commercial capital, Dar-es-Salaam, he disclosed government will be giving some incentives to men that married more than one wife. The leader argued promiscuity was also fuelled […]

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Zimbabwe defends acquisition of Telecel

from MARCUS MUSHONGA in HARARE, Zimbabwe HARARE, (CAJ News) – A CABINET minister has justified the takeover of mobile network operator, Telecel, by the Zimbabwean government. Supa Mandiwanzira, the Minister of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security, said the move was necessary to save jobs amid indications the company faced collapse. “We could see that this thing (Telecel) […]

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US partners Zimbabwe to tackle armyworm

from DANAI MWARUMBA in Harare, Zimbabwe HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE United States (US) is partnering thousands of Zimbabwean farmers to tackle the fall armyworm in the drought-prone Southern African country. Partnerships come amid projections the pest could cause extensive maize yield losses, estimated between $76 million (about R912 million) and $191 million (R2.293 billion) in Zimbabwe if proper […]

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Ecobank rated as countries’ best bank

By AKANI CHAUKE JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – ECOBANK has been named the best bank in five countries of its operation. It has been recognised as the best in Cameroon, Gambia, Guinea, Togo and Uganda at the just-concluded The Banker awards, which were held at the Hilton London Bankside. “Ecobank is truly honoured to receive these […]

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Political deadlock grounds SA mining sector

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE mining industry in South Africa, the continent’s most advanced economy, is bearing the brunt of policy uncertainty and the prevailing political impasse. These factors are projected to hamper the recovery of the industry, whose performance has declined over the past year, according to figures released by Statistics South Africa recently. […]

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Kenyan scholars encouraged to embrace technology

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – A NEW partnership has been launched to encourage Kenyan students to understand and embrace technology as well as ignite passion in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The Airbus Little Engineer programme, a an initiative by Airbus Foundation, together with its partners – The Little Engineer […]

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Friday, 9 February 2018

Congolese conflict breeds fatherless kids

From HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – THOUSANDS of children face a dire future without fathers as a result of a rape spree charactersing the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Humanitarian agencies reported a significant number of the 14 000 Congolese refugees that have fled to the neighbouring Uganda […]

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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Communist party reacts to Zimbabwe poll delay plans

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE Zimbabwe Communist Party (ZCP) has expressed mixed feelings over plans to postpone the general elections. ZCP, which is South African-based, said although there might be some valid reasons behind not holding the elections in 2018, to delay them for three years would be a violation of the Constitution voted for […]

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Mzansi’s De Villiers confirmed as Zimbabwe rugby coach

from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWE hopes to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup with the appointment of South African Peter de Villiers as head coach of the senior men’s national team. The former Springboks coach has assumed the position with that mandate of ensuring Zimbabwe, also called The Sables, quality for […]

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

ACF injects $220 million to Zimbabwe chrome mining

from MTHULISI SIBANDA in Cape Town, South Africa CAPE TOWN, (CAJ News) – AFRICAN Chrome Fields (ACF), a key investor in Zimbabwe’s mining industry, has spent over US$220 million in the country, underlining its belief it could reach its potential as an economic powerhouse under a new administration.The South African-based company, which is involved in […]

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Tullow allocates over $2 billion in Kenya project

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – TULLOW Oil is set to invest more than US$2 billion in the upstream and pipeline ahead of oil production in Kenya. Total gross capital expenditure (CAPEX) associated with the foundation stage is expected to be $1,8 billion in the upstream and $1,1 billion for the […]

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dotAfrica flag back at AU after epic voyage

from ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – THE .africa flag has returned to its home at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after an epic journey across a number of African countries. An expedition team comprising a cross-section of nationalities from AU member states has returned the […]

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Multimillion dollar windfall for SA SMEs

Business Reporter JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SOUTH African small and medium enterprises (SMEs), particularly those owned by women, have received a major boost after the International Finance Corporation (IFC) announced new financing of R1,2 billion (US$100 million) to support First National Bank’s (FNB’s) lending. The financing falls under the IFC SME Push Programe, hailed as […]

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

CAR rebels thriving on illegal taxes

from JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – FARMERS in the lawless Central African Republic (CAR) are under siege from rival rebel groups who impose illegal and deterrent taxes. This is threatening to bring the coffee industry, which is among the major foreign currency earners, to a halt. According to farmers and humanitarian agencies, in the […]

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Zimbabwe opposition in disarray as Mnangagwa leads pack

from NDABENI MLOTSHWA in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe BULAWAYO, (CAJ News) – AS Zimbabwe’s watershed elections approach, the country’s opposition alliances are increasingly in disarray with ruling  Zanu PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa widely tipped to return power. Since Mnangagwa seized power from former strongman Robert Mugabe through military intervention in November, his message of forgiveness, peace, free, […]

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Imminent return of Zimbabwe Dollar ruled out

from MTHULISI SIBANDA in Cape Town, South Africa CAPE TOWN, (CAJ News) – A ZIMBABWEAN cabinet minister has ruled out the revival of its currency in the short term. Willard Chitando, the Mines and Mining Development Minister, ruled out such prospects while presenting on Tuesday at a breakfast dialogue in Cape Town, South Africa. Zimbabwe’s mining ministry […]

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Seychelles:Zambians, Mauritians Boosting Teacher Ranks in Seychelles' State Schools


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Monday, 5 February 2018

Rebel leader urges end to CAR civil war

from JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THERE is a glimmer of hope in the crisis-torn Central African Republic (CAR) after one of the country’s most feared rebel leaders urged his militants to lay down arms. Armel Sayo, the president of the fearsome Revolution and Justice (RJ) movement, made the rare call, […]

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Chase for Golden Boot blown wide open

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – AS the race to win the Absa Premiership title intensifies, so is the contest by strikers to finish as the top goal scorer of the season. With the league reaching its home stretch, a new crop of sharp shooters has emerged to jeopardize what had threatened to be […]

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