Swaziland cracks down on private school operators

Swaziland cracks down on private school operators

Authorities in Swaziland are cracking down on private schools, with at least 21 of them declared illegal and closed because of failure to comply with ministry of education requirements. “You cannot just wake up today and decide to operate a school. There are set standards that must be met,” said…

Tropical Cyclone Ava makes landfall on Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone Ava continued to track west-southwest across Madagascar’s eastern coast, where meteorologists reported a landfall near Toamasina on Friday. Meteo Madagascar placed a red alert for the storm in parts of the country, asking local authorities and citizens to make preparations. That warning extends for the communities along the central eastern…

Ghanaian who died in NYC fire hailed as life-saving hero

Emmanuel Mensah, a Ghanaian immigrant living in the United States, is being hailed as a hero for saving the lives of four neighbors before he couldn’t escape from what is now New York City’s worst fatal fire since 1990. Twelve people died in Thursday’s blaze, among them the 28-year-old member…

Both sides report breach of South Sudan ceasefire agreement

South Sudanese leaders on both sides of the nation’s civil war say a truce supposed to go into effect on December 24 has been breached. The opposition SPLA-IO said in a press statement that government forces launched a 6 a.m. attack against their fighters in Koch County, with additional reports…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times