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How South Africa struggles against Big Tobacco

How South Africa struggles against Big Tobacco

South Africa, although hailed as one of the most prosperous economies on the African continent, remains a country of missed opportunities. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) once again made this clear in its consultations with the Treasury, urging the government to implement reforms to tackle weak growth as well as…

African players on the up in Premier League

African players on the up in Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has spoken out over his appreciation for French midfielder Moussa Sissoko, indicating that he would like to afford him more freedom in an advanced attacking role in future games. Sissoko had been used primarily as a positional midfielder by previous manager Mauricio Pochettino, but after…

How Africa is slowly turning the healthcare tide

How Africa is slowly turning the healthcare tide

Last week brought a landmark agreement between the World Health Organisation and the African Union, designed to help the continent push towards the goal of universal healthcare. Under the terms of the agreement, inked at the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva, the international organisation will provide specialist support to Africa’s medical…

Ethiopia suffering worst drought in 50 years

In the midst of the worst drought in 50 years, Ethiopia’s population finds just some relief in the rain reaching parts of the country, Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. In February this year the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) wrote that over ten million people are in need of food…

UN investigators sent to Burundi

A team of United Nations investigators have been sent to Burundi to look into abuses and arbitrary killings in the country, reported DW. The three investigators are from Algeria, South Africa and Colombia and reportedly are due to give their preliminary findings at the end of March. Since Pierre Nkurunziza…

Israel and Africa in 2016: where to next?

President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta visited Israel in recent days amidst much talk of deepening engagement between Israel and wider Africa. The demonstrates the potential for a strong future between the two nations that already shares a storied past. As with Kenya, Israel’s relationship with a number of African nations is traced back…

Ethiopia: Oromo crackdown continues

Protests continue in the Oromo region of Ethiopia as accusations of systematic discrimination are thrown at the government. The protests that began in November last year started when students resisted the government’s proposed plan to expand the capital’s administrative control into the Oromia region. The region spans across the country…

Mogadishu: Friday blast death toll rises to 30

On Friday night a large explosion hit Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. The bomb was quickly followed by gunfire heard around the city, reported Shabelle Media Network. At least 30 people were killed during the attack which was claimed by al-Shabaab. The attack was carried out outside a popular park and hotel…

Palestinian officials criticise Kenyatta’s visit to Israel

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) criticized Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta for his trip to Israel saying that the move betrayed support for the liberation of Palestine. Kenyatta visited occupied East Jerusalem and what is considered an illegal Israeli settlement in the Jordan Valley by the Palestinian people. PLO Secretary General,…

The African Union and the European Union Part II: Security.

The African continent faces a number of visible challenges within the security sphere. From sizeable but straightforward battles against narcotics dealing and piracy, to issues of immense complexity based on identity and sectarian conflict. Yet, among the 54 states that comprise the African region there are three issues the loom…

Guinea-Bissau: UN warns of political crisis

“The more that State institutions and the main political actors remain divided, the more the current political situation will become more complex, delaying the implementation of critical reforms,” Miguel Trovoada, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) told the United Nations Security…