South Africa’s Desmond Tutu dies at age 90

South Africa’s Desmond Tutu dies at age 90

South Africa’s beloved Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who stood alongside Nelson Mandela in the fight against apartheid and actively worked toward reconciliation in its wake, died on Sunday in Cape Town. He was 90 years old. “South Africa and the world have lost one of the great spirits and moral…

Africa sees surge in COVID cases

Africa sees surge in COVID cases

Health officials on the African continent are seeing a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, with an 83% surge seen during the past week. The surge is driven by both the Delta and the Omicron variants, according to World Health Organization (WHO) experts who provided an update Tuesday. They warn that…

Nigeria added to UK travel ‘red list’ as COVID spreads

Nigeria has been added to the UK “travel ban” list because of concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and a rise in cases linked to the omicron variant of the coronavirus. The decision prompted a new wave of frustration among Africans, with the Nigerian high commissioner in London, Sarafa Tunji…

Botswana: Omicron found in foreign diplomats, but visiting from where?

Authorities in Botswana held a Sunday night press conference to discuss the latest information about the B.1.1.529 coronavirus variant first identified there. In the meantime, southern Africans are asking: Where did this variant actually come from? That’s because Botswana’s government said Friday that the four B.1.1.529 cases reported last week…

Google commits $1 billion in new funding to Africa’s digital future

Google announced a US$1 billion commitment to the continent’s digital transformation during the company’s first-ever Google for Africa livestream event on Wednesday. The investment, planned across the next five years, will support several initiatives. They include completion of Equiano, an undersea cable meant to improve Internet speeds and drive down…

Health officials monitor new South African COVID variant

Another variant of the coronavirus, reported in South Africa, is cause for concern among health experts who are monitoring its potential but say they need to continue gathering information. The C1.2 variant was first noted in May, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and its partners, which…

Runners from Kenya, Nigeria banned from Olympic races

Two African athletes are now suspended from further Olympics competition in Tokyo following the results of testing for banned substances. Kenyan runner Mark Otieno tested positive for the steroid methasterone, according to media outlet The Standard, and was pulled from competition in the 100-meter men’s race on Saturday. He has…

South Africa rejects decision on Israel’s AU observer status

South Africa voiced its objection to Israel’s new status as an observer at the African Union, issuing a statement Wednesday that said it was “appalled” by a decision described as “unjust and unwarranted.” The statement from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) follows last week’s decision by the…

G20 environment ministers fail to agree on coal phaseout

South Africa and the other members of the G20 Environment Ministers issued a final communiqué following their meeting in Italy, but they’ve failed to come to terms on a global coal phaseout. The meeting, which in some respects signals what to expect ahead of the COP26 climate meeting in Scotland…