South Africa’s Tunzi named Miss Universe

South Africa’s Tunzi named Miss Universe

Zozibini Tunzi was named Miss Universe 2019 during this year’s pageant, held in the United States on Sunday night. Tunzi, 26, of Tsolo, received the crown after she became a finalist alongside Sofía Aragón, the third-place winner from Mexico, and runner-up Madison Anderson, representing Puerto Rico. Tunzi, an activist working…

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…

Namibia shaken by latest southern African quake

Villagers in northern Namibia were shaken from sleep early Thursday by a moderate earthquake that happened shortly after 4 a.m., the second such quake to strike in southern Africa in a 24-hour period. The epicenter was located about 64 kilometers to the northwest of Khorixas, according to the United States…

Digital rights report shows global freedom declines

Slightly more than half of 65 nations reviewed in the new Freedom on the Net 2019 report show a decline in access, democratic protections for speech, and related Internet and social media rights – with Sudan showing one of the biggest drops and Zimbabwe not far behind. The annual report…

Lesotho Ebola drill leads to scare in South Africa

South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) assured the public Thursday that there are no cases of Ebola within the nation and it is not testing for any cases in neighboring countries, following miscommunication over an Ebola drill at a Lesotho border crossing. “The NICD houses the only biosafety…

The Morales departure in Bolivia: A familiar story for many Africans

Embattled President Evo Morales has stepped down in Bolivia, where the dramatic developments since the country’s October 20 election have implications for the wider Global South – among them Africans concerned about the competing narratives emerging from the small but resource-rich nation. “The coup plotters who raided my house and…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Ramaphosa kicks off Africa Investment Forum

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa delivered opening remarks Monday to the Africa Investment Forum, hosted this year in Johannesburg. “Africa has come into its own, is pursuing growth and development in the interests of its people, and is charting its own course. And now we stand on the cusp…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Ahead of COP25, BASIC nations reaffirm climate commitments

China hosted a meeting of key BASIC environmental ministers at the weekend, a group that also includes South Africa, India and Brazil – all of them pressing the case to act on climate change. The South African agency was represented in Beijing by its chief climate negotiator, Maesela Kekana, and…

Ramaphosa speaks out on Eskom power cuts as heat wave arrives

Following last week’s round of power cuts, South African utility provider Eskom said Monday that the likelihood of load-shedding episodes in the coming week was low – but some South Africans said they were still seeing hours-long blackouts anyway. “The system remains constrained and vulnerable and any unexpected shift, such…

China’s FM begins 3-nation tour in South Africa

South Africa is hosting the foreign minister of China on Friday, with his counterpart Naledi Pandor of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) of South Africa welcoming him to Durban. Pandor will host bilateral talks in Durban as Wang Yi begins a three-nation visit that also will take him…

U.S. announces sanctions against SA’s Gupta family

The United States announced new economic sanctions against the Gupta family and an associate on Thursday, adding another international layer of consequences to South Africa’s “State Capture” corruption saga – one that has ensnared numerous firms, state entities and elected officials including former president Jacob Zuma. The sanctions under the…

There’s a pro-Trump rally planned this week – in Pretoria

United States President Trump may be embattled at home, where he faces an impeachment inquiry and high-stakes diplomatic crises, but right-wing activists are planning a pro-Trump rally this week anyway – in Pretoria. Willie Jordaan, the attorney who leads the Patriots for Minorities movement in South Africa, announced his plans…