South Africa mourns loss of Mthembu to COVID

South Africa mourns loss of Mthembu to COVID

South Africa is the latest nation to bid farewell to one of its high-level ministers because of COVID, as President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Thursday the death of longtime African National Congress member Jackson Mthembu. The 62-year-old Mthembu, above, an ANC national executive committee member with a legacy of anti-apartheid and…

Mozambique braces for Tropical Storm Chalane landfall

Mozambique braces for Tropical Storm Chalane landfall

Mozambique is bracing for another tropical storm, one that’s expected to make an imminent landfall on Wednesday in or around Beira, a coastal city that bore the brunt of Cyclone Idai in 2019. Tropical Storm Chalane is not expected to have the same catastrophic impacts as Idai, but it continued…

Malawi denies making any troop commitment in Mozambique

Malawi has denied a report that its government will be sending troops to Mozambique to help fight Islamic militants in the Cabo Delgado region. The report, published by a local news outlet and shared widely on social media, follows a special summit meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)…

Global calls for action on Cabo Delgado grow louder

World leaders are speaking out against the violence in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, which has escalated since a first attack in October 2017 made clear that Islamic extremists were active in a region where foreign energy investments have helped to make it a target. President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe said…

African leaders wish Trump well following COVID diagnosis

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo Addo was among the world leaders quick to send encouragement to United States President Donald Trump following the news that Trump and his wife, Melania, tested positive for the coronavirus. “My wife Rebecca and I send best wishes,” said Akufo Addo, who was exposed to the…

New locust outbreak adds to southern Africa’s woes

Another locust outbreak is threatening southern Africa, this time with the potential to affect some 7 million people in four more countries. Botswana has seen smallholder farmers lose entire crops, with the growing region of Pandamatenga and its key sorghum crops at risk as the country seeks to step up…

Zimbabweans mourn loss of activist, opposition leader

In Zimbabwe, friends and supporters of political activist Patson Dzamara are mourning the news that Dzamara has died while awaiting medical treatment. Dzamara, 34, was a human rights defender who opposed the ruling Zanu PF party and was active in calling for change during the end of former president Robert…

Zimbabwe charges 3 opposition activists amid human rights outcry

In Zimbabwe, three women activists with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change – Alliance party who were detained following protests two weeks ago are back in custody pending a final bail ruling on Thursday. The women, including MDC-Alliance MP Joanah Mamombe, above, were charged earlier this week in connection with…

Three opposition leaders missing amid Zimbabwe’s COVID crisis

In Zimbabwe, the international community joins local groups in their concern over the latest arrest of opposition leaders, this time three women including Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) MP Joanah Mamombe. Mamombe, along with MDC leaders Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marowa, has been missing since Wednesday after participating in protests…

EU names 4 African nations to financial crimes watchlist

Ethiopia and Tunisia have been removed, but four African nations are now on a financial crimes watch list issued by the European Union. Botswana, Ghana, Mauritius and Zimbabwe are identified as high-risk countries for money laundering and the potential for funding terrorism, according to an EU statement. The additions are…

Diplomat returns to Zimbabwe after U.S. arrest

Zimbabwe’s government has recalled a diplomat serving in the United States, following an incident in which he tried to break in to a home in suburban Washington D.C. in January. Constance Chemwayi, a spokeswoman for Zimbabwe’s foreign ministry, said Macmillan Moyana was granted diplomatic immunity in the U.S. but his…

Chinese foreign minister set for five-nation Africa tour

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will head to Africa next week, with official visits planned in Egypt, Eritrea and Djibouti, as well as Burundi and Zimbabwe. The diplomatic schedule was announced Thursday by the Ministry of Affairs, which noted China’s tradition of beginning each new year on the African continent….