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The controversial decision to grant environmental authorisation for the Watson family’s massive wind farm project on the summit of the Groot Winterhoek mountains near Uitenhage has been overturned – at least temporarily. On Monday Acting Environmental Affairs Minister Lindiwe Zulu upheld five appeals against the 187.2MW, 47-turbine Inyanda-Roodeplaat wind farm. She sent the decision back […]

Tension in Ennerdale, south of Joburg, degenerated into a violent protest that left four learners with rubber bullet wounds and a classroom burnt to the ground on Monday. The residents have said that if Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi had kept his promises, the local high school classroom would not have been set alight. They […]

Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo has dealt a blow to former Sars commissioner Tom Moyane’s battle with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan by dismissing his application to cross-examine. “In regard to all other issues the applicant’s application falls to be dismissed,” said Zondo. Zondo read out his ruling regarding Moyane’s application to cross-examine Gordhan on […]

The recent uprisings against long term presidents in Algeria and Sudan highlights the dangers of presidents for life. The ouster of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Omar al-Bashir raises the question whether Africa is indeed changing its perceptions of strongmen and leaders who have overstayed their welcome. Protests in these countries against the longtime regimes clearly […]

At least 4,000 people in the Republic of Congo have been affected by the Chikungunya epidemic in the southern part of the country. Health officials in the country are calling on the population to take preventive measures including the use of mosquito nets. The first cases of this epidemic were detected in January in the […]

Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Ahmad Ahmad has been accused of corruption and abuse of office, in what could potentially be the latest scandal to rock the football world. A senior official, Amr Fahmy, who levelled the allegations against the president was fired after he accused his boss of bribes and misuse of hundreds […]

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the TMC, received phone calls from the Saudi king, UAEpresident, Qatari emir, Ethiopian prime minister and South Sudanese president, SUNA said on Monday. They expressed support for the TMC in “this delicate and historic stage” and their concern for the security and stability of the country, SUNA said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for “a rapid transfer of […]

On March 10, the world was hit by the news that a passenger aircraft operated by Africa’s top national carrier had crashed. The reference point for the information was solely the office of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. This article focuses on a rolling coverage of the incident straddling the before, during and aftermath of […]

The World Bank estimates the affected countries will need over $2 billion to recover. The following is an outline of the disaster, according to government and U.N. officials. Mozambique Cyclone Idai made landfall on the night of March 14, near the port city of Beira, bringing heavy winds and rains. Two major rivers, the Buzi […]

The last time Equatorial Guinea applied the death sentence was in 2014 but President Obiang Nguema has given a strong hint that the judicial measure will soon be abolished. The abolition is premised not on the years of advocacy by human rights groups but from pressure by a political bloc that the country belongs to, […]


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