Africa 

South Africa preps for Brexit outcome

South Africa fears for its trade relations with the United Kingdom as the latter negotiates a good deal for Brexit. The country is considering several scenarios that could have an impact on bilateral and multilateral agreements. Brexit will primarily affect trade and investment. Most of the UK’s trade agreements with African countries have been negotiated through the EU. So the question would arise if Britain were to leave and there was no agreement, what would happen to the recognition of inputs? As a result, these agreements will no longer be…

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Africa 

Incredible: Tiger Woods wins 5th Masters title in 11 years

A incredible come back for Tiger Woods. The golf champion impressed the world on Sunday by winning his fifth Masters title at Augusta National. It’s his first major in 11 years. At 43 years old Woods had four back surgeries amidst his personal crises and a widely publicized marital dispute in 2009. “ Well you know, I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple years ago, I could barely walk, I couldn’t sit, couldn’t lay down, I really couldn’t do much of anything. Luckily i had the procedure on…

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Africa 

Sudanese soldiers ‘stand by’ protesters

A video footage shows a Sudanese soldier giving his military cap to a boy who was leading chants among protesters gathered in Khartoum. The author of the video told Reuters that the gesture by the unarmed soldier showed the army’s support to protesters. It is one of many seen on social media since the sit-in began outside the president’s compound on April 6. Thousands of anti-Bashir protesters are holding sit-in to pile pressure on the military to speed up transition towards civilian rule. The protest is a culmination of a…

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Africa 

Color Run reaches Egypt

The international marathon, Color Run was held in Egypt on Saturday as thousands of runners were showered with bright colors. The marathon was a first for the north African nation. “ Today, our role is to spray paint on people. It is a powder paint, basically. We are spraying in the green zone, which is zone three. There are four zones. Each zone has a different colour. People come running and we are supposed to spray the paint on them as they come through “, Ismail, a volunteer said. I’m…

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Africa 

News24.com | LIVE: At least 8 senior managers transferred, suspended during McBride’s 18-month suspension, state capture inquiry hears

ICYMI: Nhleko did not understand the notion of IPID’s independence, McBride testifies Former Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) head Robert McBride says former Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko “did not understand” the notion of the independence of IPID. The former IPID boss said he wrote to the Portfolio Committee on Police before his suspension to clarify contradictory reports relating to the so-called Zimbabwe rendition.  But Nhleko was not happy with this, McBride testified. He told inquiry chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, that he was not sure why Nhleko was…

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OP-ED Opinions 

News24.com | Hear our voices on the Copyright Amendment Bill

2019-04-15 13:19 Dear Mr President We have marched. We have sung. We have written to our ministers. We have opened up a public debate on this issue, which is critical to our livelihoods and to our country’s future. We have followed due process, but as yet, we have not been heard. Now we implore you, sir, to hear our voices… We are a coalition of content creators from the publishing, music, film, animation, visual arts and other industries, who have come together to oppose the Copyright Amendment Bill in its…

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Africa 

Sudan military arrests Bashir appointees, protesters assured of security

April 15, 2019: Protesters assured of security, ex-govt members arrested Some members of the erstwhile government have been arrested by the transitional military council, reports from the country has suggested as at Monday morning. There has been no mention of the reasons why they were picked up and who exactly had been picked. Ousted Omar al-Bashir is currently in detention and is likely to face trial in Sudan. Protesters who are holding an adamant sit-in entering two-weeks have also been assured of security by the military. As of Monday morning,…

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Africa 

Algeria: Mayors, magistrates election boycott [The Morning Call]

About 40 mayors in Algeria have joined the protest movement to reject the upcoming July 4 elections. This raises the question whether elections will indeed take place to replace Abdelaziz Bouteflika who resigned on April 2. Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah promised to organise a “transparent” vote but protesters have called for him to leave office. Apart from the mayors, are lawyers and magistrates who have also rejected the July poll. According to them elections cannot be free and fair if they are held under the same judicial framework and institutions…

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News24.com | How Gangster State is muddying Ramaphosa’s election campaign

2019-04-15 08:53 Ace Magashule’s radical tone is being presented as a co-sponsor of the ANC in this election. It’s not only an election about Ramaphosa the reformer, it’s an election about Magashule – the populist maverick, writes Daniel Silke. If there’s one thing that Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book Gangster State has done, it has been to turn the 2019 election away from the virtual referendum it had become on Cyril Ramaphosa’s “New Dawn” to a more focussed interrogation of the more nefarious aspects of the ANC. It also provides a real…

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Africa 

Egypt parliament to vote Tuesday on constitutional changes -speaker

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s parliament will vote on Tuesday on constitutional amendments including an extension to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s current four-year-term, its speaker, Ali Abdelaal, said on Sunday. Proposed constitutional amendments had previously suggested that Sisi would be allowed to seek two new six-year terms after his current one expires in 2022. But according to a recent draft seen by Reuters, those latest amendments could allow Sisi to stay in power until 2030 by extending his current term by two more years and allowing him to run once again…

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