Africa 

Sport24.co.za | Rassie’s win record blossoming at good time

Cape Town – It has almost been forgotten in the excitement of the drought-breaking Rugby Championship title triumph and (so far) smooth lead-up to his first World Cup. But courtesy of the 2019 Springboks’ unbeaten record from four matches so far, head coach Rassie Erasmus’ win percentage rate is starting to shift into increasingly positive terrain. Although only three of the results have been wins (twice against Argentina, once Australia, plus a draw against world champions New Zealand), the ever-improving consistency of the Boks has meant Erasmus has shifted from…

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Africa 

Lockdown in Somali city of Kismayo ahead of crucial Jubbaland polls

The southern Somali state of Jubbaland has blocked access to the capital city Kismayo and its main airport ahead of Thursday’s vote to elect a president of the semi-autonomous region, a senior regional official said on Tuesday. The move underscores escalating tensions between Jubbaland authorities and the federal Somali government in Mogadishu, which has been seeking to exert control over the election process in the last month. “We have closed all the approaches to Kismayo to prevent the Somali federal government, which is using all possible ways including Ethiopian forces,…

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Africa 

Inside Sudan’s 11-member Sovereign Council: All you need to know

Sudan’s pro-democracy movement and the army announced a joint ruling body on Tuesday. The new, 11-member body — called the Sovereign Council — has since been sworn in as at Wednesday. The Sovereign Council formally brings an end to the reign of the military junta, Transitional Military Council – TMC, that took power after the ouster of longtime president Omar al-Bashir in April. The Council is to rule Sudan for a little over three years until elections can be held. The two parties – protest leaders, army – officially signed…

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Africa North Africa Sudan World 

Sudanese general sworn in as head of sovereign council

The leader of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan, has now been sworn in as leader of the newly established sovereign council. Other ten members of the council are also to be sworn in later on Wednesday. The council replaces the Transitional Military Council that Burhan headed earlier. It is now the highest authority in the country but largely delegates executive powers to the cabinet of ministers. Lt-Gen Burhan will be in charge of the Sovereign Council for the first 21 months. A civilian will then…

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Africa 

NZ lawmakers urged to drop restrictions on Africa, Middle East refugees

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Human rights advocates urged New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday to drop restrictions on the intake of Middle Eastern and African refugees, saying the policy undermines the character of a nation praised for its response to deadly mosque attacks this year. New Zealand currently has a tight quota on the numbers of refugees it takes from the region, including a requirement they have family in the island nation. The restrictions were introduced by the previous centre-right government in 2010, due to cost and security concerns, as it focused…

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OP-ED Opinions 

News24.com | Kumi Naidoo: On Hendrik Verwoerd and why we should be outraged by the state of education in SA

2019-08-21 09:01 If Verwoerd were alive today, the terrible truth is that he would be happy to see how his legacy is still driving inequality and causing suffering for the majority of South Africa’s children, writes Kumi Naidoo. It was as a 15-year-old during the national student uprisings in 1980 that my eyes were first fully opened to apartheid in South Africa. The injustice of this racist system affected all parts of our society, but it was its impact on education that mobilised thousands of young South Africans like me…

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Africa 

Fin24.com | Markets LIVE: Asian stocks mixed on low volumes

Fin24 team 2019-08-21 07:34 Fin24 team Stocks in Asia were mixed on low volumes as investors assessed the latest news on trade talks and awaited more clues on monetary policy. LIVE NEWS FEED Jump to bottom Last Updated at 09:58 07:34 Share Icon Asian stocks mixed on low volumes Adam Haigh, Bloomberg Stocks in Asia were mixed on low volumes as investors assessed the latest news on trade talks and awaited more clues on monetary policy. Treasury yields ticked higher after retreating Tuesday. Japanese and Australian equities fell, while shares…

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Entertainment Lifestyle 

Obasanjo, Davido, Omisore, Others Top 19,000 Tax Defaulters In Nigeria

The Federal Inland Revenue Service has published names of 19,901 individuals and organisations, who default on tax payment in Nigeria. The list contains prominent individuals and organisations Obasanjo Farms Nig. Ltd (Feedmill); Iyiola Omisore & Par; Citiroof Aluminium Co. Ltd; Coldstone Creamery Limited (Yaba); Davido Music Worldwide Ltd; Grand Square Supermarket and Stores Ltd; Open Heavens Bliss Enterprises; and God is Good Motors. The agency said it had taken possession of the bank accounts of the tax defaulters, adding that the accounts would be under its possession until they regularise…

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OP-ED Opinions 

Sowore’s Detention: Decree 2 By Subterfuge By Richard Akinnola

Most statutes, particularly one that circumscribe the liberty and fundamental rights of individuals, have to go through the crucible of judicial furnace. Our law reports are replete with various decisions, dating back to the 60s, where the judiciary rose to the occasion to protect the liberty of citizens, particularly under the rampaging military dictatorships and Nigeria’s human rights jurisprudence has been able to develop and enriched through such actions. Therefore, the judicial detention of the Convener of Revolution Now movement, Omoyele Sowore, would similarly have to pass through the litmus…

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OP-ED Opinions 

News24.com | Melanie Verwoerd: CR17 accusations – A dangerous race to the bottom

2019-08-20 22:29 Instead of dealing with the issues plaguing the country such as unemployment, service delivery and the various SOE meltdowns, the politicians are like a pack of hyenas tearing this country apart, writes Melanie Verwoerd. I’m just back from addressing and meeting with a number of international investors in London. Without exception these investors were extremely negative about South Africa’s future. They raised some legitimate concerns around the SOEs and the economy in general, but their bigger questions were linked to the messy political dramas playing out in the…

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