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News24.com | City of Tshwane suspends bus operations following wage disputes

The City of Tshwane has suspended A Re Yeng Bus Rapid Transport and A Re Yeng Mamelodi Bus operations following wage disputes, the municipality revealed on Monday. As a result, the member of the mayoral committee for roads and transport, Sheila Senkubuge, has encouraged passengers to make alternative transport arrangements ahead of the suspension. “All A Re Yeng Mamelodi Bus operations will remain suspended until further notice. We urge passengers to exercise patience during this period as the suspension is a move to ensure their safety and to safeguard the City’s assets.…

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Morocco pulls out as host of African Para Games in 2020

Morocco has pulled out of hosting the maiden African Para Games slated for 26 to 31 January 2020. The country’s capital city of Rabat was to host the first ever African Para Games to develop the game. According to a letter from the African Paralympic Committee (APC) sent to the National Paralympic Committee of the various countries, the decision was made due to unresolved issues between the APC and Moroccan authorities. Morocco accepted to host the African Para Multi-Sport Competition after a protocol agreement was signed in the presence of…

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Ghanaian blind student dragged from Oxford chamber ‘feels worthless’

A Ghanaian visually impaired student who was violently removed from a chamber of a prestigious debating society has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Ebenezer Azamati, 25, was manhandled out of the Oxford Union debating chamber by his feet and ejected from the building. He was accosted by a security guard when he attempted to return to a seat he had earlier reserved for the October 17 debate. A Video footage of the incident shows distressed Azamati being forcibly removed from his chair after he resisted efforts to drag him out…

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Africa 

BRICS advocate for a more open global trade

BRICS leaders have agreed to increase their investments. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, advocate for a global economy that is more open to trade and not protectionism. At their annual summit, the heads of state expressed their willingness to fight against the reduction of trade costs, which they consider to be a handicap. “This engagement here today is one of those essential channels through which we can find common ground on common challenges. Key countries in the global economy are currently facing slowing growth, complex challenges to their…

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Dubia’s non- oil trade with Africa to exceed $272.2 bn

Dubai’s non-oil trade with Africa will exceed AED 1 trillion ($272,264,400,000.0) for the period extending from 2011 until the end of 2019, asserted His Excellency Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman of Dubai Chamber, noting that it had already reached AED926 billion in the 2011-2018 period. Al Ghurair made the announcement in his opening speech at the fifth edition of the Global Business Forum Africa (GBF Africa) in Dubai as the two-day forum kicked on Monday, asserting that the African continent is a key partner in Dubai’s plans to diversify its…

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UN, African Union make significant joint commitment to global health

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and AU Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at WHO Headquarters to expand their relationship and cooperation in this arena.  “The Memorandum of Understanding we have signed today is an important step towards formalizing the cooperation between WHO and the African Union and to implementing the Addis Ababa Call to Action,” said the WHO chief. “The Addis Ababa Call to Action is a powerful commitment from African Union leaders to increase domestic financing for health, and to hold themselves accountable for that…

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News24.com | Acting amaXhosa king appointed following death of King Sigcawu

Nkosi Dumehleli Mapasa has been named as acting amaXhosa king, following the death of King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu, a royal spokesperson said on Monday. “He will be the face of the nation for now,” Prince Xhanti Sigcawu told News24 on Monday. The 51-year-old king died last Thursday morning at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha. His funeral ceremony will be held on Friday, November 29, at the Nqadu Royal Palace near Willowvale, and memorial services will be held countrywide before then. Mapasa, who is in his early 80s, will…

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Gambia releases draft constitution for public review

Gambians now have the chance to make input into a draft constitution that is to reform the country’s political system and way of life. On Friday the government released the document to the public for discussions and reviews. This is part of ongoing processes to get Gambia a new post-Jammeh era constitution that gives the country a fresher way of doing things. President Adama Barrow took over from former President Yahya Jammeh in 2017 but the country wants to banish any footprint of Jammeh hoping for new beginning. The current…

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Africa 

Ethiopia’s human rights outfit writhes with big resource challenges

When Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed a former political prisoner in July as head of the state-funded human rights commission, supporters hailed it as a sign the country might finally tackle abuses by security forces and move to break a cycle of bloody ethnic feuds. Daniel Bekele left a high-ranking position at watchdog Human Rights Watch in New York to come home and take up the post. Now reality has hit. He has one investigator for every million Ethiopians, and low salaries make it impossible to attract and retain…

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