Africa 

News24.com | Eskom: No loadshedding for Monday, rest of the week

Despite a constrained and vulnerable power system, no loadshedding is expected on Monday and the probability of further power cuts remains low for the rest of the week, says Eskom. Eskom said in a statement that the system’s improvement was largely as a result of several units being returned to service from planned and unplanned maintenance, and achieving a healthy water level at its pumped storage schemes to prepare for the week ahead. “Eskom continues to replenish diesel reserves for the open cycle gas turbines which enable us to avoid…

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Africa World 

Africans demand end to visa restrictions in online petition

A group of Africans has launched an online petition to have visa restrictions in Africa eliminated to ease movement across the continent. A new Visa Openness Report in Africa in June revealed that majority of African countries are still unwelcoming to Africans. In that report 51 percent of African countries still demand that Africans secure visas before visiting their territories. That policy means many Africans struggle to travel freely across borders on the continent. So far only 25 percent of African countries no longer require visas for African citizens. But 24…

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Entertainment Lifestyle 

Headies: Nigerian artistes advised to shun bad lyrics

<!– –> Gordons Nigerian artistes have been advised to tone down the preaching on ”get rich or die trying messages” in their songs, as many young people look up to them as role models. Nigerian Comedian, Godwin Komone popularly known as Gordons, said on the sidelines of the Headies Awards at Eko Hotel, Lagos, that the lyrics of a song takes an artiste far in his career. He explained that artistes like, Tuface, remained relevant in the entertainment scene because of their rich lyrics. Some other stakeholders in the entertainment…

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Africa 

Rugby World Cup: South Africa march into Semi final after beating Japan

In what was a first World Cup quarter-final for the Japanese, neither an entire nation seemingly now besotted by rugby, nor a raucous 50,000 crowd packed into Tokyo Stadium, could carry the hosts to victory. “Test match rugby is all about creating opportunities and capitalising, but unfortunately they kept us out and with their set-piece… they played well,” Japan skipper Michael Leitch said. “Credit to them.” It was always going to be an enormous ask for Japan to replicate what has been their greatest moment on a rugby field —…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

The task of changing the ‘Ghana Man Time’ mind-set

Ghana is seeking to instill discipline and timekeeping at all places in citizens with the launch of a Punctuality campaign. Spearheaded by the Punctuality Ghana Foundation the campaign is hoping to get citizens to respect time and be punctual at all times especially to work. There have been concerns across Ghana about the disrespect for time, with even government officials often arriving late at state functions. Workers and other groups of persons also turn up late for appointments with the Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) mocked as ‘Ghana Man Time’ in…

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Africa 

News24.com | Mashaba to hold press conference: Will he or won’t he resign?

Just hours after the election of former leader Helen Zille as the new DA federal council chairperson, it seems Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba will follow through on his promise to step down if the DA is taken over by “right-wing elements”, three party sources have said. Two provincial leaders and one national leader have told News24 Mashaba is going to announce a resignation from his mayorship, following a media release by the City of Johannesburg that he is set to make an announcement on Monday morning. “He is a man…

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Africa East Africa Sports World 

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge grabs top state award

On Sunday world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge received a top state award from Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kipchoge received the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (E.G.H.) award during the country’s national Mashujaa Day celebrations in Mombasa. Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya is the highest category of presidential awards. The Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (E.G.H.) is often given to top state officials like the Deputy President, Speakers of Parliament, Cabinet Secretaries, the First Lady, the wife of…

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Africa Featured West Africa World 

Burkinabe army outposts attacked, five killed

Militants have launched two attacks on military outposts in northern Burkina Faso, killing five people. The Burkinabe army said on Saturday that four soldiers and one police officer were killed in the attacks. A statement from the army said unidentified assailants attacked a military position in the town of Bahn and another in the village of Yense in the early hours of Saturday. It said the attacks happened “almost at the same moment,”  but added troops were able to retain control of their posts and repel the attackers. Burkina Faso…

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Africa Featured Nigeria West Africa World 

Nigeria: Buhari orders raid on religious ‘torture schools’

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday ordered massive clampdown on illegal religious schools across Nigeria. These Islamic schools called rehabilitation centres are reportedly subjecting children in their care to torture and other inhumane activities. On Saturday authorities freed nearly 150 students from one of such centres in northern Nigeria which claimed it was teaching the children about Koran. That was the fourth such operation in a month, bringing the total number of children freed from religious schools in northern Nigeria to more than 1,000. Kaduna state governor Nasir El Rufai…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana terminates $580m power deal with Filipino company

Ghana has finally cancelled its power agreement with Philippines Meralco led Power Distribution Services. The country’s power distributor, the Electricity Company was taken over by the Philippines Meralco Consortium. The takeover by the consortium known as Power Distribution Services, PDS Ghana Ltd took effect in March this year. The PDS Ghana Ltd was expected to take charge of power distribution for the next 20 years. The firm was to be the electricity service provider in all of the ECG’s operational areas most parts of the country. But on July 30 the government…

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