Africa Sports Tennis World 

Tsitsipas beats Thiem to claim ATP Finals title

Stefanos Tsitsipas confirmed his meteoric rise into the highest echelon of men’s tennis by battling back to beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-7(6) 6-2 7-6(4) in a compelling title duel at the ATP Finals on Sunday. The 21-year-old debutant, the youngest of the eight qualifiers for the elite season-ender at the O2 Arena, displayed resilience and flair in equal measure to become the youngest champion since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001. Thiem edged an intense first set full of powerful baseline rallies but Tsitsipas, the first Greek player to qualify for the…

Read More
Africa Senegal West Africa World 

France returns 19th century sword to Senegal

France has returned to Senegal a historical sword taken from the country many years ago. The sabre, is a type of backsword with a curved blade. It belonged to an Islamic ruler in Senegal. Owned by a 19th Century Islamic scholar and ruler the sword had been in a French museum until now. France said the return of the artifact was part of a commitment to return to its former West African colonies significant items of their cultural heritage. A ceremony took place in Senegal’s capital Dakar where the French…

Read More
Africa 

News24.com | ‘I went through all the processes’ – Zille defends her decision to bring back Gwen Ngwenya

Still on the rebound after the shock resignation of its former leader, Mmusi Maimane, the DA is clashing over federal council chairperson Helen Zille’s latest pick for its top ranks. Zille’s decision to reinstate former policy head Gwen Ngwenya has been met with much resistance. Members of the DA’s federal executive and federal council raised concerns on Sunday. News24 understands the federal executive discussed the matter and that some members were uncomfortable about the processes that were followed and an apparent lack of transparency. “Part of the debate was on…

Read More
Africa Technology West Africa World 

Sierra Leone’s tech agency wins $773k grant from Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $773,476 grant to Sierra Leone‘s Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI). It is to assist it to continue the development of an Integrated GIS Portal that will utilize technology, software and devices to collect, label and model data to inform real-time government and development partner decision making. The grant will also seek to strengthen the local ecosystem around human capacity development. This grant for expanding the GIS Portal is in addition to the support already provided by the Foundation to…

Read More
Africa 

WHO supports measles campaign targeting millions of children in northern Nigeria

The campaign got underway on Saturday and is being implemented by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and WHO, with the support of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Despite the availability of a vaccine, measles continues to be a leading killer of children globally, according to WHO. “The measles vaccine remains the most cost effective preventive measure against measles and WHO is committed to supporting the Nigerian government in reaching every eligible child in the country with the needed vaccines irrespective of their location,” said Dr Fiona Braka, the…

Read More
Africa 

Gambia close to getting first post-Jammeh constitution

The Gambia is gearing up for a new constitution as part of reform efforts following years of authoritarian rule by exiled leader Yahya Jammeh. A government body mandated with the mission, the Constitutional Review Commission of Gambia, last week released a draft copy of the document. CRC Gambia Chairperson Justice Cherno Jallow announcing the release of the document late last week emphasized that it had from the onset (preamble) clarified The Gambia as a multi-party democratic state founded on the rule of law. Given its immediate past presidential history of…

Read More
Africa 

News24.com | Convicted #FeesMustFall activist Kanya Cekeshe admitted to hospital

#FeesMustFall student activist Kanya Cekeshe has been admitted to hospital, his legal team has told News24.  “He’s being admitted, mentally he is suffering tremendously,” his lawyer, Wikus Steyl, said.  Steyl, from Ian Levitt Attorneys, added while he could not divulge any further details surrounding Cekeshe’s admission, it had nothing to do with an attack inside the cells but purely based on his mental health. “I can confirm it was definitely not an attack, purely mental health.”  Cekeshe, believed to be one of the last #FeesMustFall activists still in prison, was…

Read More
Africa 

News24.com | The DA has a new pilot, put on your helmet it’s time for take off – New interim federal chair

Newly elected interim leader John Steenhuisen has promised to turn the party’s recent election set back into the biggest comeback in political history.  Steenhuisen said this during his first media briefing shortly after he was elected as interim chair. He was accompanied by newly elected federal chair Ivan Meyer and federal council chair Helen Zille.  Steenhuisen won the election by a 75% margin against the Gauteng Member of Provincial Legislature network chair Makashule Gana.  The emergence of Steenhuisen as party leader has solidified the return of the classical liberal bloc into…

Read More
Africa 

Burundi main opposition leader dispels exile rumors, ready for 2020 polls

Burundi’s main opposition leader Agathon Rwasa has confirmed plans that his party will contest in elections slated for next year. He also denounced what he described as “arrangements” aimed at “getting rid” of his party, the National Freedom Council. With months before the 2020 presidential election, the historic opposition figure also dispelled rumours of going to exile amid government’s intimidation to the opposition party members and supporters. Are you asking if I’m going into exile or going to hide? No I’m not. Go tell them there is no question of…

Read More
Africa 

Pro-Bashir protesters against Sudan’s ‘ICC surrender’ plans

Supporters of ousted Sudanese leader Omar Al-Bashir held a protest Saturday vowing to oppose any move by the country’s new authorities to hand him over to the International Criminal Court, ICC. The former president is wanted for his alleged role in the Darfur war that erupted in 2003 as ethnic African rebels took up arms against Bashir’s then Arab-dominated government. The protesters were rejecting the proposed use of foreign tribunals to handle Sudanese matters. Diaa al-dine Mohammed, an official of Bashir’s National Congress Party told the media: “We call on…

Read More