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The top 10 universities in Africa

Africa has for centuries had a culture of education, higher learning and research even before formal academic institutional systems. The continent also boasts of highly skilled and talented academics and many of them were trained in African institutions. More educational institutions continue to be set up, both public and private. We present to you our top 10 African universities per recent rankings of Universities globally. University of Cape Town The University of Cape Town is the leading university in Africa. It is South Africa’s oldest university. Globally it is ranked…

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Refugees in South Africa agitate over xenophobic attacks

Some refugees residing in South Africa have staged a protest outside the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Regional Office for Southern Africa in Brooklyn, Pretoria. Other refugees also camped outside the UN refugee agency in Cape Town. They are protesting demanding protection from from xenophobic attacks as claim of fears of being attacked by locals. IOL reported that the refugees from Burundi, Congo, Malawi, Ethiopia and Somalia claimed since the attacks on foreign nationals many of them have been physically abused. Hundreds of people, originally from Rwanda, DR Congo,…

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Zambia’s plan to impose tax on Netflix sparks row

Zambia’s government has signaled its intention to impose tax on online video streaming service giant Netflix. According to the government international online companies like Netflix do not pay taxes for broadcasting their content. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information Chanda Kasolo is quoted by the BBC as saying that “We want to level the playing field and protect local content. We want to look at ways where companies like Netflix should also start paying broadcasting levy which we call television levy because other television companies are already doing that.” But…

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SA Airways crew held in Hong Kong over drug offences

Two South African Airways (SAA) flight attendants have been detained in Hong Kong on suspicion of drug trafficking. They are accused of carrying cocaine worth $1.9m to the Asian country. The two flight attendants have been in detention since their reported arrest last month. Hong Kong officials say the substance was found with them, but investigations are ongoing into the case. The airline has said that the case is being investigated, but insisted it was “intolerant of any criminality by any one of its employees”. SAA spokesperson Tlali is quoted…

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Buhari in South Africa for state visit after xenophobic violence

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has started a three day state visit in South Africa after arriving on Wednesday night. He is visiting the country weeks after tensions escalated between Nigeria and South Africa over xenophobic violence targeted at Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. At the peak of the violence where Nigerians and their businesses were being attacked, the Nigerian government repatriated hundreds of its citizens. The South African government came under a lot of criticisms globally for the xenophobic violence. It offered an official apology to Nigeria and…

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Mnangagwa says Zimbabwe’s economy is “dead”

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has described his country’s economy as “dead” as he promises to bring it back to life. On Tuesday Mnangagwa told the country’s parliament that Zimbabweans will have to be patient with him whiles he works hard to bring the economy back from the “dead”. Zimbabwe is facing serious economic challenges with surging inflation and lack of physical cash for business transactions. After taking over from the late Robert Mugabe in 2017, many had hoped for better economy and significant transformation. But it has been tough moments…

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Zimbabwe bans mobile money cash transactions

Zimbabwe’s central bank has banned mobile money agencies from facilitating cash withdrawals or deposits. The southern African nation is struggling to deal with a worsening economic crisis and cash shortages. Only very few banks are able to provide depositors with physical cash. Zimbabweans have now resorted to mobile money agencies who are reportedly selling cash at a premium illegally. In  a statement the central bank said “Some economic agents are engaging in illegal activities, abusing the cash-in, cash-out and cash-back facilities thereby compromising the public interest objectives of national payment…

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Increased load-shedding In Zambia dims businesses

In just about two months since Zambia’s electricity supply company, ZESCO Limited, announced an increase of load-shedding hours, from four to eight, the prolonged black-outs are already having adverse effects on various aspects of everyday life and businesses in the country. The company had been rationing electricity, through four-hour power cuts, daily, since June this year, thanks to reduced water levels in the country’s hydro power plants, but increased the hours, due to limitation of power generation, according to a statement it released prior to the move. The company said…

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Robert Mugabe finally buried in hometown of Kutama

Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe has been laid to rest in his hometown rural village of Kutama. The former President who died at the age of 95 was interred at his Kutama Mission homestead in Zvimba alongside his late mother, Bona, and brothers — Albert and Donato. The burial of Mugabe’s body delayed after a state funeral was held on September, 14 because of the row over his resting place. The Zimbabwean government had insisted that the remains of the ex-President be interred at the Heroes Acre – a national…

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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe will now be buried in hometown

The family of former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe has said he will now be buried in his hometown of Zvimba following a row with the government. The body of Mr. Mugabe aged 95 has not been buried after his funeral was held on September, 14 because of the row over his resting place. The Zimbabwean government had insisted that the remains of the ex-President be interred at the Heroes Acre – a national monument and burial ground. But the family has opposed the decision, insisting that was not the wish…

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