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Zambia: High rates of maternal deaths spark concerns

– – Mid wives around the world, celebrated their day, this month on 5th May, under the theme ‘100 Years of Progress’. For Zambian midwives and the health ministry, however, the International Day of the Midwife celebrations may have been bittersweet, thanks to the many cases of maternal health failings experienced in the country. The Ministry of Health, in Zambia, is concerned that the rate of infant mortality in the country, continues to be high. Health Minister, Sylvia Masebo, disclosed, recently, that Zambia was losing over 700 mothers every year…

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Zambia: Anger as embassies fly gay pride flags

– – The Swedish and Finnish embassies in Zambia have incurred the wrath of some Zambains after raising the rainbow flag on the premises. The flag which were hoisted together with the country’s national flags was a symbol of support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and queer pride and LGBT social movements. Same-sex relationships are outlawed in Zambia, where British colonial-era laws on homosexuality still apply. The Swedish embassy in Zambia tweeted the rainbow flag using the hashtag #Idahot2022, which stands for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism…

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Malawi 

Talking Blues: MCP and DPP, lead us not into temptation!

By Mapwiya Muulupale “You [Mark Antony] climbed up, approached Caesar’s chair … and offered him a crown. …Where did you get the crown? You didn’t just find it lying there; you brought it from home, a premeditated and carefully planned crime!” – Cicero For better or worse, the race to the 2025 Presidential Elections has started, and under different circumstances and with worthy ‘nominees’, I would have commended this early bird catches the worm attitude. As things are, however, these early endorsements are one more example of party zealots’ self-serving…

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Zimbabwe: Elephants kill 60 people in five months

– – At least 60 people have been killed by elephants in Zimbabwe this year. Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana who took to twitter to make an announcement described the incident as sad topic. “The issue of Human/Wildlife Conflict has become quite emotive. This year alone 60 Zimbabweans have lost their lives to elephants and 50 injured. In 2021, 72 lost their lives. Zimbabwe will hold an Elephant Summit this month.” In one district, Bubi, the elephants “have devoured everything in the fields and are now moving into homesteads”, he wrote. He…

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Malawi 

Talking Blues: Easter Reflection – Can our Lazarus rise with the risen Lord?

By Mapwiya Muulupale “We in the opposition have previously and tirelessly raised such issues of nauseating corruption by President Peter Mutharika’s administration. He needs to resign and call for early elections.” Pres Lazarus Chakwera in July 2018, serving as Leader of Opposition The jury is out. The verdict is crystal-clear. And it is as unambiguous as can be. The corruption that President Chakwera was accusing others of is now worse. This is as per an Afrobarometer Survey Report issued by UNIMA’s Centre for Social Research which says two-thirds of Malawians…

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South Africa: Over 250 people killed in deadly floods

– – At least 250 people have been killed in deadly floods that have caused havoc in the coastal areas South Africa‘s port city of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province. Officials had earlier estimated that at least 59 people had died but the death toll has now jumped to over 250. Nomagugu Simelane, KwaZulu-Natal’s health minister, told local news outlets that 253 people had died. Provincial officials say the number has since hit 259. Shipping at South Africa’s busiest port had to be suspended due to the severe flooding which…

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South Africa: DJ Black Coffee hailed for winning first Grammy

– – South Africa’s DJ Black Coffee has been congratulated for winning his first Grammy award on Sunday. He is being hailed for winning the best dance/electronic music album category for his Subconsciously album. The Subconsciously album is the seventh studio album by the South African DJ and music producer. It was released on February 5, 2021, by Soulstic Music. Pharrell Williams, David Guetta, Diplo and Usher appeared as guest artists. The album broke Apple Music and Spotify 2021 records for highest streams, with 100 million streams. – – Black…

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SA woman who spent almost $1m she got in error jailed

– – A South African woman has been jailed for five years by a court for spending almost $1 million (14 million rands) credited to her bank account in error. Sibongile Mani got 14 million rands instead of 1,400 rands she was entitled to in 2017. The money had come from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) through a payment services company, Intellimali. Mani was at the time a student at Walter Sisulu University. She did not report the error in the payment but rather went on a shopping…

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Malawi 

Embezzling from the public in Malawi is becoming a way of life 

By Weruzani Custom In recent years, in Malawi, thievery in various work places has become our way of living and identity. It is a daily song on lips of every concerned citizen. Deplorably, whoever wills to amass wealth in an overnight can do so by embezzling the hard-earned tax payer’s money anywhere and anyhow as they wish. Nobody is going to incarcerate you. These people we entrusted with power to rule us and change the country’s miserable  economic status are no respecters of the law and they fear no one.…

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The Rise of Mobile Casino Gambling in South Africa

– – We take a look at the mobile gaming market in South Africa, reasons for the fast growth, top online casino bonuses and how to choose great mobile gaming sites. The South African mobile gambling industry experienced a boost in the last decade partly because of increased smartphone use in the country. Increased smartphone use opened a floodgate of opportunities for mobile casino and sportsbook operators seeking to expand in South Africa. Over 300 million Africans were using smartphones in 2019, comprising a market worth $15 billion. The last…

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