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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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Africa Southern Africa Tourism World Zimbabwe 

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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Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

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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Covid-19: South Africa, Nigeria end PCR test for vaccinated travelers

– – South Africa and Nigeria have announced their decision to relax Covid-19 PCR test for vaccinated travellers. On Monday the Nigerian government announced that fully vaccinated travellers coming into the country will no longer be required to take a pre-departure PCR Covid-19 test. The chairman of the Presidential Covid Response Team, Boss Mustapha, said this change would come into effect from 4 April. With this new policy, passengers who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated are still expected to take a Covid test 48 hours before departure, or do one…

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Zambians demand full disclosure of IMF deal conditions

– – Some Zambians are demanding that government discloses the conditions attached to a 1.4 billion United States Dollars’ IMF economic recovery deal, signed in December, last year, under the extended credit facility for 2022 to 2025. This follows a refusal to do so, by IMF Mission of chief to Zambia, Allison Holland, who said it was not her organisation’s policy to disclose such, ahead of a board discussion, in a letter, responding to a former Minister in the previous government, Bowman Lusambo’s written demand for full disclosure of the…

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Africa eulogises Zambia’s late ex-President Rupiah Banda

– – Zambians are sombre, as they prepare to put to rest, their former (fourth) republican President, Rupiah Bwezani Banda, fondly called ‘RB’, who died of Colon Cancer, on March 11, 2022, at the age of 85. He was diagnosed as having the disease in 2020 and had been receiving treatment. The burial has been set for Friday, 18th March, at the Presidential burial site, ‘Embassy Park’, in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. Current President, Hakainde Hichilema, has since declared the day, a national public holiday. The country has been observing a…

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Africa East Africa Namibia Southern Africa World 

African countries begin to lift Covid-19 restrictions

– – Many African countries have started lifting their Covid-19 restrictions to further make life easier for citizens and return them normalcy. There have been Covid-19 restrictions such as mandatory wearing of masks, quarantining persons that test positive, lockdowns on communities considered hot spot among others. Last week Kenya announced that it has lifted all restrictions imposed to curb the spread COVID-19. Face masks are no longer mandatory in public and all quarantine measures for confirmed COVID-19 cases are halted with immediate effect. The new regulation also affects ban on…

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Africa Southern Africa Sports World 

Why Are Online Casinos So Popular in South Africa?

– – Technological development and increased internet use have made casinos expand their offering to the digital space. Today, more and more operators appear in the gambling space, making gambling enthusiasts all around the globe excited to try their luck. The South African punters share the feeling. However, land-based casinos don’t lose in popularity regardless of the trend. According to the National Gambling Board, by the end of the financial year FY 2020/21, 38 casinos were operating in South Africa. Still, players look to enrich their experience and make the…

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