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South Africa’s Former President de Klerk dies

– – Former President of South Africa and the last white person to lead the country, FW de Klerk has died at the age of 85. Mr de Klerk, who was also a key figure in the nation’s transition to democracy, had been diagnosed with cancer this year. Mr de Klerk was head of state between September 1989 and May 1994. In 1990 he announced he was releasing anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, leading to multi-party polls in 1994. A statement from the former president’s FW de Klerk Foundation read: “Former President…

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Zambian activists lament surge in Alcohol and Substance Abuse

– – Mental health activists in Zambia, have lamented the extent to which young people’s mental health is affected by alcohol and substance abuse. According to research, mental health disorders are a leading cause of health disability in 10-to-24-year-olds in Zambia and a recent report released in Lusaka, reveals that the country has experienced increased numbers of children committing suicide, because of the same. These activists have now launched a Campaign on Mental Health for Children to fight the menace. According to the activists, Alcohol and other substance abuse have…

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AU Commission calls for removal of sanctions on Zimbabwe

– – The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has called for the removal of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe. In a statement Mr. Mahamat said he was “concerned by the negative impact of continued sanctions against the Republic of Zimbabwe to the country’s socio-economic development and recovery efforts.” Zimbabweans led by their president, Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2019 embarked on a march to demand an end to foreign sanctions. The government launched that campaign to make unpopular what it considered at the time foreign sanctions that have crippled…

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Eswatini shuts down Facebook to quell protests

– – The Eswatini government has asked leading telecom operator MTN, to shut down social media giant Facebook. The government wants to curb pro-democracy protests that have been going on for months amid calls for political reforms. Social media platforms have been accused by the government of “irresponsibly” spreading misinformation, which was “contributing to the violent attacks and events around the country”. “As government, we have an obligation to restore peace and order to bring a stop to the violence currently taking place,” a letter from Information Minister Princess Sikhanyiso…

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Municipal Payments Essential for South Africa’s Future Cities

– – The urban population in Africa has swelled from 15% of the total population in 1960, to over 40% in 2010 and is set to exceed 60% by 2050. It is anticipated that South Africa will follow suit. In fact, current projections indicate that an additional 19 to 24 million people will be added to the national population over the next three decades, and that the vast majority of this growth will be confined to cities and towns. But what is needed by the country’s municipalities to cope with…

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Zambia probes allies of former President Edgar Lungu

– – Zambia’s former ruling Patriotic Front (PF), party’s Secretary General, Davies Mwila and Lusaka businessman, Valden Findlay, are among the first few allies of former President, Edgar Lungu, that have been summoned for questioning by some of the country’s investigative wings, following the new ruling United Party for National Development (UPND)’s landslide victory, in Zambia’s recently held general election. The Anti-Corruption commission and Drug Enforcement Commission, seem to be keeping a close eye on such PF members, lately, for what commentators suspect to be corruption or money laundering. This…

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Protection of Personal Information Act: How will it impact SA’s payments landscape?

– – The Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPIA) came into full effect from 1 July 2021. The Act is the comprehensive data protection legislation that obliges organisations to lawfully process the personal information of data subjects (both natural and juristic persons) by applying specific principles and conditions. But how will it affect the payments space specifically? “As businesses in the payments industry process copious amounts of personal information, they now have to change many elements of the way they operate in order to accommodate the Act,” says Cecil…

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Zambia’s president Hichilema sacks police and army chiefs

– – The president of Zambia Hakainde Hichilema has sacked the country’s army and police chiefs. He has made new appointments to the top roles as part of efforts to reform the security forces. There are now new commanders for the Zambian army, the air force and the national service and their deputies, as well as a new inspector general of police. The latest replacements of top commanders of the security agencies took place late on Sunday. Local media reported that all regional police commissioners have also been replaced as…

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Hakainde Hichilema takes over as Zambia’s new president

– – Hakainde Hichilema has taken over as Zambia’s new president after winning a historic election by defeating incumbent Edgar Lungu this month. It was his sixth bid for the presidency and his 2021 victory with almost one million votes more than his rival signalled a landslide victory. Hichilema’s electoral success has inspired many opposition politicians who are fighting hard to overcome authoritarian regimes on the continent. His victory is the 17th opposition win recorded in sub-Saharan Africa since 2015. “It’s massively inspirational,” Tanzanian opposition leader Tundu Lissu told the…

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Zambia’s opposition leader Hichilema wins presidential election

– – Zambia’s electoral commission has declared opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema winner of last week’s presidential election. Mr Hichilema defeated his main rival, the outgoing President Edgar Lungu, by more than a million votes. In its final tally, the electoral commission said Mr Hichilema had won 2,810,777 votes to Mr Lungu’s 1,814,201 out of over seven million registered voters. “I therefore declare Hichilema to be president of Zambia,” commission chairman Esau Chulu announced the results centre in Lusaka. His supporters have been celebrating on the streets of the capital, Lusaka.…

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